Meet area farmers and sample their wares at CSA fair this Saturday afternoon

March 4, 2016 by Rachel Cera

This Saturday afternoon's CSA fair at Boynton Middle School will give area residents a chance to meet farmers and explore their farm-share offerings before committing to a season of produce or meat. The free event is Saturday, March 5th, from noon to 3pm.

A tour at Remembrance Farm. 14850 file photo.A tour at Remembrance Farm. 14850 file photo.CSAs, or Community Supported Agriculture shares or farm shares, let consumers pre-purchase a portion of a farm's output for the season ahead of time. The approach to buying local food generally gives consumers a discount and access to a wide variety of fresh food, and gives farmers some much-needed capital ahead of the growing season.

The event is hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, which says this year's fair will feature over twenty farms that serve Cayuga, Cortland, Tompkins, Seneca, Schuyler, and Tioga Counties. Many farm CSA programs offer a selection of share sizes geared toward different family sizes. Some offer pick-ups at the farm, pick-ups at the weekly Ithaca Farmers Market, or at locations around town.

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Avi Miner says "CSA is a link between a farmer and community members. The farmer commits to growing a certain amount of food over the course of the growing season, and community members commit to buying it."

The CSA Fair is from 12 noon to 3pm on Saturday, March 5th in the Boynton Middle School cafeteria at 1601 North Cayuga Street. At this year's event, organizers say attendees will find fruits, baked goods, meat, eggs, cheese, herbs and herbal products, and more.

Healthy Food for All will be selling Moosewood's award-winning vegetarian chili. The Healthy Food for All program helps make CSA farm shares available to community members who otherwise couldn't afford fresh produce, and provides free cooking classes and food preservation workshops to make it easier for limited-income community members to feed their families healthy food year-round.


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