Late Season Shares Still Available! Though the weather is already chilly, there is still time to sign up to receive boxes brimming with butternut squash, parsnips, carrots - and many other hearty vegetables! Fall and winter veggies are incredibly versatile, and often at their sweetest after experiencing a few frosts. Some farms offer a total of 1 or 2 large boxes for their late-season shares; others offer a box every two weeks from November to February; it depends on the farm. To find farm that offers a "late-season" share, just use the custom farm search tool.  The following farms have let us know that they still have late…
Virtual Farm Visits! Former FairShare staffer Julie Garrett has partnered with WORT-FM in Madison to create mini audio farm profiles. As of Oct. 1, 15 of FairShare's endorsed farms have been covered. In each episode of 5 Minutes on the Farm, available on iTunes and Stitcher, you'll hear the farmers' story about how they came to farming and what's unique about their particular operation. You can really get a feel for the farmer's personality and their farm. (If you check them out on WORT's website,  you can also watch a scrolling photo gallery as you listen. Here's an example.)  It's one more tool to assist you in selecting your CSA farm. If you…
Solar Harvest Group Buy 2016 The cost of solar energy has dropped dramatically in recent years.  FairShare's Solar Harvest Group Buy with H&H Solar is bringing those cost savings to homes and farms around Wisconsin! Find specific details about the group buy discount and additional cost saving options in the Solar Harvest HOME SYSTEMS Brochure and Solar Harvest FARM SYSTEMS Brochure.  Anyone is eligible to join the FairShare group buy.  You can share this information with friends and neighbors to maximize the solar savings!  The more solar systems we install, the bigger the group buy discount, the more energy we save, and the greater the impact on CSA farms and farmers.  Our goal for the 2016…
Share the Season’s Bounty to support the Partner Shares program Help us ensure more families can enjoy the bounty of the season by joining a FairShare CSA farm! "Thank you, Partner Shares! We wouldn't have been financially able to participate in a CSA without you! The whole family loves to see what yummy & colorful surprises we get to eat each week!" ~Heather R., Partner Shares Farm Member FairShare CSA Coalition's Partner Shares program provides financial assistance to make CSA shares more affordable. Find out more about the Partner Shares program. Donate by Mail Please make checks payable to ‘FairShare CSA Coalition’ and mail donations to:…
2016 CSA Season The regular CSA season starts in June, but it’s still not too late to sign-up for membership in a CSA farm. As of June 13, the farms below still had capacity to add shares (scroll down; there are a lot!). It is typical for farms to pro-rate their memberships to take into account the weeks you miss. (If you’re interested in joining a farm that is not on this list, please check with the farm directly.) CSA sign-up forms are on the farm's individual websites. Check this interactive Pick-Up Locations Map to see which farms deliver near you. Each dot is a…
CSA Open House March 13 All things CSA in one handy location! Are you dreaming of spring and signing up for your 2016 CSA share? Have you heard of CSA and want to learn more about it? Do you long for a closer connection to your food and community? FairShare's 24th Annual CSA Open House is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive in Madison . More than 30 farmers who deliver shares to the greater Madison area will be in attendance to answer your questions and share information about their farms. Learn how CSA works and how to make the…
The Big Share, March 1 FairShare supporters, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 1 for the The Big Share™ day of giving! This is an opportunity to show your love for FairShare's work supporting local farmers, healthy eating, and improved access to fresh fruits and vegetables. On this first day of March, Community Shares of Wisconsin will host a 24-hour online day of giving to support local non-profits working towards social and environmental change. We would be honored and grateful to receive your support. From the Big Share landing page, you will…
Bike the Barns this Summer! Bike the Barns is a savor-the-day charity bicycle tour of local CSA farms fueled by delicious, local, organic food cooked up by area restaurateurs and caterers. All meals and snacks are included in your registration fee. You’ll bike through Wisconsin’s pastoral countryside, go on farm tours (some by tractor ride), and enjoy live music and craft beer at the After Party. Bike the Barns makes for a full, satisfying day. "Riders tell us Bike the Barns is an excellent way to end the summer biking…
Celebrate the Season at the Bike the Barns After Party! Although Bike the Barns is full, all are welcome to join the celebration at the Bike the Barns After Party! Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016 from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy live music by Corey Hart, on-site screen-printing with artist Lesley Numbers, and a tasting menu featuring Dough Baby Bakery, Layla's Persian Food, Mezze, and Oliver's Public House and beer from Wisconsin Brewing Company! Bike the Barns raises funds for Partner Shares, an assistance fund that helps low-income households afford to join a CSA farm and eat healthy, fresh produce.   Bike the Barns riders enjoying…
The Burgeoning Chinese CSA Movement An interview with FairShare's Executive Director Erika Jones Q. The November eNews mentioned your trip to China, and that generated a lot of interest among our readers. Please share why you were traveling. EJ: I went to China as part of an international group through Urgenci, the international CSA network, which promotes CSA and offers farmers an opportunity to share resources across borders. There were…
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