BENNINGTON -- Consumers looking for fresh, local food often turn to Community Supported Agriculture shares, or CSAs, but choosing a CSA farm can be difficult. The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) hopes to solve that problem, and connect more Vermonters to their local farms, with the first CSA Open Farm Day.
On Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 1-4 p.m., farms across Vermont will open their greenhouses, barns, and fields to community members. This day is an opportunity for everyone to get to know a local farmer, and falls just before the beginning of most farms' CSA programs.
CSA is a form of direct farm-to-consumer sales in which the customer typically subscribes in the spring to a weekly share of the season's harvest. Many CSAs offer a wide variety of produce, and some include meat, eggs, flowers, or other products.
Over 50 farms will participate in this year's CSA Open Farm Day. Farm activities include tours, demonstrations, product tasting, scavenger hunts, and more. Everyone is welcome to this community event.
Visit a participating "Open CSA Farm Day" farm on May 4. For an up-to-date listing of participating farms and their activities, visit the NOFA-VT website or call the office at 802-434-4122.
Listing of local participating farms (as of April 24)
Farms marked with an asterisk (*) are certified organic for some or all of their operation.
- True Love Farm, North Bennington
- Mighty Food Farm,* Pownal
- Wild Carrot Farm, Brattleboro
- Wildstone Farm,* Pownal
- Valley Dream Farm,* Cambridge
- Clear Brook Farm,* Shaftsbury
The 2014 CSA Open Farm Day is made possible in part by a Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant.
About NOFA Vermont: NOFA
Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms,
healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are
farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts -- anyone
who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local
farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance,
farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online
apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and
programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all
Vermonters, regardless of income.