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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, delicious, and wholesome food that is unlike any other.
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 Farm is a great stop for local produce, groceries, baked goods, meats, and dairy products. They sell their own vegetables both at their farm stand and through a CSA. They also sell their own antibiotic- and hormone- free fresh and smoked pork.
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.
Brookwood Community Farm is a working farm located at the foot of the Blue Hills in Canton, MA. Their mission is to build a farm-centered community united by a shared passion for sustainable agriculture, fresh local food and a commitment to increasing access to health food. Brookwood grows food for members through a community supported agriculture (CSA) model, provides on-farm educational and community-building opportunities, and actively supports food access projects.
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.
Clark Farm produces certified organic vegetable and berries for its CSA community, farm stand and local farm-to-table restaurant. In addition to vegetables, Clark-Farm raise lamb, goats, pastured pork and laying hens.
Farm Stands, 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 farm stand for fresh and local produce and meats.
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 delicious homemade apple cider doughnuts, or stop by during the holidays to pick out a Christmas tree and custom wreath.
Valley View Farm in Topsfield is the only dairy goat cheese maker in Essex County, raising and milking a herd of Nubians and making many varieties of goat cheeses which are available across the North Shore. Their cheese as well as other local items including their own maple syrup and honey can be picked up directly from their farm store. They have partnered for over ten years with First Light Farm, CSA as a veggies share pick up site and are excited to add a seafood share to the offerings.
Formaggio Kitchen is best known for their cheese. "We travel throughout the US and Europe visiting dairies, cheesemakers and agers of artisan cheese whose products we bring to our stores so that our customers can experience the wonders of these artisan producers. Beyond cheese, we sell wine, beer, charcuterie, produce, olive oil, jams, honeys, coffee, tea, spices, chocolate, confections and a variety of other specialty food items." Formaggio has 3 locations in Massachusetts, Boston, Cambridge and Kendall.
At The Cheese Shop of Salem, you'll find amazing cheese, lovingly made wines, cured meats, hand-crafted beers, gourmet goodies, exotic spices, sauces, ciders and more! Order a cheese platter, attend a wine tasting, and get to know our staff of passionate food-obsessed mongers as they guide you to a whole new taste experience.
Duck Soup describes themselves as quirky, indefinable, yet beloved neighborhood institution in Sudbury. Not quite coffee shop, not quite cheese shop, not quite kitchen shop, not quite gift shop. They also offer cooking classes for community gatherings, birthday parties and corporate team building!
Brewing on Boston's North Shore, True North Ale Company is a craft brewery featuring juicy American IPAs, sophisticated Belgian ales, classic German lagers, cutting-edge sours, and many more traditional and experimental styles. Visit their taproom and ask them for beer pairings for your fresh catch!
"We believe we have a responsibility to our customers to protect our environment, our community, our industry and most of all our staff. We take our obligation to sustainability and acting in an environmentally friendly way very seriously. So we use efficient modern procedures, care for the beer from brewing to packaging to ensure a quality product and use the freshest and tastiest ingredients available." Visit Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company in Framingham, MA.
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.