Types of Shares
Our CSA is available year-round, or seasonally. You can register for individual Single-Season Farm Shares (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter), Multi-Season Farm Shares (Peak-Season, Four-Season), or Three-Year Farm Shares at a bundled discount.
We also offer Specialty Shares which feature a specific crop like mushrooms, corn & fruit, extra tomatoes, and sunflowers. Our special Kids’ Farm Share is designed for the aspiring young cooks in your life, and our Farm Pup Share helps reduce food waste while nourishing your four-legged friends.
Our Community Sponsored Farm Shares provide weekly vegetable farm shares to Boston area families facing food insecurity.
Our Workplace CSA program is customized for local organizations interested in adding our farm shares to their employee benefits package, for delivery to the office or directly to employee's homes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: A year-round CSA in New England? What does that look like?
A: 2022 will be our seventeenth growing season as a CSA farm. Eight years ago, we challenged ourselves and our members to take our seasonal CSA program to the next level: year-round farm shares. With creative use of our root cellar and greenhouses, we’re able to distribute our farm shares 48 of 52 weeks each year (for our four, twelve-week seasons).
Our farm shares contain a balanced selection of the best vegetables our fields have to offer each week. Our Single-Season and Multi-Season Farm Shares are half bushel boxes (approximately 9x9x13 inches), weigh between 10-20 lbs, and have 10-15 different items each week. Below are descriptions and examples of the types of veggies and other local products in each season of our CSA:
- Spring: A combination of our own produce, both storage crops out of the root cellar in the early spring plus fresh field crops later in the spring (such as green garlic, baby salad greens, radishes, fresh herbs, etc.), as well as local produce and pantry items sourced from our favorite farmers and producers across New England. These products include favorites such as freshly ground flours from One Mighty Mill in Lynn; Karma Coffee beans roasted right here in Sudbury; fresh-baked bread from local bakeries; preserved and pickled summer veggies from local farms, and more. As a “pantry share,” it is inspired by the many talented producers who have been supplying their artisanal foods to our farmstores in the South End and at the Boston Public Market. Local farm products in the Spring Share include dry beans from Maine, local honey and maple syrup, green wild edibles such as ramps and fiddleheads, and so much more to satisfy our spring cravings for eating local food, grown and prepared with love.
- Summer and Autumn (Peak Season): Here’s a detailed look at the contents of sample farm share boxes at three different times in the summer and fall.
- Early Summer share: 2 lbs. fresh fava beans, 1 bunch rainbow chard, 1 head fennel, ½ lb. mesclun, 1 bunch spring carrots, 1 bunch fresh chives, 1 bulb fresh garlic, 1 bunch hakurei turnips, 2 lb. summer squash, 1 lb. bac choi, 1 bunch scallions, 1 lb. spring beets, 1 head Boston bibb lettuce, ½ lb. garlic scapes, 1 lb. strawberries.
- Late Summer share: 2 lbs. heirloom tomatoes, 1 lbs. beefsteak tomatoes, 1 lb. golden Roma tomatoes, 1 pint sungold cherry tomatoes, 1 lb. fairy tale eggplant, 1 bell eggplant, ½ lb. broccolini, 2 lbs. cucumbers, ¼ lb. Hungarian hot wax peppers, ½ lb. sweet peppers, 1 lb fresh onions, 1 head green oakleaf lettuce, 1 head salanova lettuce, 1 bunch cilantro, ½ lb green beans, 1 bulb cured garlic.
- Autumn share: 2 lbs. rainbow carrots, 3 each honeynut winter squash, 1 lb. watermelon radishes, ½ lb. purple daikon, 1 bunch Tuscan kale, ½ lb. arugula, 1 lb. leeks, 1 head escarole, 2 lbs. gold potatoes, 1 bunch fresh dill, 1 head red leaf lettuce, 1 lb. yellow onions, 1 head cauliflower, 1 bulb kohlrabi.
- Winter: Our Winter Pantry Farm Shares are full of deep-winter vegetables, picked fresh in late autumn when they have reached peak quality from repeated frosts, and then stored in our root cellar, where they last in pristine condition for months. Our winter crops include such favorites as bolero and rainbow carrots, watermelon radishes, kohlrabi, celeriac, onions, beets, turnips, potatoes, cabbages, kale, daikon, winter squash, and more. Our winter shares also include delicate baby salad greens from our greenhouses, plus, like our Spring Pantry Farm Share, a weekly loaf of fresh-baked bread and surprise pantry items from our favorite local producers.
Q: I’m interested in home delivery… What is your current delivery range?
A: We’re able to reach most areas within the 495 beltway, and then some — currently as far north as the North Shore, as far south as Cape Cod, as far west as Worcester, and of course anywhere in Greater Boston and Metro West. If you’re unsure if we’re able to reach your town, just ask! You can also view our home delivery range here.
Q: What happens if I’m out of town or for some reason can’t receive my farm share on a designated week?
A: We encourage you to send a friend or neighbor to pick up your share for you: they can just check your name on the pickup list and they’re good to go! If you get home delivery, just send us your friend's address and we can reroute the delivery for any weeks you're away. Alternatively, with a few days notice, FLEX share members can easily move around their assigned weeks to accommodate vacation or travel plans; FULL share members can accumulate “credits” to use in a future season if they need to reschedule. Alternatively, we welcome donations of missed shares toward our weekly Community Sponsored Farm Share deliveries.
