Eastie Farm wants to bring fresh local food to you! We are partnering with Massachusetts farmers to provide fresh foods for 16 weeks from the middle of June until the end of September. Every week, you will receive a bundle with the products of the most recent harvest: vegetables, fruits, herbs, and eggs. You can pick up our food Tuesdays from our garden site at 294 Sumner St 4-7 PM. The cost of the program is $30 per week. You can find out more by checking our Frequently Asked Questions, although applications are closed for this summer.
For SNAP recipients, we suggest the World Farmers CSA as an alternative that can allow you to spend your aid money on sustainable product.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. For growers, a CSA serves as an alternative to farmers’ markets – a way to connect them to customers so they can deliver their products at the peak of their freshness.
Why use a CSA?
- Reduce food miles and carbon emissions
- Support local farmers and Eastie Farm programs
- Eat healthy produce at the peak of freshness
What products will I receive?
The produce you get each week is dependent on what our partner farms are harvesting – the specifics will vary, but it will always be a combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and eggs. You can expect to receive spring greens or other early bloomers in the spring and pumpkins and other late crops in the fall, but each week will have surprises in store. If you ever receive something you don’t know how to cook, let us know! We will be adding easy recipes to our site all throughout the season to help you make sure you get the most out of your produce.
Greens – Bok Choy, Mizuna, Salad Mix, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Tatsoi
Fruits, Herbs, and More
When and where can I pick up my produce box?
Dates: Tuesday (June 15) – Tuesday (Sept 28)
Time: 4pm – 7pm
Location: 294 Sumner Street, East Boston, MA 02128
Depending on community interest, we may be able to add other days, times, and locations – we welcome your feedback!
Can I just buy on the day of delivery?
Unfortunately, no. In order to receive the produce at a consistent price from our farms, we need to have a consistent number of orders. That means that we need advance notice of the weeks you plan to pick up.
How big are the boxes?
Our shipments arrive in tomato boxes, which are around 16″x10″x8″ and hold somewhere around 25 lbs. We expect that one box weekly is about right for a family of 3 or 4.
My household is only 1 or 2 people, how can I receive less produce? Can I get half-shares?
We do offer half-shares (i.e. 8-week subscriptions). Formally we can offer alternating weeks of pickup, but we can also pair you up with a nearby neighbor so the two of you can split the produce every week. We hope this helps everyone get to know their neighbors and build stronger connections to their community!
When will I pick up if I get a half-share?
If you are receiving on alternating weeks, you will be on either the odd-week or even-week schedule:
|Odd Weeks||Even Weeks|
If you have a preference between these schedules, you can make a note of it in your order. If neither schedule quite works for you, we can help you find a neighbor to swap dates with as well!
If I end up out of town one week, what will happen to my produce?
Don’t worry, we’ll take care of it! We have partnerships with the East Boston Soup Kitchen and other local organizations that can take many of the items and distribute them to neighbors in need, and we also have a plan for anything they don’t want. As part of our mission to reduce food waste, we will be doing a series of events on Sundays at the Ashley Street YMCA focused on flexible ways to use produce. If you mark your interest in these events on our form, we will keep you posted on what we have cooking each week and you can even attend one yourself to see how you can use your own produce box at home!
I’m interested in the program, but I can’t pay up front. Can I still participate?
Yes! We need a commitment on the number of boxes that we order, but if you can’t pay in full when you place your order we can work with you on a different way to structure the payment. You can either leave a note for us in the Google Form when you sign up, email email@example.com, or text 617-207-6545 to get in touch so we can find a way that works for you. We want everyone to be able to get local produce, so we are happy to be flexible!
I want to support this program, but I can’t pick up or don’t need the produce. How can I help?
We have been in touch with several households in the area who were interested in the program but can’t afford to pay for it. If you want to support the farmers, Eastie Farm, and the community, we will be happy to match your boxes to people who need them! You can either leave a note for us in the Google Form when you sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or text 617-207-6545 to get in touch so we know that you want your boxes to go to someone else in the community.
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