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Feb032014

Seacoast Eat Local - CSA Days at the Markets 

 

Find your farmer at CSA Days at the Winter Markets


We might be in the grips of a cold winter, but Seacoast Eat Local is excited to help us all think Spring with their annual CSA days at the Winter Farmers’ Markets in February. The CSA day markets will be at Exeter High School on Saturday, February 8th and at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford on Saturday, February 22nd.


Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a style of agriculture shaped by the direct link between food producers and consumers. Through upfront payments or ‘share’ purchases, a consumer provides early season capital while the farm is able to plan and plant for a known market, offering fresh produce at allotted intervals throughout the season. The continued popularity and adoption of Community Supported Agriculture has led to the term ‘CSA’ being used to describe the shares purchased and the farms operating a CSA program. With growing interest and participation, CSA programs have significantly expanded and diversified in the past several years.


The CSA events held at the upcoming SEL February Farmers’ Markets will help you navigate the world of Community Supported Agriculture in 2014. Head to the market to learn about the many styles offered including traditional boxed shares, credit based shares, and local delivery or on farm pick-up options. Seacoast Eat Local has brought together farms offering spring/summer, fall or year round CSA options from conventional, organic and even horse powered farms in New Hampshire and Maine! These assorted CSA offerings include vegetable or meat shares with add-ons available for eggs, dairy and even fresh baked bread.


“Joining a CSA program is a great way to directly connect with the local agricultural community,” said Leo Smock-Randall, Winter Market Manager for Seacoast Eat Local, “it allows you to get the freshest produce while supporting small business and keeping your investment in the local economy. Being a ‘shareholder’, you join in the risks of the season alongside the farmer, yet gain a bountiful bonus of delicious produce at harvest and an added benefit of maintaining open space and active use of our precious local farmland.” Visit the CSA page at www.seacoastealocal.org to learn more about the CSA days and see the guide on questions to ask when picking a CSA that is right for you.


CSA Farms at Exeter High School on February 8 include Applecrest Farm, Brandmoore Farm, Brookford Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Meadow’s Mirth, Mildred’s Drumlin Farm, Orange Circle Farm, Red Manse Farm, Saddleback Mountain Farm, Stout Oak Farm, Wild Miller Gardens, and Willow Pond Community Farm.


CSA Farms at Wentworth Greenhouses on February 22 include Bartlett Farm, Brandmoore Farm, Brookford Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Meadow’s Mirth, Mildred’s Drumlin Farm, Orange Circle Farm, Red Manse Farm, Saddleback Mountain Farm, Sirois Family Farm, Touching Earth Farm, Two Toad Farm, Wake Robin Farm, and Wild Miller Gardens.


The SEL Winter Farmers’ Market series is generously underwritten by The Farm at Eastman’s Corner. Rollinsford market sponsors are The Black Birch and Wentworth Greenhouses. The markets at Exeter High School are generously underwritten by Blue Moon Yoga and Exeter Hospital. CSA days at the market are generously supported by BCM Environmental and Land Law. Anyone interested in more information on upcoming markets, including locations and vendor lists for each date, should go to www.seacoasteatlocal.org.


Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy.  Through advocacy, organizing and education, they work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers.  They organize winter farmers’ markets, produce Seacoast Harvest, sponsor workshops and events, and provide information through their email newsletter, blog, and website, www.seacoasteatlocal.org.

 

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CSA farmers will be available to talk about their diverse shareholder options. Photo courtesy of Seacoast Eat Local

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Piglets from Sirois Family Farm. These little piggies go to market and CSA shares. Photo courtesy of Sirois Family Farm.

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Broccoli at Mildred’s Drumlin Farm. Their CSA offers Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, and a delivery option. Photo courtesy Mildred’s Drumlin Farm.

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Intercropping at Two Toad Farm. In addition to vegetable CSA shares, Two Toad Farm is offering a seedling CSA program. Photo courtesy of Two Toad Farm.

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