Take Advantage of the Freshest Seasonal Produce – Join a Farm Share!

By Guest Blogger Liz Layton, GIC

Want to know where your food comes from?  Head over to the Farm Share Fair in Cambridge on March 14 (The fair will be held at Cambridge College from 5:30 – 8:30 pm; for directions click here).  There you’ll meet Massachusetts farmers and find out how you can sign up for farm shares. 

Mindy Harris kindly let us reblog her explanation of the FARM SHARE program (otherwise known as a CSA – Community Supported Agriculture).  A Farm Share is a weekly distribution of products during the growing season. A Farm Share box is also referred to as a CSA box; which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Customers pay money up front at the beginning of the season, and then get a box of goods throughout the season. The box is delivered weekly to a convenient pickup location in your area. You can compare the programs yourself and decide which farm you’d like to buy from. Some farms offer veggies, some offer a combo of fruit and veggies, some offer flowers, meat, eggs, cheese, and other items. You can pick the program that is the best for you and your family.

Prices for farm shares vary depending on which season you sign up for.  Most farms prefer payment up front, but some offer installment plans.  If a box of food a week sounds like too much for your household, consider sharing the cost and the produce with other people near you.

Here are a few of the many Massachusetts CSA farms that bring fresh produce to greater Boston:

9 Central St., Suite 402, Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: (978) 654-6745

The World PEAS Coop includes farmers enrolled with the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project (www.nesfp.org). World PEAS farmers hail from Africa, Asia, North America, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean, using sustainable techniques to cultivate over 70 vegetables for a CSA that is as diverse as the farmers that produce it.
Product categories offered: Vegetables, Fruit
Pickup location(s): Andover, Bedford, Burlington, Cambridge, Dracut, Lexington, Lowell (multiple), Tufts Medford, East Boston, Tufts Chinatown, Winchester

Stillman’s Greenhouses & Farmstand
1415 Lancaster Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462
Phone: (978) 537-3342

Family farm, proud not only for conscientiously grown crops, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers, but also our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs across the state. Take pride in selling only what we grow ourselves. Garden Roots Festival in May. Wander through our corn maze and pat this year’s sheep and pigs. You are sure to find Stillman’s a nice experience for the whole family.
Product categories offered: Vegetables, Fruit
Pickup location(s): Jamaica Plain, Southboro, Framingham, New Braintree, Lunenburg, Brookline, Quincy

ReVision Urban Farm
965 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, MA 02118
Phone: (617) 541-0222

Victory Program’s ReVision Urban Farm in Dorchester and the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln are partners in the ReVision Urban Farm Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. This collaboration creates an urban-suburban agricultural link, increasing our farms’ capacity to distribute fresh, locally grown, organic produce to individuals living throughout the greater Boston area. We are committed to providing high quality, nutritious vegetables to all, regardless of one’s ability to pay.
Product categories offered: Vegetables, Fruit
Pickup location(s): Davis Square, Porter Square, Milton, Jamaica Plain

Weir River Farm
141 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA 02018
Phone: (781) 740-7233

Small diversified farm on the South Shore. Farm property of The Trustees of Reservations, offers self-guided hiking trails, visiting and volunteer opportunities, educational programs, vegetable CSA, and retail meat and egg sales.
Product categories offered: Vegetables
Pickup location: On Farm

Enterprise Farm
75 River Road, Deerfield, MA 01373
Phone: (413) 665-8608

Our year-round program provides a weekly share of veggies from our certified organic farm, plus organic fruits and veggies from partner farms in our neighborhood, and up and down the East Coast, all year long. Featuring year-round and seasonal options, two sizes to choose from, and flexible payment plans.
Product categories offered: Vegetables, Fruit
Pickup location(s): On Farm, Somerville, Jamaica Plain, Dedham, Arlington, Downtown Boston (Newton coming soon)

There are many more Massachusetts CSA farms in Massachusetts – check them out at http://massnrc.org/farmlocator/map.aspx?Type=CSA – you’ll want to visit them all!  (If you go quick you might just catch the end of sugaring season at a farm where they boil sap to make maple syrup.) 



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