CSAs

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is an opportunity for customers to develop a close relationship with an individual farm while gaining a share in the farm’s harvest.

The farms listed below have announced their 2014 summer CSA shares. A complete list of all farms offering CSA shares is available through Seacoast Harvest, including descriptions of each of their offerings and programs:

Available CSA Shares

Applecrest Farm: Fruit and veggie, pick-your-own, and herb and flower shares available. Pick ups in Portsmouth and at farm in Hampton Falls. Add on options: eggs, bread, creamery, and milk.

Bartlett Farm: Vegetable shares available. Pick up at farm in Eliot.

Brandmoore Farm: Certified organic. Shares include vegetables, fruit, and flowers. Pick up at farm in Rollinsford.

Brasen Hill Farm: Whole and half market shares or boxed vegetable shares available. Pick up at farm in Barrington.

Brookford Farm: Vegetable, meat, and dairy shares available. Pick ups in Canterbury, Concord, Dover, Epsom, Exeter, Salem, Nashua, Manchester, Portsmouth. Partner Distribution Program available for additional pick up locations.

Heron Pond Farm: Double, full, and half shares available. Pick ups in Dover, Portsmouth, Newburyport and on farm in South Hampton. Add on option: New Roots Farm meat share.

McKenzie’s Farm: Flexible choice system. Pick up at farm in Milton.

Meadow’s Mirth Farm: Certified Organic. Flexible choice system. Pick ups in Exeter, Portsmouth, and on farm in Stratham. Includes vegetables, herbs, flowers, eggs, and pork. Add on option: pick your own blueberries.

Mildred’s Drumlin Farm: Certified Naturally Grown. Full and half shares available. Pick up at farm in Lee.

Orange Circle Farm: Full shares available. Pick ups in Kittery and at farm in Stratham. Add on option: Eggs.

Red Manse Farm: Full shares of vegetables, with fruit, maple syrup, and shiitake mushrooms included. Pick ups in Alton, Auburn, Northwood, and Laconia. Farm Patron Program offering flexible choice available farm in Loudon.

Riverside Farm: Flexible choice system. Full and half shares available. Pick up at farm in North Berwick. More info. Enrollment form.

Saddleback Mountain Farm: Certified Naturally Grown. Flexible choice system. Pick up at farm in Deerfield.

Sirois Family Farm: Meat CSA (pork, turkey, chickens). Pick up at farm in Lebanon, Maine. Add on options: eggs and bread.

Stout Oak Farm: Certified Organic. CSA shares and Farm Store Credit shares available. Pick up at farm in Brentwood.

Touching Earth Farm: Small shares and full vegetable shares available. Cut flower and herb garden available to CSA members. Pick up at farm in Kittery.

Two Toad Farm: Full and half vegetable shares and seedling shares available. Pick ups at farm in Lebanon, Maine.

Wake Robin Farm: Full shares available. Pick ups in Durham, Dover, Portsmouth and at farm in Stratham. Add-on options: eggs, meat (chicken, pork, lamb), and sunflower oil from Coppal House Farm.

White Cedar Farm: Flexible choice system; vegetables, eggs, pork. Additional local items available at farm stand. Pick up at farm in Kingston.

Wild Miller Gardens: Flexible choice system; vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, and maple syrup available. Pick ups at market and on farm in Lee.

Willow Pond Community Farm: Vegetable shares available. Pick ups at farm in Brentwood.

Updated February 13, 2014

Farmers: 2014 CSA shares available? Email info@seacoasteatlocal.org

Choosing a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture or CSA is a partnership between consumers and farmers in which
members buy shares of the farm’s harvest and enjoy regular allotments of food throughout the growing season. For farmers, this provides much needed cash flow for the beginning of the season, as well as a ready market and community of supporters. Shareholders join in the risks of the growing season but reap the benefits of the harvest. Each CSA farm has its own pricing structure, disbursement schedule, and some have work requirements. Signups for CSA shares begin in early winter by directly contacting the farm.

Is a CSA right for you?

