Our On-Farm Distribution Share
all the details For shareHolders who pick up at the farm
What's in a 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 6 and 22 lbs. (14 lbs. avg.) of produce each week from the first week of June 'til Thanksgiving.
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 think this will be sufficient produce for 2 adults (non-vegetarian) or 1 adult (vegetarian)
Your share also includes
- 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
2 heads of lettuce
1 bu bok choy
1 bu arugula
2 quarts strawberries
1 bu collards
2 lbs snap peas (PYO)
1/2 dz sweet corn
1 spaghetti squash
4 lbs tomatoes
2 hot peppers
2 lbs cucumbers
2 lbs sweet onions
3 sweet peppers
1 bunch of arugula
1 lb toscano kale
Your share price is $600. (If you split a share +$60, see below)
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 using the button below.
As the pioneering CSA in the Valley, many of our shareholders have been with the farm for more than 25 years! So, it should come as no surprise to that many in our community have changing needs when it comes to their relationship to the farm. Their kids don't play in the sandbox anymore (maybe they're so big that they eat dinner at their own homes) and it's now three generations who come to the farm! We have heard from shareholders who want to continue to belong to the farm, but who now need less food and who may have changing needs in terms of access to parking or the PYO fields. We value the multi-generational quality of our community. So, we designed our new Senior Share, to try to meet the needs of all our shareholders. Whether you are a longtime shareholder with changing needs, or a senior considering joining a CSA for the first time, we hope our Senior Share will be just what you're looking for!
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 2pm - 7pm
Saturday 8am - 1pm
The Farm Shop is open three days per week. Each week (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!
SPLITTING A SHARE
Of course you can split a share. For some single people, or couples who eat out a lot, a full share is too much food. We still want you to have the opportunity to be a part of the farm! You can share with friends and trade pick-ups or share with someone for just the summer if you go away on vacation. There is an additional $60 for split-shares that are picked up at the farm to help cover the additional costs of pick-your-own, parking, administration, etc.
If you would like to split a share, but don't have someone to split with, send us an email so we can find you a splitter!
And of course, if one share is not enough food, buy two. If you go away on vacation, you can give your share to your neighbor. Be creative!!
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 join online by using the button below.