ASAP’s 2019 CSA Fairs
Dates & Locations
Asheville CSA Fair, March 14, 3-6 pm, New Belgium Brewing Company, 21 Craven St.
Boone CSA Fair, March 21, 4-7 pm, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, 163 Boone Creek Dr.
About ASAP’s CSA Fairs
Fair goers will have the opportunity to browse different CSA programs and talk directly with farmers about their offerings. Farms will be set up at individual tables like a farmers market and will share information about their CSA programs, including what products they offer, where and when they deliver, and about their growing practices. It’s a friendly setting to learn more about your options, or bring your checkbook to subscribe right on the spot! Groups, such as workplaces, churches, or neighborhood associations, are encouraged to attend. Some participating farms will deliver directly to these locations if there is sufficient demand.
Children are welcome to attend the fairs. There will be family-friendly activities.
Types of Farms
ASAP’s CSA Fairs will feature Western North Carolina family farms offering vegetable, meat, or flower CSA.
Participating farms all have designated drop-off or pickup locations in Asheville or Buncombe County (Asheville CSA Fair) or in the High Country (Boone CSA Fair). Some farms will also deliver directly to a business or group that commits to a minimum number of shares. Learn about workplace CSA programs and bring community supported agriculture to your business.
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. As a CSA subscriber or “member,” you typically pay upfront to receive a box of fresh, locally grown produce, meats, flowers, or other local products throughout the growing season. By making one payment at the beginning of the season, CSA members make an investment in a farm and provide valuable financial support to help that farm cover early production costs like seeds, soil amendments, and equipment repairs. Joining a CSA is a great way to support a local farm, and develop a long term relationship with your farmers!
Find farms offering CSAs throughout Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachian Mountains in our printed Local Food Guide or online at appalachiangrown.org.
Sponsor the fair and show your support for local farms!
Show your community that you support local food and farming through a sponsorship of ASAP’s CSA Fairs. A sponsorship showcases your business as a champion of the local food movement by demonstrating your commitment to local food, strong farms, and healthy communities. Sponsors will have the ability to table at the fair and be included in event promotions. Contact Emily Jackson at [email protected] for more information on sponsoring the CSA fairs or other ASAP events.
See a snapshot of our 2017 CSA fair below with this great video from WLOS: