Community Supported Agriculture Fairs
Each year, the ARCD hosts CSA Fairs to educate and engage folks in community supported agriculture. Our goal is to increase local interest and participation in CSA which will ultimately strengthen our local food system as a whole.
What is CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an agriculture system that connects producers and consumers within the food system more closely by allowing the consumer to subscribe to the harvest of a farm. Though there are many different modern methods of implementing CSA including no-committment or a la carte purchases, traditionally, farms sell a share of their harvest at the beginning of the season. This means the farm is able to invest in their farm up front which lightens the financial burden of running a farm. Subscribing to a tradional CSA also ensures the consumer will have access to a portion of the farms harvest every week of the season making it easier to eat healthy, locally grown food! CSA also creates a close relationship between producer and consumer allowing consumers to be more aware of what goes into growing their food. Community Supported Agriculture creates a healthy local food system with engaged consumers and flourishing producers. CSA is excellent for local economies as well as public health!
Pending enough interest.
COVID-19 Information: The ARCD is committed to adhering to all CDC guidelines pertaining to reducing the spread of COVID-19. CSA Fairs will be held outdoors or in semi-outdoor/well ventilated venues. All tables will be separated by at least 6 feet of space, hand sanitizer will be readily available, and masks will be absolutely required of all participants and attendees aged 12 and older.
All Community Supported Agriculture services serving Northeast Tennessee are invited to participate. This includes those offering traditional CSA Share Subscriptions, as well as those offering order-ahead pickups and deliveries. CSAs might contain produce, protein, and/or value added farm goods. Feel free to reach out if you’re unsure whether this event is right for your service or not!
Registration fee: $15 for one event, $10 for an additional event
Register by: 02-08-21
This year, the ARCD is inviting complementary vendors to participate in CSA Fairs. As part of your participation, you will be featured in our CSA Programing information that attendees will take home, and you will be invited to set up your booth alongside our farmers. If you have any questions about the fair set-up and what is included, please reach out. Space is limited, so submit your application early!
Vendor fee: $100