The CSA at Anchor Light Farm
What is Community Supported Agriculture?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is a collaborative approach to food where consumers and farmers work together. Individuals “join” the farm each spring, purchasing in advance a season’s worth of fresh vegetables (a “share”). Each share is priced to represent a significant discount over the equivalent basket of food at a market or grocery store.
How does it work?
Every week, you pick-up a "share" of the vegetables that we harvest from the farm. The amount you take will be based on the size of your share, the bounty of the harvest, and the vegetables in season.
We offer two pick-up locations: On the farm in Braintree - Thursdays from 3 - 6pm, and at the National Life Building in Montpelier - Thursdays
What is included?
A share includes approximately 20 weeks of fresh produce. Depending on seasonal conditions, pick-ups begin in late May/early June and end in October. Shareholders also have unlimited access to our pick-your-own flowers and herbs, located right next to the CSA pick-up area, and seasonal access to our pick-your-own red raspberries. Late spring pick-ups tend to include lots of greens and spinach, along with other early season veggies. Mid summer introduces carrots, squash, beets, peas, beans, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers, and lots more. Late summer brings sweet corn, more squash and tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, and watermelons. And of course, more greens.
We also offer a Holiday Share, which includes all the seasonal vegetables that you need in holiday baking and cooking (winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins, carrots, onions, garlic, and more). Holiday shares are picked up twice, once in mid-November and once in mid-December.
Can I purchase anything else with my share?
Yes! We offer our fresh pasture raised chickens and eggs from our free-roaming laying hens. You can sign up to add chickens to your weekly pick-up.
What are the share options and how much does it cost?
Depending on the season's bounty, our shareholders save an average of 30% on their produce compared to shopping at a local farmers' market, and even more compared to a local produce market or supermarket. By buying a CSA share for the season, local consumers support their community farmer and save money.
Whole share - $500
Half share - $325
Holiday share (two pick ups: mid-November and mid-December) - $100
Bi-weekly chicken share - $125 (one whole chicken, every other week, starting July 1 and running until the end of the CSA)
Weekly chicken share - $250 (one chicken, every week, starting July 1 and running until the end of the CSA)
How big is a Share?
Whole shares are big enough to feed a family of 4, or two serious vegetable eaters. The half share is big enough for one serious vegetable eater, or two people.
Events on the farm
CSA members can enjoy each others company, fine cooking, horse-drawn wagon rides, and farm tours at our annual CSA member pot-luck held in early August on the farm. We are always happy to answer any questions about our operation or give a tour of the farm upon request.