Make 2020 the year of personal and environmental health. Come to the annual “Meet Your CSA Farmer, Share Your Seeds” event on Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 AM to 2 PM, in the Market Pavilion. Swap your labeled heirloom or open-pollinated seeds with other gardeners and sign up for a fee-based CSA (community supported agriculture) subscription.
Seed swapping promotes diversity in and increases the quantity of locally grown produce, which farmers pack into CSA boxes that subscribers pick up at a designated location every week, from late spring to early fall. Buying seasonal produce directly from local farms not only supports small business owners in our community, it provides fresher food and cuts down on the carbon waste inherent in grocery store produce, which is often transported from other states and countries.
If picking up a CSA box would be challenging for you, ask one of the farmers at the event about delivery options.
Once you’ve signed up, you may be looking for creative ways to use all that produce from your new CSA box? Come to the Contemporary Cuisine: A Market Cooking Demonstration With Invoke, with Invoke owners Larry and Lester Gates, on Feb. 13 from 11 AM to noon The class is free to attend, no reservations required.. Take notes while Chef Lester prepares one of his favorite dishes, and then join in the exclusive tasting option. Lester is an accomplished chef, having worked for such local restaurants as L’Auberge, Sidebar, Salar, Taste Creative Cuisine and Lucky’s Taproom, and we’re thrilled that he’ll be hosting this cooking demonstration for 2nd Street Market patrons.