Orchards Farm CSA Program.
2015 enrollment begins
in March of 2015.
What is a CSA Farm?
Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms
as defined by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural
is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship
with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. It is a
relatively new socio-economic model of food production, sales,
and distribution aimed at both increasing the quality of food
and the quality of care given the land, plants and animals –
while substantially reducing potential food losses and financial
risks for the farmer. CSA’s focus is usually on a system of
weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables, sometimes including
flowers, fruits, herbs and even milk or meat products.
supported agriculture is a relatively new idea in farming, one
that has been gaining momentum since its introduction to the
United States from Europe in the mid-1980s. The
concept originated in the 1960s in Switzerland and Japan, where
consumers interested in safe food and farmers seeking stable
markets for their crops joined together in economic
By making a
financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or
"shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. Most CSA farmers
prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some
farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSA farms
also require that members work a small number of hours on the
farm during the growing season.
Charlton Orchards Farm Share Program
Vegetable and Fruit CSA (20) shares)
Each program can be purchased separately or combined.
Shares are limited and are
sold on a first come first serve basis. Annually, our farm
produces approximately, 10 tons of vegetables, 20 tons of small
fruits, including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and
cherries, 90 tons of large fruits, including apples, peaches,
pears, and plums.
Our goal with this
CSA is to afford purchasing benefits to our community, sharing
our harvest with those who are interested in direct contact with
our farm and those interested in directly supporting our farm.
We have purposefully limited the number of shares sold so that
we can maintain the highest level of quality and variety within
each share. Our goal, by maintaining a small share size, is to
provide consistent and uniform share distributions.
and Fruit Shares (20 shares for 2015)
and Fruit Season share runs from June 20 to October 31, 20
weeks. Share Pick-ups will be on Saturday or Sunday afternoon
each week, at our farm during this period. The shares are
not pre-packaged and include 7 pounds of vegetables and/or fruit
each week, what ever is available, your choice. If you
wish, Pick Your Own is a wonderful way to get your share each
The full share cost is $430.00 for the season.
Here is a list of
what you can expect to find
in your share:
Vegetables: Our tomatoes,
cucumbers, lettuces, summer squash, zucchini squash, and broccoli.
Vegetables: Cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, sweet peppers, melons,
greens, broccoli, lettuces, stringbeans
Fruit: Blueberries, Raspberries,
Blackberries, Peaches, Plums, Apples, and Pears
Vegetable: Winter squash,
cabbage, potatoes, broccoli, and tomatoes, Pumpkins, guords
Fruit: Apples, Pears, fresh
any time during the week, throughout the season, you may trade
your CSA pickup for 7 pounds of pick your own fruit.
Apples we will give you a peck bag (10lbs)
is not an exact science. As we diversify and change our farming
methods in an attempt to control the uncontrollable, we have
managed to have some sort of crop. Some years our strawberry
crop is diminished but we still have a full blueberry crop.
Other years we lose our lettuce crop to extreme heat but later
that fall have a wonderful crop of broccoli. We have been in the
farming business for more than 50 years, so we have the
experience to roll with just about anything mother nature throws
at us. We have irrigation for drought and extreme heat years,
greenhouses for crops in the cold weather, and practice
rotational and double cropping to accommodate short-term
Although, we believe we have good controls in place to support
our farming system, and accommodate the needs of our wholesale
retail and CSA customers, we have to acknowledge the possibility
of situations beyond our control interfering with our best
Vegetable and fruit crops can be destroyed or reduced by
weather, insects or disease. As such, some vegetables planned
may not be available either in part or in their entirety and
must be substituted by a crop that grew and produced well.
Cattle is a vibrant and ever-changing livestock venture. Due
to breeding problems, the nature of slaughterhouse schedules,
the possibility of death and disease within our cattle stock, we
may run out of the best cuts of meat and have to substitute
Wine like apples, is our most stable crop. Our major
limitation, within our wine operation, is the fruit crop itself.
Over the years, this has caused a limited quantity of certain
wines. The shortages for the most part, are short-lived, and
replaced within a few months, so all varieties of all of our
wines, are not always readily available. We may have to
substitute your preference to another of our fine wine
For 2015, The fruit
and vegetable CSA will begin on the 3rd weekend in June; June,
Payments for full shares; may be paid over two installments, the first due by May
1, 2015 and the second payment is due 30 days later, no later
than June 1, 2015. Joining after May 1, requires availability and full payment with
enrollment. Shares are sold on a first come first serve
basis and are only active if payment has been received.
Accepted forms of payments: cash, check, credit card. We
can enroll you over the phone with a credit card beginning
Monday March 23, 2015. If no one answers leave a message
and we will call you back later in the evening to answer your
questions and enroll you, or send us an email with any
Enrollment in our program is quick and easy. We will need your
name, address, the program you are interested in and your method
of payment, to enroll you in any one of our CSA programs.
You may contact us, directly, by phone with any questions or
concerns you have about our CSA program, by dialing
508 - 248 - 7820.
you wish to contact me by e-mail, my direct e-mail is
Please type CSA in the subject line.
Special notice: We will prorate the fruit and vegetable
CSA if you missed the beginning, and if our program is not full.
We are so proud of our produce that we want everyone to enjoy
the flavor of great fresh food once again. Call us and we
will explain how you can join our CSA, even Late. But once
we reach 20 shares our program ends.