Boston-Area Farmshares and CSAs: Going Fast So Sign Up Now!

The weather in New England has only just started to show a softer side, but we already want to leap ahead to summer. And we're not the only ones--farmshares and CSA's around Boston have been filling up fast!

After enjoying their farmer's market produce for a few summers, we signed up for a CSA with Stillman's Farm this year. Any other New Englanders out there with a favorite CSA?

And for those of you who are looking for one, here are a couple of farms around Boston that still have openings...Stillman's Farm
Half-share: $300
Full-share: $450
Pick-up locations in Jamaica Plain, Southborough, Framingham, New Braintree, Lunenberg, Brookline, and Quincy
Sign up here at Stillman's Farm

Stillman's provides a good balance of basics like peppers and onions with more unusual items like Romanescu broccoli. We also just happen to know that they have some of the best peaches around.

BONUS! Stillman's also recently started a meat share with poultry and lamb and beef, oh my! Learn more about it at the Stillman's Turkey Farm.

Siena Farms
Half-share: $250
Full-share: $500
Pick-up locations in Sudbury (at the farm), Copley Square, and Boston Public Market
To sign up, visit Siena Farms.

The produce from this farm is almost too pretty to eat! Luckily it tastes as good as it looks, as it should since farmer Chris Kurth is married to Chef Ana Sortun and the farm provides all the produce for her Cambridge restaurant, Oleana. Membership includes a significant discount on their farmstand produce but doesn't include a weekly box.

Common Wealth CSA
Full Season Vegetable Shares (24 distributions, mid June until mid Dec.): Sliding Scale $525-$650
Main Season Vegetable Shares (20 distributions, mid June until late Oct.): Sliding Scale $425-$550
Fruit Plus Shares, Available at Boston and Mass Mutual locations only: $180 each
Flower Shares: $100 each
Pick up locations Greenfield, Springfield, Jamaica Plain, Somerville, Brighton, Cambridge, or Montague
To sign up, visit Common Wealth CSA

This CSA is actually a cooperative of three different farms: Red Fire Farms, Shoestring Farm, and the Benson Place. We like that they really emphasize affordable healthy eating for families by offering a sliding fee or work exchange for their CSAs.

Parker Farm
Half-share: $300
Full-share: $475
Pick-up locations in Davis Square, Central Square, and Porter Square
To sign up e-mail parkerfarm@mac.com or call 978-582-9943
Visit their website: Parker Farm

This is a new one for us, but we've heard good things. The farm is employing mulching and crop rotation in an effort to curb reliance on chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

We were also going to mention Waltham Fields Community Farm, but all the shares seem to be sold out! If you had your heart set on them, they are auctioning off two final CSAs at Sprout!

Where are you getting your CSA this year?

(Don't know about CSAs? Check out our post on Choosing a CSA for some more background info.)

(Photo Credits: Red Fire Farms)

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