At the beginning of each growing season, CSA sharers purchase a “share” of the upcoming produce, which helps the Farm cover a substantial portion of the costs of our agricultural operations. In return, NCF provides sharers with a supply of sustainably grown, fresh vegetables and herbs throughout the growing season.
Our 2021 Summer CSA program will run from June 2 through October 13. These dates are dependent on weather and other growing considerations, and NCF’s farm manager will contact sharers if the dates need to change. We have the equivalent of 80 weekly shares available. CSA pickups take place at the Farm on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2–7 pm. Depending on safety protocols for the summer of 2021, sharers may need to sign up for a day and time slot. PYO crops may also be available on Saturdays before 3 pm. NCF donates unclaimed shares to a local food pantry.
NCF grows most of the CSA produce. Some crops require more space than our modest site allows so we supplement the shares with potatoes and winter squash from a local partner farm. We also purchase nonorganic sweet corn from Massachusetts farms. CSA sharers participate in the bounty of the Farm, and also the risk. While we have confidence that we will meet our production goals, growing vegetables always involves uncertainty, and quantities may vary week to week, season to season.
Weekly Share: $690 per share. Sharers come once a week to pick up a full share of produce. Shares may include some pick-your-own (PYO) crops such as peas, beans, cherry tomatoes, and herbs. Share size varies throughout the season. At the height of the season (Aug–Sept), a typical week might include: 1 bunch roots crop (carrots or beets); 2 bunches of greens (changing selection); 1 bunch of herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, or parsley); 1 eggplant; 1/2 pound bell peppers; 1 hot pepper; 2 pounds of potatoes; 1 pound of summer squash or zucchini; 5 pounds of tomatoes; 1 pint PYO cherry tomatoes; 6 ears of corn; 1 quart PYO beans; PYO herbs (separate from bunched herbs listed above).
Alternate Week Share: $372 per alternate week share. Sharers come every other week to pick up a full share.
Application and Payment Completed forms and checks must be received at NCF (by mail or drop-off) by the due dates listed below for consideration in each phase.
All applicants must be a current Friend of the Farm (FoF) to apply for a CSA share. You have been automatically enrolled as a FoF if you made a donation of $50 or more since November 1, 2020. If you are not currently a FoF, click here to sign up.
Phase 1a: Monday, January 18 – Sunday, January 31 (due date) for Returning Summer 2020 CSA Sharers If you were a Summer CSA sharer in 2020, you will be emailed the reenrollment form for 2021 on the morning of January 18.
Phase 1b: Monday, January 18 – Sunday, January 31 (due date) for Late Fall 2020 CSA Sharers
Late Fall 2020 CSA sharers will be enrolled after returning Summer 2020 CSA sharers if there are spaces remaining. If you were a Late Fall CSA sharer in 2020, you will be emailed the reenrollment form for 2021 on the morning of January 18.
Phase 1c: Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 7 (due date) for 2020 waiting list NCF will contact individuals on the Summer CSA waiting list from last year.
Phase 2: Monday, February 1 – Sunday, February 28 (due date) for Newton Residents The link to the enrollment form will go live on our website on February 1. At the end of this period, NCF will hold a lottery to select at random as many participants as we have shares available. To participate in the lottery, we must receive your CSA enrollment application along with payment. (CSA checks will be returned to those who we cannot accommodate). We will notify all applicants by Tuesday, March 2, as to whether or not they were selected. Applicants who do not get in during Phase 2 can sign up for the waiting list.
Phase 3: Monday, March 1, until full. for Newton Residents and General Public If there are remaining shares available after Phase 2, we will accept applications from Newton and non-Newton residents on a first-come, first-served basis until we are full. Applicants who do not get in by the end of Phase 3 (or March 15, whichever comes later) can sign up for the waiting list.
For more information about our Summer CSA program, go to: https://newtoncommunityfarm.org/produce/csa/