Vegetable Shares (20 weeks: June 13, 2016 through October 28, 2016)
The vegetable share includes main-season vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, summer squash, radishes, zucchini, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, basil, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, onions, garlic, shell beans, green beans, collards, winter squashes and more. The size of a vegetable share varies throughout the season, starting out lighter at the beginning with more leafy greens and becoming more varied and abundant as the season progresses.
We offer two sizes for the vegetable share: small and regular.
The small share is appropriate for 1-2 adults(on average), or families with very young children. The small share may contain slightly less variety on a weekly basis than the regular or super family share.
We’ve estimated our regular share to be between 5-20 lbs of produce. Or another way to put it: a regular share will fill 1-2 grocery bags. Depending on your eating habits, this share could feed a household or 2-4 adults.
Choice Style? or Pre-boxed?
The vegetable shares are offered with two different pick-up options.
Pre-boxed Vegetable Shares: All pick-up locations have pre-boxed vegetable shares as an option. The vegetable shares are packed at the farm into re-usable crates (yellow crates for regular shares, and green crates for small shares). When members arrive at their pick-up location, they take their shares. The following week, members bring back their empty crates and pick up that week’s share.
Choice-Style Vegetable Shares: The “Choice-Style” vegetable share is available at our CSA pickup locations in Burlington, Lawrence, Dracut, Tewksbury, Reading, and East Somerville. Members are greeted by a CSA site volunteer, where they check in, but instead of dropping off and picking up a crate or box, members bring their own bags to transport their shares. Members then proceed to our line up of vegetables where all the week’s produce is set up like a farmers market in rows of big green crates. Above each crate is a sign telling members how many of each item to take. For some of the vegetables, members will have a choice between two or more items. The signs will denote which vegetables to choose from and how many total items you are allowed to take. It’s up to you the combination of vegetables you want to take home. You can check out this video to see our “Choose Your Own” style of CSA in action!
Spring Share (14 weeks: March 7, 2016 through June 10, 2016)
The Spring Share will run for 14 weeks, beginning in March and ending in mid-June, just before the vegetable shares begin. This is a share for greens lovers who have trouble waiting until June for the start of their CSA share.
Each share will contain 2-4 varieties of greens. For the first few weeks of the share, root vegetables and apples that were stored over the winter will also be included. Then, in the later weeks of the share, we will include tomatoes and cucumbers grown in our own greenhouses! We will sometimes include “something extra” as well, such as a bunch of radishes or fresh herbs. For the first several weeks when all of the greens are coming out of the greenhouse, the shares will be on the smaller side. Then, for the second half of the share, the quantities will increase as we begin harvesting more items grown outdoors. Because a large portion of what we can grow in the spring are greens, the share will be rather small. In fact, most weeks it will be smaller than the main season’s small share.
You can look forward the following in items your Spring Share, harvest permitting:
Greens: Greenhouse lettuce mix, greenhouse arugula, greenhouse mesclun mix, radishes, spinach, tatsoi, swiss chard, kale, bok choy, broccoli raab
Storage Vegetables and Fruits: Apples, beets, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, celeriac (depending on harvests and storage conditions)
Other crops: tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, edible flowers
Late Fall Share (7 weeks: October 31, 2016 through December 16, 2016)
The Late Fall share will run for 7 weeks, beginning in late October/early November and ending in mid-December.
You can look forward the following in items your Late Fall share, harvest permitting:
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, celeriac, turnips, winter squashes, spinach, winter greens, leeks, apples, and lettuce.
Depending on when the last frost of the season occurs, we sometimes are able to include summer crops like peppers, eggplant, or corn in the late fall share. Each season’s mixture varies based on crop conditions.
Fruit Share (20 weeks: June 13, 2016 through October 28, 2016)
The fruit share is like the icing on the cake. It is nature’s candy. It’s the sweet stuff we never feel guilty about eating. The fruit shares are meant for about two people over the week. Multiple shares are an option for larger families, or to share with the office.
The fruit share runs for 20 weeks, beginning in mid June.
For the first 5-6 weeks of the season, the shares are smaller in volume, and contain strawberries as well as apples stored from the previous fall harvest. In July, August, and September, the variety and volume are the largest, and the shares contain stone fruits (such as peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines), melons, berries. By late September and early October, each share usually contains several varieties of apples and/or pears.
Some of the fruit you can expect to find:
strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, melons, and multiple varieties of apples*
* Farmer Dave’s is working towards growing all of the fruit available in the fruit shares. The farm currently grows most of the strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and melons in the fruit share, and as the fruit trees mature, more and more of the apples will come from our orchards. Until the farm is able to provide all the fruit, Farmer Dave’s will get fruit from local farms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that use environmentally sustainable methods.
Ready to sign up? Click here to register online. You can also email us at email@example.com, or call us at (978) 349-1952, and we’ll be happy to help!