2020 CSA Details
Why New Entry Food Hub's CSA?
New Entry focuses on helping small-scale beginning farmers establish and grow their businesses. We are unique as a multi-producer program: instead of the produce all coming from one single farm, our produce is grown by over 20 mixed vegetable farms, and a variety of local orchards and berry farmers. New Entry farmers grow crops on less than 2 acres of land, and many have limited English language skills, lack reliable transportation, and possess minimal computer literacy—all of which are needed to be able to develop an individual CSA. New Entry CSA provides a reliable market for these farmers by aggregating produce and distributing it through our CSA program. Your purchase of a CSA share from New Entry allows us to continue training beginning farmers to access new markets and allows us to bring fresh and nutritious produce to underserved communities through Food Access.
Based on member feedback for the 2020 season we will be offering two different CSA options to offer the most flexibility for you! Choose between a traditional farm share box for the best value or pre-purchase farm share credits and choose your own produce each week.
Traditional Farm Share Box
Our selection of the best seasonal produce each week from our network of beginning and immigrant farmers. We recommend one share for 2 average omnivore adults.
This option gives you the best value (~$38 of produce/week) but the least flexibility. This share is for those who enjoy the challenge of a farm share that may contain new and exciting vegetables to try!
If your household has allergies, picky eaters, or limited time to experiment we recommend that you check out our new Choose Your Own CSA share options!
*Register before CSA Day, February 25th 2020, to save an additional 5% off the cost of the Traditional Farm Share Box.
Choose Your Own Farm Share
Weekly custom CSA share delivery from June 15 – October 30. Pre-pay in $200 increments and each week you choose exactly what vegetables and fruits you’d like and in what quantity from our network of beginning and immigrant farmers. We will assemble your order and deliver to the pick up location of your choosing. Pre-load greater amounts for larger credits.
There is no limit to what combinations of products that you order but we do ask that you order a minimum of $20 per week to help cover the cost of packing and delivery. We reserve the right to cancel any orders less than $20.
Sample Farm Share
On a given week, you can expect to receive the following fresh & local produce in your share:
Early Summer - Baby Salad Greens, Green Onion, Bok Choy, Snap Peas, Red Radishes, Celery, Parsley, Honey
Peak Summer - Cherry Tomatoes, Slicing Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Peaches, Cabbage, Oregano, Garlic, Green Beans, Cilantro, Spring Onions, Basil
Fall - Apples, Anaheim Pepper, Heirloom Tomato, Sweet Pepper, Chives, Husk Cherries, Kale, Eggplant, Winter Squash, Thyme
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) connects producers and consumers in a unique, mutually beneficial relationship that supports local communities and the environment. A CSA membership is the easiest, most delicious way to know where and how your food is grown. When you join a CSA, you and your fellow community members support farmers by purchasing food shares before the agricultural season starts. With the money from your advance payment, farmers buy the seeds, supplies, and labor needed to grow and harvest the produce that will fill your box.
Throughout the 20-week growing season from June through October, you receive a weekly “share,” or box, of freshly harvested produce. The contents of a CSA share vary, and as a shareholder, you can expect to receive 70 different crops throughout the season. Participating in a CSA sometimes means sharing in the fluctuations of agricultural life, such as limited choices because of seasonal constraints or unexpected weather, but we work hard to make sure that you still get the full value of your share. Weekly shares are delivered directly to pick-up sites around Boston and Middlesex County. Each week, you will receive a newsletter, a list of share contents, recipes, and updates from our programs.
At the supermarket, only three to twenty cents of every dollar you spend on food makes it back to the farmer who grew it, and the food travels an average of 1,300 miles to reach the consumer, often involving very low pay for agricultural workers. The CSA model is a sustainable, fair trade alternative for consumers.
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