CSAs are three ABCs getting written, said — and enjoyed — more and more these days in Western North Carolina.

CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture, is an increasingly popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer, says Maggie Cramer, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project's (ASAP) communications coordinator.

The 123s of CSAs are this: A farmer typically offers a certain number of “shares” to the public, usually in the form of boxes of vegetables and other farm products that subscribers get each week throughout the season.

ASAP is hosting a free Meet Your Farmer CSA Fair at Asheville Brewing Company on Coxe Avenue Saturday for folks interested in meeting farmers, learning about their farm share programs, as well as sampling CSA products. More than 15 farms will be represented during the fair.

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For a counterpoint, read, Not So Fast. With a greater emphasis on sustainability in the local-food movement, this video on corn-finished beef vs. grass-finished beef in relation to sustainability might be of interest.