Meet Your Farmers: Community Supported Agriculture Fair

Posted Feb. 20, 2014, at 12:15 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Annual Meet Your Farmers: Community Supported Agriculture Fair will be held 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at the Maine Holistic Center, 81 Main St., across from Maine Discovery Museum, at the corner of Cross and Main streets. This event is free and open to the public.

Part celebration and part education, “Meet Your Farmers: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture ” brings local farmers and producers together with members of the community to share information about opportunities to enjoy local foods while supporting these enterprises in a meaningful way.

CSA’s come in many shapes and forms, but are built on the goal of creating mutually beneficial relationships of commitment. CSAs allow consumers to sign up in the spring to receive a share of fresh food from a local farmer throughout the summer, and farmers are paid when they need the money the most – at the beginning of the season. CSAs build a direct relationship between you and your farmer!

Bangor’s 2014 CSA Fair will feature many local farmers sharing information about their CSAs, as well as children’s’ activities, light refreshments, taste tests of recipes featuring Maine local foods, and a CSA Raffle.

The farms participating offer CSA’s that include not just vegetables, but also milk, eggs, meat, flowers, and more. Shares offered by farms come in different sizes and have pick-up locations in Bangor, Brewer, Bucksport, Orono, and many more areas. With more farms participating than ever before, it has never been more convenient for people in our region to enjoy a CSA.

Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen is taking place in nine locations across Maine, representing over 80 farms and fisheries. Each location is sure to have plenty of local flavor, including local foods tastings and sales of food and other products from local farms.

For the statewide list of event locations, visit www.mofga.org. The Bangor event is co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Food AND Medicine. It is being supported by the Bangor Grange and Bangor/Brewer Transition Towns.

For more information about the Bangor event, please contact Erin Sweeney, Food AND Medicine’s Agriculture Organizer at 989-5860 or erin@foodandmedicine.org. For more information about CSA-CSF Fairs statewide, please contact MOFGA’s Agricultural Services Director Dave Colson at 568-4142 or dcolson@mofga.org.

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