Community Supported Agriculture
 
Last of the sweet potato harvest

Farm Notes:

As the harvest and activity on the farm slows, I find myself reflecting on the season and the food we grow.  As we dig the sweet potatoes from the field and lay them in the greenhouse for their required several weeks of curing, I notice their unique delicate curves.  As we harvest swiss chard I am intrigued by the different hues of their myriad of colors.  As we harvest the brussel sprouts and cabbage I am mystified by the careful layering of each leaf over the other as if a parent were layering blankets on their child in bed.  As I prepare winter squash for roasting in the oven, the beautiful orange flesh seems to cuddle next season's seeds in a pouch of safety.

Is there true beauty in all of this or am I just like a proud parent having spent so much time and focus to grow these crops over the last six months?  In college I read Plato and other philosophers on beauty.  The age old question of the nature of beauty returns again.  Is beauty just in the eye of the beholder, or is it something innate in the nature of being of the object?

I center my mind and tell myself to get out of the academic/theoretical pursuits and get
back into the real world of putting food on the table.  Yet, I keep going back to the
romanesco field to see if they are almost mature before the frigid weather settles in. In the few small heads I cannot help but lose myself in its fractals in which each part of the romanesco can be broken out and in that part we find an image of the whole romanesco from which it originated.  To be a self-reflective image of your originator could be taken spiritually.  It is in this contemplative state that the  natural beauty of the food that we eat can lead us to find the beauty within ourselves and it is in finding this beauty that we then find our true place in this world.

The practical, theoretical and spiritual are often separated in modern times.  Yet, perhaps we would be better off returning to our ancient philosophers- continually asking the age old questions that lead us to contemplation which can lead us to peace in our days.

I love romanesco and hope it is ready soon.
Farmer Dave 
Pick up Announcement: Thanksgiving Week CSA Pick-ups!
All CSA pick-ups are on Monday and Tuesday, the week of Thanksgiving.

Please pay close attention to your pick-up days and locations.

If you need to change your pick-up, please email us, farm@farmerdaves.net or call 978-349-1952 by Thursday November 15th with your preferred pick-up.

Monday 11/19:
Burlington (4pm to 6:30pm)
Lanesville (3:30pm to 6:30pm)
Metro Pedal Power Home Delivery
Reading (3pm to 6:30pm)
Somerville-Connexion (3pm to 7pm)
Tewksbury (3pm to 7pm)

Tuesday 11/20:
Dracut-Parker Rd (3pm to 7pm)
East Boston (2pm to 6pm)
Farmer Dave's Home Delivery
Jamaica Plain (4pm to 7pm)
Lawrence (3pm to 7pm)
Malden (3pm to 6pm)
Quincy (3pm to 6:30pm)
Westford (2pm to 6pm)

What's In My Share

We are firmly into the late fall share. This week features brussel sprout tops. Use can use these delicate greens as you would spinach or swiss chard.

Don't forget to use the swap box! It's not just for trading for your favorite vegetables. If you won't use something in the share, have a busy week and won't be able to cook everything, or just feel overwhelmed leave your extras in the swap box and they'll be donated to one of our many hunger relief partners.
  • Brussel Sprout Tops
  • Baby Greens or Spinach (harvest dependent)
  • Carrots
  • Kohlrabi or Baby Fennel
  • Onions
  • Celeriac Tops
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Blue Potatoes
  • Spaghetti Squash or Butternut Squash
  • Pears
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Macoun Apples
  • and more!

This is what we are planning and hoping to harvest this week.  Ultimately Mother Nature has the last word so the actual contents of your share will vary.

2019 CSA Registration is Open!

Early Bird Special

Shares registered and paid for by 1/4/2019 will receive 2018 pricing.

All shares now available in Andover & Jamaica Plain!

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These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

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Share a Taste of the Farm

Collections of pickled produce, tomatoes, jams, hot sauce, and raw honey. All products are made from produce grown on the farm, and our wonderful bees.

Choose from:
  • Sweet & Spicy on the Farm (pictured)
  • A Taste of the Farm
  • Farm Jam Session

 

Check out all of the collections & ordering information here.

Add-on Order Deadlines

All orders must be placed online before your order deadline listed below. If you are even a minute late CSAware (our ordering system) will attach the order to the next week's share. Please double-check the time before completing your order.

Pick-up Day
Add-on Order Cut-off
Monday
Sunday - Noon
Tuesday
Sunday - Noon
Wednesday
Monday - Noon
Thursday
Tuesday - Noon
Friday
Wednesday - Noon

If you are having trouble placing an order online, make sure you are logged into your account. If you don't know your log-in information, send us an email, and we will send you an invitation to reset your password or create your account. Creating an account on the spot won't help; it needs to be the same account that is connected to your CSA shares.

CSAware will ask that you attach your order to a share. If you don't have a current share, you cannot purchase add-ons. If you attach your order to a share that is not activate it will not be sent to you.

If you do not pick up your add-on order, it will be donated or distributed, we do not offer
refunds for missed add-ons.


Groundwork Share-a-Share
Thanks to generous donations by you (our CSA Members) to the Groundwork Share-a-Share fund, we were able to subsidize the cost of shares in 2017 for over 30 individuals and families, as well as shares for local food pantries.  
Please consider helping us in our efforts to make the CSA accessible to more families by donating to Groundwork Share-a-Share.