CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and offers a partnership between growers and customers. By paying for a “share” at the beginning of the year, customers are guaranteed a basket of fresh produce – whatever is in season that week – for a set period through the growing season. The cost of CSA shares help the farmers purchase seeds, soil amendments, and other supplies and helps reduce the risk to the grower’s income.
CSA members, in supporting local growers and their sustainable farming methods, enjoy the ever-changing bounty of the seasons. Farmers will often provide recipes for new and unusual fruits and vegetables to help the customer make the best use of their weekly produce. And Local Roots Market offers a central place for farmers to deliver and customers to pick up their weekly baskets.
Local Roots producers offering CSA shares for the 2012 growing season include:
• Adonai Acres (Mary Gnizak)
• Crooked Barn Farm (Jennifer and Dan Grahovac)
• Muddy Fork Farm (Monica Bongue)
• The Shepherd’s Market (Marion and Joseph Yoder)
• The Yard Farmers (Glenn and Julie Turner)
For more information on each CSA offered, visit the Local Roots website at www.localrootswooster.com and read the March newsletter – or stop by the store and ask.
As a year-round market for locally-produced foods and other agricultural products, Local Roots Market and Café is located at 140 S. Walnut St. in Wooster. The market is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m; and the café is open weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Membership is not required to shop. To learn more about events at the market, visit the website at www.localrootswooster.com and sign up for the newsletter.
Published: March 22, 2012