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CSA Share Fair: Spring starts here
March 21, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm| Free
Calling all Portlanders who have ever wondered about joining a Community-Supported Agriculture program! The Portland-Area CSA Coalition and Ecotrust are teaming up to throw Portland’s first-ever public fair to celebrate CSA farms and the hard-working farmers behind this unique business model. Come to Ecotrust’s new building, the Redd on Salmon Street, to be matched to the perfect CSA farmer for you and your family, while joining in chef demos, updating your cookbook library, and giving your kids a taste of farm life in the city. As spring dawns, renew your commitment to our local farmers and eat boatloads of fresh food. Farmers! Meet and hang out with Portland’s full range of dedicated, cutting-edge CSA farmers — from third-generation family farmers (Love Farm Organics) to Portland’s original CSA farm (Sauvie Island Organics), experimental herb and garden start growers (Winslow Food Forest) to wild salmon fishers (Iliamna Fish Co.), sustainable meat producers (Moomaw Family Farm) to nonprofit cooperatives (Adelante Mujeres). You’ll discover that CSA farms encompass options for the most delicious, freshest vegetables, as well as meat, eggs, honey, medicinal plants, and more. For a full list of all the 30+ CSA farmers who will be participating, visit www.portlandcsa.org. Farmer Matchmaking & Speed Dating Professional matchmakers will create “dance cards” of the best potential farmer matches for you, based on select criteria. Expedite the hunt for your dream CSA farm with our help. Cookbook Swap Meet Seeking your formerly beloved — now unwanted — printed matter contributions for trade-in (i.e. cookbooks, bizarre food pamphlets, magazines, and other food ephemera). Spring clean your shelves and then refill them with new-to-you treasures. Every item you bring will give you a credit for one item. Bring your contributions on the day of or, better yet, reach out to email@example.com for drop-off options. Chef Demos Throughout the day, Portland chefs will work their magic — and teach attendees how to work theirs — with a full range of fresh, local spring produce. A trio of chefs Cathy Whims, Jun Robles, and Brian Murphy (Nostrana and Oven & Shaker) will host the CSA Showcase Showdown, taking on every item in a CSA box to produce the most delicious, simple breakfast, lunch, and dinner you can make. CSA guru Katherine Deumling of Cook with What You Have — the go-to resource for CSA recipes — will offer demos and host grueling rounds of Stump the Chef. Don’t miss the expert techniques and delicious samples. Kids’ Activities From drawing vegetables at the Free Spirit art station to kids’ cooking demos to getting a tour of Zenger Farms’ traveling chicken coop to a mission-based scavenger hunt, there will be ample activities to entertain the kiddos. Food to Eat, Drinks to Drink Come hungry. There will be food and drinks for sale from Tastebud Farm, Seastar Bakery and Tabor Bread, and Nossa Familia Coffee, among others. Visit to the Redd Nonprofit Ecotrust has purchased a 1918 warehouse in inner Southeast, which it plans to transform into a working hub for the new food economy. Get a peek inside this atmospheric, historical space — called the Redd — before it undergoes its overhaul, and talk to the team behind the project to learn more about what’s brewing. Parking is available at the site and in the surrounding neighborhood. On Twitter & Instagram: #csasharefair @ecotrust @edibleportland @reddonsalmon On Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1587089971536246 Illustration by lori-d.com for the Full Plate Farm.