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January 14, 2009

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It's never too early for CSA signups! just like it's not too early to start looking through seed catalogs.

I can only grow so much, and am trying to set up a swap for local veggie growers (myself among them) so one never has to be lousy with anything. I think it'll be ideal for the singles and two-person households that want to grow a variety but lack space, and can't eat five tomatoes every day during the summer.

We've been Stillman members for 5 years now and I can't say enough great things about the farm, the farmers and their amazing produce! They have a few different pickup locations, including JP and Quincy. If you're near enough to Quincy, I highly recommend it, they have a great farmers market there where you can add to your weekly pickup with fresh breads, cheeses and plants and flowers. Also, they offer a full share and a half share. The half share is perfect for 1 or 2 people.

Jodi: Thanks for the info. I enjoyed Stillman's meat CSA last year.

Heather: A swap is a great idea. I wonder what someone would trade me for a bunch of wilty herbs?

I know both Red Fire Farm and Brookfield Farm deliver to the Cambridge/Somerville area from Western MA. Red Fire shares are available now (and they also have fruit and cut flower shares you can add on!); Brookfield ones won't be until later in the month.

Parker Farm in Lunenburg isn't listed anywhere but has huge shares for relatively little money. As far as I can tell, Farmer Steve only ordinarily drops off in Somerville and Cambridge, but it's a one-man show and I think if you called him and asked to go to the farm, he'd probably let you!

Although she's not doing a summer share this year, Belmont Farm is a place to know about, not least because she hosts an awesome winter share. Finally, there's a farm in Newton that is opening shares to Newton residents in early Feb and to the rest of us later that month.

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