Food AND Medicine, a Brewer-based nonprofit that promotes worker rights and access to local food will hold its annual Community Supported Agriculture Fair Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Sea Dog Banquet Hall in Bangor. The event, which is free to the public, will give visitors a chance to meet the various farmers in the greater Bangor area who offer CSA programs.

According to the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association, Maine is home to more than 180 farms that offer CSAs. Close to 7,000 residents buy shares every year, creating a unique farm-to-table community of farmers and food enthusiasts young and old.

Each farm works its CSA program differently. Most programs, however, ask shareholders to front money in the spring, then provide a weekly supply of farm fresh products throughout the growing season. Some farms have shareholders pick up a prepacked box or bag of produce at either a farm or a specified location each week. Others give shareholders credit to their farm stands or markets so they can choose which products they want to receive.

“The bottom line is that people make commitments to farms and in return farmers make commitments to produce … the most flavorful, highest quality food possible,” the MOFGA website states.

This year’s fair will feature 12 local farmers and one fisherman who will share information about their CSA options, serve light refreshments and feature a variety of recipes using local Maine foods. Sea Dog will also offer a cash bar at the event, according to a news release.

For more information about the fair or CSA options in the Bangor region, contact Kate Sheridan, Food AND Medicine’s Agriculture Organizer at 207-613-5285 or kate@foodandmedicine.org. For a list of other MOFGA-sponsored CSA fairs being held throughout the state in the coming months, visit mofga.org.


Natalie Feulner

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