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CSA Sh*tty Barn Party, Aug. 24 Wrap up your summer with a barn party...! Three bands, fresh-grilled pizza, Furthermore brews and a dilapidated barn in a semi-industrial park in Spring Green - all on Saturday, Aug. 24 to benefit FairShare CSA Coalition. What could be better than that? Music: Juniper Tar, Dead Pigeons, Peter Mulvey Food: Ian's Pizza will be grilling - bring your own picnic or purchase pizza (for a donation) Date: Saturday, Aug. 24 Time: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; music starts at 5:15 p.m. Location: Sh*tty Barn, Spring Green [MAP] Tickets: $15; purchase here. Feel like biking or making a weekend of it?…
Farm Feast! A Fair Share CSA Farm-to-Table Picnic, Aug. 17 Join Eat for Equity Madison and FairShare CSA Coalition for a scrumptious picnic dinner at Crossroads Community Farm near Cross Plains, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Enjoy a four-course meal cooked from farm-fresh, organic produce and explore Mike and Cassie Noltnerwyss’s CSA farm (farm tour included!). Suggested donation, $25-$50 per person, benefits FairShare’s Partner Shares program, which helps low-income households afford CSA memberships. Please RSVP by emailing eatforequitymadison@gmail.com. BYOB. (You pay when you arrive that night.) Eat for Equity Madison's Facebook event Crossroads Community Farm newsletter article about the event
FairShare’s New ‘Farm-Fresh and Fast’ Cookbook! FairShare's new cookbook, "Farm-Fresh and Fast," is bursting with strategies, techniques and over 300 new recipes for both seasoned and beginning CSA members and farmer's market shoppers. Farm-Fresh highlights similarities among ingredients, helping CSA members adapt recipes to fit what they have on hand, and teaches local food lovers of all skill levels how to make the most out of fresh, seasonal produce. Each chapter is organized by plant anatomy (such as leafy greens, root vegetables, etc.) to highlight similarities in cooking and preparation among ingredients.  -- VIEW SAMPLE PAGES -- Master recipes help home cooks adapt…
Events that Celebrate Good Food (and Drink!) Come on out and hang with your farmer, play with your neighbors, support FairShare’s work!   SIP: Farm Fresh Mixology Classes, May-October Back by popular demand, this “Farm to Bar Experience” pairs FairShare Farms with local mixologists to put a new twist on local eating. All classes are held at Death's Door Spirits in Middleton. Proceeds benefit FairShare. May 9 - Drumlin Community Farm Cooperative June 13 - Vermont Valley Community Farm LLC July 11 - Dreamfarm LLC and Campo di Bella LLC Aug. 8 - Scotch Hill Farm Sept. 12 - Small Family CSA Farm Oct. 10 - Troy…
Photos That Expose the Art of Farming “The Art of Farming” features fine art photographs by photographer and Madison College student Callie Strouf that expose the heart of family farming in Wisconsin.  [Framed images may be purchased for $175 each. Please contact Strouf for more information at callie@calliejanephotography.com.] Strouf's photographs highlight four small, family-owned community supported agriculture farms: Blue Moon Community Farm in Stoughton, Vermont Valley Community Farm LLC in…
Wisconsin’s Support of Agricultural Jobs How did local food and agricultural entrepreneur programs fare in the Governor’s budget? Here are three programs that were eliminated: Wisconsin’s local foods program – Buy Local Buy Wisconsin Farmers across Wisconsin have increased sales because of projects funded by Buy Local Buy Wisconsin grants. People who care about buying Wisconsin products now find them at more grocery stores, on more menus, and at more markets, and children eat them in more schools – because of this program. Despite helping farmers and eaters, these grants are again on the chopping block, after zero funding for the previous two years! Buy…
The Farm Bill: Third Time’s the Charm? Third time’s the charm? Horticulturalists predict that, due to the late spring, asparagus plants will sprint from dormant to fast-growing shoots in no time flat.  It’s a little like the way Congress is approaching the Farm Bill this year. Barely two years after Congress passed the last Farm Bill in May 2008, people imagined that there might be a reauthorization of the Farm Bill in 2011.  Then, when that didn’t happen, Congress tried for 2012.  The Senate actually passed a Farm Bill last summer, and the House Agriculture Committee passed theirs, but a big election year isn’t the best time…
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…
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