Blog : Find a farm to fill your fridge with CSA Days at the Winter Farmers’ Market

By Katie | Feb 5, 2015 | in

Take your mind off the chilly temperatures and start thinking about the upcoming growing season when Seacoast Eat Local brings CSA Days back to their Winter Farmers’ Markets in February. The first CSA Day Market will be at Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford on February 14th. The second will be February 28th at Exeter High School. The Winter Farmers’ Markets run from 10am till 2pm. Mark your calendars and show your love for local food!

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a business model for farms that is shaped by the direct link between consumers and growers. A consumer can purchase ‘shares’ up front, which provides much needed early season capital for the farmer to plan and plant for expected markets. The ‘shares’ are then used for fresh food throughout the season. As more people see the value in buying food from local farms, CSA programs have continued to grow and evolve, giving customers lots of choices and an opportunity for everyone to find their perfect CSA match.

Navigating the world of CSA options doesn’t have to be intimidating. Seacoast Eat Local is bringing together farmers offering a wide variety of CSA shares from New Hampshire and Maine for CSA Days at the Market. Whether you are interested in a traditional boxed share, farm credit based share, local delivery or on-farm pick up, there will be a farm for you. There are spring and summer, fall, and year round CSA options with diverse offerings including meat or vegetable shares with choices for adding on dairy, herbs, seedlings, fruits, flowers, mushrooms, bread, and more! You can also choose a credit based share where your CSA can be used at farmers’ markets and the local farm store. Farmers will be on hand to answer questions, talk with customers, and sign up CSA members.

“The CSA Days at our Winter Farmers’ Markets give consumers a chance to meet the farmers that would grow their food, ask questions about share styles and available options,” offered Leo Smock-Randall, Winter Market Manager for Seacoast Eat Local. “Choosing a CSA is a way to feed yourself and family while supporting the local agricultural community. Buying from local farms helps maintain open green space, strengthen local businesses and creates true food security for the entire community. To learn more about CSA programs, the market events and even recommended questions for choosing a CSA that’s right for you, visit seacoasteatlocal.org.”

Farmers displaying at CSA Day in Wentworth Greenhouses on February 14th include Applecrest Farm Orchards, Bartlett Farm, Brandmoore Farm, Brookford Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Meadow’s Mirth, Mildred’s Drumlin Farm, Old Fields Farm, Red Manse Farm, Sirois Family Farm, Stout Oak Farm, Touching Earth Farm, Two Toad Farm, and Wake Robin Farm.

Farmers displaying at CSA Day in Exeter High School on February 28th include Brandmoore Farm, Brookford Farm, Heron Pond Farm, Meadow’s Mirth, Mildred’s Drumlin Farm, Red Manse Farm, Sirois Family Farm, Stout Oak Farm, Wake Robin Farm, and White Cedar Farm.

The Seacoast Eat Local Winter Farmers’ Markets are community events, generously underwritten by Wentworth Greenhouses, The Black Birch, Exeter Hospital, and Revision Energy. For more information on upcoming markets, including dates, foods available, and vendors at each market, visit www.seacoasteatlocal.org

Seacoast Eat Local connects people with sources of locally grown foods and advocates eating locally for the health of our environment, community, culture and economy. Through advocacy, organizing and education, they work toward a sustainable local food system that meets the needs of both producers and consumers. Their work includes operating a SNAP/EBT Farmers’ Market Program, organizing winter farmers’ markets, producing a local food guide, Seacoast Harvest, sponsoring workshops and events, and providing information through their email newsletter, blog and website.