Community Supported Agriculture: A Guide to Local Iowa City CSAs

One of the best kept secrets during the summer months in Johnson County are local CSAs. CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a system of food distribution that is based on relationships between local farmers and consumers. The basic idea of most CSA farms is that you, as a consumer, buy a “share” in the farm at the beginning of the season, and in exchange you receive a delivery each week of fresh, local, in-season vegetables, herbs, fruits, or other products. Many farms operate using organic and sustainable agricultural practices and welcome visitors who are interested in learning more about where their food comes from.

When you participate in a CSA, you are supporting local agriculture and the local economy.

Here are some of the Iowa City area’s CSAs!

Abbe Hills Farm

Season length: 20 weeks, June – October

Bountiful Harvest Farm

Season length: 17 weeks, June-September (Egg, bread, milk, cheese, and poultry shares available, as well as pre-paid punch cards for use at area farmers markets.)

Echollective Farm

Season length: 20 weeks, May-September (spring, fall, and winter shares also available)

Garden Oasis Farm, LLC

Season length: 16 weeks, June-September (Fall and winter shares and egg and poultry add-on shares are available.)

Grinnell Heritage Farm

Season length: 20 weeks, June-October (Spring, winter, and fall shares also available.)

Kroul Farms

Season length: 17 weeks, beginning in June

Local Harvest CSA/ Solon Sundog Farm

Season length: 16 weeks, May-September (spring and fall/winter shares also available, as well as bread and egg shares)

Wild Woods Farm

Season length: 17 weeks, June-September (fall shares also available)

Iowa City CSAs - Johnson County, Iowa Farm SharesDo you have a favorite CSA? Let us know!


Kate is the mom to Jack (2006), Liz (2007), and Alice (2011) and an avid Cubs fan through marriage. She's an assistant professor of mathematics and STEM education at St. Ambrose University and also moonlights as a mathematics teacher at South East Junior High in Iowa City. Between soccer, running club, tumbling, and piano lessons she likes to cook, run, and do yoga. She's also a sucker for 5Ks with cool swag and awesome medals.


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