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 2016 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.

Blue Bell Greenhouse: We offer an affordable pick-your-own CSA in Lee.   Email amyuda@bluebellgreenhouse.com for details.

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.

Dogrose Farm:  Vegetable CSA shares with meat add-on available.  Pickups at the farm in Lee.  Email dogrosefarm@yahoo.com for more information.

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. Email josh@meadowsmirth.com to sign up.

Mildred’s Drumlin Farm: Certified Naturally Grown. Full and half shares available with egg and chicken add-on options.  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.  Email oldfieldsfarm@comcast.net for more information.

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.

Rimrack Fish: When the F/V Rimrack is fishing our scallop catch is available by reserving ahead at scheduled pick-up times.  Email Padi.anderson@gmail.com for more information.

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.

Stone Wall Farm: Certified Organic farm offering summer/fall CSA shares including a wide variety of veggies, herbs, and flowers with pickup at the Portsmouth Farmers’ Market.  Email charliereid@ttlc.net for more information.

Stout Oak Farm: Certified Organic. CSA shares and Farm Store Credit shares available. Pick up at farm in Brentwood.  Email stoutoakfarm@gmail.com to sign up.

Three River Farmers Alliance: Multi- farm format! Products are sourced from 4 different area farms: Stout Oak, Heron Pond Farm, Meadow’s Mirth, and Tuckaway Farm.  Pickups at Throwback Brewery in North Hampton NH. Email erin@threeriverfa.com for more information or to signup.

Two Toad Farm:  Summer Vegetable shares in Lebanon, ME; Marketshares (save 20% at our markets on anything we sell); and a Seedling CSA (pre-planned garden).  Visit www.TwoToadFarm.com for details.

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 gift card program; vegetables, eggs, pork. Additional local items available at farm stand. Pick up at farm in Kingston and markets in Dover, Exeter, Portsmouth, and Salem.  Email whitecedarfarmnh@gmail.com to signup.

Willoughby Farm at Kensington: Certified Organic Vegetable CSA, with pickups in Kensington and Concord.  Email willoughbyfarm@myfairpoint.net for more information.  

Wolf Pine Farm: Summer and Winter shares for pickup in Alfred and Portland available with flexible payment plans.  Email farmers@wolfpinefarm.com for more information.

Vernon Family Farm: Free choice, debit style CSA. You choose what you want at time of pick-up. Multiple share options for pickup at our Newfields farm store.  Vernonfamilyfarm@gmail.com for details.

Updated February 3, 2016

Farmers: 2016 CSA shares available? Email shelly@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