Find a CSA this Saturday at Seward


Are you thinking about signing up for a CSA, but clueless about which one to select? The Seward Co-op will help you "Get Your Share" at the city's largest Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) fair on Saturday April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

By joining a farm's CSA, you essentially purchase a share of the season's harvest ­-- fresh produce, flowers, baked goods, eggs, honey and/or meat -- which is delivered to drop-off points once a week during the growing season. Farms offer different packages depending on what types of foodstuffs they produce and where they have designated drop-off sites. At the CSA fair, you can meet the farmers themselves to learn about all the options (size, contents, delivery, cost) and select a CSA that best fits your needs.

According to Seward, CSAs have really taken off: In 1990, the number of CSAs in the United States was estimated at 50; today it is estimated at more than 1,000.

Most CSA shares are designed to feed a family of four and cost about $300 to $400, but some farmers offer half-shares, etc. for smaller househoulds. Many farms host events or work days if CSA members want to be more involved in the farm. If you're intimidated by the prospect of facing a box full of unfamiliar vegetables, most farms include recipe ideas with each delivery.

Seward Co-op is at it's new location: 2823 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis. The fair will take place under a canopy in the store's parking lot, rain or shine. For more information and a list of participating farms, visit

Also, if you want to check out Seward Co-op's Grand Opening Celebration on Sunday:

Seward Co-op will celebrate the grand opening of its new store on Sunday, April 26, from noon until 5 p.m. The event will take place in the co-op's parking lot at 2823 E. Franklin Ave. Several local musicians, including the Brass Messengers, Chastity Brown, the Godevils, Beau Kinstler and Andrea Stern will perform. Seward Co-op is also partnering with fellow Franklin Avenue business Articulture to offer creative activities for children involving art and food. An array of Seward-brand give-aways, food samples, cooking demonstrations and product information from local producers will be featured. In addition, drawings will be held throughout the day to receive garden rain barrels at a significantly reduced rate. Tours of an exhibit of the history of co-ops, authored by local co-op enthusiast Marty Brown, will be offered as well. The event is free and open to everyone.