By Alissa Matthews, VT Agency of Ag
According to Small Farm Central’s CSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers, CSA Day was coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.
Farms all across Vermont are invited to join other farms from around the country for the 4th annual CSA Day on February 23, 2018. A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program allows people to pay for a season’s worth of local produce, meats, eggs and/or other specialty products (a membership) in advance, providing working capital so that farmers can get ready for the growing season. The CSA member then receives a box of local goods throughout the harvest season. CSA members enjoy the convenience and quality of locally grown and raised food, while supporting their local farmer.
Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers’ market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and you pick it up at the farm or a local community space. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.
“Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”
Visit http://csaday.info to stay up to date on news and updates about CSA Day and use the hashtag #CSAday through your social media channels to join the online conversation.