July 2, 2020
Farmers' market season in Maine
We really are lucky in Maine to have great access to a number of farms that produce healthy, locally grown and sourced food. Farmers' markets and CSAs are a great way to take advantage of these opportunities and bring healthy food to your kitchen and dinner table. In this post, we will talk about how to find a Farmers' Market and CSA program near you!
The best tool to find information on local farmers' markets is the Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets website. There is even information on how markets are responding to COVID-19 and how they keep patrons safe. Farmers' markets are usually open weekly, and some have multiple openings within every week. They have an eclectic assortment of goods and food. Detailed information on each can be found on their independent websites and/or on the Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets website.
CSAs are also a great way to support local farmers and also source healthy, local food for you and your family. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. When you become part of a CSA, you buy your food directly from the farmer, cutting out the middleman. Here is how CSAs work, from the Local Harvest website, "A farmer offers a certain number of 'shares' to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a 'membership' or a 'subscription') and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season."
CSAs are typically distributed at the farm, at local community partners, or sometimes can be delivered right to your door. To find a CSA program near you in Maine and to learn more, please visit the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association by clicking here.
CSAs are also a great way to safely get produce during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Transmission of the COVID-19 virus is less likely when only one or a few known people handle food and products. Additionally, farmers and farm hands are taking extra precautions during this time, such as offering online ordering and online payment options.
It is always important to support local farmers and farms. In our beautiful state of Maine, there are so many options and opportunities to do this. Hopefully this simple blog post will help you find a way that works for you to take advantage of delicious and healthy locally grown and sourced food!