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Old way to get fresh produce in SE Portland

CSA agriculture fair set for Sunday

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- An old way of getting fresh produce has new energy among people who care about what they eat -- and you can arrange for your fresh produce needs this weekend at an agriculture fair in Southeast Portland.

The organically grown produce is fresh off a Portland-area farm. CSA was a food delivery model created in the 1990's intended to invest people in their locally grown food supply. People pay their local farmer and in exchange get a regular weekly supply of a farm's bounty. It connects consumers of everything from vegetables, meat, eggs and fish with their producers. 

"It has been in the ground longer, on the vine longer, the sugars have maximized and the micronutrients are fully developed," said Holly Hutchason, the executive director of Community Supported Agriculture Portland. "The flavor is so much better than what you can get in the store."

Shannon Kane with Wild Roots PDX said this is the ideal time for people to sign up for CSA. "So people sign up now, farmers get that influx of cash they need to buy seed and do crop planning and they can invest in any of the infrastructures they need to get things going for the season."  

If you're interested in joining, there's a CSA fair this Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at The Redd Building at 8th and SE Salmon. You'll meet your farmer, sign up for locally grown produce for this summer season. SNAP benefits are also accepted in monthly installments.

For more information: PortlandCSA.org

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