Community Supported Agriculture

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

 

Harvest will be hosting the following CSA / CSF drop-offs:

 

SHARED HARVEST

Shared Harvest CSA is a multiple farm Winter CSA that connects local, small-scale farmers with people who wish to eat well while supporting local family farms. In 2013 our primary vegetable growers are Picadilly Farm and Riverland Farm, both are certified organic. Cider Hill Farm grows our apples and Charley Baer provides our dried beans. http://sharedharvestcsa.com/

 

CAPE ANN FRESH CATCH

Looking for great local seafood?

Join a CSF (Community Supported Fishery) http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org Pickup at BOTH STORES!

 

World PEAS CSA

World PEAS CSA runs from mid-June through October, combining produce grown by beginning, immigrant and refugee farmers in greater Boston, along with berries, tree fruit, and sweet corn from local farms. Sign up at http://nesfp.org/world-peas-food-hub/world-peas-csa to reserve your share for pickup at Harvest Arboretum on Washington Street in JP.

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