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November 2, 2011

There are about 71 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) groups in New Jersey, most of which offer vegetables to their members but some that feature fruit, Alpaca yarns, and lamb meat.

Community Supported Agriculture is when a farmer offers "shares" to the public, which in most cases entitles a member to a box of vegetables. This gives the farmer a steady source of income early in the year, which helps with cash flow. Consumers get very fresh food, without paying a middle-man, and they end up exposed to new vegetables. As noted, this popular form of supporting farmers has spread to categories beyond vegetables. Here in New Jersey there are numerous fruit CSAs, as well as several that offer members Alpaca yarn and one that is a sheep farm, which offers members a certain amount of lamb meat.

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