CSA Shares

2019 CSA Registration Form Quick Link

At Upswing Farm we LOVE our CSA members.  We know that our farm would not be possible without the core group of dedicated customers who are willing to commit to the realities of a local harvest and we make sure they reap the benefits. We believe a CSA share provides your family with access to fresh, high quality produce and allows you to participate in a system of food production that is sustainable and fair.

2019 CSA Options (No changes from 2018)

Spring Share – Sold Out for 2019
$115
before March 1st, $125 after that
5 weeks, starting the week of May 6th
Tuesday or Thursday Pick Up 12:00pm-6:00pm

Example Spring Share: 1 bunch scallions, 1 bunch french breakfast radish, 1 bunch spinach, 1/3 lb arugula, 1/3 lb salad, mix, 1/3 lb pea tendrils, 1 bunch bok choy.

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Large Summer Share– SOLD OUT for 2019
$515
before March 1st, $535 after that (this price was corrected on 1/7/19)
16 weeks, starting the week of June 10th
Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday Pick Up, 12:00pm-6:00pm

Example Summer Share (July 30th) Large: 2 pounds tomatoes, 1 pound mix: eggplant/peppers, 1/2 pound green beans, 1 head lettuce, 1 bunch carrots, 1 bunch fresh heirloom onions, 5lbs mix: zucchini, summer squash, cucumber, new potato, 1 bunch kale or chard, 1 bulb fresh garlic, 1 bunch basil, 1 pint cherry tomatoes.

Below is a slideshow of our large summer shares for 2018.  Many Thanks to Bob Durling Photography for the great shots! We include a fair amount of choice in our CSA, so everyone’s share will be a little different, depending on personal preferences.

Small Summer Share – SOLD OUT for 2019
$310
before March 1st, $330 after that
16 weeks, starting the week of June 10th
Tuesday/Wednesday or Thursday/Friday Pick Up 12:00pm-6:00pm

Example Small Summer Share (July 30th) Small: 1 pound tomatoes, 1 pound mix: eggplant/peppers, 1/4 pound green beans, 1 head lettuce, 1 bunch carrots, 2lbs mix: zucchini, summer squash, cucumber, new potato, 1 bulb fresh garlic, 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes.

We didn’t take pictures of the small share every week.  Below are four pictures of different share options for week 13 of the CSA. These images give you a sense for the size of the small share in relation to the large share (images above).

Fall Share
$205
before July 1st, $225 after that
10 weeks, every other week pick up, starting the week of October 1st (this was originally posted as an October 7th start)
Thursday and Friday Pick Up, 12:00pm-6:00pm Thursday, 12:00pm-4:00pm Friday

Example Fall Share: 2 pounds carrots, 2.5 pounds potatoes, 2.5 pounds sweet potato, 6 pounds winter squash, 1 pound broccoli/cauliflower, 1 pint brussels sprouts, 1.3 pounds onions, one bunch kale, one head escarole, 1/2 pound lettuce mix, 4 pounds mixed radish, turnip, rutabaga.

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Winter Share
$155 before November 1st, $175 after that
3 months, once/month pick up, December, January and February
Pick Up will be on the weekend, location TBD

Example Winter Share (December): 3 pounds carrots, 3 pounds potato, 4 pounds sweet potato, 1 pound heirloom fingerling potatoes, 5 pounds winter squash, 2 pounds onion, 1 pound choice leek/beets, 1/2 pound spinach, 1/4 pound micro-greens or pea tendrils, 1/2 pound kale, 1 bunch sweet turnips, 1 pint shallots/garlic, 1/2 pound mini lettuce.

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Flower Share
$144
11 weeks, starting the first or second week in July
Choose a Tuesday or Thursday pick up at the farm, 12:00pm-6:00pm
Flower Shares will be 15-20 stem bouquets of freshly harvested blooms.

2019 CSA Registration Form Quick Link

Our Growing Practices

Your farmers have only worked on farms that follow organic standards.  Although we are not certified, we use crop production methods that build soil health, like composting, reduced tillage and cover cropping.  We never use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and even avoid the use of Organically approved sprays whenever possible.  Instead we rely on methods to prevent pest and disease infestation such as: crop rotation, pest exclusion, using regionally appropriate planting dates and varieties, growing healthy crops with resistance, appropriate plant spacing, multiple successions of crops, and, on occasion, hand picking of pests.

We live on this produce.  We eat it, we feed our families and friends, and we only want the best for them, for ourselves, and for you.  We are always happy to talk to you about our growing practices.

Our Crops

We strive to grow a wide variety of produce that is exciting to cook with, and plenty for fresh-eating in salads.  We can’t guarantee the success of any single crop, but we plant many varieties and multiple successions to provide the greatest opportunity for success.

Payment Plans

We definitely know what it feels like to live on a budget. Please read the details of our payment plan below:

A first payment of 1/3 of the share cost is required to secure the share.  If you make this payment before the 1st of March you can lock in the early registration prices.

Second payment is Due April 1st

Third payment is Due June 1st

Payment plans are only available for purchases of $300 or more.

Payment plans are not available after June 1st.

Purchases after April 1st require a 2/3’s payment to secure the share.

Refunds

Plans change, we know.

Refunds requested at a minimum 3 weeks before a share starts will receive the full amount, minus a $10 administration fee.  Refunds requested after that time frame will receive the full amount, minus a $10 administration fee and a $30 inconvenience fee.  Refunds mid-season will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but we guarantee no refunds after the start of the CSA season.

