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January 15, 2010


Um, I wish that were funny for being funny and not for being SO DAMN ACCURATE. I joined a pretty crappy CSA last year (terrible communication, sometimes didn't show up for drop-offs with notice on facebook an hour before it was supposed to start, etc). I've got myself on lists for a couple of other farms in my area. I live in fear of missing the email that says "ok, send in your checks now to secure a spot!" Seriously.

Hi Tammy,
I'm not sure there will be any openings but Frank and Sue at Dragonfly Farms in Pepperell run a very nice CSA with multiple locations, and very attractive pricing.
I'm not affiliated with the farm, other than being neighbors, and a member.

Love, love, love you Tammy!! I had no idea there was a winter Farmers Market in Natick! You can bet I will be heading there today. Since I live half in Natick and half in Pepperell, I'm a pretty lucky girl to be able to get the best of both worlds. I can also vouch for dragonfly farm. While I'm not a member of the CSA I do buy from the little stand they have in front of their farm and veggies are fantastic and nicely priced!

I've been a member for 3 years with Red Fire Farm, in western Mass - http://www.redfirefarm.com - they have several drop-off locations in the Boston area.
They deliver on the same day each week (I pick up in Central Square in Cambridge, but they also have dropoff places in JP, at MIT, Allston, 2 days in Central Square (behind Harvest Coop) - and they're looking for a place in Newton for next summer. Along with farm stands and other CSA locations in western Mass.
It's all organic produce, and pretty damn unbelievable stuff. You should check out their website for the kinds of things that they grow: the usual suspects but also exciting other stuff: still-on-the-vine edamame, giant kohlrabi, daikon and other Asian goodies, strawberries, eggs, (the yellowest yolks you've ever seen).
They've repeatedly won prizes at the Boston Tomato Festival. You can place bulk orders along with the extremely generous CSA shares for whatever is in season.
And this year, they're offering their very first ever deep-winter CSA; I just picked up my first share yesterday. 2 heads of oakleaf lettuce, a big bag of mixed spring greens, 8 onions (red and yellow), a dozen or so carrots, fresh bok choy, sweet potatoes, turnips, a jar of sauerkraut from Real Pickles and a container of wild honey from Ludlow, a dozen eggs - and I'm sure I'm forgetting something.
Ok, I've run out of breath: but do check them out!!!

Elisabeth: Sounds great! Thanks for the glowing recommendation. I will add them to the list.

giovanna: Did you go? How was it?

Aaron: I will also add Dragonfly to the list. Thanks for making me aware! Nice to hear about so many great local CSAs.

Adrienne: It IS stressful, isn't it? Well, I hope you get into one you like. When you find a good match, it's pretty amazing.

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