A huge thank you to all the growers for their resilience, determination, and love for plants, soil, and feeding all of us. It's been another interesting year for growing food here in our region--quite wet this time, but many crops have been very productive! It seems this has been a great season for apples and sweet … Continue reading Welcome to the 2021-2022 Shared Harvest season!
Looking for a Summer Farm Share? Please contact these farms directly for summer season! The growers who provide much of the high quality, certified organic produce for our winter shares , Picadilly Farm, are taking signups now for their regular season (summer) share boxes in Eastern Mass. You can find them online here: Picadilly Farm Here … Continue reading Summer will come and where will you be getting your farm fresh food?
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to visit and do a soil test at Oxford Farm, a relatively new project (started in 2018!) begun by Theresa Cohen, someone who has for many years been studying and supporting cutting edge enterprises seeking to increase nutrition in foods and to help humans relate beneficially with the land … Continue reading Working with animals on the farm
Grown by small family farms caring for their soil, our October share has 20 different vegetables at the peak of ripe, nutritious freshness--so much color and flavor emblematic of a spectacular harvest year! Thanks to enough warmth and moisture at the right times, timely spring thawing and fall frost, and the expertise and care … Continue reading Fabulous October Share starring 20 vegetables!
This week saw the arrival of our first sweet potatoes in the CSA box from Picadilly Farm. As we unloaded the share boxes onto my porch, Bruce gave me a bit of a view of the journey they take to get here. Sweet potatoes have become a celebrated staple of winter meals here in … Continue reading Sweet Potatoes!
It's getting to be that time of year! Yesterday's rain was a welcome refresher and the cooler temps a handy reminder to prepare! At Picadilly, Riverland and our other partner farms, the reckoning of this year's harvest successes and challenges is starting to roll in. Onions and garlic are cured and stored, and in the … Continue reading Get out this weekend, saving and savoring the harvest, healthy soil makes a healthy climate
I've fielded some questions lately from our members about the quality of and sources of the food that is in our shares and offered as Extras. I think some of the answers below might help folks in general get a better view of where to go for good food and some of the broader implications. With … Continue reading Organic and Local (or Eating Romaine in Spite of the Ban!)
Here's what to expect in your share and some advice about how to enjoy and store...if you have any leftover after the holiday festivities! Extras this month include apples by the bushel, fresh cranberries, several unique and interesting potatoes, including fingerling, a variety of winter squashes to grace your centerpiece and then fill your plate, … Continue reading November/Thanksgiving Shares and Extras Items
Hard frost hit the Pioneer Valley this week spelling the end of summer crops, but the beginning of wonderful for many of our fall and winter foods which get their best flavor and storage quality after such cold temperatures. The fields are getting tucked into bed with their cover crop covers now nicely green and … Continue reading Sweet and hardy after the frost! Late October Farm Share
Early Bird Discount for winter shares: save 10% if you signup for Shared Harvest winter share by May 31. Early spring is when the farms are most in need of dedicated support from shareholders as they complete their crop plans, buy supplies, repair, and purchase equipment, hire their crews and begin growing the food for our … Continue reading Early Bird Pricing: Ends May 31st