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Community Supported Agriculture
Like a community supported fishery, community supported agriculture is an important way to support the local economy. It's also the best way to eat a wide variety of fresh, seasonal produce. Community supported food programs are a completely different way to experience cooking and eating that allows us connect directly with our food source and to eat fresh, delicous, and wholesome food that is unlike any other.
Located in Canton and Milton, Brookwood Community Farm offers CSA shares for the spring, summer, and fall seasons. Brookwood Farm is committed to easing hunger in low-income urban areas, and becoming a member helps them donate shares to needy families.
Lexington Community Farm offers a Pick-Your-Own Flower CSA as well as a traditional produce CSA. Their farmstand is stocked with their own fresh organic produce as well as other great local food items. They also offer a variety of educational programs and have a Learning Garden for hands-on experience for all ages.
Located in Newbury, Colby Farmstand is a great stop for local produce, groceries, baked goods, meats, and dairy products. They sell their own vegetables both at their farmstand and through a CSA. They also sell their own antibiotic- and hormone- free fresh and smoked pork.
Stearns farm is a unique CSA located in Framingham. Members are encouraged to complete field work as part of their share, resulting in a great learning experience for the whole family. They also have pick-your-own herbs, berries, and flowers.
Visit Codman Community Farms and see their cows, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. While you're there, pick up a dozen of their own free-range eggs or their grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef and pork.
The Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon is Mass Audubon's oldest and largest wildlife sanctuary. It has 25 miles of hiking trails, a summer day camp program, nature-inspired art exhibits, and even an organic CSA in the summertime. Visit their website for a list of all their seasonal events and programs.
Heirloom Harvest Community Farm, located in Westborough, offers a certified organic CSA program. They offer 8-15 kinds of vegetables each week over a 22-week season. You can expect to find anything from kohlrabi and greens to watermelons and pumpkins. Visit their website for more information about their healthy and delicous produce.
Farmstands, Stores, and Farmers Markets
These businesses carry a wide variety of local, sustainable products from produce to wine to Christmas trees and everything in between. Support the local economy and enjoy beautiful high quality products by shopping with these local businesses:
There are many reasons to visit Jones Farm, located in Chelmsford. Hike through their beautiful Community Garden, shop at their weekly farmers market, or pick up some of their compost and mulch for your home garden. Make sure to visit the farmstand for fresh and local produce and meats.
Located in Needham, the Volante Farmstand offers a wide variety of homegrown and local produce and groceries, craft wine and beer, and local cheese and dairy items. While you're there, get a sandwich at their deli or an ice cream at the seasonal ice cream stand. Annuals, perennials, and vegetable transplants can be purchased from their greenhouse.
Harvest Co-op is a community owned market with two locations in the greater Boston area. Harvest specializes in organic, natural and wholesome food choices. You will find fresh, local produce in season, fresh fish right off the pier, luscious local and imported cheeses, naturally raised meat, an award-winning bulk spice section, bulk products, unique wines and beer, and more. Harvest supports sustainable agriculture, certified organic, local and small family farms, and fair trade businesses in our buying practices. Find out more at www.harvest.coop
Bolton Spring Farm is located in a beautiful historic barn built in the 1800's. Their farm stand offers a wide variety of homegrown and native fruits and vegetables, as well as gourmet foods and beautiful gifts. Visit during the fall for pick-your-own apples and delicous homemade apple cider doughnuts, or stop by during the holidays to pick out a Christmas tree and custom wreath.
Located at the corner of Kirkland and Oxford Street in Cambridge, this diverse farmers market will suit all your food needs, from produce to baked goods and everything in between.
Milk & Honey, located on Church St. in Salem , is a local grocery store for those who care about the quality and sustainability of their food. They carefully select the products they sell from small, local farms and businesses. Stop by during lunch hours for one of their freshly made salads or sandwiches.
The Coastal Green Grocer in Ipswich is a foodie's paradise. Drop in for samples from their artisan cheese collection, peruse their carefully selected wine collection, or order a sandwich from their all-natural deli.
The 570 Market, located on Tremont St. near Union Park, has everything: an organic and natural grocery selection, smoothies, juices, prepared foods, delicious soups, sandwiches.... even a barista. Stop by this neighborhood grocer for all of your food needs, from gourmet items to your basic staples.
Nonprofits and Other Worthy Causes
The following nonprofits do great things in our communities, while supporting the local food movement. We know how hard it is to be a nonprofit! Take a moment to check them out:
The Beverly Cove Improvement Association is an organization that brings neighbors together through events, classes, and programs. Check out their calendar for everything from Baby Boot Camp to Irish Dancing, or rent the Community Center for an event of your own.
Community Servings is a wonderful non-profit organization that delivers medically-tailored meals to individuals who are homebound with acute and life-threatening illnesses. They depend on volunteers and corporate and business sponsors to help them make and deliver 9,600 dinners and lunches per week. Visit their website to make a donation, become a volunteer, or just to check out their fantastic recipe collection.
Located in Cambridge, Morse School teaches children in grades pre-K through 5. They are the only Cambridge public school to follow The Core Knowledge Sequence, and also have a CitySprouts garden so their students can have a hands-on learning experience about nature and healthy food choices.