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April 4, 2013

Farmers' Market offers CSA subscriptions

Raffle to be held on April 13

The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market is selling raffle tickets to win a 25-week Community Supported Agriculture subscription.

The CSA is for Heller’s Farms, which offers fruit, vegetables and preserves. Heller’s Farms is owned by Debbie and Seth Heller of Bainbridge and is a fixture at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.

“It is our first year promoting CSAs at the market, and it is pretty exciting, I think,” said Lyn Weir, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and Agriculture Program manager. “As a CSA member myself, I know I eat healthier now. I tried to eat healthy before, but now I eat even better. I always have fresh vegetables available when I open up my refrigerator.”

The sale of the raffle tickets started last weekend and will continue at the farmers’ market on Saturday and on April 13. The drawing will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the 13th. Tickets cost $5 each.

In addition to Heller’s Farm, two other local farms will offer CSAs this year through the market. Gaia’s Breath Farm of Jordanville offers a certified organic CSA, and the Middlefield Orchard offers a fruit CSA.

All three local CSAs will have weekly Tuesday pickup at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. Weir said that she hopes the mid-week pickup will encourage more people to buy local and eat fruits and vegetables.

“The Saturday markets are very busy during the summer,” she said. “This way people that are in town all week can pick up their boxes without having to fight the traffic or come back into town on a Saturday.”

Heller’s 25-week CSA is from June 25 to Nov. 19 and costs $700, payable in two installments.

Gaia’s 25-week CSA is from June 8 to Nov. 23 and is $675, payable in two installments. Their products are certified organic by Demeter USA, a not-for-profit farm organization that is dedicated to improving conditions in the farming and food industry by promoting biodynamic agriculture.

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