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California grows almost half the fruits and vegetables in the U.S. It’s also deep in drought and some farms are short on water. That may sound like a chance for Midwestern farmers to churn out more peppers and broccoli, but it’s not that simple.

The California drought is not the golden opportunity that it may seem. Not yet. Even in a drought California still has big advantages over the Midwest.

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The local food scene has exploded in recent years, which means there’s a lot more local produce on dinner tables. It also means that during the spring season as small farms start ramping back up, they have to work a bit harder to attract new customers.

Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, allow subscribers to connect directly with a farm, and remain a mainstay for local farmers looking to latch on to consistent revenue.

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Call it “peak farmers market.” Or maybe the plateau of “know your farmer.”

Horticulture Day

Mar 22, 2013
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It is officially springtime, although it’s hard to believe with the cold snowy weather we’ve been having. Today it’s Horticulture Day on Talk of Iowa! We’ll talk about how this late winter weather will impact the planting season. We’ll also discuss how you can eat local, fresh food all year round through Community Supported Agriculture, or "CSA". And, we’ll be taking your questions.