CSA

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CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, a concerted effort between grower and consumer to make local food and farm products more sustainable for all involved. By purchasing a share at the beginning of the season, before crops are even planted, you are making an investment in future harvests of healthy fresh vegetables, and beautiful fresh flowers.

Vegetable Shares

  • Cost: $412.
  • Monday pick up after 3 PM
  • Duration: 20 weeks, starting around Memorial Day. Start date may shift due to weather. We will confirm one week prior via email.
  • Shares distributed in reusable cloth bags
  • Helpful weekly e-newsletter provides recipes and storage tips.
  • Farmer ($50) or higher level of membership required. 
  • Sign up opens Monday February 1, 2021 at noon.
  • Click here to go to the CSA sign up page. Sign in the upper right hand corner.
  • Current members will be able to see the CSA share options. 
  • Cost: $618.
  • Pick up: Thursdays after 3 pm from our root cellar.
  • Duration: 20 weeks, starting around Memorial Day. Our start date may shift due to weather. We will confirm one week prior via email.
  • Shares distributed in reusable cloth bags.
  • Helpful weekly e-newsletter provides storage tips and recipes.
  • Crofter level ($125) or higher level of membership required.
  • Sign up opens Monday February 1, 2021 at noon.
  • Click here to go to the CSA sign up page. Sign in the upper right hand corner.
  • Current members will be able to see the CSA share options. 

In 2020, in response to increased food insecurity and COVID 19, NCOF began partnering with the Natick Community Senior Center to offer delivered, subsidized “senior-sized” CSA shares to low-income Natick seniors. Seniors paid $5/week for a 10-week share, and in return, received over $10/week of fresh, seasonal  NCOF-grown certified-organic vegetables delivered to their homes by NCSC volunteers. Funding for the pilot program was generously provided by grants from the MetroWest Health Foundation and the Foundation for Metrowest.

We are proud to continue and expand the program in 2021 and 2022 with a grant from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council

To sign up for the 2021 Natick Senior Share, please call or email:
Susan Ramsey, Natick Community Senior Center 508-647-6544 [email protected]

NCOF looks forward to partnering with the Natick Housing Authority to offer CSA shares to NHA residents in 2021.
Please check back soon for details!

Flower Shares

NCOF’s  certified-organic early-spring cut flowers can’t be beat for freshness or beauty!
5 weeks of early-spring bouquets are a perfect gift for yourself or a friend!

  • Cost: $103
  • Duration: 5 weeks,Wednesday pick up, beginning April 22
  • Participants will be notified one week prior to when shares begin.
  • Weekly pick ups from the NCOF root cellar.
  • Blooms will change as the season progresses and include unique varieties not found elsewhere.
  • Proceeds support NCOF’s mission of providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education to all ages, year-round.
  • Current $50 Farmer Membership or higher level required.
  • SIGN UP IS NOW OPEN! Click here to go to the CSA sign up page. Sign in the upper right hand corner.
  • Current members will be able to see the CSA share options. 
  • Cost: $309. (Save $40 if you purchase a vegetable share + a flower share)
  • Pick up: Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays after 3 pm
  • Duration: 20 weeks, starting around Memorial Day, depending on the weather. We will confirm the start of the CSA one week prior via email.
  • Weekly pick ups from the NCOF root cellar
  • $50 Farmer membership required
  • SIGN UP IS NOW OPEN! Click here to go to the CSA sign up page. Sign in the upper right hand corner.
  • Current members will be able to see the CSA share options. 
  • We will not be offering the Newton Bouquet CSA in 2021 due to seedling loss during our March 17 barn & greenhouse fire.
    We will be reaching out to any 2021 sign ups with your options. Please check back with us in 2022. Thanks for understanding.
  • Cost: $257.50
  • Pick up: Wednesdays,  after 2 pm
  • Duration: 15 weeks, starting in June, depending on the weather. We will confirm the start of the CSA one week prior via email.
  • Weekly pick ups from the Newton Community Farm CSA pick up site
  • No NCOF membership required

SIGN UP HERE

  • SOLD OUT FOR 2021
  • Choose 20 weeks for $618, or 4 weeks for $150, Tuesday or Thursday delivery.
  • Flower selection will change weekly according to what we’ve harvesting.
  • Flowers are arranged in water, in recycled glassware.
  • Most of the flowers in our arrangements will last two weeks if you clean the vase, change the water, and trim the stems.
  • Arrangement height and width can be customized for where it will be displayed.
  • Delivery limited to within 5 miles of NCOF, as determined by Google maps; extra delivery charge will apply for farther afield.
  • Please email [email protected]rg with specific questions.
  • No NCOF membership necessary

SIGN UP HERE

“Really beautiful share this week.
Each week has been a pleasure but this week was extra special.”

 

Thank you all for the delicious veggies, keep it up! “

CSA FAQ

We actually don’t determine your share size by pounds, because leafy crops like lettuce weigh very little, while root crops like potatoes weigh a lot. Instead, we base share size on what we’re harvesting from the fields and the cumulative dollar-value of the vegetables that we put in your share every week. Our shares tend to start out on smaller size, with cool-season greens, and then increase in size as the weather warms, and more crops come in. If we have a great growing season, you will get lots more stuff! If it’s a challenging growing season, then you’ll get less. We track the dollar-value of every item that goes into your share each week. On average, by the end of the season, NCOF’s CSA customers receive between 5% and 10% more dollars-worth of food than what they paid for their shares. This is our way of saying thank you for investing in our farm through our CSA program.

Our weekly e-newsletter will let you know what to expect in your share. You will get plenty of greens, but you will not get lettuce or salad every week, since they generally do not thrive during hot weather.

You can come on your pick up day until dusk, which is pretty late in the summer. We ask you not to come after dark because people live here to help with farm security and we need to respect their privacy.

We get that life sometimes gets busy. Please do your best to get here on your designated pick-up day, or to send a friend, because that’s when your food will be freshest and at its most nutritious. We will leave unclaimed shares in the root cellar for 24 hours. After that, they will get unpacked and redistributed. Sorry, but we do not have make-up shares for missed pick ups.

We’re sorry that you missed out. 🙁 You can ask to be added to our waitlist by emailing us. There are many other excellent CSAs nearby run by very good farming friends of ours, like Vanguarden Farm in Dover and Silverwood Farm CSA in Sherborn.