Celebrate Community-Supported Agriculture on Feb. 22 with the farms of YYC Growers and Distributors
[Calgary AB] February 14, 2019 – Are your New Year’s resolutions already in the rearview mirror? If so, you’re not alone, but you still have time to make good on those resolutions. YYC Growers is pleased to join other farms from around the country for the third annual CSA Day on February 22, when you can join other like-minded people around the country who are committed to:
CSA (community-supported agriculture) is a subscription to a season’s worth of sustainable, locally grown produce that is distributed to members throughout the harvesting season. It is a form of investment that allows small farmers to continue growing on a scale that may not be sustainable without the CSA model. CSA members enjoy the quality of fresh vegetables for their family, while supporting their local farmer.
- eating healthful foods and preparing them for their families;
- supporting their local farmer;
- being kind to our planet;
- contributing to local economy
- learning something new; and
- being adventurous in the kitchen.
According to Small Farm Central’sCSA Farming Annual Report, the most popular time to join a CSA each year is at the end of February. To promote this important time for farmers,CSA Daywas coined, and each year it falls on the last Friday in February. It’s an entire day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture, and CSA farmers enjoy an influx of sign-ups from members, which gives them revenue when they need it most for the growing season.
Getting food from a CSA is different from going to a farmers market or using a grocery delivery service. As a CSA member, you make a seasonal commitment to a small farmer in your area, and you pick up at a local distribution center. CSA members take pleasure in knowing where and how their food is grown, and typically have an open line of communication with their farmer.
“Community-supported agriculture is all about relationships and feeding families,” said Simon Huntley, CEO of Small Farm Central, a company that provides marketing support for small farms and started CSA Day. “CSA farmers typically teach members what’s in season throughout the year, and help them appreciate and cook food to which they may not otherwise be exposed.”
How to Get Involved with CSA Day
If you would like to celebrate CSA Day and support YYC Growers, sign up for a share on February 22, and use the hashtag #CSAday to join the online conversation. You can also sign up hereto stay up to date on news and updates about CSA Day.
“Sign up is easy and all online. Just go to our website and choose the quarters you’d like to participate in. We have plenty of payment options and great add on shares like eggs and coffee. We have pickups located in Hillhurst Sunnyside, Marda Loop, Bridgeland, Ramsay, Aspen, South Foothills, Beltline, Crowfoot Train station, and Westbrook Train Station. Only $29.95 a week for 6-9 items a week. Such a good way to buy local, support local farms and eat seasonally.”
About YYC Growers and Distributors
YYC Growers is a farmer owned cooperative based in Calgary, AB. It was founded 5 years ago as a way to collectively sell and market produce through a CSA program and community farmers markets. We have grown from 65 subscriptions to 850. 2019 we are planning to do 600 in the summer. Get in early. For more information please visit our website at http://www.yycgrowers.comor follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Small Farm Central and CSA Day
In 2006, Simon Huntley combined his passion for helping small farmers and his experience in technology to found Small Farm Central. The organization serves the technology needs of small business farmers, including websites, ecommerce, CSA member management and marketing tools. Small Farm Central coined CSA Day in February 2015 to celebrate local agriculture among CSA members and farmers. Small Farm Central has worked with more than 1,000 farms across the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit www.smallfarmcentral.comand www.csaday.info.