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Sprout joins farms observing Community Supported Agriculture Day

LITTLE FALLS--National Community Supported Agriculture Day is Friday. Community Supported Agriculture is a way for the consumer to buy produce from a farmer up front and they plant it and in return the consumer gets a share of the farm's harvest ...

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LITTLE FALLS-National Community Supported Agriculture Day is Friday.

Community Supported Agriculture is a way for the consumer to buy produce from a farmer up front and they plant it and in return the consumer gets a share of the farm's harvest all season long. The Community Supported Agriculture model can help reduce farm and food waste which often result after farmers return home from the farmers market with unsold product, a news release stated from Sprout in Little Falls. Spout will join farms from around the country for the third annual National Community Supported Agriculture Day.

Here are ways Sprout suggests celebrating or observing this day:

• Learn about Community Supported Agriculture and find the nearest Community Supported Agriculture farm.

• Cook a meal from scratch using whole fruits and/or vegetables.

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• Consume the recommended daily allowance of vegetables.

• Conduct a produce audit of the refrigerator and count the food miles the food traveled to get to the kitchen.

• Spend the day taking photos of the nutritious, home-cooked meals and post them on social media with the hashtag #CSAday.

• Bring in a vegetable dish to share with coworkers.

• Write congressional representatives and ask for their support of small produce farms.

• Host a screening of "Food Inc." or "King Corn," or another food documentary and invite friends, or arrange to have the films shown on public access TV.

• Discuss food waste and nutritional mindfulness with family, friends or coworkers.

• Encourage a favorite restaurant to buy from their local farmers.

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• Write a letter to the editor announcing Community Supported Agriculture Day and about the benefits of being a CSA member.

• Wear an informative "Eat Local" T-shirt.

• Give children fun summer activities by planning to attend a local Community Supported Agriculture farm's family events.

• Influence those close to you to host a National Community Supported Agriculture Day party and invite food-loving friends.

• Make a commitment to the family's health in national solidarity and buy a CSA share from a local farm.

"Being a CSA customer is like stepping back in time and learning how to get active in the kitchen in a new way for many folks today-cooking from scratch," Lisa Baker, marketing director at Sprout stated in a news release. "It's a journey through the seasons that's unique to each farmer and customer. Box after box, the flavors, aromas and experiences of fresh, nutritious food are both a welcome challenge and adventure. CSAs can help families get their kids to enjoy fruits and vegetables because they get to know their farmer and see where their food is grown. Plus, supporting small family farms keeps good land stewards in our communities."

Sprout offers Community Supported Agriculture shares for pickup at Sprout in Little Falls, Brainerd, Baxter and Staples. Community Supported Agriculture shares provide members with a variety of vegetables, herbs and eggs when available and other goods which are produced by a diverse group of local farmers. Sprout partners with farmers who use growing techniques that try to protect the harvest such as growing a wide variety of crops that thrive in different conditions, cover cropping, crop rotation, irrigation and more.

Sprout offers two share sizes for 16 weeks mid-June through mid-October with six to 10 items in each box.

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