Slow Food Huron Valley is hosting the perfect event for the indecisive local eater this weekend: CSA speed dating.
Many of you may be familiar with… speed dating, but CSAs? CSAs or Community Supported Agriculture is a way to connect growers to eaters. Physically, it is a box of food, generally weekly (ranging from assortments of greens, to tubers and eggs, maybe even some dairy or meat) that is available for pickup or delivery usually from Spring until Fall.
The CSA share one purchases is advanced capital to the farmer and therefore a vote of confidence for the farmer. Due to this advanced payment and stability in knowing the steady customers, the CSA share is usually a great deal for the food purchased.
Purchaser/eater receives fresh, seasonal produce weekly while being engaged much more intimately with the grower. And the grower gets the vote of confidence, deeper relationship with customer, and advanced capital to make it all happen. Sounds like a win-win to me.
With the diversity of growers in Southeastern Michigan and the diversity of needs of the local eater, it may be difficult to find that exact Community Supported Agriculture package or CSA share that works for you. I’ve never bought a share, as I was always worried that the big weekly boxes would be too much for my individual, cook-for-one-person habits to handle. I am excited to explore this Sunday’s CSA Fair, to try to find the exact CSA for me… at the right price too!
The CSA Fair is open to all and free. It will feature 20 – 30 local CSA farms, each offering shares with diverse products, options and prices. This fair will help you to find the best match for you: you will meet the growers, (hopefully) buy a share of your ideal CSA, and enjoy a weekly box full of delicious, seasonal fare all this season. On top of that, anyone at the fair that purchases a CSA will be automatically entered into a raffle to have that entire aforementioned CSA purchased… FOR FREE!
Slow Food Huron Valley presents 1st Annual CSA Fair:
Sunday, March 24th, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pittsfield Union Grange
3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd
Ann Arbor, MI
Hope to see you there this Sunday, AA350!