THE DECEMBER FARM BOX
THE WHAT: Do you fret about where to get the best, local veggies after the standard farm season comes to an end? We do too! So, we’ve been busy planting crops in our hoop houses, to extend our season as long as possible! This season, we are offering a one-time December pick up! Come see the farm in December and pick up a box of Just Roots produce!
Each share will be a bountiful bushel of produce with potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, leeks, garlic, mixed roots, winter radishes, and lots of cooking and salad greens. There will even be some unexpected treats, like dried herbs, popcorn, hot peppers and dried flowers to round out the share. The share will come pre-boxed by your farmers and ready for pick up. In addition to the share, recipes and a winter veggie storage guide will be provided to you. Plus, we will have a mini-market at the farm, with produce, soup, meat, hot-off-the-grill Sage Farm breakfast sandwiches and some other products for sale, and a fire to keep us all toasty! While these market goods will be available as supply lasts on the pick-up day, you can reserve some of the limited add-ons today by selecting them below and including them in your payment.
Celebrate winter with Just Roots and at the farm with one final, festive pick up before the winter truly sets in!
Saturday, December 8t h 10am-2pm at Just Roots : 34 Glenbrook Drive, Greenfield, MA
For those who cannot pick up on Saturday, boxes will be available for pick up all day on Sunday, December 9t h .
Sign up fast! Boxes are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis!
The box is $50 if you sign up by 6pm on October 31; $55 if you sign up following that time.
Payments must be paid in full for the box to be reserved.* An additional $2 will be added to credit card purchases.
*For qualifying low-income households, a $25 non-refundable deposit can be paid to reserve the share. The remaining $25 balance is due by November 14.
Click on the form below, complete and send to 34 Glenbrook Drive, Apt 1B, Greenfield 01301 along with payment. Any questions, reach out to email@example.com or 413-325-8969.
We at Just Roots believe that access to healthy, local vegetables is a basic human right. The Just Roots CSA Farm Share is for everyone, regardless of income. SIGN UP FOR YOUR SHARE NOW to share in the bounty of the season with us and support your community farm!
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.
Our 2018 season will run from June 5-November 17. Read on for details on prices, sizes, and pickup locations, plus more information about our growing practices and our 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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- 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.
A standard price that reflects the true cost of growing local, sustainable vegetables is listed below.
If that price feels out of reach, click the REGISTER button above to explore our Reduced Pricing options and see what the cost of a share is for your household size and income.
Full Share :: $690
Small Share :: $480
*Both share sizes run for 24 weeks (June 5 – November 17). This is four weeks longer than our standard share in the past! Enjoy a longer season with Just Roots!
**Farm shares paid for with SNAP cost less with the Healthy Incentives Program — $40, $60 or $80 put back on your EBT card each month. Click the “REGISTER” button and select “These prices feel out of reach” on the second page of the form.
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All CSA farm shares include free access to our community workshops as well as access to our Pick-Your-Own Garden (PYO) featuring strawberries, peas, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers and more. Come share in the harvest!
Members choose each week to pick up on Wednesdays at our downtown location next to Green Fields Market OR on Saturdays at the Greenfield Community Farm. Whichever pickup works best for you on any given week works for us!
2018 Pickup Times & Locations
|3-6pm Wednesdays ::||Sears Ave in Greenfield
(next to Green Fields Market)
|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!
Q: What’s SNAP?
A: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is federal assistance for food access.
Q: What’s HIP?
A: HIP is the Healthy Incentives Program that started in the spring of 2017, giving rebates for SNAP purchases of fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets, farm stands, mobile markets and CSA farm shares. Depending on household size, HIP puts back up to $40, $60 or $80 per month on the SNAP/EBT card.
HIP cuts the cost of fresh fruits & vegetables purchased with SNAP!
- Pay for your farm share with SNAP and the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) will lower the cost $40, $60, or $80 per month (see blue section in chart below).
- Choose Auto-SNAP, automatic payments of your farm share on the day you receive your SNAP dollars each month; convenient for you and great for the farm.
FOR REDUCED PRICE SHARE (currently available for returning members and waitlist for new members!):
FOR REGULAR PRICED SHARE:
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 appropriate “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.
From June through November, once a week, our shareholders come to the farm or to our downtown Greenfield distribution site to pick their vegetables. Our farmers harvest 10-15 different crops each week, depending on what is ready in our fields, and present them to our shareholders each week. Our members then choose which items they like, customizing the share each week to their own tastes. Our small share members take home six items per week and our full share members take home 9 items per week. Some crops may be limited, and others abundant, depending on the week and weather.
Most of the crops are harvested, washed and packed weekly by our farm team, but in addition to these crops, we also have a small pick your own field for members to supplement their shares with. Our pick-your-own fields provide you the opportunity to get out in the fields and harvest flowers, beans, cherry tomatoes, husk cherries, peas and other fun things. We do our best to keep the pick-your-own fields weeded and labeled and provide directions on how to harvest, what to harvest and when to harvest!
In addition to our weekly harvests, we also produce a weekly email newsletter with updates, stories from the fields, information on events or farm happenings and recipes. Besides in-person interactions at CSA distributions, the emailed newsletter is the primary way that our farmers communicate with shareholders and keep them informed about our systems, techniques, and challenges. We ask all shareholders to read the newsletters each week and feel free to chat with our farm staff at distributions. We also provide printed versions of the newsletter for any members who prefer that.
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||$$ PER UNIT||TOTAL UNITS OFFERED
|TOTAL CROP VALUE OFFERED
|TOTAL UNITS OFFERED
24 wk -share
|TOTAL CROP VALUE OFFERED
|specialty greens mix||#||$6.00||5||$27.00||5.5||$33.00|
|specialty greens heads||heads||$2.75||3||$8.25||3||$8.25|
|Peppers, colorful bell, & green||#||$2.50||25||$62.50||25.5||$63.75|
|Peppers, Sweet & HOT||pint||$2.50||10||$25.00||11||$27.50|
|sweet corn||1/2 doz||$5.00||4||$20.00||4||$20.00|
Another point of pride this year was our Pick-Your-Own garden! The total value of PYO crops offered to our shareholders was $209.50. That is an average of $10.47 per week over 20 weeks. We know that not everyone participates in the pick-your-own part of our share, but any member who picked even one week, would have added another $10 in value to their share, and a whole lot of fun to their Thursday or Saturday morning! For those who consistently pick from the Pick-Your-Own Garden, the value of the share can be 50% more than they paid for their share!
|CROP||UNITS DISTRIBUTED||$$ PER UNIT||TOTAL UNITS OFFERED||TOTAL CROP VALUE OFFERED|