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Jun 1, 2020








Carrots from Local Harvest CSA.

 Other CSAs with fall signup availability

This list includes farms in southern New Hampshire that offer either year-round or ongoing CSA programs you can still sign up for, some of which have costs prorated depending on the remaining number of weeks. Some may be sold out or have a waiting list to sign up; call or visit the website for updates.
Apple Hill Farm (580 Mountain Road, Concord, 224-8862, offers a CSA royalty card system with sign ups available in the spring or fall. The farm offers a 10-percent bonus that you can use on any of its apples, jams, jellies and other products at the farm stand or farmers markets (i.e. a $150 card would give you a $165 balance). While using up the balance before the farm stand closes for the season around Thanksgiving is encouraged, any leftover balances will roll over to the next season. Visit the farm stand to sign up or download the form online.
Barrett Hill Farm (103 Barrett Hill Road, Mason, 878-4022, offers a 20-week CSA program with four different package options that include a variety of fruits and vegetables. This year’s share season begin in June; 2019 information TBA.
Bee Fields Farm (555 Abbot Hill Road, Wilton, 654-1097, offers a year-round CSA membership from May to April, with two week breaks during Christmas and New Year’s Day. The full cost is $1,650 (or about $33 per week or $138 per month), with fall crops such as eggplant, cucumbers, daikon radishes, pumpkin, potatoes and onions. There is currently a waiting list to sign up for next year’s CSA.
Bee Thankful Farm (199 Middle Road, Deerfield, 660-0115, has two CSA share options that began in June: a full share that lasts 20 weeks and a half share that lasts 10 weeks. Products include fruits, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, honey and more. 2019 information TBA. 
Benedikt Dairy (97 Shirley Hill Road, Goffstown, 801-6839, has a rolling 20-week CSA membership with sign-ups available at any time of the year. Products include milk, cream, yogurt, eggs and butter. The typical cost is $120 but prices range depending on the product. Pickups are at the farm stand from Monday through Saturday after noon.
Charmingfare Farm (774 High St., Candia, 483-5623, offers a variety of CSA share programs, including for vegetables, beef, pork, lamb, goat, turkey, chicken and eggs. Programs for this year are sold out; 2019 cost and pickup information TBA.
Country Dreams Farm (855 Brookline Road, Mason, 966-7427, offers a 14-week CSA program that began in June. Three shares are available in half, small or large sizes. 2019 information TBA.
Dog Rose Farm (41 Birch Hill Road, Lee, 207-751-1302, has an 18-week CSA share program for heirloom and common variety organic vegetables, which began in June. 
Holland Farm (269 Osgood Road, Milford, 673-0667, offers three different CSA memberships that feature a variety of vegetables, eggs, raw goat milk, goat cheese and more.
LaValley Farms (1801 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 485-3541, offers a CSA royalty card system with signups by April 1. Customers then receive a debit card that goes active on July 1 (the current season is sold out; next year’s signups will be available after Thanksgiving). Three shares are available ($200 with a 12.5-percent bonus, $300 with a 15-percent bonus and $400 with an 18.75 percent bonus).
Lewis Farm, Greenhouse & Compost (192 Silk Farm Road, Concord, 228-6230, has spring and summer CSA share programs. The spring share usually runs from mid-April through June and the summer share runs from late June through September. Information for next year’s programs TBA.
McLeod Bros. Orchards (749 N. River Road, Milford, 673-3544, offers a 16-week CSA share program for vegetables that began in June and an 8-week program for apples only that began in mid-August. The cost is $400 for the full season and $200 for the apple season. Pickups are available at the farm stand on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.
Mildred’s Drumlin Farm (314 Lee Hook Road, Lee, 292-5949, find them on Facebook) has an 18-week CSA share season that begin in early June, offering customers a variety of vegetables, strawberries, blueberries, herbs and more.
Miles Smith Farm (56 Whitehouse Road, Loudon, 783-5159, offers a variety of shares, including beef, eggs, dairy, lamb, pork and more. Pickups are available at the farm either weekly or monthly depending on the share.
Normanton Farms (55 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield, 377-7138, offers a CSA program through the end of October. Signups are still available, with costs prorated to the number of weeks remaining in the season. Produce grown includes Brussels sprouts, squashes, onions, potatoes and more. Pickups are available Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Stout Oak Farm (83 Middle Road, Brentwood,, has a farm store credit program, with three membership options to choose from ($100, $200 and $500), that grants you access to the farm’s products through October. A 10-percent extra credit is added to your account when you sign up. Other CSA programs include a vegetable share and a fresh greens box, which started in June and run for 18 weeks.
Temple-Wilton Community Farm (195 Isaac Frye Highway, Wilton, 654-6082, has the longest continuously operated CSA program in the country. The cost varies each season, which runs from June 1 to May 31 of the following year, and is determined by the farm’s budget and operating expenses (2019-2020 info TBA). There is currently a waiting list to sign up for the next CSA season.
Vernon Family Farm (301 Piscassic Road, Newfields, 340-4321, has a debit-card style CSA program with share options that include $300 (with a 6-percent bonus), $500 (with a 9-percent bonus) and $700 (with a 12-percent bonus). Products available as part of the shares include chicken, pork, beef, honey, maple syrup, eggs, spices, garlic, seasonal vegetables and more.
Webster Ridge Farm (1482 Pleasant St., Webster, 648-2595, has a meat CSA program that lasts for three months, with prices that range from $95 to $155 per month, depending on the product and the quantity. Featured meats include ground beef, sirloin steak, chicken, pork chops, bacon and more.
Willoughby Farm of Kensington (16 Shaws Hill Road, Kensington, 772-5538, offers an 18-week CSA program that runs from June through October. 2019 information TBA.
Work Song Farm (124 Beech Hill Road, Hopkinton, 219-0297, offers a 20-week CSA share program that runs from June through October. 2019 information TBA.

