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2015 Pick-Your-Own

Note: PYO is only available to Red Fire Farm CSA and Farmstand members.

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As part of your Vegetable CSA membership, you have access to our Pick Your Own patches. The farm is family-friendly, so bring your little ones and check out our land. PYO includes herbs, flowers, berries, peas, tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers, and more (changes with the season).

Late July, August and September are great months to come for pick your own, as by then we’re brimming with crops like cherry tomatoes, basil, tomatillos, hot peppers, green beans, herbs, flowers, and ground cherries.

Pick Your Own is a perk for members that can make it out – we still aim to give all members the value of their share in harvested and delivered vegetables :). But of course we want you to come out to visit. The whiteboards located in barns have the most updated PYO limits and info, so please follow those if they differ from what is written online.

  • If you are traveling to the farm for over 1 hour to do the picking (Boston area and Worcester members), then you probably will come for picking only once during the early summer. This means that when you are here you can pick a lot at once, once the limits have gone up.
  • If you are a member from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden County and you can easily make it to the farm each week, then we ask that you pick weekly but not as much each time. This is why there are different limits posted for each crop depending on where you are coming from.
  • Farmstand & Market Members ($300 level) can pick a lot at once if desired, but you must pay as you go (by using credit from your card). Prices are posted for each PYO crop on the board. There are sometimes limits on crops for Farmstand Members.

 

What to Bring and Where to Go
Come ready for outdoor weather. Also please bring containers to take your pickings home in, and leave the quart and pint containers for reuse if possible. If you have a car, share a ride! Meet some other local food loving people. You can post on our facebook seeking rides. Read below to find out which farm location you should visit based on your CSA pickup location.

 

GRANBY PICK YOUR OWN

Open to CSA and Farmstand & Market Members from Granby, Springfield, Worcester and the Boston area.

Pick Your Own details are inside the farmstand in the center of the barn at 7 Carver St., including a map of field areas and a list of picking limits, and often containers for harvesting. You can come to pick any day, hours are 9am – 8pm.
We usually have someone working the farmstand from 9-8pm who can answer questions. The PYO is all self-serve. There’s extra parking in the Brown-Ellison Park next door if needed.

Cherry Tomatoes

     CSA Members

     Weekly pickers: unlimited

     Long-distance members: unlimited

     Farmstand & Market Members$2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

Herbs
Basil, Parsley,
Oregano,  Savory, Sage, Chives, Mint, and more!

CSA Members: Pick as needed.
Farmstand & Market Members: Pick as needed, no charge.

Hot Peppers

     CSA Members:

     Weekly pickers: pick as needed

     Long-distance members: pick as needed

     Farmstand & Market Members: 5 fruits for $1

        Yellow and Green Beans

              CSA Members

              Weekly pickers: 3 quarts per week                                                                                                   Long-distance members: 6 quarts

              Farmstand & Market Members: $3 per quart

 Shell Beans (Available in Granby)

CSA Members

Weekly Pickers: 1 quart

Long-distance members: 4 quarts

Farmstand & Market Members: $3 per quart

       Cut Flowers

             CSA Members: 10 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members: $.50 per stem

        Sunflowers

             CSA Members: 7 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members:  $.50 per stem

         Husk Cherries – also known as Ground Cherries

             CSA Members

Weekly pickers: unlimited

             Long-distance members: unlimited

             Farmstand & Market Members: $2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

           Yummy Sweet Mini Peppers

CSA Members

Weekly pickers: 1/2 pint per week

Long-distance pickers: 3 pints per season

Farmstand & Market Members: $2 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

 

MONTAGUE FARM PICK YOUR OWN


We now have a patch on our Montague farm at 184 Meadow Road. This section is small, so there’s capacity for Montague, Amherst and Northampton area members only!

Please park on the grass along Meadow Road, not blocking any thruways or driveways. 

Pick Your Own information is at the large old tobacco barn next to Meadow Road near the red hand-painted Red Fire Farm hanging sign. Pick Your Own details will be there, including an informational map attached to the side of the barn facing the road, a list of picking limits, and often containers for harvesting and measuring. Bring containers to take things home!

Self-serve. You can come to pick any day 9am – 8pm. There will be a log book, so you can keep track of your picking if you are at the $300 Farm stand member level, as those members pay half of retail price for PYO items. Please tally your purchases as you go, and we will process them periodically at the office. PYO for CSA level members is free up to limits provided.

Cherry Tomatoes

     CSA Members  

     Weekly pickers: unlimited

     Long-distance members: unlimited

     Farmstand & Market Members: $2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

Herbs
Basil, Parsley,
Oregano,  Savory, Sage, Chives, Mint, and more!

CSA Members: Pick as needed.

Farmstand & Market Members: Pick as needed, no charge.

Hot Peppers

     CSA Members

     Weekly pickers: pick as needed

      Long-distance members: pick as needed

     Farmstand & Market Members: 5 fruits for $1

        Yellow, Green, and Purple

              CSA Members

              Weekly pickers: 3 quarts per week                                                                                                     Long-distance members: 6 quarts

              Farmstand & Market Members: $3 per quart

       Cut Flowers

             CSA Members: 10 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members: $.50 per stem

        Sunflowers

             CSA Members: 7 stems

             Farmstand & Market Members:  $.50 per stem

         Husk Cherries – also known as Ground Cherries

             CSA Members

Weekly pickers: unlimited

             Long-distance members: unlimited

             Farmstand & Market Members: $2.50 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

Tomatillos

Weekly pickers: 1 pint per week

Long-distance members: 2 pints

Farmstand & Market Members: $2 per pint or $3 per quart

           Yummy Sweet Mini Peppers

CSA Members

Weekly pickers: 1/2 pint per week

Long-distance pickers: 3 pints per season

Farmstand & Market Members: $2 per 1/2 pint or $4 per pint

We're famous for the variety of crops we grow!

We’re famous for the variety of crops we grow!

Fun things to do in Montague:

  • Visit our Old Depot Gardens farm stand at 504 Turners Falls Road in Montague, very cute, with our produce and tasty local products.~ 2 miles from the farm.
  • Check out the Bookmill, a cafe with waterfall, used bookstore, cd shop, art gallery, beer. 1/4 mile from the farm stand.

Enjoy the season and the fields!