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Trustees Meat CSA

Meat CSA

The Trustees is very excited to be offering its first ever Meat CSA! The Trustees Meat CSA includes beef, pork and chicken raised on Trustees farms by Trustees farmers. Our cattle, pigs and chickens 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. Trustees farming practices go beyond production to ensure the preservation of landscapes and the ecology of our properties.
 
When you join the Trustees Meat CSA you are helping to support a strong local food system and choosing meat that was raised with care for the environment and the health of your family. Thank you!

How Does the Meat CSA Work?
Meat CSA members pre-pay for a “share” of the meat that we produce this season. Every other week from December through April, members pick up a mix of beef, pork, and chicken on-farm. Members receive a set number of pounds of meat each week, depending on whether they have purchased a small, medium, or large share. All meat is frozen and the cuts vary each week, ranging from steaks to ground beef and from chops to sausage. The CSA model is designed to encourage member to eat creatively and explore new cuts, flavors, and recipes. 

What is in a small, medium, and large Meat CSA share?

  • Large Share ($1,375 for the season): 8 lbs. beef per pick-up, 4 lbs. pork per pick-up, 2 whole chickens per season
  • Medium Share ($1,045 for the season): 6 lbs. beef per pick-up, 3 lbs. pork per pick-up, 2 whole chickens per season
  • Small Share ($825 for the season): 5 lbs. beef per pick-up, 2 lbs. pork per pick-up, 2 whole chickens per season

On average, these prices represent a cost of $11/lb. for pork and beef and $5/lb. for chicken.

If you are interested in a share with no pork, please contact us at meatcsa@thetrustees.org for more information.

When and where do I pick up my Meat CSA share?

The meat CSA begins the week of December 12, 2016 and ends the week of April 24, 2017. Pickups will be every other week, for a total of ten pick-ups.

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

  • Weir River Farm, Hingham, Mondays (2-6PM)
  • Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough, Tuesdays (2-6PM)
  • Moose Hill Farm, Sharon, Wednesdays (2-6PM)
  • Powisset Farm, Dover, Thursdays (2-6PM)

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

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?
SHARES AVAILABLE! Shares are still available for anyone interested in signing up for a partial season. Although the first pick-ups may have passed, there are many left to go. We offer shares that are pro-rated to reflect the amount of pick-ups a shareholder participates in. The cost for each shareholder will be determined based on their entry time. Please contact meatcsa@thetrustees.org for more information on signing up for this opportunity.

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?
Join us for one of our pop-up meat sales this winter at the following Trustees properties and events!

  • Saturday January 7,  Powisset Farm, 10AM-2PM
  • Friday January 20, Rocky Woods, 6-8PM (Frozen Fun: Pick-Up Hockey)
  • Saturday February 4, Rocky Woods, 1-4PM (Winterlude!)
  • Friday February 17, Rocky Woods, 6-8PM (Kids on Ice: Costume Skate)
  • Saturday February 18, Powisset Farm, 10AM-2PM
  • Friday March 17, Rocky Woods, 6-8PM (St. Pat’s Skate)