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February 13, 2017

Top 5 Reasons To Join a Nashville CSA

Our Top 5 Reasons to Choose a CSA Program in Nashville, TN, will help you, our market shoppers, decide if Community Supported Agriculture is right for you and your family! Beginning your search at our 3rd Annual CSA Fair on Saturday, February 25, 2017, is a smart way to start. But until then, we've complied our top 5 reasons you should join a Nashville-area CSA program this year so you can learn the many ways both you and our local farmers can benefit.

What is a CSA?

CSA is an acronym that stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is essentially a symbiotic relationship formed between consumers and their local farmers. Each farm offers a certain number  of "shares" per year which can include anything from produce to dairy to meat, baked goods, flowers, etc. However, most CSAs offer fresh fruits and vegetables, or even a combination of each. Customers purchase a subscription at the beginning of the year, and receive a box or basket of farm products every week throughout the farming season.

To learn more about how you can benefit from a CSA program here in Nashville, read our Top 5 Reasons below, and also, be sure and join us on February 25th, 2017, from 10am to 2pm at the Nashville Farmers' Market for our CSA Fair, where you can meet local farmers and learn about the CSA programs available!

1) Fresh food, all year. One of the biggest perks of joining a CSA has got to be our favorite word at the Nashville Farmers' Market—FRESH! The food you receive through your local CSA has been grown and harvested fresh from the farms in our area, producing better flavors, more nutrients, and tastier meals all year long.

2) Know where your food comes from. Shopping at a major grocery store chain leaves some families left with unanswered questions about where their produce was grown or how their meat was raised. With a CSA membership, you have a direct connection to the person who feeds you, ready to answer any questions you may have.

3) Supporting local economy. Nashville is booming, and supporting our local agriculture is one way to ensure everyone benefits. By supporting a local farm with a CSA subscription purchased at the beginning of the year, you're helping them feed your family, and theirs, too.

4) Knowledge. Through a CSA membership, not only do you reap the benefit of fresh food, but you learn more about seasonality and how food is grown/produced. You also gain cooking skills with new and fun recipes at your disposal.

5) Recipes! Yes, we said recipes. With most CSA subscriptions, you receive a new recipe every week from your farmer that corresponds with the ingredients in your box. And there are no better recipes, we've found, than recipes created by farmers! They know food, flavors, and how to cook for families. Learn all about the kinds of CSA subscriptions and recipe programs at our CSA Fair on Saturday February 25th, 2017!