Our On-Farm Senior Share
all the details For Senior shareHolders who pick up at the farm
What's in a Senior Share?
Our senior share was created in response to requests from long time share holders for an option especially designed for older adults. The share is designed for a flexible lifestyle, to allow you to come to the farm periodically at their convenience and pick up a smaller sized share.
Throughout the season, your weekly 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 4 and 11 lbs. (8 lbs. avg.) of produce for 12 weeks of your choice - from the first week of June 'til Thanksgiving.
You may choose any 12 weeks of the season, and you do not need to choose in advance. We'll be glad to see you in the shop whenever works for you!
The majority of your share is freshly harvested by our crew. When you pick up your share at the Farm Shop, you'll see bins of vegetables laid out. For the most part, your share will be "mix and match," so you can choose what is in your share.
The remaining 10% of your share is Pick Your Own. The PYO portion of your share will also be listed, by volume, on a chalkboard in the farm shop. There will be a map to make sure you can find the crops in the fields behind the barn, and a helpful apprentice to answer any questions. PYO crops include berries, peas, beans, herbs, cherry tomatoes, flowers and more. We have volunteer shareholders who periodically pick extra of the PYO and make it available in the farm shop for seniors who can't make it out into the fields.
We think this will be sufficient produce for 1 senior (cooking sometimes), or 2 seniors (cooking less often).
Your share also includes
- The senior share also includes a "parking pass" for the easy-access parking spot by the barn, and any help you need getting your share to your vehicle.
- The opportunity to purchase our own bulk produce, when available, at wholesale prices. 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
1 heads of lettuce
1 bu arugula
1 quarts strawberries
1 bu collards
1 lb snap peas (PYO)
3 ears sweet corn
1 spaghetti squash
4 lbs tomatoes
1 lb cucumbers
1 lb sweet onions
1 sweet peppers
1 bunch of arugula
1/2 lb toscano kale
Your share price is $200.
it's easy to become a shareholder
You can download this form and mail it to the farm with a check. Or you can join online with a credit card using the buttons below.
The Farm Shop
Local shareholders come to the farm for pick-up. We set the share up "market-style," in order to offer shareholders a great deal of choice. We also sell staple foods and treats from other local producers.
FARM SHOP HOURS
Tuesday & Thursday 1:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm
The Farm Shop is open three days per week. Each week that you choose to visit, (our week starts on Saturday), you can choose to come on whichever day is most convenient for you. You can Pick Your Own any time it's light outside!
Senior share vs.
splitting a standard share
We've offered shareholders the option of "splitting" a share for years. This option is still available, to everyone. For more information on splitting a share, please see the "Splitting a Share" section on the On-Farm Distribution page.
When you come to the farm as a senior shareholder, the amount of food you pick up will be the same as a regular shareholder "splitting a share."
That said, the senior share is different. It includes 12 visits to the farm instead of 24 as the regular share does, allowing for a more flexible lifestyle. The senior share is also only available to seniors.
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 or call 413-253-7991 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 form and mail it to the farm with a check. Or, you can join online with a credit card by using the buttons below.