Last year I wrote a post detailing the many CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) programs available locally and it was such a popular post that I decided to update the information for 2014. You’ll find the details below. Please leave a comment if you know of another CSA with local pick-up or delivery that I missed!
Has been growing certified organic vegetables on 80 acres in Whately, Northampton and Hatfield since 1983.
Season: Summer (June to November), fall (September to November) and winter (December to early May), Tufts academic shares or year-round shares
Size: Small, medium or large
Price: $400-$950 (early season summer share discount available until March 15 with payment by cash or check)
Pick-up locations: Kickass Cupcakes (378 Highland Ave.), Flatbread Pizza (45 day St.) and Office of Sustainability, Miller Hall near 193 Curtis St., Medford for Tufts students, faculty and staff. Cambridge pick-up locations and delivery by Metro Pedal Power also available.
About 95% of the crops from this Dracut farm are synthetic-spray free and while most CSAs are pre-boxed for you, Farmer Dave’s allows you to choose your own produce at some pick-up locations.
Season: Spring, fall, fruit and vegetable shares
Size: Small (feeds one to two people) or regular (feeds two to four people)
Price: $275 to $640
Pick-up locations: Architectural Openings parking lot (16 Garfield Ave.), Connexion UMC (149 Broadway) or Metro Pedal Power (11 Olive Square). Metro Pedal Power can also deliver your share directly to your house.
Based in Concord near Minuteman National Historic Park, the farm has grown from one acre to 2.5 in just a few years.
Season: Summer (June to October), late fall (June to November), winter bulk and flower shares
Size: Small (feeds one to two people) or full (feeds two to four people)
Price: $70-$650 (you can also work on the farm for your share)
Pick-up location: Davis Square
A two-year-old farm in Raynham that is maintained by collective effort.
Season: Spring (mid-March to mid-June), summer (mid-June to late September), fall (late September to late December), winter (late December to late March) as well as egg, meat and free ranger shares
Size: small, medium and large veggie, egg and meat shares and free ranger shares (all the food you can eat for a year)
Pick-up location: This CSA is still getting off the ground in Somerville and needs at least $500 of CSAs to be ordered to get started. You can email email@example.com for more information.
A certified organic community supported agriculture program based in Westborough.
Season: early June to mid- to late-October
Size: One size
Price: $650 (can be paid in installments and workshares are available; all CSA purchasers are required to work on the farm for seven hours during the season)
Pick-up location: Porter Square (at a member’s house)
The Vermont-based farm has been providing organic tomatoes for three decades and is launching its first CSA for 2014.
Season: starts the first week of April and runs for 26 weeks
Size: One size (box of six tomatoes)
Price: $240 (pick-up at depot) or $360 (bicycle delivery)
Pick-up location: Winslow Avenue in Davis Square or Metro Pedal Power in Olive Square. Delivery by Metro Pedal Power also available.
Founded in 1990 in Lunenburg, most crops are grown chemical-free and no GMO crops are grown at the farm.
Season: Starts the first week of June and runs for 20 weeks
Size: Small (feeds one to three people) or large (feeds three to five people)
Price: $425 or $600
Somerville pick-up location: Davis Square (14 James St.). Pick-up is also available in Central and Porter Squares.
The farm produces certified organic fruits and vegetables in Winchster, New Hampshire, in the Connecticut River Valley.
Season: June through mid-November (about 23 weeks) and egg shares
Size: One size (feeds two to four people)
Price: $77 (eggs) or $670 (regular)
Pick-up location: North Cambridge
A certified organic farm since 2011 located in Granby.
Season: Full season (June to mid-December), main season (June to mid-October), egg share (must be purchased with produce share, 20 or 24 weeks), flower share, fruit share and deep winter CSA (January, February and March)
Size: One size (feeds two to four people)
Price: from $68-$725 (some on a sliding scale, paying more subsidizes low-income members)
Pick-up location: Somerville Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave.) and Metro Pedal Power (11 Olive Square). Cambridge pick-up locations and delivery through Metro Pedal Power are also available.
Combines the produce from several small farms that would not otherwise be able to participate in CSA programs.
Season: Summer share (June to October, 20 weeks), fall/harvest share (September and October, eight weeks) and farmer’s bounty (June to October)
Size: Small (feeds one to two people), large (feeds four or five people), fall/harvest (feeds one to two people) or farmer’s bounty (feeds four or five and includes eggs, flowers and home delivery)
Price: $235 to $2,300 (workshares available)
Pick-up location: Orchard Street in Porter Square, Fairfield Street in Cambridge and 210 Packard Ave. in Medford. Many other pick-up locations available in the greater Boston area.
Metro Pedal Power Delivery: Somerville’s Metro Pedal Power (11 Olive Square) also delivers a variety of CSAs (some listed above) right to your door.
Boston Organics: A few people recommended Boston Organics, which isn’t a true CSA, but does deliver fresh, organic produce (and other food items) to your door.
Do you have a CSA in Somerville or Cambridge? Tell us about your experience in the comments.