2019 CSA Details
Did you know our CSA program is different than most? Did you know it operates to support a subset of local farmers who are working hard to grow their businesses beyond direct market sales? Did you know it also brings fresh and nutritious food to communities and familes that might otherwsie go without?
Fresh, local vegetables, fruits, and specialty items for 1-2 people:
Full 20-week share $675; Summer 10-week share $400
Buy two shares for 3-4 people and receive discount pricing
The Full season and Summer shares start in June.
Sample Farm Share
On a given week, you can expect to receive the following fresh & local produce in your share:
Spring - Baby Salad Greens, Green Onion, Bok Choy, Snap Peas, Red Radishes, Celery, Parsley, Honey
Summer - Cherry Tomatoes, Slicing Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Peaches, Cabbage, Oregano, Garlic, Green Beans, Cilantro, Spring Onions, Basil
Fall - Plums, Anaheim Pepper, Heirloom Tomato, Sweet Pepper, Chives, Husk Cherries, Kale, Eggplant, Delicata 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.
Sample CSA box from the end of June: kale, raspberries, cucumber, kohlrabi, cranberries, snow peas, cilantro
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.
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, as well as 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.
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