Love your food fresh and in-season? Trying to find a way to connect with local farmers and producers? Look no further than this year’s CSA Fair! Co-sponsored by the Local Growers’ Guild and the Bloomington Winter Market, the CSA Fair will be held alongside the February 8th Winter Farmers’ Market from 9am-noon at Harmony School (909 E. 2nd St.). Patrons can park for free on the street or at the Atwater Parking Garage. Farms will showcase their CSA and Buying Club options for the coming seasons, offering a wide variety of produce, meat, eggs, bread and flowers. The event is free and open to the public.The CSA Fair provides an opportunity for eaters of local food to talk with producers about their CSA shares, what products are available, how they are grown or raised, prices and sign-up options. You can share contact information to learn more from farmers, or bring your checkbook to subscribe on the
spot! Groups from workplaces and congregations are encouraged to attend, as some farms have delivery options.
A simple process, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for growers and buyers to work together in order to provide fresh products in a consistent and easily accessible manner. Sometimes called “farm subscriptions,” CSA’s function as consumers purchase a share from a particular farm in advance of planting and harvesting. Once the harvesting season arrives, the consumer receives a portion of the farm’s produce or other products on a consistent basis. This mutually beneficial system provides growers with advance capital to help with the expenses of farming, and supplies consumers with a steady flow of fresh goods, as well as the opportunity to get to know their farmer.
Thanks to Eric Van Scoik for his generosity in sharing his beautiful painting above, with the LGG for the CSA Fair.Leave a Reply