Resources for Growers and Eaters Did you know that our Resource Pages are chock full o' tidbits for growers and eaters?    Consumers (aka "eaters") will find an introduction to CSA; cooking, storage and food preservation instruction and tips; and information about local, regional and national resources. [Consumer resources] Growers will find info on vegetable and fruit production; marketing, business planning and risk management; livestock and pasture; new growers (starting a farm business, searching for and acquiring land, incubator programs and mentorship opportunities); soils and compost; and more. [Grower resources] Also be sure to look at our Events…
What’s Happening with the Farm Bill? Oct. 1, 2012 was quiet - much too quiet, really. After the hubbub and concern all summer long whether Congress would pass a new Farm Bill before the previous Farm Bill expired at midnight of Sept. 30, when that day actually dawned, Congress had not accomplished this crucial task before its members returned home to campaign for reelection. Some news commentators reassured us that the failure to pass a Farm Bill was no big deal -- farmers would still get payments they need to stay farming, and low-income consumers would still get access to SNAP (Food Stamps) benefits. But that's…
What To Do with Celeriac? Celeriac. This weird-looking veggie is showing up in shares and at the farmers markets. What the heck do you do with it? Well for starters, you could make a really excellent soup (see recipe below). Celeriac, also known as celery root, has an obvious but unusual kinship to the common celery. Do not be put off by celeriac's rough exterior. Inside, a surprisingly delicious and versatile vegetable waits to be added to your culinary repertoire. Its excellent storage capability is coming back into style as many of us shift our…
6th Annual Bike the Barns an ‘Outrageously Good Time’! Thank you Bike the Barns riders, volunteers and sponsors! What a great day! Thanks to all for helping Bike the Barns become an inspiring fundraiser and community in support of fresh food for all. The 6th annual Bike the Barns, presented with Underground Food Collective and Just Coffee Cooperative on Sunday, Sept. 16, was a huge success, thanks to your support. Special thanks to: ~Uphill Grind, Bleu Mont Dairy, Dreamfarm, and Vermont Valley Community Farm LLC for hosting our riders ~ The amateur radio team led by Don Michalski that handled communications at our farm stops and in the sag…
Ken Meter: “Local Food as a Strategy for Economic Recovery,” Nov. 14 Final Event in 'Year of CSA Speaker Series' Our nation spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually on medical treatment for food-related diseases. At the same time, the United States is mired in a tepid economic recovery. Please join the FairShare CSA Coalition for a free talk by Ken Meter, one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States, as he discusses challenges and solutions for the issues in our nation's food system. His work serves as a national model for analyzing rural economics. Meter will present "Local Food as a Strategy for Economic Recovery" from 6:30…
Celebrate healthy, affordable and sustainable food for National Food Day! Attend Dane County's Food Summit on Oct. 24 Here at FairShare, we are gearing up for National Food Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Across Madison and the nation, people from all walks of life will gather in celebration of fresh food for all! The Food Day movement aims to launch a national conversation about important issues like health and nutrition, hunger, agricultural policy, animal welfare and farm worker justice. The Food Day webpage speaks to the goal of strengthening and unifying the entire food movement within the United States in order to improve food policies. Sounds like an awesome national…
CSA cooking, canning & food preservation Techniques and ideas for extending the local food season and making the most of your CSA vegetable share! Our goal is to make sure that all CSA members can use each week's entire share. This year, our Food Preservation and CSA Cooking workshops will help CSA members, dedicated farmers' market shoppers, and avid backyard gardeners make the most of the abundance of seasonal produce! Cost: Dehydrating and Cooking workshops are $15. The Canning workshops are $25. Attend all three CSA Cooking workshops for $40, or the dehydrating and both canning workshops for $60. Don't forgot the  From Asparagus to Zuchhini…
CSA Sh*tty Barn Party, Aug. 18 FairShare CSA Coalition Fundraiser w/ Ian's Pizza: Evan Murdock, Oak Street Ramblers, Trapper Schoepp & the Shades, and Jonathan Burks What could be better than a steamy Saturday evening of sweet Americana tunes and delicious pizza? Only knowing that you can get all that AND support local farms and food! Announcing the first of what we hope will be many benefit concerts that bring together a Wisconsin trinity of pleasures: music, food and farms, for a fun-filled afternoon at the Sh*tty Barn in Spring Green. Come early and stay late to enjoy the tunes of regional favorites, Evan Murdock, Oak…
  MELINDA HEMMELGARN, M.S., R.D., L.D. “Food Sleuth®,” LLC ... “Helping people think beyond their plates” Melinda Hemmelgarn is a registered dietitian, “investigative nutritionist,” and award-winning writer and radio host, better known as “the Food Sleuth.” With 30 years’ experience in clinical, academic and public health nutrition, she’s a trusted consumer advocate and educator. Prior to her freelance writing and speaking career, Melinda developed and directed the Nutrition Communications Center at the University of Missouri, where she discovered the potential of using media literacy to combat childhood obesity. In 2004, she received a Food and Society Policy Fellowship which allowed…
CSA Open House a success! If you missed the CSA Open House, don't fret!  Check out the Farm List for more information about Community Supported Agriculture, FairShare CSA Farms, and how to sign up for your CSA shares to taste the sweet seasonal flavors of 2012. With over 1,000 attendees, 35 farms, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi & Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, this year's CSA Open House was a blast AND a success!  Special thanks to our event sponsors and tireless volunteers. It was truly a grand celebration of the past 20 years of CSA in Southern Wisconsin, and a great way to kick off…
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