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. For the most part, we will distribute with a "mix and match” system, so you can choose what is in your share.
The remaining 10% of your share is Pick Your Own. These crops will be well marked, easy to find, plentiful, and enjoyable to pick with your family. PYO crops include berries, peas, beans, herbs, cherry tomatoes, and flowers.
We think this will be sufficient produce for 2 adults (non-vegetarian) or 1 adult (vegetarian) (and as many children that go along with those adults!)
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 seasonal events and educational programs.
The Farm Shop
Local shareholders come to the farm to pickup their shares. We set the Farm Shop up "market-style" in order to offer you 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
Each week you can choose to come on whichever day is most convenient for you. You can Pick Your Own any time it's light outside!
On-Farm CSA Shares are $600 for the 2019 season
(24 weeks, from June - Nov)
Here's what you can expect from 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 begin to ripen. Next comes carrots, cabbages, beets, fennel, and scallions. Then the tomatoes! And the sweet corn!! And the eggplant, sweet peppers and hot peppers, melons, and fresh onions, to round out your summer. Then the fall harvest really sets in with broccoli and cauliflower, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and of course, winter squash.
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
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.
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. 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!
As the pioneering CSA in the Valley, many of our shareholders have been with the farm for more than 25 years. 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!
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.