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For The Vegetable Less Traveled . . . Buy Local!
Doug Wubben
WSGC Member & MACSAC Coordinator


Why are more and more Wisconsin consumers choosing food grown ‘closer to home’? Why is food that travels 1,300 miles from farm to table any different than food traveling 50 miles? Why are local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farmers giving presentations to elementary school students about food and farming?


MACSAC Open House

Find out by attending the Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition’s 11th Annual Open House on Saturday, March 13 at Olbrich Botanical Gardens (3330 Atwood Ave.) from 1-4pm. This free, family-friendly event provides the public with an opportunity to explore their options for obtaining fresh food, grown without chemical fertilizers and pesticides, from a local farm. Featured at the event will be CSA farms from south-central and southwest Wisconsin answering questions about their farms, being a CSA member, and how to get fresh nutrition-packed food delivered weekly to a pick-up site near them. The CSA Open House will also include live music, kids activities, presentations, cooking demos, and educational displays. There will be a raffle drawing for prizes including a 2-person CSA share from the farm of choice ($350 value). Proceeds from the raffle benefit the Partner Shares Program’s efforts to link low-income households with CSA farms.


Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) creates a relationship between farmers and consumers who together share responsibility for producing and distributing food. With a CSA, members pay a fixed amount to a local farmer up front in the spring. In return, they receive 20 or more weeks of fresh organic produce beginning in May or June and ending in October or later. In addition to offering the regular produce share, some farms offer spring shares of salad greens, fall shares of root vegetables, shares of flowers, herbs, meats, eggs, or other food items. All CSA farms serving Madison and surrounding areas deliver boxes of produce to pick-up sites for their members. Many farms have pick-up sites at their farms as well.

CSA promotes a local, sustainable, food system as well as a healthy sense of community. Kay Jensen, who raises vegetables, strawberries, and chickens outside of Sun Prairie at JenEhr Family Farm says, “CSA offers the best opportunity for us to be a part of community, in our neighborhood and town, and with CSA members—plus we get to feed our friends really great food.”


Join Us!
Whether one has been thinking about joining a CSA for years, has only just heard of the concept, or simply wants to usher in spring with a fun, family-friendly event, the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Open House is the place to be on March 13. Interested in entering the raffle for the CSA share but can’t attend the open house? No problem, you don’t have to be present to win and tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting Doug Wubben at 226-0300.