This year, we finally took the plunge and signed up for our first CSA share. This is something I have wanted to do for years. For those of you not familiar with this concept, here is the spiel: Community Supported Agriculture programs rely on upfront funds from people like you and me to give a boost to local farms when they need it most. The winter is the most financially strapped time of year for farmers so the money goes towards planning the upcoming growing season, buying seeds and hiring people. The biggest concern for many people tends to be the upfront cost (It’s usually several hundred dollars) but when you do the math, it’s easy to see the savings. Once the growing season starts, we will get a box of freshly picked, seasonal produce each week! The season generally lasts from late May/early June through late September/early October.
Part of my job right now is the chat customers up about the CSA program at Clover. I really love it because I have a major soft spot in my heart for farms. Some of my best friends are farmers! 🙂 The Inman Square location has 5 awesome farms to choose from and each one is a little bit special. Monday through Friday will see a different truck full of fresh, local veggies that were all grown in Massachusetts arrive and drop off boxes of goodness. We even had a Meet The Farmers party a few weeks ago where people could come in and see the folks who will be growing their food. The best part was the whoopie pie bar that featured infused fillings made from some veggies that the farmers brought along with them.
You’re reading it right! KALE whoopie pies! We also had celery root, purple carrot and a few others. Believe it or not, they were all great!
One of my biggest concerns was that I love to go the farmers’ market. I didn’t want to eliminate the need to go and shop each week. The perfect solution presented itself when my friend and coworker, Julia, also expressed interest in a share. We decided to split one and I couldn’t be more excited! Clover even did a blog about us. This was the night we stopped in after seeing The Vagina Monologues. I’m really stoked because we will be splitting produce from Linden Tree Farm. They created 20 shares especially for Clover’s CSA program. These guys have a 2-3 year waiting list for their regular CSA that they offer in Lincoln, MA so we’re thrilled to be a part of their program. This doesn’t mean that it was an easy decision. Drumlin Farm also looked fantastic and I loved the idea behind The Food Project. Almost all of the shares have been accounted for with each farm but there are still a few left. If you live in the area and are interested in picking up some fresh produce at Clover each week, you can sign up through the 9th of this month!