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.
Meet CSA farmers and learn about your share options at Seacoast Eat Local’s CSA Days at the Winter Markets, February 8 in Exeter and February 22 in Rollinsford. Details >
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.
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.
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