Be Local Northern Colorado will hold a Community Supported Agriculture Fair on March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Opera Galleria, 123 North College in downtown Fort Collins.
The fair is an opportunity to explore different CSAs, meet the producers and learn about how different CSAs operate. Be Local expects the fair to be attended by approximately 20 CSAs who are offering shares to the community for 2013.
The basic CSA model — and there are now many variations — involves buying a share of a farm’s production. The fee is paid at the beginning of the season to help fund production. The farm then delivers a box of produce weekly for 20 to 25 weeks. Shares may also be offered in fruit, eggs and other products, depending on what the customer selects.
“There is a wide variety of products available through CSA shares, and you can find a program that is just right for you.” said Michael Baute, Food & Farm Program Coordinator for Be Local. “At the CSA Fair, interested people can learn about different CSAs and find one that meets their needs.”
Baute said some CSAs maintain a traditional weekly delivery, although some now offer an assemble-your-own offering at farmers markets.
“We have CSAs which offer fruit, eggs, dairy products, bread and other products,” Baute said. “And some offer beef, pork lamb or poultry. There are options for consumers, and that’s why we’re holding the CSA Fair on March 2.”
More information on the CSA Fair can be found at