Spring is in the air! On the heels of this year’s CSA Sign-Up Day, a multi-faceted promotional campaign that served to launch the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition, the Hudson River Exchange has announced a series of CSA fairs throughout the region, beginning on Saturday, March 18, in Hudson, NY.
CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture, a sales model through which members buy directly from a farm or group of farms, without a distributor or middleman. CSA farmers in the Hudson Valley are ideally situated and dedicated to improving public health by providing more local residents with access to high-quality food produced in their own communities. Although their financial viability relies on it, owners of small- to midsize farms practicing a CSA business model are often pressed for time, expertise or resources to effectively market their shares and expand their customer base. In response, Glynwood has helped to galvanize and launch the Hudson Valley CSA Coalition: a network of 70 farms across 11 counties in the region, and growing.
These CSA fairs will provide an opportunity for residents to learn about the vital role independent farms play in their community, and discover various CSA shares available totem. At least 10 local farms will participate at each event, which will include activities for children and a farm market of fresh products. With a diversity of shares represented, including produce, meat, dairy, flowers, herbs and more, there are options to suit any household, pocketbook and appetite. Every visitor who becomes a CSA member at a fair will be entered to win a series of prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants.
The schedule of CSA fairs in the Hudson Valley is as follows:
● March 18, 2pm-5pm - Hudson Area Library, Hudson, NY
● April 1, 11am-2pm - Old Dutch Church, Kingston, NY
● April 15, 11am-2pm - Takk House, Troy, NY
More fairs will be added as they are confirmed. Please visit Hudson River Exchange’s website for updates. Fairs are free and open to the public. Visitors should remember to be prepared with checks or cash to purchase shares.
“As makers and entrepreneurs, farmers provide sustenance and inspiration. They are vital contributors to our community,” said Stella Yoon, Co-Founder of Hudson River Exchange. “CSA shifts the way people consume food through a unique buy-in model. We find it especially important to host these fairs as a venue for people to further explore theca concept and shop around for different options and ways they can get involved.”
Partners: The Hudson Valley CSA Coalition is a network of more than 70 farms across the region. Through a series of strategic initiatives, including the new CSA Coalition searchable directory, the goals are to collectively expand and diversify CSA memberships, support profitability of farms in this region and convert more residents into shareholders.
Hudson River Exchange continues the Hudson River’s long history of bringing together people, ideas and commerce by supporting and developing the handmade economy and community surrounding it through experiential retail, markets, workshops and networking events.
The mission of Glynwood is to ensure the Hudson Valley is a region defined by food, where farming thrives. Through its nonprofit programs and educational events, Glynwood works to advance regenerative agriculture that benefits the natural environment, energizes local economies, enhances human health and strengthens rural communities.
For more information, please contact:
(845) 265-3338 ext. 110