Community Supported Agriculture
Sweetwater Farm offers 22 weeks of organic and sustainably grown food to CSA members in the North Quabbin June through October. Pick up your box on the farm, see our chickens & goats, and get to know us and your community!
Getting a CSA share is a great way to save on fresh, local, organic food. When you pre-pay for your produce at the beginning of the season, you save upwards of 15% on your weekly produce with the satisfaction of knowing exactly where and how your food is grown and loved.
CSA 2019 Price Sheet
|Produce Share||Description||On Farm||Delivery|
|Medium||Couple or Vegetarian Size||$500||$550|
|Large||Family, Vegetarian Couple and/or Veggie Lovers Size||$650||$700|
What is a CSA program?
A community supported agriculture (CSA) program is a food distribution model that creates a strong connection between farmers and the community they serve.
In the spring, community members purchase subscriptions for the food they would like to receive during growing season. By pre-paying for their farm products, members save roughly 15% of what they would pay at farmer’s market, and farmers are guaranteed that all the food they grow will go directly to the community with very little waste.
CSA members come to the farm once a week to receive their veggies and eggs, and once per month to receive meat. Coming to the farm each week means they get to know their growers, connect with other members, and enjoy the beauty of our historic farm.
How do distributions work?
Members will pick up their pre-packed boxes Thursdays from 4-6PM in the Round Barn at SWF. We ask that boxed share members bring their empty boxes back each week, so they can be packed again. This is our preferred pick-up time, but we can accommodate another time for those that cannot make this time.
What do I do if I can’t make it to distribution for the week?
Please let us know in advance, if possible, if you will not be picking up your box for the week. If you’re on vacation or are unable to pick up your share, we ask that you designate a friend, neighbor, or family member to pick up your share. If you cannot designate someone to pick up for you, your share can be donated to a local food pantry.
We want your share to fit your needs! We have structured our CSA so members can purchase exactly what they need, and never feel overwhelmed by their veggie shares.
Monthly Meat Shares
Our monthly meat share is a great way to purchase our grass-fed beef and organic roasting chickens at a huge discount. Meat share members will pick up their frozen meat once per month for 5 months beginning in June. Meat pick-ups will occur during our regular distribution times on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Members can choose between a small share of 5-6 lbs per month and a large share of 9-10 lbs per month. Both small and large shares will receive one 4 lb pasture-raised chicken every month. Shares will also include ground beef, steaks, and other beef cuts. Goat and lamb can be added upon request. Don’t worry, we won’t give you bones or organs, unless you request them!