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Local Farmer Open House Educates on Farm-to-Table Agriculture

Few things are as delicious as locally grown farm-fresh food, and subscribing to a community-supported agriculture program (CSA) brings that food directly from a local farmer to the table. The 16th annual Local Farmer Open House will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 10, at the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside Park location. Participants will have the opportunity to meet area farmers and learn about their CSAs. Talks and cooking demonstrations are also scheduled.

Subscribers to a CSA purchase a share of the harvest and conveniently receive boxes of farm-fresh produce and other items directly from a local farmer. CSA customers have the satisfaction of connecting to the farmers, knowing where their food comes from and supporting a local family farm.

At the Open House, people can meet the farmers as well as attain information on how their shares differ in size, the contents of CSA boxes, frequency and locations of pick-ups, and the flexibility and extras they offer. A resource table will be present, and scheduled workshops include CSA Basics, Cooking From Your CSA Box and a CSA question-and-answer session, and a cooking demo entitled Using Farm Fresh Ingredients will be led by John Raymond, chef de cuisine with Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro.

Cost: free; lunch available for purchase. Location: 1500 East Park Pl., Milwaukee. For more information, call 414-964-8505 or visit UrbanEcologyCenter.org/csa.

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