Greetings! We’re excited to get another CSA season on its way! Scroll below the registration for information on what a CSA is! Plus, details on prices, sizes, pickup locations, and more information about our growing practices and approach to your CSA farm share. If you are an organization looking to provide CSA farm shares for your membership/community, please call us at 413.325.8969.
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We are thrilled to fill your kitchen with a variety of produce fresh from our fields, and to celebrate a year of harvest with you! Keep an eye out for a confirmation email from us within the next 2 business days with all the information about your 2019 CSA! Make sure to get your payment into Just Roots right away. Your CSA is not reserved until you until your payment or form is processed. Eat well and be well!
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Your membership provides the farm with the reliable funds it needs to remain a critical resource for Franklin County. In return, we will grace your table with delicious vegetables grown from our fields, cared for by many hands and delivered to you with joy. We look forward to being in community with you this season.
- FULL SHARE: Typically feeds 3-5 people and includes 9 items of your choice each week. It’s also great for an individual or couple of dire veggie lovers, or people who are interested in preserving and putting up food for the long New England winter!
- SMALL SHARE: Typically feeds 1-3 people and includes 6 items of your choice each week. Great for individuals, couples, seniors and small families.
Full Share :: Sliding scale $660-$800 Small Share :: Sliding scale $450-$600
Full Share :: $400 ($80/month) Small Share :: $270 ($54/month)
Both share sizes run for 20 weeks (June 12 – October 23). We will have Winter share options for sale later in the season!
- I (or my household) have received or expect an inheritance or gift during my life of over $10,000.
- I (or my household) am not responsible for any significant student or medical debt.
- I am able (physically, mentally, logistically) to hold a job and it pays me a livable wage.
- My household identifies as white.
- An employer of someone in my household provides benefits and contributes to a retirement account.
- My household income is above the median in Franklin County for my household size: $56,347/yr pre-tax ($4,041/month) for the median household size of 2.28 people
We are aware that our list of life situations that contribute to overall wealth is limited as well as the fact that many other coexisting life obstacles may limit the power of these privileges. Please use it as a reference and take a few minutes to consider your wealth. Where do you have privilege? Where do you have financial strife? What does paying more or less for your farm share mean for you? For some of you, it’s A LOT. For some of you, it’s not all that much. For Just Roots and your community, it makes all the difference in the world.
**REDUCED PRICE: To determine if you qualify for a reduced-price share, locate your household size and the associated maximum monthly income level in the chart below. If your household brings in less than this each month, you qualify for an $80/month full share or a $54/month small share. If you use a SNAP card to pay for your share, the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) will automatically cover $40-$80/month of your cost (depending on household size). SOURCE: https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/income-rules-income-limits
With the Healthy Incentives Program’s immediate reimbursement to your SNAP card, see the chart below for your ultimate monthly cost if you pay with your SNAP card:
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A CSA Farm Share provides a weekly, seasonal array of fresh veggies for you to choose from, plus access to the farm’s Pick-Your-Own Garden anytime Tuesday-Saturday during daylight! Each pick-up includes recipes, cooking demos and friendly faces from the farm excited to share more with you about the farm and the food coming out of its fields
Members choose one pickup each week. Whichever pickup works best for you on any given week works for us!
2018 Pickup Times & Locations
|3-6pm Wednesdays ::||Downtown Greenfield (location TBD)|
|TBD Thursdays ::||Mobile CSA with stops at Oak Courts, Leyden Woods, and the Community Health Center of Franklin County|
|9am-1pm Saturdays ::||Just Roots (34 Glenbrook Dr, Greenfield)|
All of our pickups are free-choice: This means we set up an abundant market stand and you take home the vegetables you want from our wide selection of freshly picked produce! We will only make restrictions when items are in limited supply to ensure that everyone gets their fair share. In addition to your CSA share pickup time, you are also welcome to come the farm once each week to harvest from the Pick-Your-Own Garden!
HIP cuts the cost of fresh fruits & vegetables purchased with SNAP!
Choose Auto-SNAP: When you sign up for your CSA share, select Auto-SNAP to allow automatic payments for your farm share to go directly to Just Roots on the day you receive your SNAP dollars each month; convenient for you and great for the farm. The Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) will lower the cost $40, $60, or $80 per month (see section in chart below). Fill out an Auto-SNAP form: This form provides the DTA with the directions it needs to transfer the money from your SNAP account to Just Roots each month. Do you have a low income but don’t receive SNAP? Contact Rochelle for assistance, firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.325.8969. Here’s how to choose Auto-SNAP for your farm share payment:
- Click on REGISTER to enroll in a farm share. On the second page of the online form, select “These prices are out of reach for me.” Follow the prompts for the SNAP option.
- Download the “AUTO-SNAP AGREEMENT”; send the completed paper form to Just Roots. We will forward it to the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA).
