Be a Great CSA Member! CSA is a two-way street. What can you do to be a great CSA member? 1. Find out more about your farm. The more you know about how your farm operates the better prepared you are to understand various factors that affect production. Ask to tour the farm and see cultivation equipment, irrigation, greenhouses and the like. Your farmer will feel flattered that you care enough to educate yourself. Get to know your farmer, and share some of yourself as well. As you would do with others in your community, spend time building a relationship.  2. Pay your membership fees…
FAQs "I'm new to CSA. How do I get started?" You've heard about CSA, or community supported agriculture, but what is it, exactly, and how does it work? What is CSA? CSA is MUCH MORE than just a weekly delivery of food or food products. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a powerful investment in your health, community, and local economy. It's a partnership between farms and consumers that keeps independent businesses thriving, helps families eat seasonal, local produce, and charges farmers and consumers with the responsibility of building a strong, equitable food system. How does it work? CSA members invest in…
FairShare Welcomes Six Newly Endorsed Farms FairShare is a coalition of 49 thriving organic vegetable and sustainable animal CSA farms with farmers hard at work growing healthy, delicious food for local eaters. The article below introduces the farms endorsed by the coalition for 2013. Visit our Full Farm List for profiles of all of our wonderful farms. CSA farms interested in being formally endorsed by FairShare apply in the fall for the following growing season. In addition to the application, farmers are interviewed by our committee of growers. To be accepted, all farms must grow or produce the vast majority of their products, demonstrate an ability…
FairShare Surpasses ‘Give Local’ Goal Thank you, Heartland Credit Union and StoryBridge TV, for featuring our farms and Partner Shares in Heartland's Give Local campaign!   StoryBridge created a series of sensitive and poignant videos on CSA farming and the relationships members develop with their farms and their food, especially our Partner Shares participants who receive financial assistance to offset the cost of joining a farm. Heartland very generously offered to match at 100 percent up to $5,000 in donations. Not only did we reach that goal, the campaign finished on Feb. 1 at $14,980 – enough to help dozens of new families join Partner…
Margaret Krome: What’s Happening with the Farm Bill Even at age 56 and with a satisfying job, I felt a surge of entrepreneurial excitement as I listened to farmers discussing their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms.  It was inspiring to hear farmers describe how they got started. At a conference recently, hundreds of Midwestern farmers described their farms, typically supplying a few hundred households. We heard of farm members’ passion for “their” farm and the gratitude farmers feel for their members’ support as they struggle through droughts, floods, or untimely freezes. Farmers described the satisfactions…
CSA Open House, March 10 Meet your farmer! Come out to Monona Terrace from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, to meet FairShare's CSA farmers at the 21st Annual CSA Open House. Details at the OPEN HOUSE WEBPAGE. Meet CSA growers serving the Madison area, talk with local farmers, find pick-up locations, learn about on-farm events, and choose your share! Meat, veggies and more! Attend free workshops and learn  how to best use your share and choose the right farm for your family. Children's activities, a raffle to benefit Partner Shares, which helps low-income families to join farms, and recipe samples! Approximately 1,000 people typically…
Madison Bioneer: Kiera Mulvey FairShare's Executive Director Kiera Mulvey was one of five Madison Bioneers featured at the recent 2012 Badger Bioneers Conference sponsored by Sustain Dane  “I was – and continue to be – surprised by the quantity of rutabaga consumed in Wisconsin,” says Kiera Mulvey, her freckly face widening to a grin. “It seems to hearken back to some kind of Wisconsin ancestral history.” The rutabaga: a root-vegetable in the figurative as well as literal sense, and a pretty good metaphor for the work Mulvey does as the executive director of FairShare CSA  Coalition: find ways to transform a very old tradition…
FairShare in 2012 Remember when you were 20? Full of enthusiasm and inspiration, ready to jump off that cliff into the wide, great world, and believing everything is possible? In 2012, during the Year of CSA, FairShare farms delivered more CSA shares to more Wisconsin families than ever before. FairShare hosted a record number of community events attended by over 3,000 individuals, and, most importantly, we worked with our 50 farms to build strong relationships with farm members to grow and eat good…
Winter Root Crops CSA Storage Shares are huge. How to store your winter veggies to make them last? Storing root crops, onions, garlic, and squashes in a cool environment is the easiest and most time- and cost-effective storage method available. When stored properly, the food retains its original taste and nutritional value. An ordinary basement provides the minimum conditions needed for storing certain vegetables and fruits, including apples, pumpkins, and winter squash for several months and garlic, onions, and potatoes for much of the winter. Indoor and outdoor root cellars and other types of storage places present more optimal conditions. There are several…
Ken Meter: ‘Local’ is Shorthand for a Community-Based Food System "If consumers in the Madison metro area spent just $5/week directly to local farms, those farms would earn $150 million in new farm revenue." ~ Ken Meter FairShare recently hosted food analyst Ken Meter at the UW Soils Building for the final event in the 2012 Year of CSA Speaker Series. In his presentation, Meter suggested four key purposes for building local food systems: Health  –  Eating well is our first line of defense to keep people out of the medical system Wealth –  Buying locally will keep wealth in our local communities; our country spends $1.2 trillion on food/year;…
FairShare CSA Coalition

FairShare CSA Coalition