An excerpt from an introductory Thursday/Friday Summer CSA Email

Pick up hours are 12-6pm. If you can’t come Thursday you can come Friday, 12-6pm when the farm stand is open without giving notification. If you need to make a more extreme change, you must email or text me by 7am Tuesday morning (when we start picking for the early week shares).
Pick up hours are 12-6pm. If you can’t come Thursday you can come Friday, 12-6pm when the farm stand is open without giving notification. If you need to make a more extreme change, you must email or text me by 7am Tuesday morning (when we start picking for the early week shares).
Pick up hours are 12-6pm. If you can’t come Thursday you can come Friday, 12-6pm when the farm stand is open without giving notification. If you need to make a more extreme change, you must email or text me by 7am Tuesday morning (when we start picking for the early week shares).

You are welcome to send someone else to pick up your share, just make sure they know these details about CSA Pick Up. (Also, you should know them too!)

Where : 28 South St, Ashland MA. Please use caution driving in and out of the farm, we are on a small, narrow road and people tend to drive too fast.

What to Bring : Two grocery bags, extra plastic bags.

We will have the vegetables displayed market style, with signs telling members what to take. We will have extra bags but encourage our members to bring reusable bags or containers to pick up their vegetables. Some people use boxes, crates, baskets or tubs instead of bags.

How it Works : When you get to the farm park in the small parking area just before or after the farm wagon. (Yes, we added more “paved” parking area this year!) Please, please drive slowly. Many people bring children to pick up vegetables. Consider the speed limit on the farm 5 mph.

1. SIGN IN BY CROSSING OFF YOUR NAME – this is a very important step!  If you don’t cross off your name, I will think you haven’t come at the end of the evening and start to panic that I don’t have enough vegetables!!

2. Collect Your Vegetables. The wagon will be loaded with the CSA vegetables. Walk around the wagon and read the signs in front of the vegetables telling you what to take.

  1. If you would like to make any trades check the trade bin or ask the stand attendant. Please understand that this has been the most challenging spring to produce food that I have experience in my last 9 Springs growing CSA vegetables in New England. There won’t be many trades available early this summer, but we will do our best to be accommodating.

What if . . . ?

I’m going to be late?

If you are running late call or text my cell phone (857)-383-7020 and make sure to include your name in the message. I will put a share aside for you to pick up later that evening or the following day. We put late shares just inside the cooler door to keep them fresh.

I want to send someone in my place?

Great! Just let them know the details of pick up and make sure they CROSS OFF YOUR NAME! There will be someone there to help them.

If you email or text after we have already harvested your share, you will need to pick up your share that day, or we can hold it for a Wednesday pick up.

If you have any questions feel free to email.

I can’t make the pick up at all one week?

We do not offer a “double up” option for CSA Shares.  We ask that members either gift the week they will miss to a friend or neighbor (like the person who is checking on your plants/collection your mail!) or we can donate the share to the Holliston Food Pantry.

Weekly Emails

I send an email once/week, usually on a Monday, to let you know what will be in the share for the week. Please know that I do my best to be accurate but sometimes during harvest things change, either because yields are lower/higher than I anticipated, or there is a pest or disease issue that wasn’t apparent during my field scouting.

Treat your vegetables like ice cream!  Don’t leave them in the car and put them where they belong as soon as you get home!

TIPS FOR VEGETABLE CARE

• Most vegetables prefer to be stored in plastic bags in the bottom of the fridge.

• If they come twist tied, undo the twist tie before storing in a plastic bag

• Roots should be separated from greens (by either twisting or cutting) and stored in separate bags (yes you can eat beet greens, radish greens, turnip greens, etc)

• Some vegetables don’t want to go in the fridge – we will let you know as they come up, but NEVER store tomatoes in the fridge

• If they are washed and bagged, consider putting them in the lettuce spinner when you get home to take off some excess moisture so they will last longer

More about the CSA Model

The CSA model allows customers to invest in their farm by committing to a season of fresh vegetables.  CSA’s are a great way to access incredibly fresh produce while supporting local farms and maintaining an agricultural landscape in your community.  Membership not only provides your family with fresh vegetables, it supports farmland preservation and community development.

At Upswing Farm you will pick up a variety of vegetables once a week during your share season (we have 4 seasons, Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter).  By paying in advance you will provide the farm with essential funds for supplies like seeds, mulch, compost, tools and equipment.  In exchange for your commitment it is our intention to provide you with the highest quality seasonal produce we can grow at a value of 20% more than what you are paying.

Low risk.  Your farmers have a combined 20 years of experience farming, and have never failed to provide a bountiful share.  Our farm plan includes over 60 crops, many of which are planted multiple times during the growing season, to ensure that small crop failures do not mean empty CSA shares.  We grow multiple varieties of each crop, some that do well in heat, some that do well in wet soils, some that almost always do well, to ensure that regardless of the weather, we will have produce to harvest.

High Return.  You are signing up for a share with farmers who have impeccable standards.  We adore great flavor, stunning color, unique variety and take special care to harvest and wash our crops so they will be easy to process and inspiring to cook with.  Customers who have bought shares from Upswing in the past are thrilled with the quality, and with the tasty influx of vegetables in their diet!

Social Value.  Your commitment to our CSA is a commitment to the future of your community.  By supporting our farm you are also supporting farm land preservation, resource conservation and community development and food access.  More than 8,000lbs of vegetables have been donated to hunger relief organizations throughout the lifetime of our farm.  Your farmers don’t just care about growing vegetables, they are actively involved in their communities and are passionate about the environmental and social justice that is created by a local, fair, secure food system.

Questions?

Email your farmer: brittany@upswingfarm.com