NATIONAL CSA SIGN UP DAY
Celebrate Community Supported Agriculture on Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Join thousands of folks across the country and commit to your local farm by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) on February 24th. A CSA is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh fruits and vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.
Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and you pick the produce up at a local distribution center. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.
Five farms in Mansfield offer CSA programs, allowing you to buy food directly from the farmer who grew it. Every farm is a little different, but all stand by the same principles and goals: to connect with the community, to provide healthy, often organic, produce, flowers, and sometimes eggs and meat, directly to consumers, and to build a more vibrant local food system. Small family farms are diversified in nature, growing a wide array of plant and animal products, building soil health, supporting our bees, birds, and butterflies, and maintaining vital working lands for generations to come. The flavor of locally-grown food will amaze your taste buds! Contact individual farms to learn more about their offerings. Learn more about National CSA sign-up day at www.csaday.info.