Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen: Community-Supported Agriculture Fair in Bangor

Posted Feb. 25, 2013, at 6:25 p.m.

Even though we still have snow, local farmers are already planning for spring and it’s time to remember the wonderful summertime tastes of fresh local produce! Come get excited for the summer season at the annual “Meet Your Farmer and Fishermen: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair” in Bangor.

This year’s fair will be held Saturday March 2nd from 2-5pm at the Hammond Street Congregational Church, located at 28 High Street. This event is free and open to the public!

Part celebration and part education, “Meet Your Farmers and Fisherman: A Celebration of Community Supported Agriculture and Fisheries” brings local farmers, producers and fishermen 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 between farmers and their community of consumers. CSAs allow consumers to sign up in the spring to receive a weekly 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!

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This year’s fair will include 10 area farms: Happy Town Farm, Nettie Fox Farm, Vine and Branch Farm, Peacemeal Farm, Fisher Farm, Black Bear Food Guild, Cornerstone and Fail Better Farm, Valley Farms, South Paw Farm and Parker Family Farm. Some farmers will have storage crops and value-added items for sale! We will also offer free tea, coffee and cocoa at the event.

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.

Some CSA’s in our region also engage in creative efforts to make membership available to all people, including low-income people who purchase food with SNAP benefits (the program formerly known as food stamps).

Meet Your Farmers and Fishermen is taking place in ten 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.s.coop/csafair. The Bangor event is co-sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association (MOFGA) and Food AND Medicine.

For more information about the event, please contact Erin Sweeney, Agriculture Organizer for Food AND Medicine at erin@foodandmedicine.org or 989-5860. For more information about CSA-CSF Fairs statewide, contact MOFGA’s Organic Marketing Coordinator, Melissa White Pillsbury, at (207) 568-4142, melissa@mofga.org.

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