Five CSAs Keeping Fall Food Fresh
These farm shares and CSAs offer all of the fresh ingredients you need to get cooking.
When temperatures drop and farmers’ markets wind down for the season, it usually means a return to bland grocery-store comestibles. But this autumn can be different. Thanks to the abundance of farm shares and community-supported agriculture (CSA) offerings out there, the freshest meats, fish, fruits, and vegetables can now be delivered to your doorstep through early winter (and in some cases, year round). Ahead, a few great CSA options that’ll keep you away from the supermarket produce section—for a few more months, at least.
WHAT: Vegetables, jams, mustards, pickles, and eggs.
WHEN: November and December.
HOW MUCH: One-time payment of $219 for weekly half-bushels.
WHY: Silverbrook mixes its own produce with fresh vegetables from six other farms, maximizing variety. Fall members also get first dibs on free-range turkeys, delivered the day before Thanksgiving.
WHERE: Pick up shares at the farm (deliveries can also be arranged).
Cape Ann Fresh Catch
WHAT: Shares of fish, including hake, monkfish, and yellowtail flounder.
WHEN: Fall season: September through November.
HOW MUCH: Starts at $21 per week for 4 to 6 pounds of whole fish.
WHY: Fresh fish from local waters, and an emphasis on more-exotic species, make this community-supported fishery a seafood lover’s dream.
WHERE: Weekly and bi-weekly deliveries available.
WHAT: Vegetables, greens, root crops, and fruit.
WHEN: Fall season: September 9 through November 18.
HOW MUCH: One-time payment starts at $220 for small weekly shares (about a half-bushel of produce).
WHY: Enterprise’s fall share features a wide range of veggies—acorn squash, watermelon radish, and more.
WHERE: Pick up shares at 20 Boston locations. The farm also partners with bike company Metro Pedal Power to provide home delivery.
Stillman’s at the Turkey Farm
WHAT: From-the-farm beef, lamb, pork, and poultry, as well as add-ons like eggs.
WHEN: Year round.
HOW MUCH: Starts at $275 for a six-month quarter share (5 pounds per month).
WHY: Livestock are fed prime in-season vegetables during the summer, leading to more-flavorful meat—which Stillman’s offers in large cuts perfect for homey autumn dishes like braises and stews.
WHERE: Pick up shares once a month in J.P., Brookline, or Lunenburg.
WHAT: Vegetables, fruit, herbs, and more from a network of producers both local and international.
WHEN: Year round.
HOW MUCH: Starts at $24 for a weekly delivery of about 12 different types of produce.
WHY: You don’t have to commit to a full season. You simply pay per delivery, and can stop at any time.
WHERE: Delivery only.
Source URL: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/2012/08/five-boston-farm-shares-csas-guide/