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

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

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Emma Christensen
Apr 7, 2008
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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