What is a CSA? It allows customers committed to the local economy an opportunity to connect on a deeper level than purchasing from a retail store, and even in a different way than making purchases at a farmers market. With the CSA method of doing business, farms offer fresh food products through annual subscriptions, or a flat fee, that a customer pays for upfront once a year in exchange for a portion of those farmers’ products. The products are then delivered weekly or monthly to a central pick-up location or made available for pick up at Urbana-Champaign farmers’ markets.
At the CSA Fair, customers will have the opportunity to meet local farmers and businesses that offer CSA programs and buying clubs, learn about their farms or businesses, and select a share or club that best meets their needs! They can also buy products from many of the vendors (as well as other vendors) that will be selling at the Market. We encourage customers to connect with farmers and producers directly to learn about specific CSA options, how the entire systems works, and how to make different CSA options work for everyone’s individual schedule and budget.
The CSA Fair is FREE to attend. Shop Urbana Business Association‘s Market IN the Square while you visit all of the CSA vendors and learn about their offerings. If you talk with all of them you can enter to win an awesome, local-food gift basket with products from the participating farms!
Check out the CSA Fair Facebook Event page for up-to-date information on participating vendors!