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Here you can find out about the nuts and bolts of our different farm share options, including what they're like, and times of the year they're available. Please read on below for details about our certified organic vegetable shares. If you'd like to find out more about what a CSA is and how it works, please visit our CSA FAQs page.
With your weekly vegetable share, you can also pick up various share options. Details about our Fruit Shares, Egg Shares, and Flower Shares are below. You can also have your share delivered in some locations, often by bikers!
In January, February and March we have a 100% local share option that you can find out more about below as well: Locavore Deep Winter CSA.
There are a couple producers who distribute shares at the same time as our pickups with more local CSA options. Sawmill Farm is offering fresh Medicinal Herb Shares! And there are Bread Shares by Hungry Ghost Bread!
The Summer & Fall Season Red Fire Farm CSA share option is 24 weeks long and is available at most locations. This season begins the week of June 2nd or 9th and ends the week of Dec. 15th (24 distributions). The distributions are weekly except during Nov. and Dec. when they are every other week (Thursdays and Fridays).
For those who want only an abbreviated Summer Season share, we offer a 20 week option which ends in mid October. Please see the sign up forms on the Join the CSA page for pricing.
NOTE: for some sites only Summer Season shares are available, though you can switch to picking up in another location for the winter distributions - see specifics when you go to sign up.
To see when things are in season, check our season chart.
Our vegetable shares are Certified Organic!
Pasture-raised hens are making delicious, nutrient-rich eggs for us to share with you. Shares come with a half-dozen eggs each week about, with some weeks in the early season without eggs and later weeks with double eggs, in season with the laying of the chickens. Rotated on fresh pasture and raised on certified-organic grain.
Check out this little video we made about newly-arrived chicks!
Shares start in June when the vegetable shares start and go through the CSA season, either October or December.
You must also have a regular produce share in order to purchase an egg share.
Take home gorgeous bouquets each week to brighten your table.
Enjoy a season of fresh local flowers! Organically-grown. Flower shares include a weekly bouquet of flowers picked fresh on our farm and delivered along with your produce share. Your ten weeks of flowers will begin in late June or early July, when the flowers are blooming.
We’re growing a gorgeous field of snapdragons, sweet peas, many types of sunflowers, larkspur, zinnias, gladiolas, cosmos, ornamental grasses, celosia and many others. In the late season dried flower bouquets may be included. Available at all Red Fire Farm distribution locations. Flower shares cost $110 for the season.
The Summer Fruit Share is a deluxe option including locally grown fruit for a 20 week season. We have a limited number of fruit shares available, so sign up early to reserve one. You must also have a regular produce share in order to purchase a fruit share.
This share provides one fruit unit per week. Example units are one quart of strawberries, one pint of blueberries, 1.5-quart box of peaches, or a 1/2-peck of apples. The season lasts for twenty weeks and begins in June with Strawberries. As the season goes on, it includes Blueberries, Plums, Peaches, Raspberries, Melons and a wide variety of Apples in the fall.
Some of the berries and melons included in this share are grown by Red Fire Farm and are certified organic. Most of the fruit, however, will be grown and harvested from other Pioneer Valley fruit farms. These farms use low spray Integrated Pest Management on their crops, but the fruit is not organic.
Farms supplying fruit include River Valley Farm (blueberries), Cold Spring Orchard (peaches, plums, pears, apples), Red Fire Orchard (peaches and apples), Apex Orchard (peaches, apples), and Czajkowski Farm (peaches, berries).
The Summer Fruit Share Option costs $195 per share for the season. It is a comparable value to buying the fruit at farmers' market prices, and ensures that you will get local fruit and supports our local orchards!
We now have a Fall Apple Share, a selection of seasonal apples through the fall! It matches up with our biweekly Fall Vegetable Shares in November and December. Enjoy a peck, or 10lbs, of fresh apples every two weeks from our new orchard in Belchertown! Low-spray, IPM. A mix of varieties, all great for fresh eating, apple pie, apple sauce and other preserves. $60 for the four pickups, Nov-Dec.
As we expect to have lots of apples, you can buy this fall share on its own without having a Vegetable Share if you'd like.
Have Red Fire Farm Shares delivered to your home or office door by Metro Pedal Power, or Halo Couriers!
