Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Our CSA Fair was this Weekend!

This past Sunday was our CSA Fair held in conjunction with the Willimantic Food Coop's Downtown Country Fair.  The Country Fair was really fun, despite some rain (okay, quite a bit of rain) and CT NOFA was at the fair handing out information about CSAs.  We were also joined by our new fall intern, Julia Russi!  Even if you missed the fair, you can read on to meet some of the farmers and get to know their CSAs!

Brown Paper Bag Harry's is located in North Franklin but has pick-up locations in Franklin and in Newington. The CSA lasts from July to October. They provide members with a large variety of vegetables, fruit like melon, cantaloupe and blueberries.  If you're interested in joining, contact brownpaperbagharrys@gmail.com.  
Raspberry Knoll Farm  is in North Windham, CT and has a CSA season from Mid-June to Late September and provides members with a variety of vegetables, cut flowers and a variety of blueberries and raspberries.  You can visit raspberryknoll.com for more information!

Shundahai Farm is in Storrs and provides shares from Early May until the End of October.  Shundahai Farm also grows an amazing variety of vegetables, and provides members with fruit like watermelon, strawberries and raspberries.  They also employ no-spray agriculture, which doesn't allow for any pesticide use (organic allows a very restricted list of pesticides and fertilizers to be used) For more information about Shundahai Farm, visit their website shundahaifarm.com.

The last farm is Down to Earth CSA in Stafford which has a summer season from June to November and grows a variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers for CSA members.  For more information visit getdowntoearth.org

If you were able to make it, thanks for coming! If you missed it, or you live in a different area of Connecticut, don't worry, we will have more in 2013.  All of our fairs are funded by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program of the Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA and administered by the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.  Farmers who are interested in participating in one of our regional 2013 CSA fairs should e-mail Kristiane Huber at kristiane@ctnofa.org.
Happy Harvest Everyone!

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