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TURNIP THE LOCAL BEET - GO LOCAL CSA GUIDE

3/1/2019 | Stephanie Trombley

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As spring approaches the sun shines its rays upon New England. The air loses its bite and takes the form of a pleasant breeze. Naturally, a craving for fresh fruit and vegetables arises. Where better to obtain the best produce than New England? This year, explore the area and CSA offerings. CSA produce is a local harvest and always has a homegrown taste.

WHAT IS A CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a partnership between farms and consumers. Members pay in advance for a “share” of the farm’s harvest for a set portion of the year. As a CSA member, you will pick up the selection of fresh produce, herbs, or even flowers on a designated day at the farm.

Does this sound like a good way to eat healthy this summer to you? Head over to the websites of each farm listed on the next page to fill out a CSA application. But don’t wait, shares fill up quickly!

 

SAWMILL HERB FARM
140 MEADOW STREET . FLORENCE, MA
(413) 268-4372  .  SAWMILLHERBFARM.COM

Sawmill Herb Farm provides local access to quality ingredients used in a number of recipes. Before each share, Sawmill Herb Farm sends an e-newsletter with information about the herbs in the upcoming share. Herbs are grown using sustainable and certified organic practices. A local full share costs $190-200 and includes 10 shares, biweekly pickups from June 4-Sept. 25, one free class in Sawmill Herb Farm’s workshop series, and an invitation for participation in the private CSA Facebook group. A local half-share costs $100-110 and includes 5 shares, monthly pickups from June 18-Sept.11 and an invitation for participation in the private CSA Facebook group. Examples of herbs that can be found in each share include yellow dock root, motherwort, elder flowers, blue vervain, lemongrass and dandelion root.

BORDUA FARMS
1536 MAIN STREET . SOUTH WINDSOR, CT
(860) 335-2705  .  borduafarms.com

Bordua Farms provides a bountiful CSA that allows members to receive an assortment of produce once a week for 18 weeks. Each share is expected to feed a family of 2-4 people. Examples of produce in each share are beets, cabbage, herbs, melons and peppers. In October, 2 ornamental pumpkins are also included. The farm also has a floral add-on that provides CSA members with 6 bouquets. Bordua Farms teams up with other local businesses to provide unique add-ons. Pork from Mosher Farms of Broad Brook and fruit from Draghi Farms of South Windsor are additional add-ons. If joining the CSA sounds interesting, Bordua Farms will host a Night on the Farm event for current and potential members to learn more about the CSA in September.

 

GRANNY'S PLACE
844 MAIN STREET . AGAWAM, MA
(413) 786-9366  .  grannysplaceagawam.com

Granny’s Place provides farm shares for 17 weeks, from June 7 to September 27. Three share sizes are available: Individual/Senior Share for $250, Small Share for $400 and Large Share for $650. For $50, members can add a dozen farm fresh eggs. Granny’s Place offers a wide range of fresh vegetables including asparagus, potatoes, apples and squash.

OXEN HILL FARM
1434 HILL STREET  .  SUFFIELD, CT
(860) 986-2284  .  oxenhillfarm.com

Oxen Hill Farm is offering their 11th USDA Organic Summer CSA program in 2019. The farm offers a variety of shares curated to meet the needs of each individual. Oxen Hill Farm is one of few USDA Certified Organic vegetable farms in North Central Connecticut, which is something you can feel good about!

EASY PICKIN'S ORCHARD
46 BAILY ROAD . ENFIELD, CT
(860) 763-3276  .  easypickinsorchard.com

Easy Pickin’s Orchard has been offering CSA shares for a decade from their pick-your-own farm. Each box picked up from the CSA will feature whichever fruits and vegetables are in their prime during the season, including strawberries, blueberries, onions and tomatoes. Easy Pickin’s utilizes a integrated pest management system to ensure high-quality growing practices.

DOWN TO EARTH FARM CSA
5 MICHELEC ROAD . STAFFORD, ct
(860) 851-9617  .  GETDOWNTOEARTH.ORG
Down to Earth Farm’s CSA offers a unique experience. It provides members with the opportunity to work on the farm where their fresh produce will be grown! Work sessions are two hours every other week and involves tasks such as soil preparation, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. There is always staff on site to provide support and work times are flexible. For those not interested in working on the farm, Down to Earth Farm’s CSA also offers non-working shares.

SYME FAMILY FARM
72 WINDSORVILLE ROAD . BROAD BROOK, CT
(860) 623-5925  .  symefamilyfarm.com

The Syme Family Farm CSA is a little different from the usual fruit and vegetable share. The farm in Broad Brook offers a Cut Flower Club CSA, where members sign up and pre-pay for 8 weeks worth of locally grown flower bouquets. Flowers are picked up weekly between July and August.

SCANTIC VALLEY CSA
244 HAMPDEN ROAD . EAST LONGMEADOW, MA
(413) 627-2718
sites.google.com/view/scanticvalleycsa

Scantic Valley CSA collaborates with small, local farms including Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm, Crow River Farm and D&R Farm. They offer a fresh and delicious selection in their shares that varies by week. Whole Shares ($620) and Half Shares ($340) are available. Scantic Valley CSA ensures all partners use sustainable practices, including vegetables and fruits grown free of synthetic pesticides and herbicides.

MOUNTAIN VIEW FARM CSA
393 EAST STREET . EASTHAMPTON, MA
(413) 329-0211  .  mountainviewfarmcsa.com

Mountain View Farm offers three different share packages. The Singles/Couples share costs $400, the Regular share $625 and the Farm Share Plus $710. All share packages include U-Pick access. U-Pick gives members access to fields where you will find a harvest of items such as flowers, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, peas and beans.

For pricing, CSA details and specific pickup locations (many producers offer various sites) for the 2019 season, please contact farm directly. This is not a comprehensive list, if you would to be included in future publications, please contact: stephaniegolocal@gmail.com

Go Green: Remember to bring a reusable bag, basket or bin with you to pick up your CSA harvest. The less plastic, the better!

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