For last-minute changes: If for some reason you’re not able to pick up your share last-minute, we may be able to accommodate, but please note that it’s sometimes not possible. Typically shares are not available for pickup the following day after your designated pickup day. Any leftover farm shares are donated to charities, sent home with members of our farm crew, put to use in restaurant kitchens, etc.
Q: Can I change my pickup location/day? What if I want to switch from pickup to home delivery, or vice versa?
A: Easy! You can update your pickup/delivery preference at any point in the season. Home delivery can be added for the additional $10/week/share charge, OR removed, with the remaining credit being used towards a future share or applied to a Siena Farms' Market Card.
Q: Can I customize my CSA?
A: While we do not have the systems in place to customize farm shares around food allergies or individual preferences, if you are interested in getting supplemental items like more veggies, fresh cheeses, and local pantry items, you can order online from our farm stores for home delivery here. Please note that this is a separate delivery/pickup order from your CSA.
Q: I want to give a farm share as a gift, can this be done?
A: Absolutely! Simply purchase the share with your contact info at checkout, and shoot us a quick email to let us know it’s a gift, and how we can help you present it.
Q: Does Siena Farms have any work requirements or Pick-Your-Own like some CSA’s?
A: Nope, we take care of all the planting, growing and harvesting. However, we normally schedule a couple of large-group volunteer harvest days in the fall to help pull in our fall/winter storage crops (like carrots!), which is a ton of fun, a ton of help to the farm, and a nice opportunity to share in the simple pleasures of harvesting beautiful vegetables. Meantime, as CSA members you’re always welcome to come visit and check out the fields and crops. Just give us a heads up that you’re on your way if it’s not on a CSA pickup day, and enjoy your farm!
Q: Can we return our cardboard CSA boxes for re-use?
A: Yes, we just ask that folks return them directly to the farm in Sudbury. You're welcome to come by anytime during the week and drop them off in our CSA room, located in the big barn, inside the first door on the right. Just please break them down and put them under the tables.
Q: What if I decide the farm share I chose is too much, or too little, for myself and/or my family?
A: We can make these adjustments at any point in the season. If you’re a FLEX share member who wants more, you can upgrade to a FULL share and start receiving it every week — just give us a call and we can run the difference over the phone. Alternatively, if you're a FULL share member and it becomes more veggies than you need, you can switch to a FLEX share and we'll credit you toward future seasons.
Q: How does the e-newsletter work?
A: All members will receive our weekly newsletter by email, regardless of their pickup/delivery schedule. That is, if you’re a FLEX member during an off-week, you will still see the newsletter in your inbox, as we’ve heard feedback that it can be helpful to receive it every week for recipes and general farm news. If you’d like to add on friends and family who are enjoying the share with you, just let us know, we’re happy to add them to the newsletter list.
Q: Are Siena Farms CSA Farm Shares refundable?
A: Our CSA Shares are not refundable, but they are easily transferable. Let us explain… If you realize at some point after purchasing your farm share that you’re not able to use it for some reason, or just change your mind, too many veggies, too few veggies, you’re moving — whatever it is! — we will still not be able to refund your purchase, even if it’s a totally reasonable request. This is because your investment in the farm will already be out in the fields, in the form of seeds, soil fertility, equipment, labor — you name it! Instead, we’ll encourage you to find a friend or neighbor to take over the membership for you. Another option is to transfer the value of your CSA to a Siena Farms’ Market Card, which you can use to shop at our retail locations. Meantime, please know that this blanket “no-refund policy” is an integral component of the CSA business model, for any farm that relies on CSA memberships for a substantial portion of their annual income. We thank you in advance for your understanding, and for the trust you place in the team here when you join our CSA.
Q: How does pickup work?
A: You’ll receive an email reminding you of your pickup info roughly two weeks before your share begins. Each location has a printed list of CSA members for a given day — just make sure you’re on the list and you’re good to go! If your name is on the list but pre-crossed off, it is because we don’t have you down for a share that day (a.k.a., if you’re a FLEX member and it’s an off-week). If you’re at all confused about your dates, just reach out to our office team by email or phone.
Q: I’m signed up for home delivery — how will I know when my share is coming?
A: You will get an email the morning-of your delivery with an estimated time of arrival; deliveries typically take place between 9am-7pm. You can also request to get a text/call when your share arrives, just let us know!
Q: What happens to my farm share if Siena Farms experiences a natural disaster such as flooding or drought during the season that wipes out a lot of crops?
A: Someday, that could happen, as we saw happen to many farms in Vermont in 2011 after Hurricane Irene, and then again across New England during the Great Drought of 2016. One of the truly progressive aspects of the CSA model is that customers share the risks and the rewards of the growing season with their farmers, in a very direct way. During a truly challenging season, we may need to supplement our own harvest with crops sourced from neighboring farms, as available, or the diversity and quality of our crops may be diminished, or in the most extreme situations, overall quantity may be diminished. Meantime, we’ll do our very best to prepare for the variety of challenges the changing climate will bring our way, and work to grow you the very tastiest produce we can every season, for many years to come!
Q: Is there a way for me to view my past farm share orders?
A: Yes! You will get an emailed receipt for every order you submit; make sure to check your promotions tab in case it gets filtered there. Simply click the View Order button in your email to see your registration details.
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