Local Farms Growing Food for Autumn thru Deep Winter.
Has your local farmers’ market finished for the season? Or, has your summer CSA farm share made its last distribution? Or, perhaps you have always wanted to try out a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) but the long summer season just doesn’t fit your schedule? Well now is your chance! You can enjoy locally raised vegetables and meats thru the deep winter by subscribing to a farm for a “share”. The farmer then reserves a share of the harvest and storage crops for you to pick up at the farm on given days. Each farm has their own style and schedule, check out the list below for details:
1. Apponagansett Farm, Dartmouth
Offers a 10 week winter CSA for $260 starting 10/21/14. Pick up is on Tuesdays.
See photo above, starts October 21 and goes through December 23rd. Pick up is weekly at the farm from 3-6 pm. It will be loaded with salad greens, cooking greens, Asian greens, cabbage, roots, winter squash, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and more.
2. Bay End Farm, Bourne
Will host a Shared Harvest CSA pick-up location on Saturdays at the barn at 200 Bournedale Rd. Bourne. The food is grown by organic farmers from western MA. For more information about the share and signing up- folks can go to www.sharedharvestcsa.com where information about a Hingham pick up location is also available.
3. Brix Bounty Farm, Dartmouth
Will distribute winter shares on Fridays.
4. Colchester Neighborhood Farm, Plympton
A Winter Roots and Greens Share will run from November 5th through December 24th, certified organic farm, $225.00, you select pick up day.
5. Copicut Farm, Dartmouth
Has some exciting Fall specials including a Fall Bulk Orders where folks can place and order for 50lbs of chicken that is individually packaged and flash frozen to stock freezers for the cold months. Fall Bulk Orders can be placed at a farmers’ market and will be delivered to the market of choice. Thanksgiving Turkey reservations may also be made at a market or online, but hurry these are going quickly!
6. Dufort Farms, Rehoboth
Grassfed Beef and pastured pork available for pick up at the farm or delivered to a market location listed on the farm website. **Please be sure to scroll down on the link for the order form.
7. Freedom Food Farm, Raynham
There is still room in the Fall CSA that just started! Info can be found on the Fall CSA Sign-up Sheet or the farm website above. The farm stand is also open through the fall and free hayrides and pick-your-own pumpkins (75 cents a pound) are available on Saturdays in October: 10am-3pm.
8. Holly Hill Farm, Cohasset
Sign up by December 1, monthly box pick up at the farm to begin Saturday, December 13. Box contents consist of mixed produce from additional area farms and pick up day will have other added value options, like Pork from Brown Boar Farm, jams, flour, oats, eggs, etc.
9. Langwater Farm, Easton
Has an 8 week Winter CSA running Nov-Dec, choose your day of pick up. Sign-ups available until late October, Cost $175. A share will include a bounty of certified organic greens (kale, Swiss chard, salad greens, lettuce, spinach and more), roots (turnips, beets, carrots, etc) potatoes, winter squash and much more!
10. Nantucket Mushrooms, Chatham
Has a winter CSA for pick up at the farm, or arrange for another local farm location.
PLEASE NOTE: Other area farms have options too, not listed here, so be sure to ask your favorite farmer about Thanksgiving shares, winter shares, winter markets they may attend and other ways they have planned for you to eat locally thru the winter.
AND- we’d love to hear about your CSA experience! Love to write, passionate about local food, want to spread the word about how to eat locally all year round? Please get in touch if you’d like to chronicle your fall/winter CSA membership for edible South Shore & South Coast readers, via of this blog. Email: Barbara@ediblesouthshore.com