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Chestnut Hill Farms’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a 20-week CSA beginning in mid-June and running through October. Our market-style CSA allows participants to pick and choose from each week’s harvest, selecting a variety of vegetables of their own preference and comfortably filling either a small or large basket. We will occasionally limit some items as needed in order to have enough for all CSA members. We have two share sizes to choose from: our large share is meant to provide a week’s worth of vegetables for 4-6 people and our small share is meant for 2-4 people. Our ‘take what you want, leave what you don’t’ approach makes for less waste and for more satisfied customers. Less waste also means more for members of our community that benefit from our weekly donations of fresh produce to the Southborough Food Pantry and other local non-profits.
We grow more than 40 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs, including plenty of favorites such as carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers and peas. Learn more about what we grow >
Our CSA members also have access to our Pick Your Own gardens. As part of a CSA share, members may pick a weekly bouquet of flowers, peas, chili peppers, green and wax beans, cherry tomatoes, and more, depending on what is in season. In 2016 we hope to expand our Pick Your Own offerings to include sweet, delicious strawberries and raspberries. For 2016 we will also be working on a handicap-accessible component to our Pick Your Own gardens.
Our small, rustic farmstand is open to the public seasonally starting in June and continuing through the fall. Items for sale include our own vegetables and honey, along with other locally produced items such as jams, cheeses, ice cream, humanely raised meats and more.
There will be meet the farmer opportunities on first Saturdays from June through October, running from 10AM-2PM. Watch our signs along the road for more information.
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“As one of the largest private owners of farmland in Massachusetts, with several working farms under our management across the state, Chestnut Hill Farm is another example of our commitment to growing the local food movement while preserving Massachusetts’ rich agricultural history,” says Terry Cook, Northeast Regional Director for The Trustees. “We welcome visitors to our newest working farm and are proud to offer the community a venue to access fresh, locally produced food.”
Desiree Robertson-DuBois, the Chestnut Hill Farm Manager, oversees all aspects of the farm operations, supports community outreach and farm program development, and manages the seasonal farm staff. A graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, Desiree started vegetable farming in 1997 at the Hampshire College Farm Center. Since then, she has shared her passion for growing fresh and healthy produce through her work with a variety of farms in Massachusetts, including Simple Gifts Farm, Crabapple Farm and Holiday Brook Farm. Throughout her career, she has mentored young farmers starting their own farms and CSA programs and has successfully managed farmstands, farmers’ markets, and wholesale accounts. Inspired by her love for food, Desiree has also helped develop youth farm programs and children’s gardens.
“The Southborough community has a deep history of agriculture and has shown a true dedication to preserving farmland and open space,” says Desiree. “I am excited to share my passion for involving community members in farming and locally grown food here at Chestnut Hill Farm. Together, we can help create a regional, sustainable food supply, support the local economy, and preserve farmland and farming traditions in Southborough and beyond.”