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Meet your local farmer at CSA open house April 17

Gorge Grown Food Network invites the public to meet local farmers and ranchers at the second annual CSA Farm Open House at Dog River Coffee in Hood River on Wednesday, April 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

CSA is short for Community Supported Agriculture — an innovative way to purchase local food that has risen in popularity in the past decade. By operating with the CSA model, farms invite their customers to become “members” for the season. CSA members are subscribed to weekly boxes of whatever is seasonal and fresh.

The up-front subscription fee provides farmers with early season cash flow, and it makes local food easily accessible. The average CSA cost is about $30 per week for a week’s worth of produce. There is a complete list of CSA farms in the gorge at www.gorgegrown.com, but the CSA Farm Open House allows you the luxury of meeting multiple farmers face to face before signing up for a 2013 farm share. Live music, food and door prizes will be part of the afternoon.

The growth in CSA farms in the past six years has been tremendous. Only two or three were available when Gorge Grown was founded in 2006. Today, there are over a dozen CSA farms in the gorge, including meat CSAs and year-round CSAs. Some CSA farms deliver to your doorstep; others invite you to visit the farm. The CSA Farm Open House and Gorge Grown’s website are two opportunities to learn more about CSAs in the Gorge.

Visit www.gorgegrown.

com for more information about the CSA Farm Open House on April 17.

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