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. Your early dollars provide cash flow for us to buy seeds, supplies and pay our labor during the off season.
Stillman’s Farm produce CSA runs from mid June through mid October and includes a wide variety of delicious and nutritious in-season fruits and veggies in weekly share boxes delivered throughout central to eastern Massachusetts. Stillman’s is proud to be providers of locally grown seasonal produce and CSA shares for over twenty years. We remain grateful to the many customers who have had Stillman’s Farm CSA shares for years!
We currently host CSA drop off/pick up locations in Brookline, Cambridge, Framingham, Groton, Lexington, Newton, Southborough, Sturbridge, Quincy, Westford and twice a week in Lunenburg, Jamaica Plain and at our stall in Boston Public Market. Stillman’s Farm CSA has been named one of the Best of Boston!
Supporting us in the fall helps us buy seeds, supplies and pay our labor during the off season. We are able to plan crops and harvests so that you have an abundance of produce for the next 16 week season spring and summer 2018.
Our 2017 prices are not increasing for next year! The regular CSA share costs $432 and the large CSA share costs $623.
What do our members say?
“The Stillman family’s passion and commitment to produce healthy, wholesome, delicious, and varied fruits and vegetables shines through to us. We’ve enjoyed our veggie CSA for several seasons. Love the blog and farm notes and outstanding communication. Also love trying all the different produce we get each week. I feel my family is eating better than ever. Thanks!”
Katie Kissel, 2017 CSA Member
“As a mom with little ones I love having access to a wide variety of produce each week. It challenges me to be creative in the kitchen and encourages my children to taste new things (which is not always an easy task). I also love having access to the newsletter with recipes in it and proper storage techniques (I need all the help I can get). The share is well worth its cost, and something I look forward to. Thank you Stillman’s Farm!”
Carolyn Bradley, 2017 CSA Member
You sign up for a subscription of 16 weeks of deliveries of your Stillman’s Farm CSA box. You choose the box size and the pickup location from our list of weekly CSA drop-offs throughout Boston, Metro West and Central Mass.
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 though we have had incredible CSA seasons through both droughts and wet, cool summers. The early season shares start with lots of greens: kale, chards, lettuces, arugula and expands in coming weeks into zucchini and summer squashes. From there the boxes start to fill with corn, peppers, onions, radishes, cucumbers, tomatoes and so much more. We fill our CSA boxes with crops as they come into season so you can eat in harmony with what nature provides here in New England. Trust me when you think you’ve had about as much greens as you can take a world of color, variety, nutrition and flavor will appear in your box! AND you will see a wonderful assortment of fruit from early in the CSA season til the end.
- $15 in Stillman’s Bucks to spend as you like on produce at any of our farmer’s markets. [Stillman’s Bucks are merely a business-card-sized gift card that we can mark off dollar value when you pick up extra produce. You can use them for anything extra (excluding meat, cut flowers and Curt’s cherry tomatoes) that might be available from week to week, or at any of our farmers’ markets or for bulk items when available. They are not included in the price of your CSA, they really are intended as a gift and allow you to customize your CSA experience a bit. Since the Stillman’s Bucks are a gift we ask you to use them the year you receive them – it helps with our budgeting 12] At Boston Public Market members will be added to our rewards program and given $15 in credit to use at BPM. Stillman’s Bucks are given to all regular (non-corporate) CSA shares purchased before the first week of the season. They are offered in exchange for your early monetary support of the farm which we greatly appreciate.
- One Stillman’s Farm reusable bag. Using reusable bags saved over 25,000 plastic bags in the first year.
- Invitations to Stillman’s Farm events including pick your own (PYO) apples and more!
- Weekly newsletters with info on the produce available that week, storage and usage ideas, as well as recipes to make the most of your share.
- 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.
- Support a local farm that has donated well over 5 tons of food to local food pantries and charities like Loving Spoonfuls and Rosie’s Place.
- Stillman’s Farm CSA Cancellation Policy: If a subscriber moves or has another major life event that changes his or her CSA produce needs during the CSA season, 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 make one permanent change to a subscriber’s CSA pick-up location per season.
- 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.
We offer our full season CSA shares in two sizes, both regular and large. We recommend a regular box for small households up to two people and a large box for larger families of four or more or for folks who simply want to eat more produce during the growing season.
This is the tentative 2018 CSA pickup/drop off location list that covers Central Mass, Metro West and Boston. Check out the drop down table below for locations details and drop off/pickup times:
Sundays: Lunenburg & Brookline
Mondays: Framingham, New Braintree, Southborough, Boston Public Market (BPM)
Tuesdays: Jamaica Plain & Lexington
Wednesdays: Groton, Newton, Westford, Sturbridge, Boston Public Market (BPM)
Saturdays: Cambridge & Jamaica Plain
Want to host a location we don’t have listed here?
We often have customers who would like a pickup location in a new location for us. We are open to new locations and new hosts. If you know of a great convenient location for a drop off or would like to host one at a location of your own please give us a call at 508-867-7193 or send off a quick email to email@example.com
We would be particularly interested in new locations, ie.. locations/cities/towns where we currently do NOT have a drop off but may be a convenient addition to our current routes.
Stillman’s Farm is happy to talk to any company interested in setting up a CSA pickup for their employees. We would need at least 18-24 shares at a location. We have corporate clients who have found this a wonderful benefit to offer their staff fresh, delicious, “delivered to their door” veggies and fruits on a weekly basis.
Feel free to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can send along a brochure you can bring to your boss and/or your staff!
Pickups are Mondays OR Wednesdays, 12-7pm at our stall at 100 Hanover St, downtown Boston
Pickups are Sundays 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Brookline Health Department parking lot, 11 Pierce Street. or at 25 Beals St 1:00-6pm
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 4 to 7 p.m. at 209 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 Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays 11 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, 3-6:30pm at Judith’s Kitchen, 1371 Washington St., West Newton
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 at Homefield Brewing in Fiskdale/Sturbridge from 2 to 6 p.m
Pickups are Wednesdays 4 to 6 p.m. at The Maker Farm, 5 Gould Road.
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 with his wife Halley, own Still Life Farm. Still Life Farm offers a winter CSA October through February and sells specialty fruit, mushrooms, herbs, and hand made balsam wreaths and garland. Please refer to: http://stilllifefarm.com/