By Analiese Paik
Community Supported Agriculture Programs (CSAs) continue to gain in popularity as consumers discover how economical and fun they are. Each week’s box contains a variety of vegetables, and oftentimes fruit in summer, that’s just been harvested at the host farm. It’s a joy to eat the freshest, seasonal food while knowing that the money supports a local family farm and keeps farmland under production. Our choices do matter, and committing to take what a farmer grows for a season helps her/him to plan and manage cash flow while providing for the local community.
While summer CSA programs typically run for many months, fall and winter programs are much shorter and therefore ideal for those trying them for the first time. Fall and winter CSAs supply us with hardy greens and root vegetables that provide the seasonal excitement in winter braises, roasted dishes, soups and stews. Have you ever had a Gilfeather turnip? New culinary adventures await!
Fairfield County Fall and Winter CSAs
This guide will be updated daily; we are still waiting to hear back from a few farms.
The Hickories, Ridgefield, CT (Certified Organic)
126 Lounsbury Road, Ridgefield CT 06877
If you live in Ridgefield, you surely know that Dina Brewster’s USDA/Baystate certified organic farm, The Hickories, is the only farm left in Farmingville. When you hear Dina talk about her CSA families, it’s clear that building community gives her joy and satisfaction. Autumn shares run for eight consecutive weeks beginning October 10. Meat (pork, lamb, kielbasa, eggs, etc.) are included every other week. The shares cost $330 and will be available for pick up each Friday from 2pm-7pm at the farm in the CSA pick-up room.
From Farmer Dina Brewster: “The CSA extension is born out of simply not wanting it all to end. We have designed a program that will invite new families to stay with our harvest through Thanksgiving. Together we will turn the “off season” back “on.” Though we will be growing at a smaller scale, we will continue to try to provide diverse, healthy, safe, and nutritious locally raised food to folks who choose to participate. We have winter hoophouses in production to protect tender greens through the first snowfalls. We have been preserved food in our pantry and root cellar. The share will include our pasture raised meat, too.”
Meat: The Hickories’ pastured meat options are included and, in addition, they offer a rare and lucky option of purchasing a turkey from Millstone Farm in Wilton.
Greens: lettuce, Swiss chard, kale, radicchio, fresh herbs, scallions, arugula, and more.
Root cellared foods: winter squash, sugar pumpkins, potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, and even dry beans.
Preserved foods: Rhubarb-black-currant jam, heirloom tomato sauce, dilly beans, salsa, honey etc. — all canned from our harvest this season.
Garden of Ideas, Ridgefield (Certified Organic)
647 North Salem Road, Ridgefield Connecticut 06877
This one-acre family farm goes “beyond organic” standards, and even employs some principles of biodynamic farming, to provide their customers with the most environmentally friendly and nutrient dense produce possible. Garden of Ideas promotes plant biodiversity by growing a large variety of crops, including immensely popular heirlooms, alongside beautiful non-edibles that bloom sequentially to supply their bees with nectar throughout the season.Fall harvest shares run from September 25 through October 30 (6 weeks) and costs $195.Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join the CSA or if you have any other questions. Find information about the CSA online here.
Stone Gardens Farm, Shelton, CT (IPM)
83 Saw Mill City Road, Shelton, CT 06484
Stone Gardens Farm in Shelton is a family-owned farm that utilizes IPM (integrated pest management) techniques to grow their crops. According to the family, they only spray when necessary and try to use organic spray. Stone Gardens Farm has four CSA options that make it easy to eat locally year-round. The Fall CSA will start the week of October 20th and run for 5 weeks, with only one size share available. The Winter CSA runs for 9 weeks with also one share size to choose from and usually starts the second week in December. As November approaches, the farm should have a tentative start date.
Pick up your CSA share at the farm or at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church (Fairfield) on Tuesdays from 12-6 pm or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Greenwich) on Thursdays from 2-8 pm. Fall shares at drop off locations run 5 weeks and cost $115; winter shares run 9 weeks and cost $385. Fall shares at the farm can be picked up Tuesdays or Fridays from 10-6 pm and cost $100; winter shares are $360. Please visit the website for complete pick up schedule information and to download an application.
Below is a sample of what may be in the boxes for Fall and Winter. Keep in mind that depending on the harvest for the week, the vegetables will vary.
- 1 Brussels sprout stalk
- 2 large heads of broccoli
- 1 lb. of broccoli rabe
- 1 bunch of curly winterbor kale or flat leaf lacinato kale
- 2 kohlrabi
- 2 lbs. of sweet potatoes
- 1 bok choy
- 1 bunch of radishes
- 1 head of lettuce
- 1/2 lb. bag of Asian salad mix
Winter Share Week 3:
- 1/2 lb of popcorn on the cob
- 1 butternut squash
- 2 lbs. of carrots
- 2 lbs. of potatoes
- 2 lbs. of turnips and rutabagas
- 2 heads of garlic
- 2 heads of hydroponic buttercrunch lettuce grown by Tom Giammattei in Prospect
- 1 jar of our Just Crushed plum tomatoes
- 1 bag of frozen green/yellow beans
- 1 bag of frozen broccoli
My Farm Share (Home Delivery, Certified Organic)
My Farm Share delivers CSA shares from Certified Organic Norwich Meadows Farm to families in Darien, Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, and Norwalk. Sign up now for 2014 Winter shares. Options are 9 or 5 weeks delivered November – May. Choose from two options: 5 box share (once every 6 weeks) or 9 box share (once every 3 weeks)
9-delivery Winter Shares
Nine deliveries of 100% organic, locally grown and seasonal vegetables (possible varieties to include carrots, onions, potatoes, parsnips, winter squash, garlic, beets, greens); organic, pasture-raised eggs from a farm in upstate New York; and farm-crafted treats such as pickles, jam, tomato sauce or granola. Includes 9 deliveries from November to May (every 3 weeks starting mid-November, exact delivery dates to be announced). Cost includes all home delivery fees, farm to doorstep.
Total cost for Extended Winter Shares including all delivery fees: $675
5-delivery Winter Shares
Five deliveries of 100% organic, locally grown and seasonal vegetables (possible varieties to include carrots, onions, potatoes, parsnips, winter squash, garlic, beets, greens); organic, pasture-raised eggs from a farm in upstate New York; and farm-crafted treats such as pickles, jam, tomato sauce or granola. Includes 5 deliveries from November to May (approximately every six weeks, exact delivery dates to be announced). Cost includes all home delivery fees, farm to doorstep.
Total cost for 5-delivery Winter Shares including all delivery fees: $400