CSA farms continue to grow

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ELKHORN — That's right, now your local food is coming boxed. Community supported agriculture farms in Walworth County are selling their wares in weekly and biweekly boxes. This gets fresh seasonal food to their customers on a regular basis. The most popular time to sign up for your CSA box is right now. As people learn about the benefits of supporting local and see the huge differences in food quality, the demand for local food is rapidly increasing.

The concept behind community supported agriculture is that the farmer offers a certain number of CSA boxes to the public. The contents of the boxes are most commonly vegetables, but also could be items like fruit, bread or meat, depending on the farm.

Walworth County has multiple CSA farms operating. To find one near you take a look at the newly released 2014 Farm Fresh Atlas, available through the UW Extension online at FarmFreshSEWi.org or in print. This year's atlas includes Benhart Farm, LotFotL Community Farm and Turtle Creek Gardens in Walworth County.

Tim Huth of LotFotL Community Farm says, “Members often get better prices and selection than at the farmers market, while providing farmers with secured stable income.” LotFotL Community Farm began in 2007 and moved to Elkhorn in 2011. LotFotL was recognized this year as the Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training, or C.R.A.F.T., Beginning Farmer of the Year.

C.R.A.F.T. is a farmer-led coalition organized by sustainable agriculture farmers in a self-selected geographic region. LotFotL's website boasts “making Local EASY” and they offer veggie, chicken, egg and meat shares.

Turtle Creek Gardens is owned and operated by Janet Gamble, who has more than 30 years of experience growing produce and educating others in organic and sustainable vegetable production. Benhart Farm offers a meat and egg CSA created from animals raised on their farm.

Read more about Walworth County agriculture:

Sunday: Farmers put technology to work

Monday: Sharon farmer awarded dairy grant

Tuesday: Ethanol influences local ag market

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