We decided to merge traditional CSAs with the best parts of online food shopping (AmazonFresh, Instacart, etc.) to create a flexible CSA that helps farms and allows people to buy goods according to their needs. We did this creating an a la carte online store in addition to a flexible subscription service. This allows customers to try out the service or subscribe with both methods helping local farms.
The orders that are purchased a-la-carte and sent to the farmers who harvest the crops according to the demand. For the subscription model, farmers are given their share up front. Then each week the farmers provide a share of crops of the weekly boxes.
There are two types of subscriptions that users can choose, the Build-a-Box and the Value Box. The Value Box is similar to a traditional CSA box, with the extra convenience of flexible shipping or pickup. These boxes are the best value and allow customers to try a variety of different produce for the best price possible. Finally, there is a build-a-box. The build a box allows customers to receive fresh produce every week, but without the fear of getting a box filled with produce that they don’t want. Each week, the customers will find out what is available to add to their box. The customers can then mix and match what they want in their weekly box depending on their needs.