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{Christine's 2o11 22-week CSA Share from Kilpatrick Family Farm}

This month’s episode is all about CSAs-- community supported agriculture! We tell you what CSA is and why it’s awesome for both farmers and consumers. If you’re interested in supporting local farmers and the local food system, this show is for you.

Are you still on the fence about joining a CSA? Then go read our {KNOW YOUR FARMER} Why Are You a CSA Member? post from earlier this month. All of the FSC contributors that have belonged to a CSA at one point or another chimed in about their experiences and why being part of a community-supported agriculture program is important to them. There's also an excellent round-up of additional CSA advice and local foods resources.

Joining a CSA means that you’ll be eating a lot of vegetables. Not sure what to do with them all? Not even sure what they are? Never fear! FSC is here to ease you into your new life as a CSA member. Chances are, we’ll have a post or recipe about it! Hakurei turnips? Jillian has you covered here. Jerusalem artichokes? Why not make Erika’s Jerusalem Artichoke & Beef Enchilads? Try Christina’s Pickled Fiddleheads or Christine’s Rainbow Chard Quiche. FSC even ran an entire Garlic Scape Week. We’ve got you covered.

{DENISON FARM: On-Farm Pick-Up Site}

For this month's podcast, we interviewed several rad farms at NOFA-NY’s 2nd Annual CSA Fair in Albany. We spoke with farmers who run vegetable CSAs, farms who collaborate with other local producers, farms with a CSA for meat & poultry, year-round vegetable CSAs and even a farm that will do the cooking for you. You can learn more about the farms and their CSA programs at the following links:

Quincy Farm, Easton, NY (Read about FSC’s tour of Quincy Farm back in October 2011 here) Denison Farm, Schaghticoke, NY (Read about the fundraiser FSC ogranized for Denison Farm & Kilpatrick Family Farm in the wake of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee here) Full Field Farm, North Chatham, NY Kilpatrick Family Farm, Middle Granville, NY 9 Miles East Farm, Northumberland, NY

Thanks to Luke Deikis, Justine Denison, Mike Kowalski, Philip Kilpatrick and Gordon Sachs for taking the time to talk to us about their 2012 CSA programs.

{Walking Quincy Farm}

For more information about CSAs or to find a farm near you, visit www.localharvest.org. Local listeners can learn about upcoming CSA fairs in New York by visiting www.nofany.org.

Thanks for listening!

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