• Do you like to eat lots of fresh vegetables?
• Are you interested in trying new things?
• Do you cook at home at least 4 times a week?

Questions to ask the farmers:

• How much produce is in a share?
• What vegetables (and fruits) are to be expected?
• How many weeks is the share for?
• When and where are shares picked up or delivered?
• Are the shares pre-packed, or do members pack their own?
• What type of payment schedule is expected?
• What happens if a pick-up is missed?
• Does the CSA offer extra add-ons (eggs, dairy, meat, seafood, flowers)?
• Is there a volunteer work requirement?
• How long has the CSA been running?

Why Join a CSA?

• support a local farm
• get know the people who grow your food
• eat fresh, nutritious food
• eat seasonally
• get introduced to new foods
• learn more about your food and how it is grown
• invest in local agriculture and responsible farming practices
• reduce fossil fuel consumption used in food transport
• feel good about your food choices

12 Comments

  1. Posted January 16, 2012 at 11:03 am | Permalink

    CSA members pick and choose from a large selection of vegetables, meats, dairy, bedding plants as well as other items at the Farm Stand. We offer the convenience of “anytime pick up” during our normal business hours 7 days a week 10am to 6pm.
    Season begins May 1st ends Oct 31st

  2. Shari
    Posted March 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I am looking for one or more farms/farmers that would be willing to do a drop off for multiple CSA shares in Durham, NH.

    I work for the Natural Resources Conservation Service & would like to initiate a program so that many of our State Office (& Epping Field Office) staff can purchase from the farmers/producers we aim to support. I believe I can have at least 10 who would participate, possibly making our Durham location drop-off worthwhile? This would also go towards USDA’s focus ‘Know Your Farmer, Know your Food’ – I am currently looking for ideas to create a program with this same theme to bring to our local community…

    Thank you for your responses and suggestions!

    Shari

    • Jeff
      Posted March 25, 2012 at 10:14 am | Permalink

      Try contacting Heron Pond Farm in S. Hampton. They already have a drop off location in Dover, perhaps they could stop in Durham along the way. Cheers!

    • Posted April 4, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shari! The farmers at Fresh Start Farms would love to deliver to you! If you are still looking for CSA shares, please call me at (603) 841-0758 or email hedelstein@snhs.org. Thanks!

    • Posted January 24, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

      hi shari.

      we do a multiproduct year round csa which we deliver to offices. 95 % of the food in the csa is produced on our farm in merrimack county. we have just initiated a partnership distribution program that you might be interested in. we would love to deliver to your office or any of the nrcs offices. if you are interested let me know and i will forward you a brochure.

      thanks

      luke

      brookford farm

    • Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

      Dear Shari,

      I am a Durham local who would love to deliver CSA shares to Durham or any of the NRCS offices. Our CSA is highly diversified. Please visit Sanborn Mills Farm on facebook or visit sanbornmills.wordpress.com for more details. If you could give me a call, I would love to discuss this further.

      Thank you very much!

      Alina Harris
      978-6801
      sanbornmills.wordpress.com

  3. Michele A. Avery
    Posted March 26, 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Is there a list where the location of the farms are, so that we don’t have to go to each individual website.
    Looking for farms in Northern NH or VT.

  4. Posted April 4, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    Fresh Start Farms offers a CSA pick up site at Portsmouth Open Market at Strawbery Banke on Sundays from 10 am-4 pm July-October. Sign up by June 1, get one week free! For more info, please visit http://www.freshstartfarms/csa

  5. Lisa webb
    Posted June 19, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    I’m looking for a potential CSA in Dover NH. I think there maybe a pick up spot right on my road… Mast RD. Any information would be great !

    • Posted January 18, 2014 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

      That would be us, Heron Pond Farm. The Pick up is on Mast road. You get a map and directions when you sign up on our website heronpondfarm.com. Come check us out.

  6. Posted May 28, 2014 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    If you live in the epping,raymond,auburm,candia,hooksett area make sure you check out Charmingfare Farms CSA.
    check it out at http://WWW.VISITTHEFARM.COM

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