Curious about how much food you will get in your share?
Wondering what type of vegetables or fruit you'll receive?
The Share Size & Sample Shares information below will help answer your questions about what share size is right for you and the exciting produce you'll find in your shares each week.
Vegetable Shares (mid-June to end of October: 20 weeks)
The vegetable share includes main-season vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, beets, peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, summer squash, radishes, zucchini, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, basil, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, onions, garlic, shell beans, green beans, collards, winter squashes and more. The size of a vegetable share varies throughout the season, starting out lighter at the beginning with more leafy greens and becoming more varied and abundant as the season progresses. Depending on the number of people using the share and your eating habits, more or less food may be appropriate for your household. By offering three vegetable share options, we are trying to address different people's veggie needs.
Small Share: The small share is appropriate for 1-2 adults(on average), or families with very young children. The small share may contain slightly less variety on a weekly basis than the regular or super family share.
Regular Share: We've estimated our regular share to be between 5-20 lbs of produce. Or another way to put it: a regular share will fill 1-2 grocery bags. Depending on your eating habits, this share could feed a household or 2-4 adults.
Super Family Share: The Super Family Share is appropriate for sizeable households, extreme foodies, or those who wish to preserve much of the harvest for the winter months.
Spring Greens Share (mid-March through mid-June: 12 weeks) - New for 2011!
We are now beginning the CSA season even earlier with the addition of a Spring Greens Share for pick-up in Dracut! This is a share for greens lovers who have trouble waiting until June for the start of their CSA share.
The Spring Greens Share will run for 12 weeks, beginning in mid-March and ending in mid-June, just before the vegetable shares begin. Each share will contain 2-4 varieties of greens, plus “something extra,” such as a bunch of radishes, herbs, beets, or hakurei turnips. For the first 6 weeks when all of the items are coming out of the greenhouse, the shares will be on the smaller side. Then, for the second half of the share, the quantities will increase as we begin harvesting more items grown outdoors. Because the share is mostly greens, it will be rather small. In fact, most weeks it will be smaller than the main season's small share.
You can look forward the following in items your Spring Greens share, harvest permitting:
Greenhouse lettuce mix, greenhouse arugula, greenhouse mesclun mix, radishes, pea tendrils, spinach, tatsoi, beets, baby swiss chard, baby kale, broccoli raab, dill, and cilantro.
Late Fall Share (formerly known as the "Winter Share") - (November through mid-December: 7 weeks)
We are extending the CSA season! When the main CSA season finishes, at the end of October, you will now be able to continue enjoying Farmer Dave's produce with the Late Fall Share, for pick-up in Dracut, Lanesville, Lawrence, Tewksbury, and Somerville.
The Late Fall share will run for 7 weeks, beginning in November and ending in mid-December. Each pick-up will be a single share. (We’ve eliminated the “double shares” that we had in 2010 and added two extra pick-ups).
Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, garlic, celeriac, turnips, winter squashes, spinach, winter greens, leeks, apples, cranberries, lettuce, and greenhouse-grown greens
Fruit Shares (early/mid-August to end of October: 13 weeks)
The fruit share is like the icing on the cake. It is nature's candy. It's the sweet stuff we never feel guilty about eating. The fruit shares are meant for about two people over the week. Multiple shares are an option for larger families, or to share with the office.
Some of the fruit you can expect to find:
blueberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, melons, and multiple varieties of apples*
* Farmer Dave's is working towards growing all of the fruit available in the fruit shares. The farm currently grows most of the strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and melons in the fruit share, and as the fruit trees mature, more and more of the apples will come from our orchards. Until the farm is able to provide all the fruit, Farmer Dave's will get fruit from local farms in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that use environmentally sustainable methods.
Type of Produce Offered (regular size shown below)
Here are some examples of shares at different points in the season in your Vegetable Share. Remember that farming is inherently unpredictable and that shares will vary due to weather, pests and other factors that affect our production
A week in mid-June: arugula, beets, chinese cabbage, carrots, pickling cucmber, garlic scapes, lettuce, radishes, scallions, kousa squash, hakurei turnip, and chives.
A week in July: beans, carrots, corn, cucumber, daikon radish, endive, kohlrabi, lettuce, zucchini, kousa squash, summer squash, and basil
A week in August: carrots, chard, corn, cucumber, lettuce, eggplant, sweet peppers, hot peppers, potatoes, kousa squash, zucchini, summer squash, heirloom tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, basil, and dill
A week in September: cabbage, carrots, corn, lettuce, onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers, potatoes, radishes, cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, cilantro, and basil
A week in early October: beets, carrots, garlic, kale, lettuce, potato, radicchio, radish, winter squash, purple top turnips, and parsley