Last night, Pen and Quill hosted a happy hour for the Station North CSA. By now, at least in the foodie oasis surrounded by food deserts, we all know what a CSA is—Community Supported Agriculture allows consumers to buy shares from a farm at the beginning of the season, which provides farmers with the money they need before the harvest comes in; members then pick up produce weekly as it is harvested.
Being a lazy cook and a workaholic writer, I have never been a member of a CSA, but I like the idea. Instead of investing in stock markets and mutual funds and bullshit like that, people should invest in the kinds of things that might make their communities the kinds of places they might actually want to retire in.
Station North has taken on the idea of the CSA, but replaced agriculture with art. Now in its second season, the Station North CSA allows members to hear presentations by participating artists, rank those artists in terms of favorites, and then receive, as they are finished, six finished works (in three different pickups).
The idea attempts to solve the problems inherent in an arts district like Station North—how do actual individual artists get paid outside of working at the bar or the coffee shop? And the artists in this iteration are really kickass, ranging from Andrew Liang, through CP contributor Alex Fine, to Matt Bovie to Molly Colleen O'Connell to TT the Artist.
The happy hour found local artists—artist Matt Bovie and his wife Holly Kay Horst, Marian April Glebes, Brooks Kossover—slurping oysters and noshing beef-tongue buns with Kevin Brown, Ben Stone, other Station North staff, and even Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano. One of our favorite actors, Naomi Kline was behind the long, marble bar.
If it wouldn't cause awkward conflicts in writing about those artists, I would buy a share in a heartbeat (my wife, CP contributor Nicole King, paid 10 bucks in an auction for a share). Since you probably don’t have such conflicts, you can still buy a share for $350 until Sept. 22.