TRAVERSE CITY – The Michigan Statewide CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Network, a collaboration between Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS), MSU Extension, and Taste the Local Difference (TLD), is excited to announce their upcoming Michigan virtual CSA Fair on Feb. 26. 

Those that would like to learn more about what a CSA share is, what their options are, and even find a CSA program in their area are invited to join this virtual open house. The fair will feature two different drop-in Zoom sessions - a “lunch hour”, from noon to 1 p.m., and a “happy hour” session from 5-6 p.m., for participants to explore local CSA programs. 

Participants can join regional breakout rooms to learn more about offerings in their area, or join a general information room to learn more about community supported agriculture broadly. Those interested in participating should register through MSU Extension. 

“CSA programs are a unique opportunity for consumers to get to know a local farm while receiving a consistent supply of farm fresh produce throughout the growing season,” Kelly Wilson, the Director of Community Partners with TLD, said. “Since shares are typically purchased in spring, they also help farmers with critical early season funds to purchase valuable inputs for the main growing season. They are fun opportunities to try new-to-you foods and, while all CSAs are unique, many provide recipes and preparation tips to help you use your share.” 

TLD supports farms and CSA programs throughout Michigan. Their online directory of farms allows users to search for a CSA program by county, growing practices, farm certifications, and more. 

Additionally, their blog includes articles on seasonal recipes and how to make the most of a farm share. Questions can be directed to Emma Beauchamp, Communications Manager for TLD at emma@localdifference.org.

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