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What is a CSA? A Community Supported Agriculture Share (CSA) is a subscription to a local farm for a share of production. Farms offer different goods and different purchasing options depending on the needs of the consumer and farmers. In most cases you pre-purchase a portion or all of your share at the beginning of the season. This gives the farmer the initial boost they need to plant crops while allowing you, the consumer to have a close relationship with where your food is coming from. At our CSA Fairs, you have the opportunity to meet farmers who offer CSAs locally so that you can find the one that is exactly right for you and your family! This event is free to attend.
If you are a farmer who offers CSA, and would like to set up a table, please register here if you have not already done so: https://goo.gl/forms/Km43LXWIuF9roDH73

General attendees, no registration needed; you only need to show up! 🙂
Learn more about CSA here: https://arcd.org/farmfresh/learn-about-community-shared-agriculture/

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What is a CSA? A Community Supported Agriculture Share (CSA) is a subscription to a local farm for a share of production. Farms offer different goods and different purchasing options depending on the needs of the consumer and farmers. In most cases you pre-purchase a portion or all of your share at the beginning of the season. This gives the farmer the initial boost they need to plant crops while allowing you, the consumer to have a close relationship with where your food is coming from. At our CSA Fairs, you have the opportunity to meet farmers who offer CSAs locally so that you can find the one that is exactly right for you and your family!

This event is free to attend. General attendees, no registration needed; you only need to show up! 🙂

**Please note, all three CSA fairs will run from 10 – 3 this year, but for the Bristol one in particular the bulk of the farms will be present from 12pm – 3pm due to the Abingdon Farmers Market.** 

If you are a farmer who offers CSA, and would like to set up a table, please register here if you have not already done so: https://goo.gl/forms/Km43LXWIuF9roDH73
Learn more about CSA here: https://arcd.org/farmfresh/learn-about-community-shared-agriculture/

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The second annual Kingsport CSA Fair will showcase local farms offering CSA shares in the Northeast TN/Southwest VA region. The fair will take place at the Kingsport Farmers Market Pavilion. Farms will be offering a variety of shares from fruits and vegetables to breads, jams, and meats. This event is free to the public.

*If you are a farmer in this region offering a CSA and are interested in participating in this even, please email Rachel Wheeler: rachel@nullarcd.org Farmer registration will end Friday, Feb 22. Learn more at https://arcd.org/farmfresh/learn-about-community-shared-agriculture/?fbclid=IwAR3G5v_GFThNBaI3abK4Z4eUOPmLsvBnGmcMzMZPjzqeS9sCDkQeAP2JVNY.

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Julie Montanea

ASAP likes to share the stories of people who help us fulfill our mission. This month, we talk with ASAP volunteer Julie Montanea (pictured with her sister at ASAP’s Farm Tour) about why she loves her CSA. 

Q: You’ve participated in three different CSAs. Did you receive produce or other farm goods?

I received produce from all three CSAs, but from two farms I could also get eggs and meat, separate from the regular CSA box. I didn’t eat meat for many years and still never eat commercially raised animals. But I now eat some meat and poultry from local farms that I’ve visited and seen how the animals are raised. Read the rest of this entry »

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At ASAP’s CSA Fair meet farmers face-to-face and learn about their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs and products. All participating have pick-up locations in Asheville and Buncombe County. This event is open to the public, kid-friendly, and FREE!

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ASAP’s Annual CSA Fair is just around the corner on March 12 (in Asheville) and March 17 (in Boone). In anticipation of the growing season, we had a few of the farms participating in the Asheville CSA Fair share their favorite recipes! These recipes are perfect for incorporating the bounty of a CSA share in your own kitchen.

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As part of ASAP’s 2014 4th Annual Asheville CSA Fair  planned for March 13, Denise Barratt will conduct a cooking demonstration. Denise is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with Health Concepts Nutrition Therapy and Vine Ripe Home Grown Nutrition. Want a sneak peek as to what she will be cooking at the CSA Fair? Take a look at the recipe below, and try it at home!

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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!

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Appalachian Grown

Each Thursday, ASAP’s programs take you behind the scenes of their work. This month, our programs share an insider’s look back at 2013 and ahead to the new year: The Local Food Campaign talks sticking to their BIG mission.

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