you will find basic information about John Crow Farm CSAs.
is a CSA?
CSA stands for community
supported agriculture, a system where you help John Crow
Farm by making a commitment to buy its products early in the year. Your
advance payment helps sustain the farm.
is the difference between the Meat CSA and Poultry CSA?
The Meat CSA contains a mix of beef, lamb, pork and a little chicken.
The Poultry CSA contains a mix of poultry wholes, halves and pieces, as
well as, monthly eggs and holiday birds (at no add'l cost).
big are the Meat and Poultry CSAs?
We offer multiple Meat CSA share sizes: five, ten,
fifteen, twenty or twenty-five
lbs of pre-packaged meat that is delivered monthly. Larger sizes are also
possible; contact us to discuss this. The Poultry CSA comes in six
and twelve lb sizes monthly.
do I pay?
To sign up online, please use the PayPal links on our CSA pages. If you'd
prefer to send a check or pay with a credit card via telephone, please
email us an inquiry and your phone number, and we will contact you with
more information. Local folks may also stop by the JCF stand when it is
open, where we accept cash, check or credit.
is in the CSA?
The Meat CSA includes a variety of cuts from pork, lamb, beef and chicken
each month. At times, we may have specialty items like quail, pheasant
or rabbit to include in monthly shares. We email members to see who has
an interest in receiving them before CSA delivery. Everything is delicious,
take our word for it. The Poultry CSA is made up of chicken primarily,
but may at times include turkey, duck or goose.
if I miss picking up my share?
You may request via email one of the following options...1)
receive a double share during the next month's CSA pick up, 2) pick up
at a farmers market where JCF vends, or 3) pick up at the farm on a prearranged
day and time. Each of these options is subject to JCF discretion.
do the Meat and Poultry CSAs begin?
Meat and Poultry CSA segments begin quarterly in January,
April, July, and October.
The deadline to sign up for each segment is the 5th of the start month.
Any sign-ups received after the deadline will automatically be entered
into the next segment.
does the Veggie CSA begin and are there rules guiding it?
The Veggie CSA begins June and goes until October. The rules are as follows:
We do not give credit for vacation weeks, so it is your responsibility
to have someone pick up your share if you are unable to do so. Generally,
it is an unknown what will be in the VegCSA from week to week; please
be prepared to adapt your home menu for the week.
does the Veggie CSA include?
The JCF Veggie CSA contains healthy, delicious, NON-organic (ask us why),
chemical and pesticide free vegetables. The V-CSA runs from June til October...20
weeks of field-fresh goodness, which may include
Broccoli, Lettuce, Lettuce Mix, Spicy Greens Mix, Spinach, Carrots, Potatoes,
Summer Squash, Tomatoes (heirloom and regular), Cucumbers, Sweet Onions,
Cooking Onions, Cauliflower, Mustard Greens, Swiss Chard, Bok Choy, Chinese
Cabbage, Eggplant, Kohlrabi, Sweet Peppers, Hot Peppers, Sweet Potatoes,
Kale, Leeks, Parsley, Basil, Scallions, Cabbage, Celery, Celeriac, Fennel,
Tatsoi, Tomatillos, Beans, Arugula, Sugar Snap Peas, Shelling Peas, Beets,
Edamame (soybeans), Winter Squash, and/or Turnips.
I lost my CSA schedule. When is the next pick-up?
Click one of these: Sept
2013 start date, January
2014 start date.
do I receive my share?
The JCF Meat and Poultry CSAs are delivered to our members once a month
according to a pre-arranged schedule. You may choose from one of the following
designated sites to pick up your CSA share:
Massachusetts [at Bolton
Spring Farm, 3:30-5:30 Monday]
Massachusetts [at When
Pigs Fly Bakery, 5:00-7:00 Wednesday]
Massachusetts [at John
Harvard Brewery, 3-6 Monday (downstairs)]
Massachusetts [at the John
Crow Farm-stand, 10-12 Sunday]
Plain, Massachusetts [at Egleston
Farmers Mkt, 10-12 Saturday]
Massachusetts [at The
Tannery, 10-12 Sunday]
Massachusetts [at Metro
Pedal Power, 3-6 Monday]
End, Boston [at Mohr & McPherson Cafe, 10-12 Sunday]
Massachusetts [at Winchester Town Common, 10-12 Saturday]
If you live
within the limits of this map,
you may receive CSA Home Delivery by
Power for a small, discounted monthly fee (to be determined
by MPP). This service is affordable, eco-friendly, and
extremely reliable. The folks at MetroPed are genuinely good
eggs. Find out more about them by clicking the link below.
are the rules governing the CSA?
- The John
Crow Farm Meat and Poultry CSAs are available for pick-up at designated
sites on specific monthly dates. If you miss your CSA pick up, it is
your responsibility to arrange an alternative method of receiving the
CSA from the options above. Please remember, we are a working farm and
- You will
be notified by email with CSA starting details as well as a copy of
the current pick-up schedule upon your CSA registration and purchase.
Please mark it on your calendar.
CSA may be cancelled at any time before your first pick-up. There is
no cancellation fee.
- We cannot
build your monthly CSA share to your exact preferences.
However, we will work with you on what you want and do not want
in your CSA. Please let us know your preferences when you sign up. Do
this on the Paypal site in the field called, "Instructions
to Merchant." Or, just send us an email with your preferences
laid out. Simple as that.
- If weather
prevents us from dropping off your CSA, we will email you a make-up
date w/in 48 hrs.
I try it before signing up? Yes, indeed. We offer a 10 lb. Taster
Package of our finest cuts. Order it here...
do I sign up for the CSAs? Right here...