I’m excited to share that starting this summer, you’ll be able to buy hometown grown fresh produce in town. (Finally or again, depending on how long you’ve lived here!)
Chestnut Hill Farm is now selling shares of their new CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program to launch in June. And later this summer, the farm will open its own farm stand. (Stay tuned for those details.)
Produce will be almost organic:
We are not certified organic but we do follow organic practices, are Non-GMO and strive to buy as much of our seed sourced organically.
For those of you unfamiliar with CSAs, members buy a “share” of the program. They are then entitled to a share of the bounty on a weekly basis.
The Chestnut Hill program will cost $650 per share for the approx. 20 week growing season beginning mid-June. The fee on top of required membership to the Trustees of Reservations. (Their dues start at $37 per year.)
In exchange, members will get access to pick up their pre-washed produce during an allotted time. (Either Tuesdays or Fridays from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.)
With only one share size available this first year, it’s a veggie lover’s delight:
The regular share is designed to meet the veggie needs of a family of four (or two vegetarians who like to juice!).
We grow about 40-50 different vegetables, so our shares will include plenty of your favorite staples like greens, carrots and tomatoes, but may also take you into culinary adventure with some lesser known like kohlrabi and celeriac. Don’t worry- we will have plenty of recipes and ideas for how to use anything you aren’t sure about.
Shares tend to start out lighter in weight in the beginning of summer with greens and salad roots but then become heavier as the season moves into fruits such as squashes and tomatoes and then even more so as the winter squashes come in at the end of the season.
A typical mid-season share bag might contain: 1 lb of carrots, 1 bunch of kale, 1 bunch of Swiss chard, 2 heads of lettuce, 1 bunch of beets, 2 lbs of summer squash/zucchini, 2 lb of cucumbers, 2 lb of tomatoes and 3lbs of new potatoes and a head of Napa cabbage and a melon. Then we add in the Pick-Your-Own. . .
These gardens are filled with delicious vegetables, herbs and flowers that we know our customers love to get into the field and pick for themselves. Sugar, snow and shell peas, cherry tomatoes, herbs such as parsley and sweet basil, edamame soybeans, tomatillos, hot peppers, gorgeous cut flowers and more.
As part of the program’s promotion, the farm will also hold Meet the Farmer events the first Saturday of each month. Hours will be from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. The first will be held June 6th.
Farm manager Desiree Robinson-DuBois doesn’t have all the details ironed out yet. But she expects activities to vary. For the first event will probably just be a meet and greet with her and the farm’s goats.
If you have a green thumb, and prefer growing your own, don’t forget the town also offers plots in a community garden.