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Local Farmer Open House Returns to Urban Ecology Center

The Local Farmer Open House is a once-a-year opportunity to meet and talk with Wisconsin farmers and arrange to buy farm-fresh food through community-supported agriculture (CSA) subscriptions. Now in its 18th year, this free, family-friendly event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 7 at the Urban Ecology Center’s Riverside Park location.

CSA is a way for anyone to purchase a subscription for a share of the harvest from a local farm. In return, CSA members receive just-picked produce directly from the farmer throughout the growing season. Shares may also include meat, eggs, honey or other extras.

The Local Farmer Open House includes CSA Basics workshops at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Chef Cooking Demo with Simple Café, at 12:15 p.m.; and the Cooking From Your CSA Box demonstration, at 1:45 p.m. Kids will have the opportunity to play farm-themed games, learn how plants grow, and explore decomposers and pollinators. Lunches from Simple Café will be available for purchase.

“Many people today are thoughtfully considering the impacts of their food choices,” says Anne Steinberg, a member of Friends of Real Food, which organizes the event. “By choosing to invest our food dollars in local farmers who use sustainable growing practices, we are casting our vote for clean water, healthy soil and reduced greenhouse gas emissions—as well as for small family farms.”

Location: 1500 E. Park Pl., Milwaukee. For more information, visit or

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