Friday, March 16, 2012

Hooray for CSAs

The way of the CSA...

Local Farmer Open House
Saturday March 17th
 (St. Patrick's Day)
Urban Ecology Center

If you were thinking of joining a CSA or wanted to learn more about Milwaukee's Farmers Markets, then this meet up is a must. While I am going to see if I can find the best CSA deal for the money, this is a great time for you to start learning where good locally grown food comes from. But beware parking is tight so you might have a little walk to get to this event.

What is a CSA?... Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a system in which you the consumer receive food directly from the farmers. This is a little diffrent than farmers' market, CSA supporters actually share in part of the farmers' risk. That is, they pay in advance for a portion of the farmer's total crop. Crops that do well will be abundant in the share, crops that do less well will be less abundant.

What else is there going on at this event? Down stairs are a few vendors selling food items. While there may not be fresh veggies (remember it is still winter), last year I came back home with honey, fresh bacon, pickled veggies, and eggs.  There was also nuts, milk, all kinds of meat (although they ran before I could buy any)

There are also some workshops that might up your alley.
  1. Intro to CSAs – 11:30 a.m. or 2:45 p.m.
  2. Cooking from your CSA box – 12:15 pm or 2 p.m.
  3. How Pesticides & Food Choice Affect Our Health & Water Quality – 1 p.m 
Stay tune for more CSA adventures, as I wait for all kinds of delectable dinners from Stephs Snack Shack

Local Farmer Open House
CSA 2012 Farm List.pdf
CSA Comparison.pdf
CSA Reference