Fresh in the fall
How and where to sign up for fall CSA shares


 By Matt Ingersoll
Joining a Community Supported Agriculture program gets you freshly grown, in-season produce, meats, dairy and other products, in addition to providing a steady financial support system for your local farm. Fall CSA shares are now available to sign up for; once the season is underway, you’ll be getting foods like sweet potatoes, butternut and acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, garlic, parsnips, radishes, spinach and more.
“If you’ve never joined a CSA but are thinking about it, the fall share is the most ideal scenario for trying it out,” said Anna Muncy of Local Harvest CSA, a Concord-based CSA cooperative program. “You get an idea of how many vegetables you can eat, and if you don’t eat them in a week then it’s OK, because most of them can last for a really long time and you can stock them in your home.”
Signing up
While some farms offer year-round programs with prorated costs that vary depending on when you sign up, others will designate specific sessions for spring, summer, fall or winter, or may combine two or more seasons into one share.
In most cases, members will pay up front for however many weeks their share will be, and the farm chooses their specific dates, times and pickup locations.
Some CSA programs are available directly through one farm, while others like Local Harvest CSA obtain their product from a collection of farms. Joining a Local Harvest CSA membership grants you access to a variety of crops from five Granite State farms: Kearsarge Gore Farm in Warner, The Vegetable Ranch in Warner, Good Earth Farm in Weare, Middle Branch Farm in New Boston and Stoneridge Farm in Bradford. The five-week program begins Oct. 17 and runs through to the week before Thanksgiving. You can choose your share size and pickup location online, Muncy said. All members become subscribers of a weekly newsletter with food storage tips and recipe ideas.
David Trumble of Good Earth Farm said that depending on the status of that year’s growing season, some late summer crops might also be added to your share.
“For some people, if they grow a fair amount of their own fresh produce in the summer, then signing up for the fall share is sort of an extension of their garden season,” he said. “The other thing is that CSAs can be challenging in the summer if you’re traveling a lot, and so the fall can help you get back into a regular routine.”
According to Gail McWilliam Jellie, director of agricultural development for the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food, fall CSAs are also cost-effective ways to stock up on produce for the holiday season.
“Things like potatoes and carrots have a longer shelf life if they are stored properly,” she said.
This year’s growing season
The available product always has to do with the status of the growing season, Muncy said.
“It’s completely dependent on what’s ready to be harvested,” she said. “It’s not like there’s this magic turnover from summer to fall. A lot of times, we’ll still have greens and kale that grows through the season.”
Muncy said the unpredictability of the weather each season adds another dynamic to CSAs.
“You’re literally on a vegetable journey and the weather is going to affect what you see,” she said. “People think of it as a bad thing, but it’s really not. … It’s just the fact that the produce and timing of things are always different.”
Things are looking good for fall shares this year, according to Sarah Hansen of Kearsarge Gore Farm in Warner.
“This is going to be the best year that we’ve had in a long time, so I’m excited for it,” Hansen said. “Some things like winter squash have been ripening a little earlier than normal. … Because of the 90-degree days, recently we’ve had less lettuce and greens available, but we’re hoping to offer a little bit more as the days get cooler and we get closer to the fall.”
Other vegetables like tomatoes can often be available as late in the year as October due to the growing conditions, as was the case last year, Hansen added.
CSAs with fall shares
This list includes farms in southern New Hampshire offering CSA programs specifically for the fall season. Some may have a waiting list to sign up; call or visit the website for updates.
