My husband and I were planning to buy a share for a CSA this year (with pick-up in JP), but it appears that we are too late and all the CSAs that offer shares with JP pick-up locations are already sold out. We are now wondering whether someone who's had more luck than we might be interested in splitting a share with us. Also, if you signed up for a share but changed your mind in the meantime (because you're moving, etc.), please let us know.
We'd also be grateful if you could direct us to a farm that still has shares available (we checked RedFire, Stillman's, and FoodProject, and they're all sold out).
CSA stands for "Community Supported Agriculture".
Some farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of vegetables, flowers, fruits, etc. The produce is locally grown and often organic.
A CSA is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA.
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, though, driving (at least on a regular basis) is somewhat out of the question because we don't have a car and renting a car every week to pick up a share would make the whole thing too expensive (and also environmentally less optimal). Thanks anyway, though!
In case you can't locate a CSA share, an alternative is Boston Organics, which delivers weekly or biweekly to your door. It's not the same as a CSA, as the items are sourced from many different suppliers, and not all are local. But it's all organic and available year round.
We have subscribed to the service off and on depending on our eating habits, and have been happy with the quality of the produce.
I just posted an announcement about a CSA opportunity. Community Servings, located at 18 Marbury Terrace (near Stony Brook), will serve as a CSA pick up site for Heaven's Harvest Organic Farm. Please let me know if you have questions. Here are the details:
Join Heaven’s Harvest Farm CSA for Jamaica Plain
Join your local friends and neighbors in Jamaica Plain to receive a
once weekly delivery of certified, organic produce at
Community Servings (near the Stony Brook T stop).
What’s a CSA?
A Consumer Supported Agriculture initiative is a way for the food buying public
to create a relationship with a local, organic farm, and to receive a weekly
basket of produce.
How Can I Participate?
To inquire about this wonderful opportunity, please call Jennifer Opp at
617-522-7777 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Weekly shares will be
distributed from Community Servings at 18 Marbury Terrace in Jamaica Plain.
How Does the Program Work?
You will receive a variety of nutritious vegetables and fruit provided by Heaven’s
Harvest Farm located in New Braintree, MA for 15 weeks beginning in June.
Fresh cut flowers are also available. Full shares (1 bushel) are available for
$36/week and half shares (1/2 bushel) are $23/week. Payment plans are available.
Enjoy Great Food & Help the Environment!
Shares are going fast and there is a maximum allowed for your community.
Heaven’s Harvest has been growing certified organic produce since 1994!
Join the 400+ members at 20+ local sites in Eastern and Central MA and celebrate good food and your part in preserving open and productive farm land for the benefit of all.
Deadline for inquiries is May 30th