Get the Facts About Local CSAs

We’re all a little spoiled here in Watertown when it comes to access to the freshest local produce – whether it’s through shopping the Watertown Farmers Market June through October, or stopping by local favorites like Russo’s all year round. Many of us are also starting to take advantage of the growing number of Community Supported Agriculture purveyors – known as CSAs – who deliver farm-grown produce straight from their farm to your local community for pick-up. Here are some basics for those of you who might be new to the CSA scene!

How do CSAs work?

By joining a CSA, you’re essentially buying “shares” of farm-grown vegetables from a local farmer, usually delivered weekly or biweekly, through June to November. Many farms also offer what they call “winter shares” that extend from November until spring. Typically, members pay for an entire season up front (anywhere from about $400-700) and can have the option to add on discrete items, such as meat or flowers. Most CSAs offer payment plans and sliding pay scales to allow the greatest flexibility for potential members.

Which CSAs deliver to Watertown?

There are a ton of CSAs in the area; in fact, MA was recently named 6th in the nation in local farms who offer CSAs! For a complete list of programs in the state, head to Mass.gov. Here are some we like who deliver in and around Watertown:

  • Stillman Farms: Named to Best of Boston in 2017, Stillman offers one of the most comprehensive selections of produce available in MA CSAs. A membership snags you $15 “Stillman bucks” to get you started, as well as access to their beautiful grounds out in Lunenberg, and weekly newsletters with plenty of info on the food you’re getting. While they don’t deliver to Watertown, they have a bunch of convenient locations nearby – click here for more info.

  • Based in the CT river valley, Picadilly Farms offers shares of roughly 9-12 varieties of entirely organic fruits and vegetables delivered weekly to Watertown, from November through February. Take a look at their typical harvest schedule here on their website.

  • Spread out among four family farms in rural MA, The Farm School offers educational programming to peoples of all ages, both in local schools and on their own farmland. Funds from their summer and winter CSA programs help fund this programming, so it’s all for a great cause! They deliver their produce, meat, and eggs to the Watertown Farmers Market and to athenahealth at 400 North Beacon Street – head to their website for details!