Support New England Farms & Get a CSA (List)
My 2017 new year’s resolution is to make something new every week using as many local ingredients as possible. Being a newbie cook, it started off as a pretty daunting adventure. But, since one of my job perks is free greens (we’re hiring!) and I’ve got some amazing farmers markets around me, I quickly got inspired.
The key has been planning and routine. This is a whole other post for another day, but like a lot of other folks, if I don’t have the right ingredients at home for a recipe it’s way easier to get take out. So, on Thursdays / Fridays I’ve bringing home greens from work and figuring out a recipe that works them in. On Saturdays, I’ve been stopping by 7ate9 Bakery, the Somerville Winter Farmers Market, and M.F. Dulock’s to pick up anything I might need to supplement. Then on Saturdays / Sundays, I’ve carved out time to make food for the week.
Lucky for me — and all y’all — last week when the winter market closed, there was a Farm Share Fair in Somerville that had many New England-based farms offering all kinds of farm shares. A few friends couldn’t attend, so for the love of them and farms and buying local, I pulled together this blog post to encourage people to buy a CSA (or multiple — helllooo chocolate CSA). Not only will you be supporting some wonderful local farms and small businesses, but I believe that you’ll get inspired by their food as well.
If I’m missing anyone from that evening, or if you’ve got a farm that you think I should add (New England-ish), please let me know in the comments! Also, I know farms aren’t always the best at marketing themselves, so please share this or at least post on the socials linking to your fave farm.
In no particular order…
Red Fire Farm — Certified Organic — Montague, MA (they’re hiring too!)
Shares Available: Vegetables / Fruit / Eggs / Flowers / Mushrooms
Seasons Available: Summer (June — October) / Fall (November — December), 4–20 week options
Pickup Options: Boston, Brighton, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Newton, Somerville, Watertown, Worcester, Granby, Montague, Northhampton, Springfield
Delivery Options: Via Boston Pedal Power to Newton, JP, Roslindale, Cambridge, Somerville, and parts of Boston
Also available at a few farmers markets Springfield, Amherst & Boston.
Trish notes: Big fan of theirs! I was a regular customer during the Somerville Winter Market. They also donate directly to relief groups and use a sliding scale for low income members.
Buckle Farm — Organic — Unity, ME
Shares Available: Vegetables / Herbs / Fruit, Tomatoes, Flowers
Seasons Available: Summer (15 weeks)
Pickup Options: Jamaica Plain, Fenway/Longwood
Delivery Options: n/a
Trish notes: You can add Buckle Farm Organic Coffee with your order when you check out.
Brookfield Farm — Amherst, MA
Shares Available: Vegetables / Meat
Seasons Available: June til Thanksgiving
Pickup Options: Arlington, Lexington, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Newton. All on Thursdays. You can also pick up at the farm in Amherst.
Delivery Options: Via Metro Pedal Power, cost is an additional $8/week or $200 for a season
Trish notes: They win the congeniality award for the fair for dealing with my silliness. (Props to Zoe and crew!) Other things to note: they also have a senior share. And they also they have payment plans in case you’re unable to pay up front. SNAP is available.
Hettie Belle Farm — Organic — Warwick, MA
Shares Available: Meat (beef, lamb, pork, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and geese)
Seasons Available: Summer / Winter / Fall
Pickup Options: Warwick (on the farm), South Deerfield, Florence, Concord, Boston. Also Brattleboro, VT or Keene, NH.
Delivery Options: N/A
Trish Notes: You can mail in your check, Paypal, or SNAP.
Langwater Farm —Certified Organic — North Easton, MA
Shares Available: Vegetables / Flowers (July to mid-September)
Seasons Available: Late May — October / November — December
Pickup Options: Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville
Delivery Options: N/A
Also available at their Farm Stand in North Easton, the Pawtucket Wintertime Farmers’ Market, and the Original Easton Farmers’ Market.
Trish Notes: You have to print out their sign up sheet and mail with payment.
Soluna Garden Farm — Winchester, MA
Shares Available: Flower / Flavor (blended herbs & spices) / Tea
Seasons Available: Spring (mid-April — June) / Summer (July — mid-October) / All Year (with 3 month or 6 month options)
Pickup Options: Winchester / Boston / Somerville
Delivery Options: No, but herbs — spices — teas can be mailed.
