Not sure what to expect at the Fall & Winter Farm Share Fair on October 16? Wondering if you have a pick up location in your town? Read on!
What’s a farm share?
In a traditional farm share or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, you pay your farmer a set amount at the beginning of the season in return for a share of that season’s produce. In a particularly good season, the share will be more than you expected; in a particularly poor season, you will get less (in food or variety) than you expected.
What happens at a fall and winter farm share fair?
You can meet farmers and representatives from several farm share/CSA programs, as well as some different local food programs for the late fall and winter. Our fair will have several traditional single and multi-farm programs for the winter months, as well as a grain program. There will also be programs that offer pay-as-you-go, similar to a local or organic food delivery program. With so many programs in one place, you can learn about several different programs and choose the one that works best for you.
Will I get anything other than squash and potatoes?
Yes! In a vegetable program, you can expect a variety of produce including apples, beans, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celeriac (also called celery root), collard greens, garlic, lettuce, onions, parsnips, popcorn, radishes, spinach, turnips – you get the idea. Some programs offer other local foods, like chicken, cider, eggs, cheese, farro (or emmer), fish, maple syrup, pork, wheat, and yogurt. And some offer meal kits, with all of the ingredients (and the recipe) for a locally-sourced feast.
I don’t live in Watertown or Belmont. Can I pick up somewhere else?
You certainly can! If you live or work in one of these towns, then there is a program at the fair that comes to your town: Allston, Arlington, Belmont, Beverly, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Buzzard’s Bay, Cambridge, Canton, Charlestown, Chelsea, Dorchester, East Boston, Everett, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lincoln, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Needham, Newburyport, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Roxbury, Somerville, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Winchester, Winthrop, Worcester.
Is there home delivery?
With some programs at the fair, delivery is standard. With others, you can pay an additional fee for home delivery. Most traditional farm share programs will deliver to a central location, and you will meet your farmer there to pick up your share.
What does a farm share cost?
The cost varies quite a bit. We’ve intentionally selected a range of different programs so you have a choice of farm, foods, location, and cost. Some have you pay in advance for the season, and some are pay-as-you-go. If there’s a program you like, just ask.