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Local CSA program looks to help farmers


Agriculture — French Prairie Gardens has memberships available for weekly deliveries

In a concept originating from Europe and Japan, the French Prairie Gardens & Family Farm in St. Paul has memberships to its Community Supported Agriculture program available. The 2012 season will run for 18 weeks and allow families to buy local and support local farmers. The program means fresh produce can be delivered on a weekly basis to participants’ work places, picked up at the farm or at drop-site locations.

CSA programs are popping up across the nation to help the struggling family farm. Food in the United States often travels an average of 1,500 miles before reaching consumers. This makes it hard to compete with larger farms, but CSA’s are working to remedy the situation. At French Prairie Gardens, all fruits and vegetables included in the weekly deliveries are picked that day.

For members, baked goods from the bakery can be added to the weekly box, which include seasonal muffins, scones, breads and pies.

The season starts Wednesday and ends Oct. 1.

For more information, visit www.FPGardens.com.