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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 22 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 newsletter 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. As well, some items, like corn and watermelons, are often offered as "plusses", in addition to the weekly share bag. Pick-your-own crops are always offered in addition to the share bag.

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:
Appleton Farms Vegetable BinsGreen bean, wax beans, purple beans, beets, broccoli, green cabbage, red cabbage, napa cabbage, savoy cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, asian eggplant, flowers, garlic, garlic scapes, arugula, mizuna, bok choy, kale, swiss chard, radishes, kohlrabi, basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, thyme, oregano, fennel, leeks, head lettuce, salad mix, red onions, yellow onions, sweet white onions, scallions, parsnips, turnips, celeriacs, sweet peppers, hot peppers, potatoes, new red potatoes, snap peas, shelling peas, snow peas, spinach, summer squash, zucchini, patty pan squash, winter squash, strawberries, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, big red tomatoes, plum tomatoes, sungold cherry tomatoes and watermelon. Yum.