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More about Auto-SNAP + HIP We recommend Auto-SNAP to pay for your farm share with your SNAP card. In choosing Auto-SNAP, you will provide your SNAP card number once as you sign up for your share. After that, the cost of your share will automatically be withdrawn from your account each month by the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA). This payment option reduces time at pickup for you, means you don’t have to swipe your card at pickups to pay for your share, automatically qualifies you for the HIP rebate mentioned above and minimizes administrative work for Just Roots. To reserve your share, please complete the Auto-SNAP Agreement in addition to the online sign-up form.
Joining a CSA means making a choice to eat seasonally. What we harvest changes over the course of the season, depending on what grows in Spring, Summer or Fall. Members should expect the variety of your produce to shift from month to month. We do our very best to provide you, each week, with a choice of salad greens, cooking greens, roots, alliums (onions/scallions/garlic), and fruits (cucumbers/squash/tomatoes/peppers) as these crops are ready to harvest. You’ll see the changes of the seasons on your kitchen table. See our harvest calendar for our complete list of expected vegetable diversity.
Just Roots has a commitment to sustainable, organic farming. Over the past six years we have worked to build healthy soils on the land that we are privileged to steward. In that time, we have grown our vegetable crops following organic standards and practices. Although we are not a certified organic farm, we use only materials approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute for pest control and fertility management. We focus on building healthy soils that will, in turn, provide us with strong, healthy, delicious food.
We encourage CSA shareholders and community members to ask our team about our farming practices, and we regularly communicate those practices through our CSA newsletter.
|Types of Shares:||‘Actual’ Value:||Amount Paid||Average value per week:|
|Total Value Full share/regular:||$632.93||$575||$31.65|
|Total Value Full share/extended:||$801.77||$690||$33.41|
|Total Value Small share/regular & Senior shares:||$452.44||$400||$22.62|
|Total Value Small share/extended:||$570.50||$480||$23.77|
We compiled our share data by tracking the amount of each crop we offered each week, multiplied by the price of each unit of vegetable. We then find an average price per item for the week and divide that by the number of items that we had available each week to find an average share value. Due to the structure of our CSA, the “items,” or “choice” style, it is difficult to find the exact value of your share, because you each make different choices of what to take home each week, based on what we have available. But, on average, most shares will fall very close to our “actual value” column above. And, as you can see, the value of the farm-fresh produce Just Roots distributed to each member exceeded the cost they paid for a share by between 10% and 20%!! As always, our produce was grown in accordance with all organic standards and growing practices and our prices were set based on pricing at nearby supermarkets, farmers’ markets and neighboring CSAs, also taking into consideration the cost of running our specific farm. In addition to great value, we really strove this season to provide members with a well-rounded bounty each week that would feel plentiful without being overwhelming. One of the things that we were most excited about was the wide variety that we were able to distribute week after week. On average, we offered seventeen items per week in our share and over the course of the season we offered over 60 different types of crops! This allowed our distributions to be truly bountiful and diverse and hopefully you were able to consistently take home some of your favorite vegetables as well as have the opportunity to try new things! Some of the highlights for us include the consistent distribution of lettuce, (32 heads offered to members over 20 weeks), carrots (roughly one bunch/1.5 pounds offered each week for 20 weeks) and alliums (green garlic, onions, scallions, leeks or shallots offered nearly every week through the season)! Looking towards next year, we will be aiming to grow even more: spinach, salad mix, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and broccoli. Our report below shows you how much of each item was offered to our members during the 2017 season:
|CROP||UNITS DISTRIBUTED||$$ PER UNIT||TOTAL UNITS OFFERED 20-wk share||TOTAL CROP VALUE OFFERED 20 wk-share||TOTAL UNITS OFFERED 24 wk -share||TOTAL CROP VALUE OFFERED 24 wk-share|
|specialty greens mix||#||$6.00||5||$27.00||5.5||$33.00|
|specialty greens heads||heads||$2.75||3||$8.25||3||$8.25|
|Peppers, colorful bell, & green||#||$2.50||25||$62.50||25.5||$63.75|
|Peppers, Sweet & HOT||pint||$2.50||10||$25.00||11||$27.50|
|sweet corn||1/2 doz||$5.00||4||$20.00||4||$20.00|
Pick-Your-Own: Another point of pride this year was our Pick-Your-Own garden! The total value of PYO crops offered to our shareholders was $209.50. That is an average of $10.47 per week over 20 weeks. We know that not everyone participates in the pick-your-own part of our share, but any member who picked even one week, would have added another $10 in value to their share, and a whole lot of fun to their Thursday or Saturday morning! For those who consistently pick from the Pick-Your-Own Garden, the value of the share can be 50% more than they paid for their share!
|CROP||UNITS DISTRIBUTED||$$ PER UNIT||TOTAL UNITS OFFERED||TOTAL CROP VALUE OFFERED|