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Getting Fresh With Ross And Sheryl: Farm Gifting And CSAs

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Ross Reynolds talks with Sheryl Wiser of the Cascade Harvest Coalition about her favorite gifts from the farm, many of which can be found at local farmers markets — many of which are still open during the winter months.

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But she says it's important to be cautious about gifting a Community Supported Agriculture subscription. This program allows you to pay a membership to a farm in exchange for a delivery of fresh goods from the farm, like produce or fruit boxes. Although a great program to be involved in, Wiser says that a CSA is as individual as a fingerprint and comes with responsibility for the person receiving it, so make sure to check before signing someone up!