Find your Fresh: Local CSAs

Categories: Well Nourished

What’s the most economical way to get the freshest produce in the Monadnock Region? Join a CSA!

What is a CSA?

CSA (community supported agriculture) farmers offer shares of their locally grown or raised food to community members. The members of the CSA pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs. In return members get a weekly share of harvest from the growing season. Most CSAs start in the spring at the beginning of the growing season; some offer year-round produce grown in greenhouses.

Five tips to help you find the right CSA:

  1. Location: Will you need to have your share delivered or will you be able to pick up your share on a regular basis? Find a CSA that will be convenient for you.
  2. Schedule: Make sure that your delivery or pick-up day will work with your schedule. Often you’ll need to do a little processing of your produce when it arrives to ensure that it lasts throughout the week or longer.
  3. Size: Are you a family of one or seven? Find a CSA with a share size that is appropriate to the amount you’ll need. Most CSAs offer different sizes including single or half shares and family or full shares.
  4. Choice: Each CSA offers different types of vegetables; some also offer fruit, herbs, flowers, and other local products such as meat, cheese, eggs, jam, honey and baked goods and in some areas even yarn and seafood. Consider your options and what you’ll use.
  5. Price: Pound for pound, CSAs offer an excellent value. Plus, you are guaranteed to have a steady supply of fresh seasonal offerings. To make it easier for people to afford, some CSAs offer the opportunity for members to work on the farm in exchange for a discounted CSA membership. 

A bit of historical trivia: One of the first two CSA farms in the U.S. was started in 1985 right here in our Monadnock Region, the Temple-Wilton Community Farm. 

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CSAs in the Monadnock Region

There are many CSAs in our Region; there is probably one just a few minutes from where you live. Call or visit the farm’s website for additional information.

1780 Farm 
Chesterfield • 603-363-4476

Abenaki Springs Farm
Walpole • 603-445-2157

Bee Fields Farm 
Wilton • 603-654-1097

Farmer John’s Plot 
Dublin • 603-289-5927

Fertile Fields Farm 
Westmoreland • 603-399-7772

Foggy Hill Farm 
Jaffrey • 603-593-5325

Hillside Springs Farm 
Westmoreland • 603-399-7288

Holland Farm CSA 
Milford • 603-673-0667

Hungry Bear Farm 
Wilton • 603-654-6626

Mad Radish CSA 
Chesterfield * 443-643-5684

Picadilly Farm 
Winchester • 603-239-8718

Stonewall Farm 
Keene • 603-357-7278

Sun-Moon Farm 
Rindge • sun.moon.craig@gmail.com

Temple-Wilton Community Farm 
Wilton • 603-654-6082

Tracie’s Community Farm 
Fitzwilliam • 603-568-6102

Village Roots CSA 
Acworth • 603-477-5533