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Nourish Knoxville hosts community supported agriculture fair

Nourish Knoxville is hosting a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair Monday, March 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Whole Food Market, 6730 Papermill Dr. CSA subscribers purchase a “share” of a farm, receiving a portion of the farms products at designated times throughout the year. The most common CSA share is a weekly box of seasonal produce, but they can take many other forms, including a monthly meat share, bi-weekly egg share or weekly cut-flower share.

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Purchase a share of the farm. Image courtesy of Nourish Knoxville

“CSAs offer farmers literal seed money in the off season, allowing them greater ability to invest in seeds and inputs for their farm, while also building a customer base,” said Nourish Knoxville Executive Director Charlotte Tolley. “For the consumer, it is a way to feel connected to a farm and the community, while receiving some of the best of what the farm has to offer. Rather than having to get to a farmers market early for the best pick, a CSA customer gets the best of a farmers market saved just for them."

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet more than 10 local farmers and learn about their CSA programs. Participating farms include A Place of the Heart Farm, Abbey Fields Farm, Care of the Earth Community Farm, Crooked Road Farm, David Lay Farms, Garden Delivery CSA, Lacewing Farms, Sustainable Harvest Farm, Terraced Gardens Farm, University of Tennessee’s VOL-Supported Agriculture, and others. Several of the farms in attendance accept SNAP/EBT benefits for their CSA programs, and they all deliver to Knox County. More information is available by contacting Daniel Aisenbrey at 865-215-5183 or

“Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to connect customers with their local farmers. Customers know exactly where their food is coming from, and farmers get to know their customers on a more personal level,” said Garden Delivery CSA Farmer Jen Russomanno. “CSAs are a win-win for everyone involved.”

Nourish Knoxville, Inc. is a Knoxville-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working in the East Tennessee region to cultivate and support relationships between farmers, producers, and the community through outreach, education, and advocacy and to build healthy communities through connections to local food. Projects include the East Tennessee Local Food Guide, Market Square Farmers’ Market, Winter Farmers’ Market, and Market Square Holiday Market. For more information visit

Published March 11, 2018

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