We offer three different share options, each with three levels of financial commitment:

 

We are to committed to providing transparency to our members, and have our pricing reliably cover our costs each year. In considering ways to sustainably address our budget challenges, we’ve arrived at a new, tiered model of CSA share pricing.

Now, each share option has 3 different levels of financial commitment:

Low Income Pricing (A 40-50% discount from retail value - Separate application required, based on similar elegibility parameters for MA state assistance programs)

Standard Pricing (A 30-35% discount from the actual retail value of the CSA share)

Sustainer Pricing (The actual retail value of the CSA share).

The Sustainer pricing option gives members with the means a chance to balance the farm’s income with those who pay at a reduced price. Beyond the Sustainer pricing level, members with the means are invited to pledge any denomination towards the farm that they feel inspired to offer.

This year, we are also offering an Adjusted price level. As you all know, the world has changed a lot since setting our 2022 CSA share prices last autumn. In recent months, there has been a surge in input costs (for the farm and for everyone else), with inflation up over 7%. Even though, as a horse-powered farm, we may not be as directly dependent on petroleum fuel for our work, rising prices do affect the cost of all of our purchased inputs such as fertilizers, seeds, and really everything we buy.

One main benefit of the CSA model is that our income is secured before the beginning of the growing season when you pre-purchase your shares. One of the downsides though, is that with prices set many months in advance of production, we are less flexible to respond to a rapidly changing economic landscape like what we are seeing right now. This is why we are inviting anyone who has already signed up for a 2022 CSA share to consider paying at this adjusted price as their final CSA payments come due in June.

Our CSA always runs a bit differently than most. Here at Natural Roots, your CSA share size determines which sized canvas bag you receive when you sign up. Each week, you can come the farm and fill up your bag with whatever veggies you like, and don't ever have to take the veggies you don't need or like. This offers you the most flexibility and choice a CSA can offer, while still giving you the opportunity to try new things. Certain items will have limits, especially during the beginning and ends of that particular harvest, and some large items are "out of the bag". 

Please make sure you read and agree to our CSA Membership Agreement, and also review our CSA Member Handbook if you decide to sign up for a CSA Share with us. The member handbook is also helpful for anyone visiting the farm to read, as it contains important safety information.

A initial $100 deposit is required to reserve a share (unless you plan to pay with SNAP/HIP) and payments in full are appreciated. 

We do offer low income shares to those who are eligible - An additional application is required to determine eligibility. The cost of these low-income shares can be fully reimbursed by Massachusetts’ SNAP / HIP programs, which essentially means these shares can be cost-free, making them more accessible than ever to low-income shareholders. They can also be paid for in installments for those who do not have SNAP funds. If you would like to apply for a low income share, please indicate this when you sign up, and we will provide you with the supplemental applicaton to apply for one!

P1020312 Regular Share

Sustainer - $930 or above

Adjusted - $720

Standard- $595

Low-income - $475

 

A regular share usually feeds a small family, couple or the lone vegetable enthusiast. The photo to the left represents a sample of what you might fit into a regular size bag plus one "out-of-the-bag" winter squash. The photo was taken during a late-September distribution. We typically have at least one out-of-the-bag item (meaning you don't have to fit that item in your bag) for much of season, depending on our vegetable supply.



P1020313Large Share

Sustainer - $1160 and above

Adjusted - $905

Standard- $775

Low-income - $620

 

A large share is suitable for larger families or those who eat a lot of vegetables and/or want to preserve a portion for the winter. The photo to the left represents a sample of what you might fit into a large bag plus one "out-of-the-bag" winter squash. 


Part-Time Share

Sustainer - $465 or above

Adjusted - $395

Standard - $335

Low-income - $270

These are intended for folks who are might be away for part of the season or have a hard time making it to the farm every week, but otherwise enjoy the amount of food they get per week in a Regular Share. This option allows you to come fill a regular share bag for any ten weeks of the 22 week season.


Natural Roots Pre-Paid Gift Card Option

These are intended for folks who find that a regular share is just too much food for their needs, but still want to be a commited member of the farm. This option gives you the most flexibility, but you pay our full retail price for each item. This option does not guaruntee that all produce will be avaialble for purchase every week. During lean times, in the event of poor crop yields, times of bad weather etc. we will prioritize shareholders first, so if you are looking for consistent veggies, please sign up for a share! Sometimes we do offer discounted gift cards, in higher denominations - check in with us about when those promotioons will happen each season.


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You-pick opportunities

You may also enjoy our you-pick crops, which include some perennial herbs right up near the CSA barn, plus peas, beans, flowers, raspberries and blueberries down in the main field. You may pick these once a week when they are in season, and you can come to pick whenever it suits you.

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Connection to the community

Each distribution offers a great opportunity for connecting with friends and neighbors. Many families come and stay for hours. Kids love to climb the pine tree near the distribution barn, splash in the shallows of the river, watch the horses at work, and race to the berry patch together. Our occasional festivals and gatherings are joyful celebrations that are a delight for all ages.

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Connection with the land

Our farm is truly a beautiful place. A wooden footbridge leads over the South River to the rolling pastures, lush fields, and the light-dappled forest beyond. The farm is a haven for wildlife, farm life, and human life as well. By becoming a shareholder you can help to preserve and enrich this treasured resource of our community.

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Bountiful Harvests

We are blessed with the opportunity to cultivate some of the finest cropland in West County. On our rich bottomland we grow a plethora of delicious, nourishing vegetables. Tender salad greens, herbs, and spicy radishes whet our appetites in June for the bounty that soon follows, so that before long your bag will be heavy with beautiful, vital food for you and your family each week until well past the first autumn frost. Some crops make brief or periodic appearances during the season, and others are steady performers throughout.

Our season begins in June and ends in October. For our community we grow:

35 You Pick Crops: perennial herbs, peas, beans, raspberries, blueberries and sunflowers!

In JUNE: arugula, mesclun, head lettuce, spinach, bok choy, broccoli raab, kale, chard, chinese cabbage, Happy Rich (an Asian green), dill, cilantro, parsley, garlic scapes, scallions, salad turnips, radishes, and daikon.

In JULY: arugula, mesclun, head lettuce, kale, chard, chinese cabbage, dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, scallions, salad turnips, daikon, beets, carrots, squash & zucchini, cucumbers, fennel, eggplant, and peppers.

In AUGUST: arugula, mesclun, head lettuce, kale, chard, dill, cilantro, basil, parsley, beets, carrots, squash & zucchini, cucumbers, fennel, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, celery, garlic, and potatoes.

In SEPTEMBER: arugula, mesclun, head lettuce, bok choy, kale, collards, chard, dill, cilantro, parsley, beets, carrots, squash & zucchini, cucumbers, fennel, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, watermelon, cabbage, broccoli, garlic, potatoes, edamame, leeks, and the start of winter squash.

In OCTOBER: Until frost: squash & zucchini, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. And otherwise: arugula, mesclun, head lettuce, bok choy, tatsoi, kale, collards, chard, dill, cilantro, parsley, beets, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, potatoes, onions, leeks, turnips, parsnips, celeriac, and winter squash.