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CSA Web Exclusive!

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Wow…what a great Asheville CSA Fair this year! Thanks to everyone who attended, farmers and farm share shoppers alike. (CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture; click here and select ‘What’s this’ by CSAs for more information.)

We had a great time chatting with many of the exhibiting farmers before the event for our two-part CSA series in Mountain Xpress; click the link to find both articles. The farmers shared with us how providing CSAs has changed and enriched their farms and even friendships. In fact, they had so much to share and so many stories to tell, we couldn’t include all of our favorite quotes in just two articles. Keep reading for more in this web exclusive…

  • “Some of my favorite CSA stories involve the youngest members of my CSA. I really love hearing from parents that the first food fed to their children came from my farm! It makes me feel like I’m doing my part to help raise conscientious eaters.” – Meghan Cole, Harvest Table Farm, Old Fort, NC
  • “One important aspect of the CSA experience for us is getting to know our CSA customers over the course of the season and beyond. Some of our closest friends now are people we met through our CSA.” – Vanessa Campbell and Alex Brown, Full Sun Farm, Leicester, NC
  • “In working for other farms that have offered CSAs, I have seen some truly great relationships develop…anything from members bringing you cookies and homemade wine to camping out on the farm and milking your cow.” – Joe Evans, Paper Crane Farm, Marshall, NC
  • “Making up a box each week is fun. Our goal is to put something we think of as special in each box and to make it beautiful so that when members open their box, they say ‘wow!’ It’s sort of like trying to find the right gift for someone,” Vanessa and Alex, Full Sun Farm

Missed the Asheville fair or Boone fair? You can still sign up for a CSA, but don’t wait too long, as many farmers are almost sold out of shares. Browse farms offering subscription programs HERE. Been a CSA subscriber before? Share your stories below! For example, did you try a new veggie thanks to your CSA? New recipes?

PS: Thanks to our communications intern, Meredith, for help with this post!