Also available at their stall at Boston Public Market.
Farmer Dave’s — Dracut, MA
Shares Available: Vegetables / Fruit
Seasons Available: Spring (March-June) / Fall (October-December)
Delivery Options: Farmer Dave’s delivery is available to Lowell, Dracut, Andover, North Andover, Methuen, Tewksbury, Melrose, Wakefield, Stoneham, NorthVia Metro Pedal Power Delivery, email or call them to see if you’re in the delivery area.
Also available at a bunch of farmers markets in MA and NH.
Trish Notes: When you check out, there are add ons: make a donation, beans, syrup, honey, merchandise, pickles, pickled beets, Alex’s Ugly Hot Sauces.
Island Creek Oysters — Duxbury, MA
Shares Available: Chef Share (seafood, vegetables, cheeses, meats) / Shell Share / Oyster of the Month Club
Seasons Available: Chef & Shell Share (June through October — 5 shipments) / Oysters (year-round)
Pickup Options: Shell Share & Chef Share — Duxbury, Boston, Burlington
Delivery Options: All Shares
Picadilly Farm—Certified Organic — Winchester, NH
Shares Available: Produce (Vegetables / Herbs)
Seasons Available: Full Season (June — November) / Floating 12-Week / Summer (June — August)
Pickup Options: Arlington Heights, East Arlington, Bedford, Central Belmont, Belmont Hill, North Cambridge, Newton, Watertown, Winchester (@ the farm), North Reading
Delivery Options: No
Brookford Farm — Certified Organic — Canterbury, NH
Shares Available: Vegetable / Cheese / Full Diet (Certified Organic Vegetables, Dairy, Pastured Eggs, Grass Fed Beef, Pastured Pork, Raised Broilers). They also have add ons — vegetables, peak season vegetables, dairy, pastured eggs, artisanal cheese, fermented vegetables, pastured pork, 100% grass fed beef, pasture raise broiler, maple syrup.
Seasons Available: Summer (June-October) / Fall+Winter (October-March) / Spring (March-June)
Pickup Options: Somerville, Amherst, Canterbury, Concord, Deerfield, Dover, Epsom, Plymouth, Exeter, Hampstead, Hollis, Manchester, Nashua, Salem, Stafford
Delivery Options: No
Trish Notes: Big fan of Brookford. When they were at the Somerville Winter Market I bought meat, eggs, cheese, and veggies from them! They also allow you to schedule “vacation time” online.
World PEAS — Lowell, MA + Boston, MA
Shares Available: Fruits / Vegetables / Egg / SNAP CSA /Fair Share (weekly donation toward the purchase of a share for a low-income senior citizen or family in greater Boston)
Seasons Available: Farm (June — October) / Summer (20-week) / Fall (10–week)
Pickup Options: Andover, Bedford, Boston, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Everett Lowell, Medford, Reading
Delivery Options: No
Freedom Food Farm — Raynham, MA
Shares Available: Vegetables / Eggs / Meat
Seasons Available: Summer (May — October) / Fall+Winter (More info soon)
Pickup Options: 15 Berkeley Street, Somerville — Tuesdays, 3–6PM
Delivery Options: No
Trish Notes: Bought from them when they were in the Somerville Winter Market. Definitely a fan! Also, contribute an additional 75% of your share’s cost, and they’ll cover the rest to provide the same size share to a community member!
ReVision Urban Farm — Boston, MA
Shares Available: Produce (Vegetables + Herbs). Franklin Field / Community Shares are reserved for people of low income living in Dorchester and Mattapan).
Seasons Available: Summer (June-October)
Pickup Options: Cambridge, Somerville, Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain
Delivery Options: No
Trish Notes: Big fan of their mission, and have volunteered on the farm. ReVision is “an innovative community-based urban agriculture project that grows produce in its own fields and provides access to affordable, nutritious and culturally appropriate food to residents of our ReVision Family Home and extended community.”
Sun Moon Farm — Rindge, NH
Shares Available: Vegetable (weekly bread add-on), and you can also donate a share
Seasons Available: Mid-June — October
Pickup Options: Rindge, NH (on the farm) and Cambridge, MA— gather 10 or more members in a location and they’ll add a drop off site.
