CHELSEA, Mich. – St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea and 5 Healthy Towns will host a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair on Sunday, February 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Chelsea First United Methodist Church, located at 128 Park Street in Chelsea. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and speak with local farmers, as well as sign up for summer CSA memberships, which include access to weekly boxes of in-season produce.
A CSA membership is a subscription-like service to a local farm’s produce, which can include vegetables, fruit, humanely raised meats, organic options, or more, depending on the farm. At the fair, potential CSA members will have the opportunity to browse tables and meet with local farmers and producers. Attendees can ask questions and learn about which CSA options are best for them, based on the food options, pickup times and locations, and price of each farm. Once signed up, CSA members will have access to weekly boxes of fresh, locally produced food.
“Signing up for a CSA membership is an affordable way to access local, sustainable food, and gives a vote of confidence to local farmers,” says Stephanie Willette, manager of the Chelsea Farmers Market. “A membership also challenges consumers to eat seasonally and to expand their dietary knowledge. Additionally, supporting small-scale, family-owned and diversified CSA farms is good for the environment. These farms build soil health, protect water quality, support biodiversity and offer a habitat for pollinators.”
Memberships to CSA farms are available in the communities of Grass Lake, Stockbridge, Manchester, Chelsea and Dexter, often with pickup locations at the town’s farmers market.
If interested but unable to attend, a second CSA Fair will be held on Thursday, March 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., inside St Joseph Mercy Chelsea’s cafeteria.
A directory containing information about all CSA farms within the 5 Healthy Towns area will be made available prior to markets opening in May. Please e-mail all questions about this program to the Chelsea Farmers Market at email@example.com.
About St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea (SJMC) is a not-for-profit hospital established in 1970. Located in Chelsea, Michigan, SJMC is a member of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System. SJMC is nationally recognized for both quality of care and patient satisfaction by national ranking organization Press Ganey, and is accredited by the Joint Commission. SJMC attracts more than 300 physicians in almost all disciplines, with leading edge technology.
About Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) is a health care organization serving seven counties in southeast Michigan including Livingston, Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Jackson, and Lenawee. It includes 537-bed St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, 443-bed St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, 304-bed St. Mary Mercy Livonia, 136-bed St. Joseph Mercy Livingston in Howell, and 133-bed St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. Combined, the five hospitals are licensed for 1,553 beds, have five outpatient health centers, six urgent care facilities, more than 25 specialty centers; employ more than 13,400 individuals and have a medical staff of nearly 2,700 physicians. SJMHS has annual operating revenues of about $1.9 billion and returns about $120 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs.
SJMHS is a member of Trinity Health, the third largest Catholic health care system in the country. Based in Livonia, Mich., Trinity Health operates in 21 states, employs about 95,000 people, has annual operating revenues of about $15.8 billion and assets of about $20.4 billion. Additionally, the organization returns almost $1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs.
For more information on health services offered at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, please visit www.stjoeshealth.org.