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Trustees Meat CSA

Meat CSA

The Trustees is very excited to be continuing its Meat CSA Program by offering the first ever Summer Beef CSA! The Trustees Summer Beef CSA includes mixed beef cuts ranging from steak to roasts to ground beef, all raised on Trustees farms by Trustees farmers. Our cattle are raised on the open pastures and in the oak forests of Moose Hill Farm in Sharon, Powisset Farm in Dover, and Weir River Farm in Hingham. The meat they produce is high quality and delicious. When you join a Trustees Meat CSA you are helping to support a strong local food system.

How Does the Meat CSA Work?
Meat CSA members pre-pay for a “share” of the meat that we produce this season. Every week from June through October, members pick up their share on-farm. There is just one share size available and it includes 2 pounds of beef per week for 20 weeks, totaling 40 pounds of beef across the whole season. All meat is frozen and the cuts vary each week. The CSA model is designed to encourage members to eat creatively and explore new cuts, flavors, and recipes.  

What is in Summer Beef CSA share and how much does it cost?
The Summer Beef CSA includes 2 pounds of beef per week of a variety of cuts, including steak, roasts, and ground beef. There will be 20 weekly pick-ups, for a total of 40 pounds of meat over the course of the season.

The cost of the Summer Beef CSA is $22 per pick-up, or $440 for the season. On average, these prices represent a cost of $11/lb, which includes all cuts.

When and where do I pick up my Meat CSA share?
The meat CSA begins in June 2017 and ends in October 2017. Pickups will be held every week, for a total of 20 pick-ups.

Pick-ups are offered at the following locations and times:

  • Moose Hill Farm, Wednesdays 4-6PM
  • Chestnut Hill Farm, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 2-6PM
  • Powisset Farm, Tuesday 2-6PM, Thursdays 10AM-6PM, Saturdays 10AM-4PM
  • Weir River Farm, same time as before Saturdays 11AM-3PM

Meat CSA members can choose the location/time that is most convenient.

What Meat CSA options do you have?
Over the winter of 2016-2017, The Trustees launched our first ever Winter Meat CSA, offering small, medium and large shares of beef, pork and chicken. This meat was distributed bi-weekly from December through April, totaling approximately 85 lbs. of meat per shareholder.  

It was such a positive experience that we wanted to expand into a summer program that offered another opportunity for Trustees members to access our meat, particularly during grilling season! The Winter Meat CSA will be offered again over the winter of 2017-2018, and will expand to keep up with demand.

How are your animals raised and what are they fed?
Our farming practices are designed to maintain sustainability and animal health as top priorities.

The grass finished cattle have been raised on the pastures of Powisset Farm and Moose Hill Farm. Managed with rotational grazing practices, habitat preservation models for ground nesting birds and minimal stress through sustainable stocking, the meat is of top quality.
 
The pigs have been raised at Moose Hill Farm, Powisset Farm, and Weir River Farm on both pastures and in woods, all perfect habitats for pigs. The pigs are fed freshly packed grain, vegetables, breads and spent barley grain from local businesses.

The meat chickens have been raised at Moose Hill Farm and Weir River Farm with both space and access to grass and freshly packed grain.

We only use antibiotics in cases of extreme health distress when the welfare of an animal is at stake. This season, as is typically the case, all of our meat is antibiotic free.

How do I sign up?
To sign up for the Summer Beef CSA, please click here.

More questions about the CSA or the registration process?
Please don’t hesitate to contact us at meatcsa@thetrustees.org. You can also reach out to Susan, our CSA Coordinator, at: 978.356.5728 x4110.

Not a CSA member and interested in trying some of this season’s delicious Trustees meat?
We’ll be hosting a series of pop-up meat sales at our properties over the summer. Check back soon for more information and dates!