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COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE (CSA)

CSA farms sell shares of the season’s harvest to a predetermined number of members. From early June through early November members come to the farm on a designated day each week to pick up their share of the harvest. Some farms offer only vegetable shares, while others include fruit, berries, flowers, eggs, honey and even baked goods. Members typically pay in advance, helping the farmer’s cash flow, and share some of the farmer’s risk—if weather or other factors reduce the harvest, shares may be slimmer—as well as accepting that there may be some items in the share that the buyer might not have purchased otherwise. Many CSAs offer recipes for making the most of unfamiliar fare. Although member shares are likely taken at this time of the year, it doesn’t hurt to make a call if you’re interested in joining.

Indian Line Farm is just one of the hundreds of CSA farms located throughout the Berkshires, the Pioneer Valley, southern Vermont, northern Connecticut and nearby New York State. Pretty much wherever you live around here, a CSA is likely to be handy to your home. Included here are farms within a 25 mile radius of Pittsfield along with contact information.

Berkshire Harmony
Pittsfield, MA
BerkshireHarmony.com
413-281-4114

Berry Patch
Stephentown, NY
TheBerryPatch.net
518-733-6772

Caretaker Farm
Williamstown, MA
Caretaker.org
413-458-9691

Crabapple Farm
Chesterfield, MA
CrabAppleFarm.org
413-296-0310

Cricket Creek Farm
Williamstown, MA
CricketCreekFarm.com
413-458-5888

Earthfire Farm
Buckland, MA
413-625-6056

Farm Girl Farm
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