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Each Share Includes:

  • We aim to provide one grocery bag (more or less) of sustainably grown produce each week, for approximately a 20-week harvest season. One share is designed for two people who enjoy cooking, or for a family of four.
  • Pick-your-own crops, such as strawberries, peas, beans, herbs, cherry tomatoes and flowers.
  • A weekly farmer's blog post during the harvest season.
  • Opportunities for adults and children to volunteer on the farm and to enjoy seasonal events.

"Mix-And-Match" Share
Appleton Farms CSA Share BoardThe farmers aim to provide free choice within a Mix-and-Match system. Mix-and-Match works like this: the farm crew sets up the farm stand in the distribution barn with all of the day's harvest. Each week shareholders are offered a certain volume of food, usually one grocery bag. Each shareholder can select what they'd like to take to fill up the bag, so every share is different depending on the shareholder's taste. During the first week or two of each season, we often offer an itemized share, moving into Mix-and-Match by the end of June. Since each crop has its prime season, we won't always have everything, but we will have a wide variety of choices every week. Shareholders can expect to find 15-30 crops to choose from each week.

Invariably, one or several crops each week will be in short supply, and will be "limited" in the share bag that week. Pick-your-own crops are often offered as an addition bonus on top of the volume based share.

In all, we grow close to 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs and flowers, and a few fruits (strawberries and watermelon). We don't grow perennial crops, such as tree fruits, raspberries & blueberries, or asparagus. We happily offer sweet corn with the share for three weeks that is grown using Integrated Pest Management methods by Marini Farm in Ipswich.

Produce to Expect Through The Season:
June - lettuce, greens, radishes, scallions, salad turnips, peas, strawberries
July - beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, beans, summer squash, cucumbers, flowers, herbs
August - eggplant, melons, tomatoes, onions, potatoes, peppers, 3 weeks of IPM sweet corn from Marini Farms in Ipswich
September - winter squash, leeks, turnips, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic
October - Brussels' sprouts, sweet potatoes, parsnips and lots of root crops, spinach, kale and collards

CSA Crops Planned for 2017:

  • Appleton Farms Vegetable BinsBasil varieties- Genovese, Napoletano, Eleonora, Mrs. Burns’ Lemon, Sweet Thai, and Sacred.
  • Bean varieties- Provider, Dragons tongue, Carson, Royal burgundy, Strike.
  • Beet varieties- Boldor, Chioggia gaurdsmark, Red ace, Avalanche, Cylindra
  • Bok choy varieties- Joi choi, Black summer
  • Broccoli varieties- Green Magic, Belstar, Arcadia, Fiesta, Bay meadows, Blue wind, Imperial.
  • Brussels’ sprouts varieties-Dagan, Nautic.
  • Cabbage varieties- Famosa, Ruby perfection, storage no. 4, tendersweet, Alcosa, Caraflex, Gonzales, Red  express, Omero.
  • Carrot varieties- Bolero, Nelson, Mokum
  • Cauliflower varieties- Denali
  • Celeriac variety-Mars
  • Celery variety- Tango
  • Chard varieties- Bright lights, Ruby red
  • Chicory varieties- Perseo, Bel fiore, Virtus, Dubuisson, Natacha, Indigo.
  • Collard  green variety- Flash
  • Popcorn variety- Robust Yellow
  • Cucumber varieties-Jackson classic, Marketmore, Olympian, SV4719CS.
  • Cilantro  variety- Santo
  • Dill variety- Bouquet
  • Eggplant varieties- Clara, Dancer, Nadia, Orient express.
  • Fennel varieties- Orion, Zefa fino, Preludio
  • Flower varieties-  Zinnia, Snapdragon, Rudbeckia, Cosmos, Dianthus, Celosia, Bachelors button, Procut gold, Procut orange, Procut lemon.
  • Garlic- German extra hardy, Music
  • Greens varieties – astro arugula, shanghai green pac choy, red Russian kale, spring raab, Siberian kale, tatsoi, arugula, southern giant mustard, red giant mustard, toscano, green wave, mizuna, sessatina grossa
  • Husk cherry variety- Goldie
  • Adult kale variety- Winterbor
  • Kohlrabi varieties-Kossack, Azur star, Kolibri, Quickstar, Winner
  • Leek varieties- King  Richard, Lexton blue-green, Megaton blue-green
  • Lettuce varieties- Green forest, Mirlo,  Panisse, Alkindus, Two star, Vulcan, Rouxai, Thurinus, Adriana, Salvius, New red fire, Skyphos, Starfighter, coastal star, Green star, Carioca, Cherokee, Concept, Muir, Nevada, Ruby sky, Winter density
  • Melon varieties- Sun jewel, Sarah’s choice
  • Napa cabbage variety- Rubicon
  • Onion varieties- Ailsa craig, Red long of tropea, Pontiac, Redwing,
  • Parsnip variety- Javelin
  • Fresh pea varieties- Premium, Sugar ann, Oregon
  • Pepper varieties- Ace, Carmen, Flavorburst, Oranos, Red knight ( sweet) Capperino, Devil serrano, el jefe, Hungarian hot wax, Red rocket, Helios, Tiburon, Thai hot (hot)
  • Potato varieties- Red gold, Dark red norland, Anuschka
  • Radish varieties-Cherriette, White Icicle, Rover, Summer cross Daikon , D’avignon, Watermelon
  • Rutabaga variety- Helenor
  • Salad turnip varieties- Hakurei, Scarlet queen red stem.
  • Baby lettuce varieties- Foundation collection, Premier collection
  • Scallions- Guardsmen
  • Spinach varieties- Reflect, Gazelle, Space, Woodpecker
  • Strawberry varieties- Cabot, Earliglow, Jewel
  • Zucchini/summer squash varieties-Slik pik, Spineless perfection, Goldy, Gold star, Dunja
  • Sweet potato varieties-Beauregard, Covington
  • Tomato varieties ( non PYO)- Polbig, Defiant, Big Beef, Pink Beauty, Iron lady, Mountain Merit, Prudens Purple, Black Krim, Striped German, Plum Regal, Granadero,
  • Tomato varieties ( PYO)-Black cherry, Indigo cherry drops, Jasper, Mountain magic, Sungold, Sunpeach, Pink boar, Juliet
  • Turnip variety- Purple top white globe
  • Watermelon variety- Starlight
  • Winter squash varieties- Bonbon, Delicate, Jet acorn, New England Pie, Gold nugget, Pinnacle, Red Kuri, Winter sweet, Tip top PMR, Waltham Butternut