CSAs

CSA shares

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 2015 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, market share, and herb and flower shares available. Pick-ups in Portsmouth, Rye, Kingston and at farm in Hampton Falls. Add on options: eggs, bread, creamery, and milk.

Bartlett Farm: Vegetable CSA shares available. Pick ups at farm in Elliot.

Black Kettle Farm: Certified organic. Vegetable shares. Pick ups at farm in Lyman and in Arundal and Portland.

Brandmoore Farm: Certified Organic. Vegetables shares available. Fruit, Flowers, Meat, Dairy Products, and Bread add-ons. Pick ups at farm in Rollinsford.  

Brookford Farm: Certified Organic. CSA shares can include grass-fed dairy products, vegetables, pasture raised eggs, pork, beef and broilers, farm grown/stone milled flour, bread and maple syrup. Pick ups at farm in Canterbury and Concord, Dover, Epsom, Exeter, Gilford, Londonderry, Salem, Nashua, Portsmouth and Manchester. Partner Distributor Program will deliver right to home or business.

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

Cannons at Noon Family Sheep Farm: Full and half vegetable shares available. Pick ups at farm in Springvale and Saco Farmers Market.

Charmingfare Farm: Veggie, meat & egg CSA shares. Pickup at farm in Candia, NH.

Fresh Start Farms: Vegetable CSA shares. Family and single shares available for summer, fall, or full season. Pickup options in Bedford, Concord, Derry, Durham, Londonderry, Manchester, Merrimack, Newmarket, and Salem. Delivery to any location in the Greater Manchester or Seacoast area with a minimum of 10 shares.

Heron Pond Farm: Vegetable CSA shares also include both our own small fruit and tree fruit from other New Hampshire farms. Pick ups at farm stand in South Hampton or at residential pick-up locations in Portsmouth and Dover. Add-ons: artisan cheese.

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

Lewis Farm: Vegetable shares. Pick ups in Concord, NH and the surrounding areas; runs from mid-May through September.

Meadow’s Mirth Farm: Certified organic. Market choice CSA shares include vegetables and fruit. Pick ups at markets in Exeter and Portsmouth, and at farm in Stratham.

Mildred’s Drumlin Farm: sold out for 2015! Certified Naturally Grown. Full and half shares available. Pick up at farm in Lee.

New Hampshire Community Seafood: Seafood shares from June through November. Pick ups in Dracut, Rollinsford, Nashua, Laconia, Canterbury, Manchester, Concord, Warner, Exeter, Dover, Durham, Peterborough, and at pier in Portsmouth

Old Fields Farm CSA: Vegetables, Fruit, and herbs included in flexible choice CSA. Pick ups at farm in South Berwick.

Orange Circle Farm: Certified Organic. Vegetable CSA. Pick ups at farm in Stratham and in Kittery. Add-ons: eggs.

Red Manse Farm: Certified organic. CSA shares include vegetables, maple syrup, shiitake mushrooms. Pick ups locations in Northwood, Alton, Laconia, and Hooksett. Flexible Farm Patron Program at farm in Loudon also available.

Riverside Farm: Flexible choice CSA shares include vegetables and all products sold at farm stand. Pick ups at farm stand in North Berwick.

Sirois Family Farm: Certified Organic. Vegetables, Meat, Eggs, and Bread available in CSA shares. E-mail SiroisFamilyFarm@ymail.com

Spiller Farm: Berries, vegetables, and apples. 18 week, 2 person CSA share beginning in June. Pick ups at farm in Wells.

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: CSA vegetable shares and seedling shares available. Pick ups at farm in Lebanon, Maine. Eggs, frozen chicken, and farm store at CSA pickup.

Wake Robin Farm: Vegetable shares available. Please email Abby at abigailwiggin81@gmail.com for information or to sign up. Pick ups in Dover, Durham, Rye and at farm in Stratham. Add-ons: meat and eggs.

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

Updated April 4, 2015

Farmers: 2015 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

Read more about these CSA farms on our blog where we interviewed the farmers. Meet Your CSA Farmers Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

13 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

    • Chuck Goss
      Posted February 9, 2015 at 12:05 pm | Permalink

      Do you want to help me set up an Oyster River Area farm stand on Rt. 155 between Rt 4 and Rt 16? I have an historic farm that resides in Durham,Lee & Madbury that I would like to conserve but need to position better. I see a way to centralize and sell the produce from local area farmers and I need help doing it. Let me know.

  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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