2016 Season Shares Still Available

2016 Sign-up Form

New this year: Picking Garden at Crow River Farm!

2016 pickings will include flowers, peas, herbs and cherry tomatoes

HELLO FROM HERE

Scantic Valley CSA is a collaboration of small farms in Hampden County, MA. Fitting with the unique patchwork of the area, our farms are small and tucked into neighborhoods, close to lots of homes and to our city center, Springfield. This is our home, and it shapes our mission: to preserve Hampden County's vibrant farming heritage and grow the healthiest food possible for our community.

WHAT IS A CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and represents a unique commitment between a farm and its supporters. By purchasing a share of the harvest up front, you provide critical financial stability to neighborhood farms, and agree to share with your farmers in both the risks and abundance that farming can bring. In return you receive the freshest, highest-quality produce available and the assurance of truly knowing how your food is grown and the folks growing it.

HOW IT WORKS

As a CSA member, you will receive a wide variety of fresh produce each week of the harvest season, June-November. On your selected pickup day, you come farm stand at Pomeroy’s Vegetable Farm to get your share. A “mix-and-match” component allows you some choice most weeks. Selections may vary based on the farmers’ decisions on best growing practices.

COST
Whole Share (Feeds 2-5) $580
Half Share (Feeds 1-2) $300
Work Share (Half or Whole) 2-4 hrs/wk
CROPS BY THE SEASON
Spring Summer Fall
Spinach Lettuce Carrots
Scallions Summer Squash Beets
Radish Beans Garlick
Spring Greens Melons Onions
Herbs Tomatoes Leeks
Peas Peppers Potatoes
Broccoli Eggplant Sweet Potatoes
Cabbage Cucumbers Turnips
Kohlrabi Corn Brussels Sprouts
Chard Kale Fall Greens
Celery Winter Squash
Fennel
WHOLE OR HALF SHARE?

When trying to choose the right share size it can be helpful to ask yourself a few questions. Would you like enough to be able to preserve or freeze some extra? Do you cook with vegetables often? Like to make soups? A yes to these questions means a whole share might be right for you. It is also good to know that a half share averages $15 of produce per week and a whole share closer to $30 per week.

Sample mid-summer week share
Whole Half
6 lbs tomatoes 3 lbs tomatoes
4 lbs cucumbers, zucchini 2 lbs cucumbers, zucchini
1 head lettuce 1 head lettuce or 1 purple cabbage
1 purple cabbage 1/2 lb white onions
1 lb white onions 1 bunch herbs
1 bunch herbs
SCANTIC VALLEY CSA PARTNERS
All of our partner farms use sustainable practices; our vegetables, fruits and herbs are grow free of synthetic pesticides and herbicides with practices that aim to conserve natural resources and enrich our living soils

Pomeroy's Vegetable Farm was purchased by the Pomeroy family in 1950 and has been supplying farm raised products free of pesticides and herbicides for the community for the past 65 years. Pomeroy's is the main supplier for the CSA and will grow about 75% of your share.

Crow River Farm is a new vegetable market garden established on the grounds of a great old horse farm in East Longmeadow. Owned by Kerisa Fitzgerald's and her husband Keith, Crow River will grow about 25% of your share.

Bailey's Squire Farm has been a family owned cut-your-own Christmas tree farm since 1980. They have recently expanded into some specialized, naturally-raised fruit and vegetable crops, and will contribute these to your share.

D&R Farm in Hampden is a family farm with a rich local farming heritage. They grow delicious sweet corn for you share, and raise the eggs and meat chickens available for purchase at the stand.

Additional Offerings We also offer local honey, maple syrup, eggs and baked goods at the Pomeroy's Vegetable Farm stand. More local items to come!