Boston Area Delivery by Pedal Power
You can have your CSA share delivered right to your door in the eco-friendly, bicycle-powered "trucks" of Metro Pedal Power! We offer delivery to all locations within these neighborhoods: Cambridge, Somerville, Charlestown, Allston, Back Bay, South End, North End and Downtown Boston. If you live in Brookline, South Boston, Arlington, Watertown or Roxbury, please check in to see if your address is within range for home delivery. You can find a map of the delivery area here: http://metropedalpower.com/parcel/
The cost is just $10per week - it's convenient, environmentally friendly, and supports a growing local business. Our partners, Metro Pedal Power, have been doing a great job delivering our shares since 2008. Your share of top quality produce from Red Fire will arrive at the door of your home or office regularly each week - never miss a pickup again!
Available for Main Season and Full Season Shares, Fruit Shares, Flower Shares and Egg Shares.
Really Busy One Day? Don't Need a Full Season of Delivery?
Get Your Share Delivered "On-Demand" Any Time You Need It
Even if you are not signed up for regular home delivery, you can now call Metro Pedal Power for "On-demand" Delivery of your share any time you need it. Call 617-776-3700 or go to http://metropedalpower.com/delivery-order to schedule. (Best to schedule a day or more in advance, or before noon on the day of your pick-up).
To get your share delivered for the season, just check that section on our CSA signup form when you sign up for the CSA. Please call the farm (413) 467-7645 or email us if you would like more information about our new home/office delivery options.
Eating locally can be a challenge in the wintry months. This year we’ll be storing away delicious root crops, cabbages, garlic and more, and sowing our greenhouses full with winter hardy greens to make it a little easier! Every two weeks in January, February and March we’ll bring things out to share with you! We’re partnering with the makers of some local products to incorporate them into the share as well, from Real Pickles sauerkraut to apples from local orchards.
All vegetables will be organic. Items from other producers will be local organic when possible, local IPM (Integrated Pest Management, apples for example) or very locally sourced otherwise. All items will be vegetarian friendly.
Storage crops will make up roughly 1/3 of the value, greens another 1/3, and local products the last 1/3. New, frozen produce selections from the season including peaches, tomatoes and peppers!
Pickup locations in Granby, Montague, Somerville, JP, and Cambridge, as well as home delivery. For pricing and details please visit the Join the CSA page and download the Deep Winter CSA sign up form (available seasonally in the fall of each year).
Red Fire is now offering a unique add-on for your CSA. We are partnering with our friends at Jubali, a certified organic smoothie and juice maker from Boston. With this add on you can take our Red Fire veggies in a ready-to-go and incredibly delicious drink. Enzyme-active juice without having to clean a juicer!
Check out their options including a 3 drink/week and 6 drink/week program. Like our CSA, this add on includes seasonal varieties and a healthy mix of local juice and more filling smoothies made with a rich and creamy base of fresh made almond or coconut milk. (From $22/week)
A variety of fresh medicinal herbs ready to use for teas, cooking, drying, or processing into tinctures or salves. Members choose which herbs they would like to receive from what's available throughout the season. Ten or eleven weeks in the summer season, distributions are every two weeks at some of the Red Fire Farm pickup sites in Cambridge, Somerville, Jamaica Plain and Montague.
The share is perfect for anyone from beginners to experienced medicine makers. Each share comes with a newsletter with how-to tips for using, processing, and storing the herbs in the share - a great way to learn. Find out more about the Herb CSA at the Sawmill Farm website.
Susan Pincus, who managed our production team in Montague at Red Fire, has now started this herb share as her own business! This is her second year. Herbs grown on her land in Florence, MA.
Sawmill Farm is a separate business and manages all the details for the herb CSA shares. The pickups are organized at the same time as Red Fire CSA pickups for easier access. You don't have to have a RFF share to get an herb share. Contact them with any questions!
Hungry Ghost Bread in Northampton, a wood-fired, naturally leavened bakery is offering its local loaves to our community!
Enjoy fresh artisan bread each week! One loaf a week for 20 weeks, June through October. The bakery will deliver to you a rotating schedule of delicious sourdough pound and a half loaves made, wholly or in part, with Massachusetts grown grain.
At Hungry Ghost Bread ALL of their whole wheat, rye, spelt, triticale and corn flours are cultivated and milled by the L'Etoile family at Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA.
Add on Granola, Cookies or Crackers to your Bread Share!
Hungry Ghost Bread is a separate business and manages all the details for the Bread CSA shares. The pickups are organized at the same time as Red Fire CSA pickups for easier access. You don't have to have a RFF Vegetable Share to get a Bread Share. Contact them with any questions!