Brasen Hill Farm (71 Warren Road, Barrington, 868-2001, has a meat CSA that runs from September through November and offers products such as ground beef, lamb, country-style ribs, ground goat, duck, chicken and rabbit. Small shares (about 40 to 45 pounds) are $395 and large shares (60 to 65 pounds) are $595. Pickups are at the farm on Thursdays, Sept. 13, Oct. 17 and Nov. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Brookford Farm (250 West Road, Canterbury, 742-4084, has several seasonal CSAs throughout the year. The fall share begins in late October and runs for 20 weeks through March. Shares include a vegetable base ($600), a half vegetable ($380; distributed weekly for the first 10 weeks and then bi-weekly after Christmas); a quarter vegetable ($250); a 10-week meat share ($400); and a value share ($160 for 10 weeks or $320 for 20 weeks) in which you can choose from a variety of select items. Prices are prorated to reflect the remaining number of weeks of the share duration. Pickup locations are in Amherst, Canterbury, Concord, Deerfield, Dover, Epsom, Exeter, Hampstead, Hollis, Manchester, Nashua and Salem.
Dirty Girl CSA (Peterborough and Weare, 326-8729, is a seven-week fall CSA share from Sept. 19 to Oct. 31. This year’s is already sold out, but shareholders can expect winter squash, onions, lettuce, arugula, carrots, scallions, turnips, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, pumpkins, sweet potatoes and more. The cost ranges from $155 for a single share (feeds about 1 to 2 people per week) to $245 for a double share (feeds about 3 to 4 people per week). Pickups are available every Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Four Winds Farm store (Four Winds Farm Road, Peterborough).
Fresh Start Farms (New American Farmers Cooperative, 434 Lake Ave., second floor, Manchester, 296-0443, offers a six-week fall CSA membership that begins Sept. 4. Single shares ($140, or about $21/week) and family shares ($225, or about $36/week) are both available. A full list of pickup locations is available on the website.
Local Harvest CSA (75 S. Main St., Unit 7, Concord, 731-5955, is a CSA cooperative program with products made from Kearsarge Gore Farm (173 Gore Road, Warner), Stoneridge Farm (330 Cressy Road, Bradford), Middle Branch Farm (280 W. Colburn Road, New Boston), The Vegetable Ranch (443 Kearsarge Mountain Road, Warner) and Good Earth Farm (52 Poor Farm Road, Weare). Fall shares run five weeks, from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14, with pickups every Wednesday. Standard-sized shares are $155 and full-sized shares are $232. Pickups are at Unitarian Universalist Church (274 Pleasant St., Concord) from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Zin-Zen Yoga Studio (126 S. River Road, Bedford) from 2:30 to 6 p.m.; Bert’s Better Beers (1100 Hooksett Road, Hooksett) from 2:30 to 8 p.m.; The Clean Take (55 N. Main St., Concord) from 2:30 to 6 p.m.; and Baked Downtown Cafe & Bakery (249 Sheep Davis Road, Concord) from 2:30 to 6 p.m.
Oasis Springs Farm (79 W. Groton Road, Nashua, 930-1294, has a seven-week early fall CSA share for various microgreens and herbs, beginning in late August. The cost is $105, paid in full by first pickup (about $15 per week); shares include five heads of lettuce, one bag of greens and one bag of microgreens. Pickups are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from Aug. 29 through Oct. 10 (except for Sept. 26). Pickup locations vary depending on the date and time; see website for the full list.
Red Manse Farm (5 Pittsfield Road, Loudon, 435-9943, is accepting signups now for its fall CSA share, which offers a variety of vegetables, storage crops, apples and cider and has pickups weekly through September and twice per month during October and November. Call for cost details. 
Terra Organics (198 Tyler Road, Contoocook, 491-4039, offers a five-week fall harvest CSA share that runs from mid-October through mid-November. The pre-boxed share includes root crops, greens, winter squash, pumpkins, cabbages and more with about 7 to 8 items per week. The cost is $150 for the full program. Pickups are available on varying days in Bedford, Concord, Contoocook and Henniker. 

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