CSA shares

What is CSA?

CSA is a method of purchasing your produce on a pre-pay basis.  You sign up at the begi
nning of the growing season, and receive a weekly load of veggies for your family.  The quantity and variety varies throughout the season, giving you a full spectrum of seasonal produce that is grown at the farm.  

What comes in a share?  How does it work?

Well, the short answer is: Most vegetables you can think of will be part of the share one week or another!  The favorites (tomatoes, carrots, lettuce, corn, broccoli, etc.) will be distributed multiple times, up to about 8 times per season.  

Each week, we'll harvest about 10 different items and distribute them evenly to all CSA members.   Every week will be different, and the varieties will change with the seasons. 

Where you can pick up: 

  • Cambridge: The Democracy Center in Harvard Square.   (45 Mt. Auburn St).   Wednesdays, 4:30-6 pm
  • Boston: The NonProfit Center, (89 South St Boston)  Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
  • Northampton/Florence: Cooley Dickinson Hospital.   Thursdays 3:30-5:30 in the hospital cafeteria
  • At the farm!  81 Rocky Hill Rd Hadley MA.(Summer only)  Saturdays, 9am-11am.  
  • Clover, please click here to sign up for Clover shares in the Boston area directly with Clover
  • Click here to sign up for 2014 Summer Shares!

    Share Options:

Summer Veggie Share:  $412 , 2-5 people,  20 pickups, June-October  (how do we get this price?)
Our full share has the complete spread of veggies and plenty of them!  A typical share includes about 8 different varieties of veggies, herbs, and sometimes fruit or other garden goods. Each week will include about 6-10 pounds of seasonal produce.

Summer Egg Share: $60 per share, 20 pickups, June-October  (how do we get this price?)
Our own heritage breed chickens, free range, organic, cage free, and loving life! 
1 share = ½ dozen per week,

Summer Fruit Share  $165, pickups each week June-October
We will be offering a deluxe option of locally grown fruit with your shares. Expect strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, pears, peaches, grapes, and more!  These will come alongside the veggie shares each week, much like the egg share option.  Please note, the fruit will be mostly grown by other nearby farms, not Stone Soup.  We will source organic fruit when it is available, but we will buy conventionally grown if suitable organic options are not available.

Winter Veggie Share: $400,  14 pickups, November-May
  • Stored crops include winter squash, onions, carrots, beets, garlic, potatoes, and others. 
  •  Cooking and salad greens from our greenhouse include lettuce, spinach, kale, swiss chard, herbs
  • Dried chilies, herbs, and teas
  • Each week will have a locally sourced treat.  We like to put these in to round out the shares, and shine light on some of the other cool local foods being made, such as jam(Beaumont's Berries), canned tomatoes(Simple Gifts Farm, Amherst), honey, maple syrup, cheese, butter, bread, or fruit.  
  • We will distribute winter shares every other week. It will typically contain 5-7 varieties and weigh 10-15lbs. 
  • Click here for the 2013-2014 winter share schedule
Winter Egg share $85 per share14 pickups, November-May
Winter egg shares come on the same schedule as the winter veggies (every other week)
1 share = 1 dozen per pickup, 

Why CSA?

There are many benefits to the CSA model that benefit both the farmers and the consumers.  Here's why it's the coolest thing you can do:

  • By signing up, you are ensuring the support of local agriculture
  • Stone Soup Farm is dedicated chemical free, and meets all organic standards
  • Members are introduced not only to the varieties of produce that are able to grow in the area, but also the seasonal availability of these foods.  Members really appreciate the closeness to the land that this model provides.
  • The farm is able to have a more secure line of income, which allows it to operate safely.  Farming today can be hard, and CSA helps alleviate the extreme risks inherent in the business.
  • CSA provides a wonderful way to connect people to the place their food comes from, as well as letting the farm come in contact with the people that eat from it.  Both the experiences of the members and the farmers are enriched by this process