There are very few boxes available during the winter months, but The Clean Food Club has found some for you! Here are five winter farm share boxes that are easily accessible to pick up around the Boston, MA area. With the seasonal produce you’ll find in any of the winter farm shares below, you can make some seriously delicious meals.
Most farm shares run during the growing season, from June to October, and capture the biggest variety of produce from spring greens to autumn squashes. But winter shares are full of gorgeous root vegetables, like beets, potatoes, turnips, carrots, and garlic. Root vegetables work great in soups and stews, or you can place a whole chicken on top of them in a pan and roast them together for even more flavor.
Ward’s Berry Farm – Sharon, MA
- What is offered: Certified organic squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, carrots, radishes, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, leeks, onions, lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, kale and arugula. Also a selection of herbs and microgreens, including arugula, mizuna, kale and pea shoots.
- When to sign up: Sign up now! The deadline for the winter share is Jan 1 2018.
- How much it costs: $252 for one box every week from 1/5/18 – 3/23/18 (12 weeks)
- Where to pick up: The Farm Store at Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon, MA
- More information: http://www.facebook.com/wardsberryfarm
Farmers To You – Berlin, VT
- What is offered: A variety of produce including root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, rutabagas, parsnips, and beets), greens, sprouts, squash, cabbages, onions, and frozen locally grown veggies
- When to sign up: Rolling. Food deliveries happen 51 weeks per year!
- How much it costs: “We ask our families to purchase $40 a week of food from Farmers To You. It is easy to suspend your weekly order for a week or more at a time if you are traveling or don’t need an order for a particular week,” says Joan from Farmers to You.
- Where to pick up: There are pickup sites all around Boston, as well as home and office delivery in many areas.
- More information: http://www.facebook.com/FarmersToYou
Shared Harvest – Shared Harvest is a collection of several farms that all contribute to one CSA box. The farms include Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH., Riverland Farm in Sunderland, MA., Moraine Farm in Beverly, MA., Lover’s Brook Farm in Berwick, ME., Cider Hill Farm in Amesbury, MA.
- What is offered: Apples, beets, broccoli, bok choi, Brussels sprouts, cabbage cauliflower, carrots, celeriac, collard greens, dried beans, escarole, fennel, garlic, kale, lettuce, leeks, onions, parsnips, pie pumpkins, peppers, potatoes, popcorn, radicchio, rutabagas, salad turnips, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, spinach, winter radishes and butternut squash.
- When to sign up: Sign up now!
- How much it costs: $95 per month for January 2018 and February 2018
- Where to pick up: Most pickup locations are in Arlington, MA, and Jamaica Plain, MA, and are listed in more detail on the website.
- More information: http://www.sharedharvestcsa.com
The Neighborhood Farm – Wayland, MA
- What is offered: A variety of root vegetables (carrots, turnips, beets, potatoes, onions, garlic, parsnips, and sweet potatoes), kohlrabi, cabbage, winter squash, and, if the weather cooperates, a limited amount of leafy greens like kale
- When to sign up: “We run a farmers market-style CSA. People pre-pay for the calendar year and can redeem their CSA credit by selecting whatever they like at any of our farmers’ markets or our farm stand. We typically begin sign ups right after the New Year, and the CSA expires at the end of the following December. This year we will be attending the Roslindale Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays in January, February and March. We will also be attempting to run our Farm Stand at Mainstone Farm in Wayland. This year we are considering offering a month by month boxed share too,” says Kate from Neighborhood Farm.
- How much it costs: There are seven different membership levels from $150-$750
- Where to pick up: The farmers market in Roslindale, MA
- More information: http://www.facebook.com/theneighborhoodfarm
Tal’s Honey CSA – Hives in multiple locations around Boston
- What is offered: Honey
- When to sign up: Registration opens in January. There are only 20 shares available, so this is one to jump on quickly!
- How much it costs: 2 lbs of honey = $25. Four 1/2 lb jars = $27. Honeycomb = $30.
- Where to pick up: Coordination for pickup is somewhat flexible, but typically there will be an address provided at the time of order for a location in Somerville, MA.
- More information: www.honeycsa.com
Evie Sidiropoulos owns Red Cherry, a cafe and sandwich shop in Walpole, MA, and is a self-diagnosed “foodie”; there is no known cure as of yet. Follow her on Instagram at @therealeviesids.