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On the Farm: Membership Has Its Privileges at a CSA

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Indian Line Farm in South Egremont, photographed by Jason Houston

Eating locally grown food is valuable on so many levels—ecologically, economically, nutritionally, sociologically, spiritually—that it’s no wonder many CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms in our region report that new and returning members are signing up earlier this year and that waiting lists to join are inevitable. (Last year by April 1, many CSAs were filled for the season.) Convenience is key when picking a farm, because you want make sure you can make your weekly pick up. All CSAs offer vegetables, of course, and some offer fruits as well as flowers (and many sell local eggs, beef and cheese, too, at the pick-up location.) Some crops are pick-your-own, and the last few summers at Chubby Bunny Farm, my CSA in Falls Village, I’ve had wonderful conversations with neighbors I’d never talked to before as I picked cherry tomatoes, peas and raspberries. If you’re a serious summer cook, you might consider joining two different CSAs to fully experience the bounty of summer in the Rural Intelligence region.

“CSAs are more popular than ever,” says Barbara Zheutlin, executive director of Berkshire Grown, which coordinates the Share the Bounty program which connects CSAs with food pantries and soup kitchens. “I believe Caretaker already has a waiting list. River Valley Farm is coming back and Markcristo in will have a CSA for the first time too, but the information is not yet on its website.  Wolfe Spring Farm in Sheffield is planning a CSA, too.”  Laura Meister, who’s in her fifth year or running Farm Girl Farm , says the interest is greater than ever. “I have twice as many members signed up as I did last year at this time,” she says.
If we’ve left out a CSA farm in our region that is still selling shares, please let us know in the Comment section.
Berkshire County
Farm Girl Farm
Pumpkin Hollow Road
North. Egremont, MA
Season: mid-June through mid-November
Pick-ups: Tuesday afternoon or Saturday mornings
Full-share:  $545; Summer Shares (mid-June - Labor Day): $380;
Work-share (limited number; call to apply): Exchange 32 hours of work for a discounted full share of $350.
Rural Intelligence FoodHoliday Farm
Holiday Cottage Road
Dalton, MA
Pick-ups: Tuesday or Thursday afternoons; Saturday mornings
Season: June - mid October
Large share $475 ($450 before March 1); small share $250 ($240 before March 1)
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Indian Line Farm
7 Jug End Road
South Egremont, MA
Pick-ups: Tuesday and Friday afternoons
Season: June - November
Regular Share: $550; Summer Share (June - Labor Day) $425; Working Share $350
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River Valley Farm
345 New Lenox Road
Lenox, MA
Pick-ups: Tuesday and Friday afternoons
Season: June - late October/early November
Regular Share: $500; Summer Share: $375
Columbia County
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The Farm at Miller’s Crossing
81 Roxbury Road
Hudson, NY
Pick-ups: Tuesday afternoons
Season: June - October
Regular share $450; single share $235
Hawthorne Valley Farm
327 Route 21C
Ghent (Harlemville), NY
Pick-ups: Thursday afternoons
Season: June - November
Vegetable Share $440; Fruit and vegetable share $590
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402 Country Route 34
East Chatham, NY
Pick-ups: Wednesdays 4 - 7 PM
Season: mid-June - late October
Full share: $450; Half share (any ten weeks): $245
Little Seed Gardens
P.O. Box 195
Chatham, NY
Pick-ups: Tuesdays 4 - 7 PM at the farm; Thursdays 4 - 6 PM in Rhinebeck
Season: June - October
Share: $425
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Markcristo Farm
2891 State Route 23
Hillsdale NY
Pick-ups: Tuesday afternoons
Season: June - October
Share: $500
Red Oak Farm
1921 Route 9
Stuyvesant, NY
518.799. 2052
Pick-ups: Tuesdays & Friday
Season: May - November
Share: $410
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Roxbury Farm
2501 Route 9H
PO Box 338
Kinderhook, NY
*There are two Columbia County pick-up sites: One at the farm and one in southern Columbia County at Grey Dun Studio: 129 Mambert Road near Churchtown, NY
Pick-ups: Friday afternoons
Season: June 12 - November 6, then November 20, December 4 & 11
Share: $480 ($499 at Grey Dun Studio) for 25 weeks of vegetables; $70 for 22 weeks of fruit, work requirement surcharge $40
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16 Summit Street
Philmont, NY
Pick-ups: Tuesday & Friday afternoons; Saturday mornings
Season:  June - November
Share: $400
Dutchess County
Hearty Roots Farm
33 W Kerley Corners Rd
Tivoli, NY
Pick-ups: Tuesdays 3 - 6 PM or Wednesdays 8 AM - 5 PM
Season: June - October
Weekly share: $575; every-other-week share: $300
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Sisters Hill Farm
127 Sisters Hill Road
PO Box 22
Standfordville, NY
Pick-ups: Tuesdays 4 -6 PM; Saturdays 8 - 11 AM
Season: June - November
Weekly share: $600 - $700 (sliding scale); every-other-week share: $325 - $375
Litchfield County

Rural Intelligence FoodChubby Bunny Farm
Undermountain & Cobble Roads
Falls Village, CT
Pick-ups: Tuesday & Friday afternoons
Season: June - November
Full-share: $650 ($625 before March 1); half-share $350 ($325 before March 1)
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142 Town Street
West Cornwall, CT 06796
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