Market to host CSA Fair March 2


The Nashville Farmers Market (NFM) will host the 5th Annual Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair at the NFM on Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will give attendees the chance to discuss individual growing methods and harvest schedules with farmers who are offering CSAs at NFM, including:

In addition to meeting farmers, the event will include workshops about how a CSA works and how it can become part of your family’s lifestyle. Cooking demonstrations by Chef Laura Rodriguez will showcase the ease and simplicity of healthy cooking with fresh food from your local farmer.

“CSAs are playing an increasingly important role in our lives as word continues to spread about the value of eating fresh, healthy food,” says Tasha Kennard, NFM executive director. “Our neighbors here in Nashville are fortunate to have access to so much fresh food from this group of expert farmers, and we’re pleased to be able to bring them all together for this important event.

“And don’t be afraid to stay all day,” she adds. “We’ll be hosting cooking demos, farmer talks and live music throughout the day,” including:

  • 10:30 a.m. “Choosing the right CSA for you” by Local Table

  • 11 a.m. Vegetable cooking demonstration by Chef Laura

  • 11:30 a.m. “Farmer talk: Understanding how an organic CSA works” by Hill and Hollow Farm

  • Noon “What’s a meat CSA?” by Tennessee Grass Fed Farm

  • 12:30 p.m. “The ‘Dock-to-Door’ CSA” by Virgin Bay Seafood

  • 1 p.m. Meat and seafood cooking demonstration by Chef Laura

The Nashville area features several CSA models, and the fair will give attendees the opportunity to explore the best fit. Each farmer will have a booth with farm photos, lists of the products they grow and information about their growing methods.

David Gonnerman