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.
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: 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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