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…
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…
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