Marke style CSA

**Now updated for 2024**

WHAT IS A CSA?

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture.” In this farm business model the customer pays at the beginning of the season for a share of the harvest. The CSA forms a commitment between grower and eater, both essential parts of our local food system!

Our CSA provides the customer:

  • certified organic produce grown with no-till practices and love
  • recommendations for cooking and preserving to ensure you make the most of the harvest.
  • encouragement to eat healthily and cook at home.
  • knowledge that your food dollars support a conscientious, mission-driven business that preserves the tradition of farming while using modern infrastructure and techniques to create a positive impact on our environment and community.

Our CSA provides the farmers:

  • an influx of cash at the beginning of the season to pay for supplies and early season labor.
  • the ability to market produce during the winter and focus on growing during the spring, summer and fall.
  • a predictable customer base to guide crop planning.

Market Style CSA:

We run a “market style” CSA. At each CSA distribution, members choose which items to take home.
Our CSA board (and old example below) and weekly CSA newsletter inform members which produce is available in the week’s share. Each week select a certain number of items to take home, choosing from the available list. You can double (or triple!) up on things you love, and skip veggies you don’t need. We offer seasonal classics like zucchini and tomatoes, as well as exciting varieties to try for the first time, like sweet lunchbox peppers, tomatillos, husk cherries and salad turnips!

example of  a Summer CSA share

Note that some produce will be limited, based on our harvest. Produce is more limited in choice in Spring and Fall season shares. We do our best to offer as much variety as we can! We want you to love eating your veggies!

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Organic Mushroom CSA – $71.00
Saturdays May 4, 11, 18, and 25

Fat Moon is pleased to team up with Small Farm to offer a bi-weekly Mushroom Share. 

This share includes 4 pickups: 

Dates: Saturdays May 4, 11, 18, and 25 10am – 4pm

Fridays/Saturdays November 8/9, 22/23, December 6/7 and 20/21

Pick up your share 4 times, every other week in November and December. Pick up Friday 12:00-5:00 or Saturday 11:00-4:00. Each week choose whichever day works better for you!

In the spirit of a CSA, exact share contents will vary, based on what’s available. Possible varieties include: Shiitake, Oyster (blue, brown, black pearl, yellow), King trumpets, Lions mane, Chestnut, Pioppino.

Organic Spring CSA – $125.00
Saturdays May 4, 11, 18, and 25

Pick up your share every Saturday between 10:00 and 4:00 for 4 weeks in May

Welcome the new season with our Spring CSA! This CSA will be primarily fresh greens, herbs, and salad roots (radishes, salad turnips). Each week choose which vegetables to take home, based on harvest availability. On average, there will be 6 or 7 items to take home each week. Stock up on veggies you love, and skip the ones you don’t! We want you to eat your vegetables!

Example of one week’s share (choose 6 of the following items, double up on one if you’d like to skip another): 1 head of lettuce, half pound of spinach, 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 bunch of radishes, 4 baby bok choy, 1 bunch of scallions, 1 bunch of salad turnips

Organic Summer CSA $670.00
Wednesdays or Saturdays June 5th – October 26

Pick up your share 18 weeks during the 20 week Summer CSA season (we don’t want you to miss out if you’re on vacation!) Pick up Wednesdays 12:00-6:00 or Saturdays 10:00-5:00. Come whichever day suits your schedule each week.

A pick-your-own vegetable is offered most weeks! We open our fields to CSA members to pick family favorites like sugar snap peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, and sweet lunch box peppers.

The Summer CSA highlights the diversity of vegetables that can be grown in our region! Start with June strawberries and fresh greens, enjoy summer classics like zucchini and tomatoes, keep your pantry well-stocked with onions and garlic, and cruise into fall with winter squash, potatoes, cabbage, and sweet greens. Each week choose (on average) 9 items to take home. Stock up on veggies you love, and skip the ones you don’t! We want you to eat your vegetables!

Example of one week’s share in June (choose 8 of the following items, double up if you like):
1 head of lettuce, 2 salad cucumbers, 3 zucchini/summer squash, 1 bunch of scallions, 1 bunch of beets, 10 garlic scapes, 1 bag of arugula, 1 pint of pick-your-own sugar snap peas, 1 bunch of pick-your-own herbs (Italian and Thai basil, cilantro, mint, parsley available)

Please Note!
The season begins with fewer items in the share. As the weather and ground warms up, a wider variety of vegetables become available.

Example of one week’s share in August (choose 9 of the following items, double up on any if you want to skip more!):
4 tomatoes, 3 zucchini, 1 head of lettuce, 1 bunch of kale, 2 salad cucumbers, 1 pound of carrots, 4 green bell peppers, 1 bunch of scallions, 1/2 pint pick-your-own husk cherries, 1 pint pick-your-own cherry tomatoes, 1 pint pick-your-own lunchbox sweet peppers OR jalapeno peppers, 1 bunch of pick-your-own herbs (Thai basil, parsley, thyme, savory available)

Organic Fall CSA – $205.00
Friday or Saturday
November 8 & 9 and 22 & 23
December 6 & 7 and 20 & 21

Pick up your share 4 times, every other week in November and December. Pick up Friday 12:00-5:00 or Saturday 11:00-4:00. Each week choose whichever day works better for you!

Enjoy certified organic produce every pick up, like fresh greens, storage crops like sweet potatoes, carrots, and watermelon radishes. Impress your friends and family at the holiday table with entirely local fare! Each week choose 12 items, on average, to take home. Stock up on veggies you love, and skip the ones you don’t! We want you to eat your vegetables! You will receive a hefty share of veggies each pick up, intended to last for two weeks.

Occasionally we supplement our own vegetables in the fall share with organic produce from nearby farms.

