My name is Paul Grady and I run Potter Hill Farm in Grafton atop a quiet mile-long hill with incredible views of Worcester and Mt Wachusett. The property is part of 500 contiguous preserved acres and surrounded by hiking trails. We specialize in great-tasting heirloom vegetable varieties, and all of our produce is organically grown. Visitors are encouraged not only by the friendly farmers, but by our chatty flock of pastured poultry. Community is the cornerstone of our farm – the farm would not exist without your support.
If you are unfamiliar with a CSA, it’s a relatively new and wonderful concept from the farmer’s perspective – the upfront expenses of seeds, supplies, and labor early in the season are steep, while veggies are a labor of love and patience. By paying at the start of the season, your CSA money keeps the farm afloat financially until the harvest starts.
And you, the consumer, benefit equally in this partnership. Just to name a few of the many benefits (click to expand):
Forget all the diets, rules, buzz words, and supplements. The easiest way to eat and be healthy is to eat what’s in season. Tomatoes picked green, gassed to ripen, and shipped around the world are completely different in taste and nutrition than a tomato left to ripen on the vine, picked and enjoyed the same day.
Avoid the grocery store trap
Corporations spend millions studying our shopping habits in order to sell us food we don’t need. And millions more trying to trick our tastes so that we become addicted to it. Unsurprisingly, it’s not healthy food they’re trying to sell us!
Get out of your comfort zone
No more food ruts! Instead of you choosing dinner, let the veggies you get each week choose for you! There might be veggies you’ve never even heard of before, but chances are high you’ll love them once you know how to use them (we’ll help you with that).
Your reward for committing to a season is an extra 7.5% added to your card as a return on your “investment” in the farm.
By purchasing a CSA card, we receive the upfront financial commitment typical of a CSA, but you still get the freedom to choose what you want and when, and there is no commitment to getting veggies every week. It’s like a CSA but more flexible for the customer! You can use your card at our Monday on-farm pickups from (generally) 12-1pm and 4-6pm (order online over the weekend).
Our traditional CSA is very popular and the few spots available always sell out in a matter of days. But the CSA Card is even more highly rated in yearly surveys by our members. Check out what some CSA Card members said about their experience (click to expand):
“It’s a great way to…
“It’s a great way to support local farming, easy to use and the fact that you select your assortment is much better than a normal CSA.”
“Paul and his family are…“It is great to have fresh, local veggies; Paul and his family are incredible – how they remember all our names, I’ll never know; supporting a local farmer is supporting a local business. The prices are fair, too.”
“It motivated me to…
1. “It was very convenient. 2. It motivated me to get to the the farm every week to pick up veggies knowing that I had already paid for them. 3. It feels good to help out a local farmer!”
“I found the CSA Card…
“I found the CSA card to not only be extremely convenient, but it helped me to have fresh local produce every week. I will definitely buy another CSA card in the coming season.”
“Excellent way to…
“Excellent way to purchase great, fresh, organic veggies with the benefits of a local CSA plus the independence to make personal selections.”