Friday, March 16, 2012

Celebrate the Growing Season at ASAP’s Second CSA Fair



Spring is just around the corner, meaning it’s time to celebrate and support local food and farms by signing up for a CSA. To help those who are interested find the right farm share for them, ASAP is hosting their second CSA Fair on Thursday, March 29. The free family-friendly event, to be held from 3-6 pm at the Grove Arcade in Asheville, is an opportunity to meet farmers, learn about their CSA programs, sample their products, and purchase a share or shares.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA farm share members pay a farmer in advance for “shares” of their season’s bounty. They then receive a steady supply of fresh foods straight from the farm every week.

This year, 20 diverse CSA providers will be on hand—several are returning exhibitors, while many are new to the fair and just beginning CSA programs. Expect to meet farmers offering produce shares, as well those with meat shares and even fresh-cut flower shares. Spring/summer, extended-season fall, and winter CSAs will be represented.

All participating CSA providers have pick up locations in Asheville. Those slated to attend are:

Aardvark Farm (Burnsville)
Bee Tree Farm (Marshall)
Blue Meadow Farms (Hendersonville)
Cane Creek Asparagus & Company (Fairview)
Cane Creek Valley Farm (Fletcher)
Firefly Farm (Burnsville)
Full Sun Farm (Leicester)
Gaining Ground Farm (Leicester)
Gladheart Farms (Asheville)
Harvest Table Farm (Old Fort)
Hominy Valley Farms (Candler)
Ivy Creek Family Farm (Barnardsville)
Jake’s Farm (Candler)
Long Valley Farm (Marshall)
Paper Crane Farm (Marshall)
Ten Mile Farm (Asheville)
A Way of Life Farm (Bostic)
Whispersholler Farms (Arden)
Wildwood Herbal Farm (Weaverville)
Winter Sun Farms (Candler)

ASAP’s first CSA Fair, held in 2011, drew 400-500 visitors. This year’s event is sponsored by the USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Grove Arcade. The Grove Arcade is located at One Page Avenue; parking information can be found on their website grovearcade.com. To learn more, visit asapconnections.org/csafair.html.Those unable to attend can browse the nearly 100 area farms offering CSAs in ASAP’s online Local Food Guide at buyappalachian.org/search/csa.

[High-resolution photos available. To connect with producers in your community for stories, contact Communications Manager MaggieCramer at maggie@asapconnections.org.]

ABOUT APPALACHIAN SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE PROJECT (ASAP)
ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters,and build healthy communities through connections to local food. To learn more about ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call (828) 236-1282.

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