March 21 event introduces public to harvest-share farmers

Sustainable Connections is hosting a CSA Fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Boundary Bay Brewery’s beer garden, 1107 Railroad Ave.

CSA stands for “community supported agriculture,” in which consumers buy a share of a farm’s produce at the start of the season and receive a weekly box of the farmer’s harvest. Shares can be delivered to a house, picked up at a central location or delivered to a workplace, and can include vegetables, fruit, dairy, meat, eggs, flowers, honey or other specialty items.

The fair will have live music while people meet and talk to Whatcom and Skagit farmers who are offering CSAs. Copies of a new directory of CSA farms will be available.

Many farmers offer early-bird discounts for CSA customers. A share typically costs $20 to $25 a week and feeds two to four people. Some CSA farms accept food stamps.

Sustainable Connections is hosting a member luncheon April 2 for businesses interested in learning about CSA arrangements for employees. A Farm Fresh Workplace toolkit for employers also is available at sustainableconnections.org.