Open discussion thread: Ask questions, share opinions

by Beth Melo on December 27, 2013

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It’s time for another open thread. What’s on your mind this week, Southborough?

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1 Jane Cui December 27, 2013 at 11:48 PM

Looking for meat CSA members to join the group

CSA is Community-Supported Agriculture. It is a new way of obtaining animals that are fed natural grains and given no hormones, antibiotics or steroids. All animals are allowed to forage on thepastures or in woods eating and digging as natural intended.

Our group is looking for more members to join so that this local farm can deliver the packages to one location either in Framingham or Southborough bi-weekly or monthly.

The meat will be the choice of pork, beef and chicken by individual member. The bi-monthl or monthly plan will be released by the end of the Jan. So far, our group is talking about 10 Lbs/month as minimal quantity per order and the meat production is from April to October.

Our group will give this farm a 5-star for meat quality. That is the reason why we have been with them for two years. Also, Boston top hotel chiefs’ recognition shows why this farm is the good place to buy pastured meats.The detail information about the farm is featured in July 2013 issue of Boston Magazine.

The group contact infomation is ajoin_jj AT verizon dot net

2 Resident December 29, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Can you please provide more information about the farm and the program. Where is the farm? Is it certified organic? Do they have a web site? What is the cost for a 10lb share?

3 sl December 28, 2013 at 11:02 PM

There already is a meat CSA in Framingham – Chestnut Farms that delivers monthly to Stearns Farms. We are members of Chestnut. Also there is the Massachusetts Local Food Cooperative that delivers to Framingham as well. We’re not yet members but plan to join in the new year. ( They have a number of local meat providers as well as other locally made goods (cheese, honey, jams, fruits and vegetables in season, etc). There is also a fish/seafood CSA that delivers to Eastleigh Farm weekly or bi-weekly in Framingham. That is from Cape Anne Fresh Catch.

4 Sara December 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Does anyone know where I could donate gently worn baby clothes? Thanks!

5 Sboro2 December 30, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Sure, there are lots of places. If you want to make some $ and it’s good stuff try “Kid to Kid” on Rt.9 Natick (almost in Wellesley) – call ahead to make sure they’re buying the sizes/season you have. Much better payout than Children’s Orchard in Westborough. Savers or Salvation Army or St.Vincent Depaul in Framingham are other options – you are donating and people can buy your stuff for low prices and proceeds benefit charity. A personal favorite is the Marlborough food pantry at the Walker Building in downtown Marlborough – your items will go directly to those in need of them -check website for hours

6 Sboro2 December 30, 2013 at 9:37 PM

In addition to clothing, they also take books and videos.

7 Sara December 31, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Thank you Sboro2! I will go to the place Marlborough.

8 Jane December 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

It is Brambly farms in Norfolk MA. We will wait till Mid of Jan to get 2014 plan. They just started meat CSA 2014. Before it, they mainly for wholesale to hotels and restraunt. And sell the excess stock to individual like us. We paid at $5 – $7.5 per lb depending on the order size each time. We did try other farms around the twon. Most of them either no meats we need pork/lamb or too pricy for us ( group of 3 families). Due to high demand from business entities, they bought another land in upper NY state.

For more information:

9 Mary Simmons December 29, 2013 at 6:21 PM

(Creative Entertainment)


Sat Jan 18th
6:00-8:30 PM

Southborough House of Pizza
5 Main Street, Southborough


Join us for an evening of pizza and wine as we create a landscape of the Italian countryside of Tuscany. We provide all of the art materials and you go home with a beautiful painting. No artistic experience needed! Sign up for the event at or RSVP to

10 WT December 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

Does anyone know a place nearby to properly dispose of an old tube-style TV? Thanks!

11 Tim D December 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Best Buy will take up to 3 tube TV’s at one time under 32″ for free. No need to call in advance, just show up and go to the Geek Squad counter. I disposed of 3 a few weeks ago.

12 Mary December 30, 2013 at 7:48 PM

Best Buy also takes computer monitors & towers, printers, etc!

13 WT December 31, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Thank you! Best Buy took the tv. Easy as pie.

14 Kathryn k January 18, 2014 at 3:34 PM

Seeking knitting lessons! Will pay or barter.

15 snow day January 21, 2014 at 10:33 AM

any chance tomorrow is a delayed start time vs snow day?…..

16 beth January 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM

No news yet.

If there is a possibility of delay vs cancellation, I’m sure that would have to be a last minute call made tomorrow morning. I would think we’ll only hear news today if they are certain of cancellation.

I am a bit bemused that winter vacation was extended by snow days and now this 4 day weekend is looking like it will be extended. At least I work part-time from home. I’m sure some of you aren’t amused. But this is winter in New England!

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