Gorge Grown sponsors CSA Farm Open House April 17

Gorge Grown Food Network invites the public to come meet local farmers and ranchers at the second annual CSA Farm Open House at Dog River Coffee in Hood River, Wednesday, April 17, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

CSA — community supported agriculture — is an innovative way to purchase local food that has risen in popularity in the last decade. By operating with the CSA model, farms invite their customers to become “members” for the season. CSA members are subscribed to weekly boxes of whatever is seasonal and fresh.

The upfront subscription fee provides farmers with early season cash flow, and it makes local food easily accessible. The average CSA cost is about $30 per week for a week’s worth of produce.

There is a complete list of CSA farms in the Gorge at www.gorgegrown.com, but the CSA Farm Open House allows the community to meet multiple farmers face-to-face before signing up for a 2013 farm share.

Live music, food and door prizes will be part of the afternoon, and anyone is welcome to join Gorge Grown and farmers for the CSA farm celebration.

The growth in CSA farms in the last six years has been tremendous; only two or three were available when Gorge Grown was founded in 2006. Today, there are more than a dozen CSA farms in the Gorge, including meat CSAs and year-round CSAs. Some CSA farms deliver to your doorstep; others invite you to visit the farm.

The CSA Farm Open House and Gorge Grown’s website are two opportunities to learn more about CSAs in the Gorge.

Gorge Grown Food Network acts as an information clearinghouse for local food and farms as a part of its mission to support locally grown food and local farmers. Promoting opportunities to purchase food directly from a local farmer is one way they do this, and CSA farms are a fun and easy way for a customer to buy local food. Visit www.gorgegrown.com for more information.

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