Those of you in the Iowa City area have not one, but two opportunities to meet your local farmers at upcoming events this month.
From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair will be held at the Iowa City Public Library, followed by another CSA Fair from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in the University of Iowa College of Public Health Building, First floor atrium, at 145 N. Riverside Drive.
Organizers say they wanted to increase the visibility of local farmers among the University of Iowa community, so another fair was added during a weekday, along with the library event on a weekend.
The CSA fairs are sponsored by the Local Foods Connection, in partnership with Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH) and the UI College of Public Health.
Here is more from Local Foods Connection:
Meet local farmers and learn how you can enjoy local fresh produce throughout Iowa’s growing season! A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) membership provides you with four to five months of delicious, healthy food ranging from vegetables, fruit, herbs, and flowers to honey, eggs, and meat. You can become part of a larger community of farmers and consumers where you will find:
• Weekly fresh produce
• A connection to where your food is produced and who produces it
• Guaranteed seed money for farmers
• Support for sustainable farming
Community Supported Agriculture is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season.
Both events are free and open to the public.