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The cornerstone of any local food economy is the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. These organizations connect consumers directly to farmers. They allow the consumer to purchase shares in a farm’s produce and provide the farmer with the security of knowing they have a stable, local market.
Fueled by a growing demand for locally produced food year-round, the number of farmers’ markets extending their operations into winter months is on the rise, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Northern states are leading the charge by pioneering techniques to extend growing seasons with indoor gardening methods.