by April Guilbault
It’s time to start thinking about winter CSAs here in Fairfield County. Many folks join CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) early in the growing season and sign on for subscriptions that last into the mid-fall. Given the increasing popularity of CSAs, some farms are starting to offer Winter CSAs, too. Can we all just give a big cheer now?!
Plenty of cold weather crops will keep you eating your veggies even as the months cool, as well as many meat shares, which could be just the thing to spice up the chilly months ahead. As with the summer and fall CSAs, you are investing in your local farmer, buying a share of their farm in return for a weekly portion of the harvest. If farmers are game to do this all year ‘round, why shouldn’t we support them?
Due to many people’s busy schedules, driving over to a farm might not be the most convenient thing. Luckily, there are a number of Farm-to-Door businesses that will do that for you. Some modern conveniences such as placing orders and paying online really do make life easier and better. Read more about Farm-to-Door services in Fairfield County here.
Between the fall shares and these farm-to-door delivery services, there is no longer any excuse for not eating local and seasonal all year long. You are supporting our local farmers who in turn spend their money locally AND getting the freshest, most nutritious and delicious farm-fresh food. That’s win-win-win for consumers, farmers and our local economy!
Fairfield County Winter CSAs
The Hickories, Ridgefield, CT (Certified Organic)
Autumn shares begin Oct.11, with 7 distributions.
Sign up now!
Hickories extended their CSA program to offer late fall months, running for 7 weeks. Certified organic and free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, their abundant produce is grown following sustainable practices and their animals are fed natural, antibiotic-free grains and pasture grass. Price for the autumn CSA is slightly more than the typical summer session, but meats, canned and preserved goods are included to sweeten the deal.
Stone Gardens Farm, Shelton, CT (IPM)
Fall season shares, approx. 0ct 22-Nov. 19
Sign up by October 1st!
Items may include: fall lettuces, escarole, cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, hearty greens, carrots, beats, turnips, potatoes (sweet, white), squashes, popcorn
Their farm stand is also open from May to Thanksgiving, 10am to 6pm each day
Farm-raised poultry, beef and pork available too. Chickens (broilers) are available year round, beef is raised “to order”, with a waiting list, and pork is available by pre-ordering, along with farm-raised turkeys.
Gazy Brothers Farm, Oxford, CT (IPM)
Fall CSA shares, 10 distributions
Sign up now!
The farm grows a wide variety of vegetables, flowers, herbs and fruits. Inclusion in the weekly share depends on the season and availability. There is a $50. delivery fee for the full 10 weeks ($5 charge per delivery).
Ox Hollow Farm, Roxbury CT
Winter Meat Share 2013-2014 (December-April)
Sign up by December 1st!
Offering 100% all-natural, pasture-raised, high-grade lamb, beef, pork, and free-range chickens.
Convenient pick up at the Westport Winter Farmer’s Market at Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens .
Farm Share Home Delivery
Sign up now for 2014 Winter shares. Options are 9 or 5 week delivery.
Be a member of a farm, but have the organic bounty delivered right to your door! Farm Share delivers to many Southern Westchester and Fairfield County towns.Their Winter Share program includes such items as eggs, cabbage, collards, parsley, leeks, onions, parsnips, purple potatoes, winter squash and fingerling potatoes. Produce availability varies due to weather, planting conditions, pests…otherwise known as Mother Nature. Bonus extras might include pickles, jam, tomato sauce, or granola.
Online Farm-to-Door delivery. Place your order and food will be on its way!
Focusing solely on Connecticut farmers and Connecticut delivery, CT Farm Fresh Express “gathers for you”. Whether it be fresh veggies, fruit, dairy products, local baked goods, local maple syrup or honey, they will find it if it is being produced. Their commitment is to obtain organic, non-GMO products for their customers because they believe that local is fresh, best and preserving our lands should be a priority! Order online and it will be delivered to your doorstep.
The Farm Fresh CSA Program offers super flexibility. You can choose 6 or 12 weeks and cancel any weeks if you’re away. All 12 weeks paid is 5% off the total, or they a credit card can be charged weekly. Harvest or Market Boxes are also available, which include other items such as eggs, milk, or bread. Inquire about their meat CSA from Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm, which offers chicken, beef, and pork (including a Thanksgiving turkey!).
“Buy Local, Eat Fresh” is their slogan. The customer selects the fresh foods they are interseted in, a personal shopper picks it out at a local farmers’ market and then it is delivered to you. You can specify substitutions, choose your delivery day and all major credit cards are honored. It can’t really get much simpler than this!
Offers sustainably produced foods from Vermont farms that are delivered to your home (even outside of Vermont!)
Choices include dairy items, produce, meats, cheeses, pantry goods, baked goods. You name it, they will bring it. They even offer “bistro: ready to serve or cook” meals, if you are needing a break from cooking all of the other items they deliver. They also have a CSA program during the Spring-Fall months (enroll late winter).
Based in Greenwich, CT, Mike’s describes itself as “bridge” between small, local farmers from the Northeast and their customers. Pickups from local farms take place several times a week, and includes produce, meat, eggs, dairy, and honey. With so much variety, the $50.00 minimum on all orders should be easy.
Mike’s delivery area extends to Greenwich, Riverside, Cos Cob, Old Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, Rowayton, Norwalk, New Canaan, Westport, Chappaqua, Rye, Harrison, Larchmont, Scarsdale, Armonk, and Bedford. If outside this delivery area, but within proximity to it, contact Mike’s, as they are interested in adding new areas to their delivery routes.
Fresh Frozen CSA
Located in the Hudson Valley, but serving a variety of locations, including upper New York State, Hudson Valley, Greater Philadelphia, and Fairfield County, Winter Farms will deliver frozen and storage vegetables from local area farms. “Individually Quick Frozen” veggies or pureed fruits are packed at the peak of freshness. The farm’s name is placed on the package, so you know where your food is coming from. Produce includes (and this isn’t a complete list!), raspberries or blueberries, diced peppers (perfect for soup or stew additions), heirloom red tomatoes, corn, kale, broccoli, squash, and edamame.
Total price for 5 months is $132.00. Register online for your pickup location.