CSA Hunting

Some folks refer to this as tax season. I prefer to think of it as CSA hunting season, and apparently I’m not alone. South Shore Locavores has dedicated their February meeting, to be held next Tuesday at the Kingston Public Library, to the topic. We certainly plan to attend but, as we quickly approach spring and prime growing season, my husband and I have been checking out lots of options on our own for sourcing several months’ worth of fresh local produce.

I recently started a new job with a schedule that means I rarely see daylight, so this year we are considering delivery service. Enter South Shore Organics. Drawing from local and regional producers, South Shore Organics owners Pam and Mark Denholm offer weekly baskets of produce to suit singles, couples and families, including fruit-only, veggie-only and mixed assortments. Households with strong opinions, allergies or picky eaters are easily accommodated as well, with up to three substitutions allowed per week. Unlike a traditional CSA there is no time commitment, although there are baskets consisting entirely of local produce available from June through November. They deliver on Wednesdays and Thursdays to Braintree, Carver, Cohasset, Duxbury, Halifax, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Hull, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Plympton, Plymouth, Quincy, Scituate, and Weymouth. And while I may never see the sun my delivery veggies certainly will, but that’s no problem since South Shore Organics will even put your produce in a cooler if you leave it out for them. Sigh… I wonder if these folks do windows, too?

There are also pick-up CSA options nearby for those of us, or our significant others, who work locally and can easily stop on the way home. New Braintree’s Heavens Harvest is located in western Massachusetts, but offers pick up sites around the south shore, as well as an egg share in addition to fruits and vegetables.

Colchester Neighborhood Farm (photo’s below) is just a few minutes away in Plympton, with pickups from 2 to 6 pm on either Saturday or Tuesday, for those who prefer to spend Saturday mornings asleep or at the beach. Also offering shares in a range of sizes, members can choose seasonal options as well. If you’re not up for the full 20-week share, owners Connie and Ron Maribett offer summer-only and fall-only shares, depending on where you spend the season.

Plympton is also home to Sauchuk Farm (photo’s below) farmed by Scott Sauchuk. The farm’s 18-week CSA shares include plenty of fruits and veggies, along with an array of homemade or locally produced potted herbs, cut flowers, jam, salsa, popcorn, kettle corn, apple cider donuts, and more. For the young at heart, or those with little ones, shares also include tickets to the farm’s corn maze which, together with corn cannons, hayrides, a cow train, and corn pit, is a prime harvest season attraction at Sauchuk Farm. Pickups again include convenient weekday and weekend times, and members can exchange items to suit their preferences via a specially designated swap table.

Between now and next Tuesday we’ll be researching several other options so we can make a final decision after talking to some of the CSA farmers at the Locavores’ meeting – hope you’ll follow along!

Submitted by Sara Hellmold

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The South Shore and South Coast has been home to hunting, gathering, fishing, farming––and great eating––for over 10,000 years. We are committed to identifying, devouring, and sharing all that Southeastern Massachusetts has to offer today and preserving local options for future generations.
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