Shared Harvest is all about local veggies, but we like to provide shareholders with some optional “Extras” to complement the delicious vegetables. Limited space and logistical constraints mean we must choose carefully the Extras we offer. It should come as no surprise that we like to support small, local, family businesses.
Shareholders are sent an on-line order form for the Extras that will be available at the next scheduled distribution. A week or two before the distribution, we order the Extras from local producers- shareholders pick up and pay for their Extras when they get their shares.
Here’s the likely schedule for when the Extras will be offered this year. (These will be confirmed closer to the time they are to be ordered.)
October PickupBulk kale, carrots, potatoes, rutebagas
Crystal Brook Farm goat cheeses
Fresh wild mushrooms from Fungi Ally Bulk apples, cabbage, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, purple top turnips
Fresh Apple cider from Cider Hill Farm
Cranberries from Fresh Meadows organic farm in Carver Eggs-from free range, organically fed hens at Wingate Farm
Crystal Brook Farm goat cheeses Maple Syrup from Sunrise Organic
Chase Hill Farm cheeses made with milk from their cows on 100% grass
Jams and spreads made from local fruit by Doves & Figs in Arlington Fresh wild mushrooms from Fungi Ally
December PickupBulk roots, garlic, sweet potatoes etc. for winter storage Bulk Maine-grown Dried Beans from Baer’s Best, Lover’s Brook Farm in southern Maine Eggs-from free ranging, organically fed hens at Win-gate Farm
Maple Syrup from Sunrise Organic
Jams and spreads made from local fruit by Doves & Figs in Arlington Honey, raw from untreated hives at Warm Colors Apiary in Deerfield MA
Chase Hill Farm Cheeses Fresh wild mushrooms from Fungi Ally
January DistributionBulk roots, sweet potatoes, etc. Bulk Maine-grown Dried Beans from Baer’s Best Frozen Maine wild blueberries from small scale Maine and Nova Scotia growers Eggs from free-ranging, organically fed hens Chase Hill Farm cheeses made with milk from their cows on 100% grass
Sidehill Farm Yogurt
February DistributionBulk roots, sweet potatoes, etc. Bulk Maine-grown Dried Beans from Baer’s Best Frozen Maine wild blueberries from small scale Maine growers Eggs from free-ranging, organically fed hens Chase Hill Farm cheeses made with milk from their cows on 100% grass Sidehill Farm Yogurt
More about some of our Extras producers:
Bulk Storage Vegetables from Riverland Farm in Sunderland (Rob and Meghan) and Picadilly Farm in Winchester, NH (Bruce and Jenny). Usually available for bulk purchase are sweet potatoes, potatoes, butternut squash, garlic, kale, cabbage, carrots, turnips, and rutebagas.
Apple Cider and Apples by the Bushel, from Glenn Cook, Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury. Glenn will deliver cider and apples by the bushel if we’re able to put together an order for 100 bushels of apples. Get out your apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie, apple crisp and apple-whatever recipes! (We don’t have a truck big enough to haul bushels and bushels of apples to the distribution sites, so we count on shareholder’s apple-loving appetites to help us reach the 100 bushel mark!)
Beans from Baer’s Best Beans. Charley Baer will hand sort and fill 10# bags of his Maine grown dried beans for bulk purchase.
Honey from Warm Colors Apiary in Deerfield. Warm Colors owners and bee keepers, Dan and Bonita Conlon, don’t use any chemicals in their bee keeping! Here’s an article from The Commonweeder that provides a nice introduction to Dan and Warm Colors Apiary.
Organic Cranberries from Fresh Meadows Farm in Carver. These cranberries are dry-harvested, hand-sorted gems that will keep and keep in the fridge or the freezer and are great used fresh or frozen. Consider a tour during the harvest, usually the first and second weekends in October.