Friday, March 5, 2010

This little blogger went to (the farmers) market

Natural. Local. Organic. Those are the words I associate with food and Earth Day. But, Earth day comes around in April, a time of year here in New York's Hudson Valley when there's not much produce growing yet. That is, unless you know the right place(s) to look for it.

Well, on April 24th and 25th, look no further than the Hudson Valley 40th Anniversary Earth Day Celebration, where local, natural and organic food is going to be a focus (along with tons of other cool stuff to see and do), starting with a Farmers' Market, right in the middle of Building E.

Yep. If you want to buy and taste a bunch of the local, natural and organic bounty of our region, come to our Earth Day Celebration and march yourself into the Farmers Market, which will boast some of the best our Hudson Valley farmers have to offer! SO far, the list of what you'll be able to see, buy, taste and take home includes: cheese and dairy delicacies, fresh salsa, fruit, jar pickles, jellies, mustards, wines and winter vegetables (yes, you with the sharp eyes...that list
is in alphabetical order...). And the list is growing (fact and pun!) as more farmers commit to being with us!

There also will be CSA farms there offering you the opportunity to sign up for a share of their season's crops.
What's CSA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture. That is, individuals, like you, pay a fee to the farm(s) of their choice, before the season begins (so the Earth Day Celebration at the Fairgrounds is the perfect place and time...) to have a share in the risk and reward of the farm's(s) harvest. Your CSA share helps the farm you've chosen bear the costs of operation, and your reward is utterly fresh, amazing produce (or dairy products, etc.) during the season.

So, to (farmers) market, to (farmers) market to buy a....well, maybe you'll even be able to buy a share of a fat pig! We'll let you know as the farmers market and CSA offerings expand over the coming weeks. Check back and see!!

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