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CSA Time!

William Dissen of the Market Place

We’re hosting two opportunities in the next few weeks for you to meet area farmers and talk with them about their CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs and products: our High Country CSA Fair on March 4 and our Asheville CSA Fair on March 13. Below is a post from Mike McCreary, Local Food Campaign Program Coordinator & Asheville City Market Manager, talking about the benefits of CSAs!

ASAP’s two CSA Fairs will present many local farms, each providing information and offering CSA “shares” of farm fresh products over the coming year. It’s a great opportunity to connect face-to-face with farmers, ask questions, and decide on what CSA program would work best for you.

CSAs farms enroll customers in advance of the growing season. Many farms sell traditional shares that provide a box of seasonal produce to participants each week. In recent years, CSA options have grown and expanded to include a variety of features to meet the needs of customers. You can find market shares that provide a weekly credit (and discount) for shopping at a farm’s booth at area farmers markets. Share size and costs can vary greatly. In addition to the traditional produce shares, some farms specialize in providing a weekly supply of other farm fresh foods. This year’s CSA Fair will include farms offering produce, meats, eggs, cut flowers, herbs, and herbal products.

Our CSA Fairs will be more than just comparing CSA programs. Tuesday’s fair in Boone will include a wine tasting by Grandfather Vineyard Winery. The Asheville CSA Fair will include kids activities as well as a cooking demonstration courtesy of Denise Barratt.

CSAs are an important part of building successful and sustainable local agriculture. The connection to local food often builds relationships that last for years. Stop by and visit with the farms that grow your food!

Click here to find more information about our CSA Fairs, or you can always browse CSA offerings at our online Local Food Guide.

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