Our traditional Saturday CSA sold out in less than 3 hours this year. Do not fret though – you still have options. Read on to learn all about the Wednesday CSA just launched due to demand.<! Every year a few people drop out before the CSA starts, so a few people always make it off the wait list. Alternatively, you can still support the farm and assure yourself the best organic veggies and eggs around by signing up for the CSA Card program. The CSA is obviously popular, but the CSA Card program was even more highly rated in end of the year surveys!
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 certified organic. Visitors are encouraged not only by the friendly farmers, but by our chatty flocks 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 tricking our tastes into becoming 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! A local food blogger and friend gets a share in return for posting simple recipes and ideas on how to use your share. There might be veggies you’ve never even heard of before, but chances are 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 roughly a 10-15% bonus value depending on the weather!
-Pickup is Wednesdays at the Grafton Farmers Market (2-6pm), which is on Grafton’s Common. New this year, the market added a pickup table for order ahead items convenient to one of the entrances. If you don’t want to come into the market, you can just swing by and grab your bag. However, I highly recommend supporting the market!
-The cost of the share is $275, which works out to about $20 per week including a skip week. As mentioned, your bonus for signing up is an extra 10-15% veggie value depending on the success of the farm and the time of the season. Since the CSA is being launched a few days before it begins, I expect many will sign up after it starts. The cost will be pro-rated based on when you sign up.
-Veggies will be chosen for you weeks 1 and 2, which is typical of a CSA bag. After that, a form will be sent to you to fill out so you can choose between items in your share.
-There will be just one size for the Wednesday share as I hope you will supplement what’s in your share with produce from the other farm vendors at the market. If there is enough demand, I will add a larger size so let me know if that’s your strong preference.
-The 15 week season runs from 7/1-10/7.
-Members are responsible for showing up at the market each week to pick up your share, except for one skip week to account for vacations. You can also send a friend/family member in your place – it’s a sneaky way to get them to sign up for next season!
-Paying the full amount is most helpful to the farm, but only a non-refundable deposit of $150 is due upon first pickup.
Further details can be found in the CSA Agreement.
Questions? Email me at email@example.com. Ready to sign up? Add the share below to your cart and checkout. You can add a weekly dozen eggs to your share if you’d like. You will not be billed upon checking out as I don’t have an online payment method. Instead, you will receive a follow-up email with information regarding payment (check is best).
Thank you for your support!