Shares in Eastern Massachusetts
**2014 shares are now available. To join us, scroll to the bottom of this page for the on-line form.
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 shares are available at pick-up places on Tuesdays in Belmont Hill, Watertown, central Arlington, North Cambridge and Winchester (note, pick up here until 6pm only). Newtonville shares will continue in 2014 on Tuesdays as well, with a new location still TBD. 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 Tuesdays in Winchester 2-6pm), and the duration of our harvest season is generally twenty-three weeks – early June through mid-November. The 2014 share cost is $670.
Our pre-boxed share contains about nine to eleven 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.
On the morning of 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 and green beans. We are experimenting with a new type of strawberry production, and hope to have strawberries to harvest again in 2014. Eastern Massachusetts shareholders are always welcome to harvest extra when they do visit the farm.
EGG SHARES are available again for 2014! We are again partnering with our neighbors, Olivia Pettengill & Susie Parke-Sutherland at Wingate Farm, to provide Picadilly Farm shareholders with eggs from their pasture-raised, organically-fed hens. Their flock of Golden Comet hens is raised on pasture, where they can enjoy sunshine, fresh air, and all the bugs they can eat. This bug diet is supplemented with 100% certified organic feed from Green Mountain Feeds, a family-owned Vermont company. At night, the hens reside in a mobile, open-floored coop that allows their manure to fall through and fertilize the soils beneath. This symbiotic process not only keeps our chickens happy and healthy, but also contributes to keeping the farm soils happy and healthy. Picadilly CSA shareholders who pick up in eastern Massachusetts can supplement their produce share with a weekly egg share. The egg share comes a half-dozen eggs per week, for 22 weeks, and costs $77. Shareholders are welcome to sign up for multiple egg shares. Please note, the egg shares run for 22 weeks, while the produce harvest is delivered for 23 weeks. This is intentional, to allow for the natural fluctuations in production the whole flock can experience, dependent on heat, cold or other factors that the farmers cannot control.
NEW! EXTENDED SEASON shares will be available at a few pick up sites in 2014. 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 19 and December 17, 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. http://sharedharvestcsa.com/
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 2014): 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.
TO JOIN US FOR 2014, Click this box (even though it still says 2013, it is in fact for 2014):