Boston Area Senior Share
There are many, many choices for how to procure healthy and delicious food in the Boston Area. Buying a Brookfield Farm share is choosing to participate in a true CSA - a share of what we actually produce. This is the experience that connects you closely with your farmer, that enables you to share the risks and the rewards of the growing season on our farm.
We heard many requests from long-time shareholders for a share designed specifically for seniors - less food, more flexibility. We are proud to introduce our new senior share! Read on for details.
all the details For SENIOR Shareholders Picking Up In the Boston ARea
What's in a Senior Share?
You receive our boxed Boston-Area Share every other week. We'll send you an e-mail each share week to remind you that it's an "on" week.
You can switch weeks at your convenience (just send us an e-mail a few days before). Your senior share will include 12 distributions total.
Throughout the season, your share is made up of the freshest vegetables available from the farm. The variety and amount in the share depend on the season and the weather.
Your share will include between 6 and 22 lbs. (14 lbs. avg.) of produce every other week from the first week of June 'til Thanksgiving.
Your share is freshly harvested by our crew. We select an average of 5 items, a highlight reel of what's in the fields.
We think this will be sufficient produce for 1 senior adult (cooking often) or 2 senior adults (cooking sometimes).
Your share also includes
- We have pick-your-own gardens at the farm for local shareholders. We don't charge Boston area shareholders for the PYO crops, but if you make it out to the farm, your share includes the opportunity to visit the PYO and take half of the weeks PYO share for free. We want to encourage you to visit!
- The opportunity to purchase our own bulk produce, when available, at wholesale prices. The bulk produce list is available weekly on the website, and your order will be delivered with your share. Great for feeding a crowd, or for canning and freezing.
- The opportunity to purchase Brookfield Farm raised beef and pork, when available.
- A weekly newsletter during harvest season with recipes, farm news, and other good stuff!
- Access to Brookfield Farm's 50 acres of land for recreational use.
- The opportunity for your family to participate in educational programs and seasonal festivals
Our Harvest Schedule
Here's what you can expect from the seasonal produce in your share. The season begins with an abundance of greens, as well as spicy radishes, scallions and sweet hakurei turnips. We also often distribute our own popcorn in spring. These early greens-heavy shares soon give way to the fruits of summer, when the cucumbers and summer squash come in. Next comes carrots, cabbages, napa cabbages, beets, fennel etc. And then the tomatoes! And sweet corn!! And the eggplant, sweet peppers and hot peppers, to round out your ratatouille. Followed by fresh onions and then the fall harvest really sets in: broccoli and cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and of course, winter squash. Here's our harvest calendar for a visual representation.
SAMPLE OF "TYPICAL" SHARES
1 bu hakurei turnip
2 heads of lettuce
1 bu arugula
1 pint strawberries
1 bu collard greens
3 ears sweet corn
2 lbs tomatoes
1 lbs cucumbers
2 sweet peppers
1 lb toscano kale
Your share price is $320 (included packing and delivery)
it's easy to become a shareholder
You can buy a share online with a credit card using the button below.
Boston Area shareholders can choose from 5 distributions sites (see below for details) to pick up their shares on Thursdays between 3 - 8pm. We pack your share for you in a box, and deliver them just before pick up time.
Address: 107 Grafton St.
Site Coordinator: Deborah Kaplan
send an e-mail
phone (781) 643-5452
Address: 20 Chase Ave.
Site Coordinator: Carol Monzillo
Address: Cambridge Co-housing 175 Richdale Ave.
Site Coordinator: Molly Lynn Watt
phone (617) 354-8242
Address: 64 Kenton Rd
Site Coordinator: Joy Silverstein
phone (617) 686-2807
Address: 20 Park Place
Site Coordinator: Jen Hyde
phone (617) 244-4642
How do I know what is the right amount of produce for me?
Since, for most people, this is a new way of buying food, it is sometimes difficult to determine how it all will work in real life! We feel confident that our recommendations are accurate. Of course, if you are still not sure, please call us and we will have you speak with a current shareholder.
have a question?
Feel free to send us an e-mail if you have any specific questions about whether this share is right for you.
it's easy to become a shareholder
You can download this sign-up form and mail it to the farm with a check. Or, you can buy a share online with a credit card using the button below.