Shares in Eastern Massachusetts
Jenny and Bruce have farming roots in eastern Massachusetts, and though located in southwestern New Hampshire now, we stay connected by delivering a portion of the farm’s CSA shares to the Boston area. Our pre-boxed share contains about nine to Thirteen different items each week, and comes in a ¾ bushel waxed box. Picadilly shares are designed for one household, and feed 2-4 people on average. The entire share is grown on our family farm, and is certified organic. The harvest changes as the season progresses, from tender spring greens, sweet strawberries and crisp carrots; to mouth-watering summer melons and tomatoes; to crisp autumn broccoli and sweet roots and squash. We take special attention in our planning to grow an abundance of the “basics” all season long, with a well-varied smattering of less common crops. Though the New England harvest season typically rises to a brilliant crescendo in the late summer and fall, we plant our fields with a view toward a steady season-long harvest, and a consistent share size, all season long. Every fall, we take the opportunity to reflect on the year’s lessons, including feedback from shareholder surveys, so as to then tweak our growing plans for the coming season. The 2015 share cost for an expected 23 weeks of Picadilly produce is $690.
On the day before share pick-up days, we email a weekly newsletter to shareholders, listing and describing what is in the share. We include farm news, recipes, and ideas for using the less common veggies in the share.
Though the farm is about two hours from the Boston area, we do invite all shareholders to visit the farm, enjoy the Pick-Your-Own garden, and to join us for farm potlucks and harvest days. Just watch the weekly newsletters for details. Because we know that most shareholders aren’t able to visit the farm very often, we include a small amount of the typical Pick-Your-Own crops in the pre-boxed shares, including cherry tomatoes, herbs, peas, strawberries, chili peppers and green beans. Eastern Massachusetts shareholders are always welcome to harvest extra when they do visit the farm.
SHARE PICK UP LOCATIONS: Tuesdays in Belmont Hill (confirmed for 2015!), Watertown, Arlington, North Cambridge, and Winchester. In Newton, we’ll have two pick up locations for 2015: Newtonville at the YMCA (noon-7pm pick up times), and in Newton Upper Falls on Chestnut Street (noon-8pm pick up times). Thursday share pick ups are in Arlington Heights, east Arlington, Winchester, North Reading, central Belmont and Bedford. Share pick up times are 2-9 pm (except where noted), and the duration of our harvest season is generally twenty-three weeks – early June through mid-November.
EGG SHARES will be available again in 2015 from Wingate Farm! Susie and Olivia are our neighbors to the southwest, just a stone’s throw through the woods from Picadilly. They raise hens on pasture and certified organic grain, in mobile coops. These hens live under the sun and the rain, they eat bugs, and they roost high on the perches in their coop. The egg yolks are deep orange and nutritious. Though the price of $3.75 per half dozen eggs is high compared to factory farmed eggs, the cost reflects the work involved to raise humanely-cared-for, pasture-raised hens, a rarity in modern agriculture. Find out more about Wingate Farm here.
EXTENDED SEASON produce shares will be available at several pick up sites in 2015. The share includes a larger bushel+ box of our certified organic produce, once in November the week before Thanksgiving, and once in the third week of December. The delivery day will likely be a Wednesday, November 18 and December 16, but we will have to pay attention to the weather for safe traveling those days. We’ll plan for a share that includes a wide range of our storage crops (like carrots, beets, parsnips, potatoes, sweet potatoes, various other roots, winter squash, cabbage and garlic), as well as fresh harvested crops from our field and unheated hoop houses (like kale, collards, lettuce, spinach, leeks, radishes and other greens). The cost to add on both boxes (Nov and Dec) is $90 total. We’ll distribute these shares in North Reading, Bedford and Newtonville. Shareholders from other pick up sites are welcome to pick up at one of these. And, Picadilly Farm already participates in an extended winter season multi-farm CSA called Shared Harvest, with distributions in the Arlington/Lexington area. Click here for more information about Shared Harvest CSA.
Here is a sampling of what our share boxes contained in the 2013 season:
June 11 (week 2): A pint of strawberries (a pint), beets with greens, red butter head and green leaf lettuce, tat soi Asian greens, red kale, cilantro, green scallions.
July 23 (week 8): Red potatoes, hoop house tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, Asian eggplant, carrots, basil, scallions, Swiss chard, green beans, lettuce.
August 20 (week 12): Cantaloupe, yellow watermelon, edamame, red potatoes, green kale, parsley, carrots, tomatoes, cherry and saladette tomatoes, green peppers, sweet corn.
September 24 (week 17): “Delicata” winter squash, red and green bell peppers, gold potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, tomatillos, lacinato kale, salad turnips, lettuce yokatta-na Asian greens.
October 15 (week 20): Sweet potatoes, arugula, sage, purple top turnips, lettuce, kohlrabi, carrots, red cabbage, spinach, collards, red italia-type peppers.
November 5 (week 23): Butternut squash, leeks, white potatoes, green cabbage, parsnips, carrots, beets, winter radish, spicy mustard greens, green kale, salad turnips, spinach.
December 19 (available at some eastern MA sites in 2015): Carrots (5 pounds), beets, parsnips,butternut squash, celeriac, leeks, potatoes (4 pounds), sweet potatoes (4 pounds), kale, cabbage; hoop house spinach, lettuce, rosemary and bok choy.
More questions?? Please call or email us, and we’re happy to give you more information.