What with a seemingly interminable winter on our hands, you may find it inviting to consider your options for sourcing fresh produce from the bounty of warmer months ahead (and, it will happen!). The MACSAC organization (Madison Area Community Supported Agriculture Coalition) will host an open house at Olbrich Gardens, March 29 from 1:00-4:00 PM. At the open house, you will be able to chat with the farmers and to evaluate the different share options—often weekly deliveries of seasonal produce, eggs, cheese, honey or meat depending upon share plan and CSA farm. (And, many of these same farmers also participate in the area farmers’ markets).
Should you like to plan ahead, take a look at the MACSAC 2008 Farm List to consider farms and share options that will best satisfy your appetite and ability to participate fully. Many of the farms have application forms that you can submit now.
In addition to supporting a local economy and savoring the fresh produce, there are some other incentives. Many health plans furnish rebates for CSA participation. Shares can also be donated to assist families in our community in need. And, less we forget, there are opportunities to volunteer and to learn more with an internship at an area farm or MACSAC event.