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What Is A CSA And How Do I Join

What is a CSA And How Do I Join?

Image Courtesy of One Straw Farm

What is a CSA?

From the USDA site:
As farming becomes more and more remote from the life of the average person, it becomes less and less able to provide us with clean, healthy, lifegiving food or a clean, healthy, lifegiving environment.  CSA  or Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm.  In return, members receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season.

How do I join?

From the MDA:
The Maryland Department of Agriculture is encouraging citizens to consider joining a community supported agriculture (CSA) farm to support local farmers while receiving delicious, nutritious, fresh produce all summer long. CSA members pay an upfront subscription fee to farmers in return for a share of the season’s harvest, which is usually provided weekly.  For convenience, many CSAs deliver to central locations for pick up closer to subscriber’s home or work on a certain day of the week.

It may seem early, but CSA memberships typically fill up quickly. Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance says,  “This is the time of year to join a CSA and enjoy the fruits of local farms all summer.”

Recommended Baltimore City CSAs
(Click on the farms to get more information)

One Straw Farm (Organic)
Spoutwood Farm

Calvert Farm
Real Food Farm

Don’t live in Baltimore? -For a list of CSAs in your area, CLICK HERE.

Learn Sausage-Making With Baltimore Food Makers
November 10, 2010, 4:17 pm
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Learn Sausage-Making With Baltimore Food Makers

Topic:  Sausage-Making At Home
When:  Nov. 13, 2010 from noon – 3 p.m.
Where:  address will be emailed to those who RSVP
Who:  Baltimore Food Makers and their family and friends (all ages welcome)
Cost:  Free!

This Saturday, Baltimore Food Makers, a group celebrating home-grown, home-preserved, and home-made food in Baltimore, will be giving a sausage making demonstration, with vegetarian options.  It is FREE to anyone who joins Baltimore Food Makers.

From Baltimore Food Makers:

Within Baltimore Food Makers, you will find people passionate about good food, people who want to know where their food comes from and who play a part in getting it from seed (or animal) to the table, people who are carrying on the important skills of growing and processing food for themselves and their families. We trade, barter, and share our equipment, skills, and knowledge.

To learn more and RSVP, CLICK HERE.


48 Hours To Go For Hamilton Crop Circle Pledge Drive

48 Hours To Go For Hamilton Crop Circle Pledge Drive

Support Hamilton Crop Circle.  Click on the Kickstarter link to the left and make your pledge.  This project will only be funded if at least $15,000 is pledged by Thursday Jul 29, 11:59am EDT.  Every Kickstarter project must be fully funded before its time expires or no money changes hands.

Here’s what Hamilton Crop Circle in Baltimore does:

Local Composting Program
Hamilton Crop Circle works with area restaurants to collect compostable materials at no charge, reducing waste, while creating natural fertilizer.

Roof Top Gardening
HCC is developing a system of rooftop gardening projects in the industrial and mercantile sectors throughout Baltimore City to produce locally grown food.

Feeding The Hungry
Recognizing the need to provide fresh food to Baltimore’s needy HCC has forged a partnership between Our Daily Bread and the Baltimore Farmers Market to donate fresh foods weekly.

Educational Growth
By developing microfarms at area schools, HCC is educating young people about where food comes from, and how to grow it. The gardens are ideally watered by the school’s rooftop cistern. The vegetables find their way to the cafeteria and the science room.

POST UPDATE: When this call for pledges was posted at 12:00 pm on 7/27 the Hamilton Crop Circle had $300 to go.  They have since surpassed their goal -way to go Hamilton Crop Circle!

Farmers Market Every Day Of The Week Now In Baltimore City

Local Food Now Available Every Day Of The Week In Baltimore

The local growing season in on and Baltimore Farmers’ Markets are popping up like dandelions.  For the first time in decades, Baltimore will have local food every day of the week at a market stand in the city.  Below is a rough guide to start you on your quest for the best local food around!

Baltimore Farmers’ Markets and Stands:


Real Food Farm Stand
Belair-Edison Family Health Center
3120 Erdman Ave
Monday: 5-7pm


University Farmers’ Market (University of Maryland)
Plaza Park, Paca Street
Tuesday: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11 – November 23

Village of Cross Keys Farmers’ Market
Parking Lot – Village of Cross Keys
5100 Falls Road
Tuesday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. June 1 – October 26


Mt. Washington Whole Foods Market Farmers’ Market
5800 Cottonworth Avenue/ By Starbucks at the Mt Washington Mill Center
Wednesday: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 9 – November 17

Park Heights Community Farmers’ Market
5201 Park Heights Avenue (Pimlico Race Course Parking Lot)
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 2 – November 24

State Center Community Farmers’ Market
201 West Preston Street
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. June 2 – October 27

Real Food Farm Stand
500 Kirk Avenue, Sheperd’s Clinic
Wednesday: 5-7pm


John Hopkins Hospital Farmers’ Market
Jefferson Street pathway near Cancer Research Buildings
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Mill Valley General Store
2800 Sisson Street
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 9 – 5 p.m., Sunday 9 – 3pm

Real Food Farm Stand
Lake Montebello Pavillion
Friday: 5-7pm


32nd Street/Waverly Farmers’ Market
400 block of E. 32nd Street
Saturday: 7:00 a.m. to Noon Open All Year*

Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) Farmers’ Market
1415 Key Highway
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. June 5 – September 25


Baltimore Downtown Farmers’ Market
Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay Streets (under JFX Viaduct)
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to Noon (or sell out)

Mt. Washington Farmers’ Market Season Opener

Mt. Washington Farmers’ Market Season Opener Wednesday, June 9th

Mt. Washington Farmer’s Market
Wednesdays, 4 – 6:30pm

Every Wednesday the farmers’ market is held in the parking lot of the Mt. Washington Mill Center nest to Whole Foods.

The market is conveniently accessible from the Mt. Washington light rail station.


At the Inaugural Market free reusable bags will be given to the first 100 people.

Vendors Include:

-One Straw Farm Organic Produce
-Pond View Farm Produce, Eggs, Relish
-Belvedere Farm Fresh Flowers
-Eula’s Cuisine Savory Soups
-Hickory Chance Beef
-Hawks Hill Creamery Cheese and Ice Cream
-Chippers Dog Treats
-Charles Street Gourmet Chutneys & Condiments
-Infused Spreads Gourmet Fruit Butters
-Wilson Mill Peaches & Apples(in Season)
-Baltimore Backyard Nurseries Potted Flowers, Produce
-KareDan Farming Initiative Goats Milk Soap, Local Honey & Beeswax Products, Hand Spun Yarn & Herbal Oil

Lauraville Farmers Market Begins Tuesday

Lauraville Farmers Market Begins Tuesday

The Tuesday Farmers’ Market in Lauraville begins its Second Season on Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Music, food & friends every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Harford Road at Montebello Terrace. MAP IT

To find a farmer’s market near you in Maryland, CLICK HERE.