Food

Farm Share Fair

Before the harvest

Attend

What: Farm Share Fair

When: 12 pm Sat., Mar. 30

Where: Boundary Bay, 1107 Railroad Ave.

Cost: Free

Info: http://www.eatlocalfirst.org

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Living in the modern age means you can easily summon someone to deliver a pepperoni pizza to your doorstep or have grocery store employees do your shopping for you. And when it comes to other food choices where convenience is key, it’s also possible to have farm-fresh fare delivered directly to your front porch, workplace or agreed-upon drop spot.

To find out more about that third option, you’ll want to schedule time to stop by Sustainable Connections’ and Tilth Alliance’s fourth annual Farm Share Fair happening from 12-3pm Sat., March 30 at the Mountain Room at Boundary Bay Brewery.

The event focuses on Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, weekly food delivery programs that not only provide subscribers with a rotating lineup of locally grown produce, seafood, meat and more, but also cut down on plastic packaging and, in many cases, offer comestibles that were grown without pesticides.

“By buying local, you are ensuring that your food won’t need preservatives, additives or other synthetic ingredients,” organizers say. “Most (if not all) of the farms featured at the Farm Share Fair have dedicated themselves to sustainable or certified organic farming practices.”

At the event, farmers from both Whatcom and Skagit counties will be on hand to answer questions about their growing practices and their various shares. As attendees listen to live music by Ruby and stroll the info booths with pints in hand, it’s the hope that everyone will find a food-based fit and price range that’s right for them.

Per usual, Mike and Kim Finger of Cedarville Farm will be there to tout their various-sized shares, which include vegetables, herbs, chicken and turkey. The duo introduced Whatcom County to CSAs in 1992, and now serve more than 150 families with “startlingly fresh” fare grown organically on fertile soil near the Nooksack River.

Dakota Stranik of Rabble and Roost Farm in Ferndale will also be on hand to discuss her customizable mix of produce available for pickup at the Lynden Farmers Market from June 18-Oct. 5. The five-acre farm specializes in organically grown, wholesome vegetables, fruit and eggs.

“We encourage our customers to come experience the farm and see how we use regenerative practices to care for the land and all it produces,” Stranik says. “Our tiny little farm gives us great pride, and we are constantly working to make it a shining example of local sustainable agriculture.”

Also in attendance will be the nonprofit farm business incubator Viva Farms, which has pickup locations in Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Burlington, and Sedro-Woolley. Pigs Fly Farm (Mount Vernon), Goat Boat Farm (Acme),  Rabbit Fields Farm (Mount Vernon), Long Hearing Farm (offering pickups in Marblemount, Rockport, Concrete, Sedro-Woolley, and Darrington), and Flynn Farms (Everson) are a sampling of other growers that will be represented at the event.

Because spring is a busy time of year for farmers, the fact that so many of them will be away from their fields for the Farm Share Fair shows how important the CSAs are to their survival, providing important financing during the time of year before their harvests have reached full fruition.

While you could sit in a parking lot on Saturday afternoon and wait for your list of edibles to be delivered to you by grocery store employees, meeting the farmers who could be supplying you with a season’s worth of locally grown garden goods is also an option worth considering. It might not be as convenient, but it promises a much more personal payoff.

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