Main Season CSA FAQs
How much food do members get each week?
Members will fill a canvas Barrett's Mill Farm bag with the vegetables of their choice each week. In addition to the bag, members will also have the option to pick a set amount of crops in our PYO fields most weeks. Occasionally larger items like watermelons are offered as extra outside the bag. A CSA bag plus pick-your-own crops is generally enough for a family of 4 that consumes a moderate amount of vegetables, or for 2 people that eat a lot of vegetables. Check out our CSA Photo Tour to get a visual of the vegetable amounts!
Do you have different sized CSA memberships?
We offer one size CSA, but there are other options for supporting the farm and enjoying Barrett's Mill Farm vegetables! Our farm store is open during all CSA hours, so folks who would like to supplement their CSA with larger quantities of certain crops will usually have the option to purchase extra (for instance, bulk pickling cukes or tomatoes for canning). CSA members can pay for extra produce in cash, or can purchase additional Barrett's Bucks to spend in the store. Barrett's Bucks memberships are also a great choice for folks who either can't commit to picking up vegetables every week or find that a CSA is too many vegetables. For more information about our Barrett's Bucks farm stand credit program, click here.
Can I share my CSA membership?
You are welcome to share your CSA membership with another person or family. We ask that if you are splitting your membership, that you either alternate pick-up weeks or fill your CSA bag together and split up vegetables afterwards. Any limits in the CSA distribution and the pick-your-own fields still apply to shared memberships, so it is up to you to work out how you would like to divide up those crops.
What vegetables are included in the Main Season CSA?
We grow the following vegetable, fruit and flower crops for the CSA (pick-your-own crops are highlighted in italics): arugula, string beans, beets, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, Napa cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, collard greens, slicing and pickling cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, garlic scapes, herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, thyme), husk cherries, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, head lettuce, cut lettuce mix, fresh onions, snow peas, sugar snap peas, hot peppers, sweet peppers, potatoes, pie pumpkins, radishes, rutabaga, scallions, shallots, spinach, strawberries, summer squash, sunflowers, winter squash, swiss chard, tomatillos, cherry tomatoes, heirloom and slicing tomatoes, turnips, watermelon and zucchini.
Please check out our blog to get an idea of the variety of crops available each week. For instance, to see what types of crops might be available in early September, click here. To see what types of crops might be available in early June, click here. If you are unsure what to do with some of these crops, we offer new recipes every week on our blog as well!
There are a few items that are available in the store, but not in the CSA distribution area (for example early season asparagus or items we buy in from other local producers, like eggs and sweet corn). All CSA members will receive $25 worth of Barrett's Bucks credit to spend on extra items like these in the store.
What if I don't have time for pick-your-own crops?
We encourage members to do their picking on the same day that they pick up their other vegetables. However, if you find yourself short on time or there is inclement weather, you may come back during another CSA distribution that same week. Our pick-your-own fields stay open for a half hour after the farm stand closes so that members can have more time to enjoy being out in the fields. If you are unable to pick at all during a particular week, pick-your-own crops are usually available for purchase in the farm store as well.
Am I assigned a pick-up day?
No - you may pick up your vegetables during any of our CSA distribution hours! Pick-up days are Tuesdays/Thursdays 11am - 6pm or Saturdays 9am - 3pm. Choose whichever of those hours works best for you in a given week! You don't need to tell us in advance when you are coming. If you are looking for a quieter time on the farm, past experience has shown us that Tuesdays are are a great choice.
What happens if I miss a pick-up week?
The best option if you can’t make a CSA pick-up on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday during a particular week is to have a friend pick up for you! Our shopkeeper will be happy to guide them through the CSA pick-up process. Our field plans (and therefore the amounts of vegetables available for harvest each week), are determined over the winter, so we cannot provide extra vegetables for you during a different week. Don’t worry, though - your vegetables will go to a good cause! We donate extra vegetables on a regular basis to Open Table and Boston Area Gleaners.
Are you organic?
Yes! We received our organic certification in April 2017. We lease one field that is currently transitional. We use organic practices there as well, but crops from that field will not be eligible to be certified organic until 2019. All transitional crops will be labeled as such in our store and CSA.
Do you offer flexible payment plans or any form of financial assistance?
Yes! If you would like to propose a different payment schedule, please contact us and we would be happy to try to come up with an alternative plan. We also are excited to be participating in the Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP), which allows SNAP households to purchase a CSA share using SNAP benefits. SNAP benefits spent on the CSA are matched, up to $60 each month. We have also discounted the cost of the CSA for SNAP households. For more info, email Lise (email@example.com).
Late Fall CSA FAQs
How does the weekly Late Fall CSA size compare to the Main Season CSA?
The overall volume of vegetables is slightly more than the Main Season CSA, as many fall crops are larger sized and are more easily stored outside of a refrigerator. Members use the same sized canvas bag for picking up their vegetables, but there will also always be a few additional crops available outside the constraints of the bag. There are no pick-your-own crops available in the late fall.
What crops are available in the Late Fall CSA?
Some of the types of vegetables that may be available include carrots, beets, potatoes, winter squash, leeks, onions, shallots, garlic, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, turnips, radishes, kale, collards, cabbage, spinach sweet potatoes, popcorn and lettuce.
Can I join even if I am not a Main Season CSA member?