Community Supported Agriculture
Frosty Carrots

Farm Notes:
On the farm we are as busy as can be still harvesting the summer crops like corn, peppers and the very time consuming beans. We are also trying to harvest apples as fast as we can. Many of the apples are going directly into the week's share so that we can enjoy the varieties at their peak flavor and ripeness. Yet we are harvesting so many more that are going into our new controlled atmosphere bins for long term winter storage. These bins are a new technology from France that we just got earlier this year. The bins have a special sealed top that allow the oxygen to naturally escape from and not return to the inside of the bin. This changed atmosphere keeps the apples in a natural "suspended animation" with a very high carbon dioxide level thereby reducing the apples ethylene and respiration level to almost zero. When we open up the bins, the apples should be nearly as crisp as when we put them in.

We have a wonderful staff on the farm that carefully cultivates the crops and ensures that everything is well coordinated so that you receive a super healthy and diverse share each week. Yet, it is those that help up off the farm, at each CSA location who ensure that in the end you receive all that goodness from the farm. Without all this help at each CSA pickup location Farmer Dave's could not and would not be what it is today. They help with setting up the share pick-up, taking care of the produce during the pick-up, checking in members, answering your questions, giving recipe and produce prep suggestions and later helping with cleaning up and closing up the location. We are very grateful to have a group so committed to the CSA and enthusiastic about local agriculture.

A special thank you to:
Lanesville: Kurt
Burlington: Jane, Mary Lou and Kathleen
Jamaica Plain: The crew from Community Servings
Cambridge: Aileen and Rene
Lawrence: Lois, Vanessa and Kathi
Dracut: Laura, Karli and Jill
Somerville: Jason and Cary
Tewksbury: Gabrielle, Don, Laetitcia, Robert and Lynn
Merrimack: Diana
Wilmington: Chris and Patti
East Boston: Gabrielle and her crew
Reading: Betty, Adriana and Gen
Malden: Brian
Westford: Katie
Quincy: Diane and Rebecca

With much appreciation,
Dave and the whole Team at Farmer Dave's
Register for Late Fall !
There are only 4 weeks left of the main season vegetable and fruit shares.

Now is the time to register for your late fall share and enjoy all of your favorite fall treats like winter squash, sweet potatoes, and brassicas into December!

Small and Regular sized shares available!
What's In My Share

This week we start harvesting sweet fall carrots. Try the carrot fry recipe below for an addictive and healthy treat.

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.

Vegetable Shares
  • Green beans or Wax beans
  • Sweet peppers
  • Swiss Chard or Kale
  • Napa Cabbage, Bok Choy or Tatsoi
  • Carrots
  • Lettuce
  • Corn
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Herbs
  • and more!
Fruit Share
  • Macoun Apples
  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Cortland Apples
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • And possibly more depending on harvest conditions.
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.

VEGISODE: Homemade Baby Food: It's Goo-Goo-Good!
VEGISODE: Homemade Baby Food: It's Goo-Goo-Good!

It is super simple to make fresh, nutritious baby food from your CSA veggies and fruit, and we'll show you how!
- Techniques for making different combinations such as apple with kale, spinach or broccoli, sweet potato and butternut squash.
- How to package and freeze baby food
- And a visit from 2 important taste testers 
Swiss Chard
Try These Recipes From Our Blog
Check out all our Vegisodes and subscribe to be notified when timely new videos are added.
These videos are designed to help you make the most of your CSA share with tips on storing, preparing and preserving your veggies.  

Try our New Zucchini Pickles !

Made from Farmer Dave's zucchini at CommonWealth Kitchen, Greater Boston's nonprofit food business
incubator and food manufacturing social enterprise, located in Dorchester

It's peak season for Tomatoes for sauce and dehydrating!  Add some jalapenos for a large batch of homemade salsa!

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
Sunday - Noon
Sunday - Noon
Monday - Noon
Tuesday - Noon
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.

Pick-Your-Own Apples Every Weekend!
We are excited to announce Pick-Your-Own Apples are underway at both our Dracut and Westford locations:  

Farmer Dave's 
437 Parker Road, Dracut

Farmer Dave's at Hill's Orchard
4 Hunt Road, Westford

Your CSA member benefits include 25% off PYO apples as well as one free 1/2 peck of apples per CSA membership for the 2018 PYO season. 

We would love our CSA members to come and see their farm!

Farmer Dave's picking guidelines apply.
Please check our website below for picking conditions and times.
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.