Example of a Fall Share in December (choose 12 of the following):
2 bulbs of fennel, 1 pound of red onions, 2 bulbs of garlic, 1 pound of carrots, 1 pound of beets, 1 bunch of cilantro, 1 large head of tat soi, 1 head of lettuce, 1 bunch of chard, 2 pounds of daikon radishes, 1/2 pound of spinach, 1 head of red cabbage, 2 pounds of potatoes

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Organic Flower CSA – $100.00
(for each season)
see below for details

A big success in 2023, we’re bringing back our Flower CSA! Choose from three seasons of Flowers at Small Farm, a flower subscription that highlights the wide variety of blooms we can grow in New England during Spring, Summer and Fall.

Recipients will pick up bouquets weekly at our farm stand during each season. Spring, Summer, and Fall programs are 4 weeks long.

Spring Flower Share

Pick up Saturdays in May
Spring into the season with pastel pinks, blush, yellow, and lavender tulips, ranunculus, stock, snapdragons, peonies, and more!

Summer Flower Share

Pick up Saturdays in July
Celebrate Summer with bold shades of red, orange, yellow, purple, blue and green zinnias, cosmos, cascading amaranth, rudbeckia, and more!

Fall Flower Share

Pick up Saturdays in September
Dive into dahlia season with an array of varietals: sierra glow, allie white, robinhood, cornell bronze, sonia snoho and more!

To purchase any of the flowers CSA options, head here:
Small Farm Online Store

Small Farm Seed Money
aka: store credit at the farm!

Want to support the farm, but don’t want to commit to a full CSA season? Consider purchasing store credit at the farm stand, so you can shop and say “put it on my tab!”
Learn more, and sign up, by following this link:
Click HERE to learn more about Seed Money and sign up

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What happens if I’m unable to pick up my share?
    Send a friend or neighbor to pick up a share for you. We offer you the flexibility of two pick up days each week and two vacation weeks during the Summer season. We are not able to accommodate individual  requests for missed pick ups as we simply don’t have enough bandwidth to handle this for everyone. Each week we donate extra produce to Boston Area Gleaners, a fantastic food rescue organization.
  2. Can I split a share?
    Sure! But, it’s up to you to find your other half. We design the share with a single 2-4 person household in mind. Sometimes the items are not easily split (ie: 1 head of cabbage). Due to harvest availability you won’t necessarily be able to take home the same items as your other half. Sometimes we limit items to one per share. That said, several of our customers do split shares and find it works best to simply alternate pick up weeks. When stored properly, our produce can last two weeks so you won’t be without veggies! Please use one sign up form per share (not per person), and include both email addresses on the form. You will handle the splitting of payment and share yourself.
  3. I noticed your prices increased from last year. Why is that?
    Good question! We have increased our staff’s wages in order to keep up with the rising cost of living. This provides fair compensation for the hard work of our staff. Additionally, we want to employ people who are interested in building farming skills. A higher wage allows applicants of all financial backgrounds to join our team. You can feel good about contributing to a farm that strives to educate new farmers and pay them fairly. Additionally, the cost of our materials (starting with seeds!) is going up. We do our best to increase our efficiency and expand production to keep price increases to a minimum, but some of the increased cost we need to pass along to our customers. If you would like to sign up for CSA share, but can’t afford it, please see FAQ #6.
  4. Can I pay in installments? Yes! While we prefer payment in full, we know it’s a lot to ask for some. It would be for us, too! To pay in installments, select the option on the sign up form. The Spring and Fall shares offer two installments; the Summer share offers five. The first installment for each season must be paid at sign up to reserve your spot. After receiving your first payment, we will send you an invoice to pay by check or card monthly due monthly beginning May 15.
    Example: If you sign up for only the Spring share, you will pay $55 when you sign up and $55 on May 15. If you sign up for Spring and Summer, you will pay $175 at sign up, $175 May 15 (finishes Spring CSA payments), $120 June 15, $120 July 15, and $120 August. We will keep track of this for you (new system this year).
  5. I can’t afford to pay in full. Are there other options?
    Yes! This year we are offering the ability to pay for our CSA with SNAP benefits. Check that option on the sign up form and we will send you a SNAP form to fill out so we can coordinate payments with DTA. No SNAP benefits? We have some funds available to help pay for shares! Please email us at farmer@small-farm.com to let us know which seasons you would like to sign up for and how much you are able to pay, and we’ll do our best to work something out! It’s very important to us to make our CSA affordable to all.
  6. Do you offer work-for-shares? Yes, for the Summer Share! Please email farmer@small-farm.com if you are interested in exchanging 4 hours of harvest work/week for the duration of the Summer season. Currently we can only accommodate work-for-shares on Tuesday and Friday mornings. Work-for-shares will be interviewed by the farmers to make sure it’s a good fit. Work-for-shares must be able to commit to at least 16 weeks of the 20 week season.
  7. Do you offer volunteer hours? Currently we are focusing all our teaching efforts on staff and work-for-share positions. If you are looking to get your hands dirty, we highly recommend volunteering with the Boston Area Gleaners, who we have hosted several times on the farm! We love the work they do, and they are relocating this year to Acton, just down the road! https://www.bostonareagleaners.org/volunteer.html
  8. I don’t think the CSA is right for me. Is there another way to support the farm?
    Yes! And we appreciate your support! Consider helping a neighbor afford the CSA. Use our CSA sign up form, select a payment option, and scroll down to the relevant question. Alternatively, find out about purchasing store credit HERE. Want a free way to support the farm? Simply share our social media posts about the CSA and farm stand offerings periodically and tell a friend! That really does help us!
  9. More questions? Please email farmer@small-farm.com. We’re happy to help!

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