Claire Strader Awarded Second SARE Grant North Central SARE recently awarded Claire Strader, small-scale and organic produce educator with FairShare CSA Coalition and UW Extension Dane County, a $30,000 grant to fund on-farm research with FairShare farmers. This is Strader’s second SARE Partnership grant in as many years. “One of the biggest criticisms of organic vegetable production is its reliance on tillage,” said Strader.  “These two grants are especially exciting because they are helping us explore new and innovative uses of cover crops that can reduce tillage and control weeds while also…
FairShare Awarded USDA Grant to Grow CSA (MADISON, WISC.) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently awarded FairShare CSA Coalition, one of the oldest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) organizations in the United States, a Farmers Market Promotion Grant. The funded project will create a CSA marketing study for Wisconsin consumers and assist emerging CSA networks nationwide in replicating FairShare’s successful marketing programs. The purpose of the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) is to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. The program focuses on marketing and promotion projects…
What Do Farmers Do in the Winter? Farmer Beth Kazmar of Tipi Produce recently queried local farmers for answers to the very common question, "What do farmers do in the winter?" She compiled their responses below. - Sleep . . . . . - Clean the house. - Get a haircut. - Reintroduce yourself to your children. "Hi there, I'm Mom and this is Dad." - Go overboard on Thanksgiving. Fill your Thanksgiving table with the fruits of your farm and your friends' farms. Remember, this is our harvest holiday. - Find the surface…
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, not to mention tasty meat from our meat CSA farms! These treats are incredibly versatile, and often at their sweetest after experiencing a few frosts.  With a late-season (holiday, fall, storage) share, you can use locally grown ingredients to make delicious roasted root vegetable medleys, kimchi, and fresh salads well into the winter months. To find farm that offers a late-season share, just use the custom farm search tool. Some farms offer…
Winter Mixology Series Come in from the cold! Are you looking for a gift for a special foodie or cocktail lover? FairShare is teaming up with Gib's to offer a new Winter Mixology Series! Learn to make creative, seasonal cocktails in small, informal, experiential classes led by celebrated Madison bartenders Ed Hong and Hastings Cameron. Half class, half cocktail party, the series meets from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, with hors d'ouevres from Grampa's Pizzeria. Something toasty for your toes and your tummy! Class #1: Root vegetables: processing, juicing, tinctures, etc.; cocktails, punches, fizzes Class #2: Brandy/Cognac/Armagnac: spirits tasting/education: eau de vies to vintage…
Fall on the Farm The 2015 growing season is coming to a close. So what's happening on local farms? We asked farmer Heidi Accola of Roots & Shoots, LLC to tell us. She writes: Winter is coming. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, that has an ominous sound to it. But if you’re a Wisconsin vegetable farmer, it’s one of the most beautiful sentences to be heard! Fall on the farm is a mix of preparation and what I call “tucking the farm in” for the winter. The…
Thanks for a Great Bike the Barns! It takes a community to produce Bike the Barns: HAM radio operators, bike mechanics, SAG wagon drivers, caterers, sponsors, more than 85 volunteers, our farmers hosting stops along the route, our other farmers who donate produce to feed the riders, musicians, photographers, park staff, etc. etc. etc. -- not to mention the riders who raise pledges for FairShare's programming. We cannot thank you enough, and especially want to thank Monty's Blue Plate Diner, Bassett Street Brunch Club, Tex Tubb's Taco Palace, Just Coffee, Willy Street Co-op, Madison…
How to Volunteer for Bike the Barns Join the energy and fun of Bike the Barns by providing volunteer services to more than 550 smiling cyclists! Volunteer at a farm or a park along the route. Serve food, direct bikers, answer questions, help with bike parking, flag riders near stops, etc. You could drive a SAG vehicle with a professional mechanic or volunteer at the After Party and help serve food and sell merchandise. There are lots of roles and options! Volunteer the week before the ride in Madison, or the day of the event, Sunday, Sept. 20 in the Ft. Atkinson area (about 30 miles east of Madison). You can…
Farm to Feast: Breakfast for Dinner A benefit for FairShare CSA Coalition with Winterfell Acres, Cow & Quince, and Short Stack Eatery Delicious seasonal menu featuring the freshest produce from Winterfell Acres, located in Blanchardville, WI and cooked up at Short Stack Eatery!  Cocktails, beer/wine pairings will be flowing and the music will be pumping! Proceeds benefit FairShare CSA Coalition. Tickets are $45 each (includes tax, not gratuity), and seating is limited. Tuesday, September 8, 2015 Dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Get your ticket today and join the fun!
Summer on the Farm   This is Heidi Accola from Roots & Shoots, LLC, a 43-share, 1.3-acre certified organic CSA and market farm 45 min NW of Madison. I’ve been asked to describe summer on our farm. Since I have removed the word “busy” as an adjective for my life, I will say that our summers are full of work opportunities. The farmer’s market begins in May and we attend every Saturday. The flock of 200 chickens is at egg-laying capacity. The skincare products need restocking. The maple syrup and canned treats need labeling. The meat chicks must be ordered so that we have…
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