Monadnock Region CSA Fair on February 16th

A free Monadnock Region CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair will be held at the Monadnock Food Co-op’s cafe on Sunday, February 16th from 1-4 p.m. Nine area CSA farmers will have informational tables and be on hand to answer questions on their farms and CSA memberships:

Cheshire Fairgrounds CSA offers vegetables & herbs. To find out more information about the CSA or to sign up, contact farmer Taylor Barnes at (603) 762-5037 or tbarnesenviro@gmail.com.  You may also contact Jori Johnson at (603) 357-4740 or cheshirefair@onecommail.com, or stop in at the Fairgrounds, 247 Monadnock Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03446

Edgefield Farm of Westmoreland offers high quality pasture raised poultry, pork, lamb, and eggs, as well as vegetables. CSA members get first dibs on limited-supply items, such as our famous gourmet sausages, nitrate-free bacon, Thanksgiving turkeys, whole lambs, and half hogs. 399-9975,  bill@edgefieldsheep.com

Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden, a hand and horse powered farm in Westmoreland, offers vegetables, herbs, apple cider, pick-your-own flowers. 399-7288.   www.hillsidespringsfarm.com, hillsidespringsfarm@gmail.com

Picadilly Farm in Winchester offers vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers through full season, summer season and winter shares. 239-8718.  www.picadillyfarm.com

1780 Farm in Chesterfield offers vegetables, berries, eggs, and meat. 363-4476, www.the1780farm.com

Stonewall Farm in Keene, offers a year-round, individually-sized Garden (vegetable, herb and fruit) and Dairy (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and milk, raw or pasteurized) CSA. Join any day of the year. You choose the veggies. 357-7278, www.stonewallfarm.org/products/csa

Sun Moon Farm in Rindge provides vegetables, herbs and cut flowers to our members. Located at “The Meeting School,” a property that has been continuously farmed since 1783, the farm grows over 75 varieties of old and rare Dahlias and offers members artisan breads that are baked here on the property,  sun.moon.craig@gmail.com

Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam, offers a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, with a home delivery option, as well as bread, eggs, flowers and many other options. 209-1851, www.traciesfarm.com

Walkabout Farm is a CSA farm growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Peterborough, NH. Uncertified organic. Eggs and pork. Email: info@walkaboutfarm.org. www.walkaboutfarm.org

Although each local CSA farm is unique and individually run, each offers “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in the price, share size, distribution, choices, pick-up sites, payment plans and variety of food offered. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others offer eggs, meat, flowers, berries, maple syrup, honey, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, or other local products.

The commitment from community members to join a CSA implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the rewards and risks of small-scale farming. Weather, pest damage, and crop failures affect both the farmer and the shareholder. The entire community absorbs the costs of raising food in sustainable ways, and farmers receive consistent appreciation and financial support for their efforts. The shareholders know when, where, and how their food is grown, and are assured of high-quality and nutritious produce, grown without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

A CSA membership supports local farms and the local economy, eliminating the environmental and food quality costs of marketing, packaging, and shipping food long distances. Freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables are a good value because they have superior flavor and more vitamins and minerals than many large-scale commercially raised crops. Sustainable farm practices also avoid the hidden costs of pesticide residues, soil erosion, and polluted surface ground water often associated with large scale conventional agriculture.

Local farmland in CSA use becomes healthier through crop rotation, composting, cover crops, natural fertilizers, and periodic resting. In addition, small farms are able to grow heirloom or little-known varieties of fruits and vegetables, which helps maintain the diversity and vitality of the world’s seed bank. Some CSA farmers chose to receive organic certification for their produce, other farmers use organic and /or biodynamic techniques exclusively but do not choose certification.

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