Above is an example December Share. Photo credit: Jim Sidway.
Pick Up Dates:
Sunday, December 17th
Sunday, January 14th
Sunday, February 11th
If you can’t make one of these dates let us know and we can work something out.
We will reschedule in case of inclement weather.
Pick Up Time: 11am-2pm.
Cost: $155 (value – $225 – read more to learn what will be in the shares)
Shares are limited so they will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.
You may not know it, but one of our farm goals is to provide local produce to our community year round. I have been excited about four season local food in New England ever since I got into sustainable agriculture. The fact that our greenhouses, barn, cooler and fields are full of food gives me a deep pleasure. It has allowed us to provide bountiful summer and fall shares, and it also gives us a surplus so we can trial our first ever Winter Share!! We did not want to offer a winter share until we knew for sure we’d had a good year and we would have enough, and boy do we ever have enough.
Winter is a great time to get cozy and eat soups, stews and roasted veggies. The produce in these shares is produce that stores very well, and maintains impeccable flavor in storage. We also will have greens from our tunnels and greenhouses to add leafy variety.
We will do just three large pickups for these shares, one in December, January, and February.
What’s in the shares? I can tell you, with 85% confidence what each share will be. That’s because almost all of it (except for some small greens) have already grown, or are close to maturity in the field. Many are already harvested and are curing in the greenhouse (like onions, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and pop corn). The examples below will change if things happen that are out of our control, ie: the deer jump the fence and eat some carrots before we get them all harvested so we need to put something else in the share.
Example December Share: (Roughly) 5 pounds carrots, 2 pounds leeks, 2 pounds celeriac, 1 cabbage, 3 pounds onions, 4 pounds sweet potatoes, 3 ears popcorn, 1 bunch kale, 1 pound spinach, 2 heads lettuce, 1 bag salad greens, 2 pounds of potatoes, 1 large butternut squash. Maybe: brussels sprouts, sweet turnips, fingerling potatoes, acorn or other squash, garlic and radishes.
Example January Share: (Roughly) 5 pounds carrots, 1 storage kohlrabi, 2 pounds rutabaga, 2 pounds celeriac, 1 cabbage, 2 pounds beets, 1 large butternut squash, 3 pounds onions, 3 pounds sweet potatoes, ½ pound spinach, ¼ pound pea tendrils, ½ pound lettuce mix, 3 pounds potatoes. Maybe: Acorn or other squash, fingerling potatoes, napa cabbages, turnips, garlic and radishes.
Example February Share: (Roughly) 5 pounds carrots, 1 large butternut squash, 2 cabbage, 1 storage kohlrabi, 2 pounds rutabaga, 2 pounds celeriac, 2 pounds sweet potatoes, 1 pound beets, 3 pounds potatoes, 3 ears popcorn, one quart fingerling potatoes, ¼ pound pea tendrils, ¼ pound salad greens, 3 ears popcorn. Maybe: Micro greens, garlic, spinach and kale.
The retail value of each of these shares is around $75. That makes the total value of the Winter Share $225. We are offering them to you for $155.
We are really excited about these shares. If some of the vegetables sound intimidating to you (like rutabaga and celeriac) know that we send them with recipes. A great, simple and delicious fallback for these root vegetables is to chop them all up into ½” pieces and roast them at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes (turning once at 20 minutes). The roasting caramelizes some of the healthy sugars and makes it hard to stop eating these great veggies.
This method of preparation also helps with the other concern you might have: can I fit all this in my fridge? Well first, squash, potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes don’t need to be in the fridge. And once you peel, chop and roast a pound each (carrots, rutabaga, celery root, kohlrabi and beets) you will significantly reduce the volume of the share . . . so roast some veggies as soon as you get them home. Many of these root vegetables would be ok in a cool space that doesn’t freeze (like garage or basement) for a week as you chip away at them!
The above items would not need fridge space! Photo credit: Jim Sidway.
Or, if you really can’t eat it all, but want to participate you can donate some of your share to the Holliston Food Pantry. Whatever you don’t want you can leave and we will donate the next day. Think about it, you are getting a 30% discount, why not donate a little if you can’t use it all?