Delivery Options: No
Somerville Chocolate — Somerville, MA
Shares Available: Chocolate
Seasons Available: Quarterly harvests though one year chocolate making season. Each harvest consists of three 75 gram (about 2.5 oz) chocolate bars.
Pickup Options: Ball Square, Somerville, Cambridge
Delivery Options: For an additional $30.
Trish Notes: The nation’s first bean-to-bar chocolate CSA!
Lilac Hedge Farm — Berlin, MA
Shares Available: Meat (meat, poultry, raw dog food)
Seasons Available: All year (shares are 6 months, though)
Pickup Options: Berlin, Burlington, Cambridge, Holden, Westborough, Canton, Jamaica Plain, Needham, Newburyport, Somerville, Winchester
Delivery Options: Based on location (roughly $10–15 through Metro Pedal). Downtown Boston, Back Bay, South End, Seaport, Charlestown, Somerville, Cambridge, Brookline, Arlington, Belmont, Brighton, Watertown, Lexington, Winchester, Malden, Medford, Newton, Milton, Jamaica Plain, Dorchester.
The Farm School — Athol, MA
Shares Available: Vegetables / Meat / Share a Share (donate to help them serve low-income individuals and families in Athol and Orange)
Seasons Available: Summer (For Meat, May-July — For Vegetables, June — October)
Pickup Options: Cambridge, Watertown, Athol
Delivery Options: Additional $210 fee
Also available at the Watertown Farmer’s Market.
Not a CSA but…
The Foodery — Boston, MA
Fully-prepared meals (no cooking required) that you can order online and have delivered (Greater Boston Area). They cook / prepare using local farm ingredients + partner products such as:
High Lawn Farm (MA), Wintermoon Roots (MA), Capone Foods (MA), Harvest Farms (MA), Wards Berry Farm (MA), Pete and Gerry’s (NH), Pineland Farms (ME), Maine Family Farms (ME)
Red’s Best — Boston, MA
“Seafood wholesaler that aggregates from small, community-based fishing boats, to bring you fresh, healthy, sustainably caught seafood, ranging from scallops to salmon to hake and more.”
Order Online: http://www.redsbest.com/redsbest/wildfish.html
Pick-Up / Delivery: Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, Somerville
Available At Farmer’s Markets: Copley Square, Belmont, Jamaica Plain, Harvard Square, Dewey Square, Stoneham
Farmers To You — Vermont
“Farmers to You is an online, farm-to-table grocer that fosters partnerships between families and farmers. Currently operating in the Boston and Northern Vermont areas, we deliver the best ingredients in New England — fresh from the field, straight to your door — all year long.”
Order Online: https://farmerstoyou.com/create_account.php ($35 off for your first order, min $40 order.)
Delivery: Home + Office Map / Neighborhood Pickup Site (MA — Acton, Andover, Arlington, Belmont, Beverly, Cambridge, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Marblehead, Roslindale, Rowley, Waltham, Wellesley, Westwood AND Vermont of course).
The Food Project — Lincoln, MA
“Since 1991, The Food Project has built a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture.”
They’re looking for volunteers! Grow fresh veggies, support local youth, promote food access, and give back to the community. Groups & individuals welcome.
When: April through June, 9:30AM-12:30PM
Lookout Farm — South Natick, MA
Hard cider made from fruit orchards in South Natick, MA. Never from concentrate! Visit the farm, hang out in their taproom, or book an event there.
9 Miles East Farm — Northumberland, NY
“We’re here to make it easy to eat local food.” Meal delivery service (no cooking required) available in Greater Boston and. Several meal formats available and they can accommodate vegetarian, gluten-free, and Paleo nutritional profiles. Special offers available where five or more coolers are delivered to the same location.
Urban Farming Institute — Boston, MA
“The Urban Farming Institute of Boston’s mission is to develop and promote urban farming as a Commercial sector that creates green collar jobs for residents; and to engage urban communities in building a healthier and more locally based food system.” Check out their training programs, conference, and all the awesome things they’re doing for our communities: https://urbanfarminginstitute.org/