Decatur Brew Works (102 E. William St.) is hosting a Local Growers Market from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22. Local farmers from a variety of backgrounds, including vegetable, meat, cut flowers, and small batch food producers, will be at a the brewery to explain how the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) plans work, get people signed up, and give suggestions for how to best use the CSAs.
Participating growers include: Rubber Ducky Farms, Grazed, Wren’s Gate, Maddox Sweet Corn, Double D Farms, Bushel and Peck Wildflowers, Red Barn Kitchen, McGrath Farms & Artisan Soaps, Over the Rainbow Farm, Good Samaritan Inn.
Find the event on Facebook for more information. To sign up to be a participating farmer or to learn more, email Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The goal of the Local Growers Market is to provide a space for local growers to connect with the community and grow their businesses, as wells as to create a fun and interactive environment that improves everyone’s access to local, fresh food. At the meet up, the community will have the opportunity to learn about the various ways they can purchase local produce and goods and how to use them. With so many various CSA options, this meet up allows customers to find the option that’s right for them.
What is a CSA? A CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, allows consumers to invest in the local economy and connect with their local growers on a deeper level than purchasing from a retail store or even a farmer’s market. In a CSA program, farms offer fresh products through annual subscriptions, or a flat fee, that the customer pays for 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.