Stillman’s Farm CSA named one of Best of Boston! We are proud to offer several CSA options at many locations in the Bostons are and Central Massachusetts.
What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Community supported agriculture (CSA) is a cooperative effort of food distribution, a way of linking small farmers with communities all over the country.
Stillman’s Farm sells two sizes of produce CSA boxes.
The Stillman’s daughter Kate Stillman owns “Stillman’s Quality Meat” (SQM). SQM offers various meat CSAs. Please refer to: http://stillmanqualitymeats.com/
The Stillman’s son Curtis owns, with his wife Halley, Still Life Farm. Still Life Farm offers a winter CSA and sells herbs, wreath and specialty fruit. Please refer to: http://stilllifefarm.com/
How does Stillman’s Farm CSA work?
You sign up for a subscription of 16 weeks of deliveries of your Stillman’s Farm CSA box.
Each week, for 16 weeks, we will hand pack a box of Stillman’s Farm produce for you. We will deliver your box to your chosen CSA pick up location in your community. Frequently, we will also offer choices of produce to augment your box.
Stillman’s offers a fabulous selection of fruits and vegetables, but there are no guarantees in farming.
Other benefits of our CSA program include:
- $15 in Stillman’s Bucks to spend as you like on produce at any of our farmer’s markets. At Boston Public Market members will be added to our rewards program and given $15 in credit to use at BPM.
- One Stillman’s Farm reusable bag
- Invitations to Stillman’s Farm events
- Access to Stillman’s Farm to walk, browse, and even pick! Bring your kids out to picnic at the farm that grew their favorite fruits and vegetables.
- Gleaning! Members only get the call to harvest what we could not before the frost.
- Stillman’s Farm CSA Cancellation Policy: If a subscriber moves or has another major life event that changes his or her CSA produce needs for 2016, Stillman’s Farm would be happy to help by converting prorated CSA dollars into Stillman’s Farm Rewards to be used at Boston Public Market. We will no longer offer cash or credit card refunds.
- Stillman’s Farm CSA Change of Pick-up Location Policy: Stillman’s Farm will be happy to change a subscriber’s CSA pick-up location for a fee of $20 to cover back-office expenses.
- If you are unable to pick up your box, it will be donated to a local food pantry charity. There are no substitutions for dates or locations.
When can we sign up for the 2017 CSA season?
Be sure to sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page and choose “CSA” under updates. This will keep you informed on when we will begin taking orders for next year.
Pickups are Wednesdays, 12-3 p.m. at Union Coffee Roaster, 25 Main Street
Pickups are Wednesdays, 1-6pm at our stall at 100 Hanover St, downtown Boston
Pickups are Sundays 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Brookline Health Department parking lot, 11 Pierce Street. or at 24 Beals St 3:00-7pm
Pickup are Saturdays 11-1:30 at the Cambridgeport Farmers Market at the Morse School
Pickups are Mondays at the Unitarian Church on the common in Framingham from 4:30 to 5 p.m.
Pickups are Wednesdays 5 to 7 p.m. at Natural Market, 148 Main Street
Pickups are Tuesday’s 12 to 5 p.m. and or Saturdays 12 to 3 p.m. in the Bank of America parking lot 677 Center Street.
Tuesdays 2-6 at our stall Corner of Mass Ave and Fletcher Ave.
Pickups are Wednesdays, 2 to 4 p.m., Oak Meadow School, 2 Old Pickard Lane
Pickups are Sundays, 12 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays 12 to 5 p.m. at the farm located at 1410 Lancaster Ave in Lunenburg.
pickups are Mondays at the farm, from 1 to 6 p.m.
Pickups are Wednesdays, Lower Falls Wine Co., 2366 Washington Street
Pickups are Fridays 12 to 5 p.m. in the Farmer’s Market at Pageant Field
Pickups are Mondays at Overlook Drive in Southborough from 3:30 to 4 p.m
Pickups are Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m. at The Maker Farm, 5 Gould Road.
What Stillman’s Farm CSA share sizes are available?
Currently, we offer a small box ($432/season) and a large box ($608/season).
A small member’s box in July might contain: 1/2 pint blueberries, one half dozen corn, a head of lettuce, assorted squash, 1 pound tomatoes, 1 pound peas or beans, two cucumbers, a bunch kale…
A large member’s box would be similar, containing not only a greater quantity, but also larger variety of items per week.
The season generally begins the third week of June and continues into October, lasting at least 16 weeks. We do love our variety, but there are no guarantees in farming.
Some of the items you may expect to find in your box each week:
Strawberries, lettuce, swiss chard, kale, beets, peas, arugula, mesclun or spinach
Blueberries, summer squash, zucchini, lettuce, kale, chard, other fun greens, tomatoes, corn, beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets, beans, and possibly peaches
Blueberries, summer squash, zucchini, lettuce, kale, chard, other fun greens, tomatoes, corn, beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets, beans, peaches, eggplant, peppers, melons, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, apples
Blueberries, summer squash, zucchini, lettuce, kale, chard, other fun greens, tomatoes, corn, beans, cucumbers, carrots, beets, beans, peaches, eggplant, peppers, melons, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, apples, red peppers, onions, potatoes, winter squash
Winter squash, apples, peppers, lettuce, carrots, beets, corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, onions, potatoes, eggplant, pumpkins and greens
CSAs exist because you, the consumer, are looking for a good product and farmers are looking for the economic benefit of marketing their produce directly. CSA also benefits the farmer by producing positive cash flow during the winter when the farmer needs to buy seeds and supplies to begin the spring growing season.
Stillman’s Farm CSA is like having your own personal farmer. CSA benefits you by providing a constant supply of produce locally grown and offered at the peak of ripeness and absolute freshness. Some small farmers are able to grow produce that is better tasting than that of large commercial farms. Why? Commercial farms often grow fruits and vegetables designed to be harvested mechanically and to be transported greater distances.
At Stillman’s Farm, we choose to grow produce varieties for optimum flavor and nutrition.
For many who are concerned about how their food is grown and the distance most of our food travels to get to the supermarket, developing a trusting relationship with the farmer is the number one benefit. Another great benefit of being a member of Stillman’s CSA is you know you are contributing to a farm that donates thousands of pounds of produce to area food banks and shelters every year!
At the farm, we will hand pack a box for each of our subscribers. The box will be delivered every week to a designated pickup location in our subscribers’ communities. Stillman’s offers a fabulous selection of fruits and vegetables! Of course, we’ll keep you well-stocked with the necessities too. Once the season gets going, we try to come with choices for you to complete your box. Options may include greens like swiss chard, kale, kohlrabi, beets, or simply extra cukes or tomatoes.
Some CSA programs are shares of whatever the farm produces. Our CSA is subscription-based which means we pack your box based not only on what we are harvesting, but also on dollar value.
Other benefits of our CSA program include weekly letters with recipes during the growing season, discount offers on produce purchased through our ecommerce store for pick-up at Boston Public Market, invitations to farm and Boston Public Market events… as well as an open invitation to visit the farm to walk, browse, and even pick!
We hope you will join Stillman’s Farm CSA for 2016! Feel free to contact us with any remaining questions you may have or to make suggestions. Growing produce to feed people is what we love, so we are always happy to hear from our customers.