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:
Advantages for consumers:
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.