FARM SHARE FAIR 2017
191 HIGHLAND AVE
Free & Open to the Public
What’s a Farm Share?
A Farm Share involves a weekly distribution of products. A Farm Share is also referred to as a CSA; which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Customers pay money up front at the beginning of the share period, and then get a box of goods for a specified number of weeks.
Products are delivered weekly to a convenient pickup location in your area. Some farms offer veggies, some offer a combo of fruit and veggies, some offer flowers, meat, eggs, cheese, and other items.
At the Farm Share Fair, you can compare the programs yourself and decide which share is right for you. We also feature home delivery services, prepared foods, and other neat and alternative food vendors.
Why is a Farm Share better than shopping in the supermarket?
Better for the local economy. Better for the environment. Better for your body.
By reducing the distance food has to travel to make it onto your plate, you are reducing your carbon footprint; which means you are reducing the amount of carbon-based or petroleum products necessary to distribute food to you. The closer you are to your food, the better!
By supporting local, independent and family farmers and producers, you are helping to build our communities and investing in local economies. You are providing jobs for hard working people.
By buying local, you are ensuring that your food won’t need preservatives, additives or other synthetic ingredients that help increase shelf life. Most (if not all) the farms featured at the Farm Share Fair have dedicated themselves to sustainable or certified organic farming practices, which means you are not ingesting synthetic fertilizers or pesticides when you eat.
History of the Farm Share Fair
The Farm Share Fair was conceived by Dave Madan, the founding Executive Director of theMOVE, an organization dedicated to bringing urban youth and young adults out to farms for volunteer work days. Dave wanted to bring farms to the city to have the opportunity to speak directly to people about their Farm Share or CSA programs, to help them build their distribution base, and to connect city-dwellers to local, fresh food. Some 7 years later, and the Farm Share Fair is continuing to grow; featuring different types of Farm Shares, or CSA models – including Fish, Poultry, Flowers, Meat and all kinds of locally-made products.