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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Upcoming CSA & CSF Fairs

There are a few CSA/CSF fairs scheduled for February.  If you're looking into joining a CSA/CSF this year, this is a great event to attend.  You will be able to browse many farms' CSA offerings in one central location.

What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a partnership between consumers and farmers in which members buy shares of the farm's harvest and enjoy regular allotments of food throughout the growing season. For farmers, this provides much needed cash flow for the beginning of the season as well as a ready market and community of supporters. Shareholders join in the risks of the growing season but reap the benefits of the harvest. Each CSA farm has its own pricing structure, disbursement schedule, and some have work requirements. Sign ups for CSA shares often begin in February by directly contacting the farm. CSAs are good choices for people looking for a wide variety of produce and a closer connection to a farm.
Definition from Seacoast Harvest, where you can also find a list of CSA farms in the Seacoast area.
Here's the run down of the CSA/CSF fairs in NH, ME, and MA:

Seacoast Eat Local will be hosting their CSA + CSF Day in conjunction with their Winter Farmer’s Market in Rollinsford, Saturday, February 27th.  Participating farms include:

Newburyport, MA has their fair planned for Sunday, February 28th from 11 - 4 pm at the Tannery Marketplace Mill #1.  For more information, visit their website.

MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) will be sponsoring 12 fairs statewide in Maine on February 28th from 1 - 4 pm.  For more information and locations visit the MOFGA website.


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