Want to meet the farmers that grow and sell their products in Champaign-Urbana? Curious about what your buying options are as a customer? Plan on attending The First Annual Market at the Square CSA Fair and learn more about Community Supported Agriculture options available in CU.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local food, bridges the gap between consumers and farmers, and can be a valuable option for anyone wanting access to fresh fruits and vegetables (and even meat, cheese, bread, and more!). The First Annual Market at the Square CSA Fair is your opportunity to talk to the farmers that offer CSAs, buying clubs, and similar programs.
Natalie Kenny Marquez, Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square, answers our questions about The First Annual Market at the Square CSA Fair:
What is a CSA?
CSA is a method of going business. Generally, farms are the businesses operating CSAs and in doing so offer fresh food products through annual subscriptions, or a flat fee, that a customer pays up front once a year in exchange for a portion of that farmers products that is typically delivered to a central location weekly or made available for pick up at Urbana’s Market at the Square.
Why Should I Participate in a CSA?
CSAs allow folks committed to the local food economy an opportunity to connect, on a deeper level than purchasing from a retail store, and even differently than at a farmer’s market. There is still plenty of shopping to be done at Urbana’s Market at the Square, and you’ll never want to skip a weekend. But by participating in a CSA you’ll have the opportunity to help your favorite farmers at a whole new level.
What Exactly is the Market at the Square CSA Fair?
At the First Annual Market at the Square CSA Fair, you’ll be able to learn about the farmers and their farms, their products and programs, and select a share or club that best meets your needs! Why is it happening in the middle of winter? For farmers, this is the time when they’re deep into planning and right before they begin their planting. Some farms accept new members throughout the course of the year, as well. We encourage consumers to connect with farmers directly to learn about their specific parameters around sign-up.
Give me the Details!
We hope that you’ll join us for our First Annual Market at the Square CSA Fair on Wednesday, January 21st from 3-6 p.m. at the Urbana Civic Center, located at 108 East Water Street in Urbana. There will also be educational information about local food, free samples and recipes, a Sprouts at the Market activity table (free fun for the kiddos while you learn about CSAs!), music, and more.
Where Can I Learn More?
To learn more, please call Natalie Kenny Marquez, Director of Urbana’s Market at the Square at 217/384-2319, or email email@example.com or visit www.urbanaillinois.us/CSA-Fair. Be sure to follow the Market on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for timely updates and event specific information.