Merrimack Valley CSA Spotlight
Joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a way for you and your family to support Merrimack Valley farmers and food producers, while boosting the amount of local, fresh and healthful ingredients in your meals.
Want to find one near you? Check out this list of the region’s best. Know of one we may have missed? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once you’ve signed up, make sure you check out MVM’s Merrimack Valley CSA column, which includes expert advice on how to prepare and cook your local ingredients. You can find it online or in the latest print edition of Merrimack Valley Magazine.
Bear Hill Farm
Bear Hill Farm in Tyngsborough has a CSA season that runs from June until the middle of October. The share is sized for a family of four, and you can sign up and learn more at their website.
Chris’ Farm Stand
Choose between a small or large share at Chris’ Farm Stand in Haverhill. Pick up in Tuesdays in Haverhill from 2-7 p.m. Their website includes an extensive list of the expected 2021 harvest, as well as sign-up details.
Cider Hill Farm
Cider Hill Farm are excited to announce that their 2021 registration is now open. Pick up is every Wednesday from June 16 through October 13, 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. with an after-hour pick-up option. Learn more about this Amesbury-based CSA here.
Farmer Dave’s, based in Dracut but available at pick-up locations throughout the region, is committed to keeping their community strong and healthy and their food sustainable and local. Each week, they offer a newsletter containing CSA site information, vegetable education, storage tips, recipe and video links as well as information about what is happening on the farm. Registration for the 2021 season is now open. Click here to register, or for more information.
Heron Pond Farm
Heron Pond Farm, which offers a year-round CSA program, will be kicking off the summer CSA program on June 7, but you can register now. Members can choose from a full or partial portion, and between two different groups of crops. New Hampshire pick-up locations include South Hampton, Dover and Portsmouth, or you can grab your CSA offerings in North Andover if you’re south of the border.
High Road Farm
High Road Farm is a soon-to-be-certified organic farm focused on growing nutrient-dense vegetables through pasture grazing livestock, crop rotations and amending soil with locally sourced natural materials. They work with fishermen, crab trappers, hay farmers, landscapers and horse stables to transform Newbury’s organic waste materials into well-balanced compost for their fields.
Their summer CSA share will run for 10 weeks starting in mid-June and running through mid-August. Learn more here.
Horne Family Farms
Horne Family Farms is a family-owned farm using all organic practices based in Londonderry, N.H. Their CSA program offers a “one size fits all” vegetable share that is home delivered. Throughout the season, they will work with you to make sure you receive the right mount and kinds of vegetables for your family. Click here to learn more about their CSA program.
The Merrimac CSA is open for the 2021 season and packages can be purchased on their website here. Options range from a half share to a full share, and available crops include beets, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, peppers, radishes, rutabaga, kohlrabi, lettuce, broccoli, kale and more. Visit here for more details.
Old Stone Farm
Old Stone Farm is located in West Newbury, Mass., and offers a weekly farm share program. The program includes a box packed with a variety of produce harvested on the farm during that week. Visit here for more information on seasonal crops and to purchase a farm share.
Pleasant Valley Gardens
The Pleasant Valley Gardens in Methuen have been operating for over 100 years. Their CSA program offers weekly harvests from mid June through October, with packages ranging from full shares to half shares and small shares. Click here to find the printable application for a CSA membership.