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What is CSA?

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a partnership between our farm and our community. When you purchase a CSA share each year, you become a member of our community and you acknowledge that the price of your share reflects the cost of growing food responsibly and that you are helping to support a local family farm. In return we are dedicated to growing amazing tasting food for you using sustainable methods, leaving the land in better condition than we found it. Together, we share the risks and benefits associated with farming sustainably. 


What do I get in my CSA share?

The easy answer is the freshest in-season vegetables all grown without chemicals. So what does “in-season” mean in Southern New England? With produce from all over the country and the world in our grocery stores, it is hard to know when something is in-season. The pictures to the right demonstrate how the share changes from spring to summer to fall.

Each week, we offer a balanced selection of vegetables. We grow a lot of favorites with a few different vegetables and varieties to keep it fresh and fun. You will find that spring and fall are dominated by greens and veggies that grow best in cool weather like broccoli, cauliflower, beets, carrots and spinach. Some veggies like it hot and will be available in the summer, like tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, melons, summer squash, zucchini and more. There are some crops that take a full season to grow so are only available in the fall: winter squash (butternut), sweet potatoes, rutabaga, macomber turnips, and more.


Regular Sized Share

Regular Sized Share

Share size

Each week you get a set number of items depending on your share size (the picture to the left demonstrates a regular share). Which share size is right for you depends on how many people in your family and how many vegetables you eat with each meal. Below we give rough guidelines for the different share sizes. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us.

Small 5 items/week: great for 1-2 people or a larger family with limited vegetable eaters in the family; this is also a great way to try out a CSA for the first time or to supplement a home garden
Regular 8 items/week: feeds 3-4 people eating vegetables or 1-2 people that eat veggies more often or as a larger portion of their meals 
Large 12 items/week: feeds families with more than 4 people or 2-3 people that eat more vegetarian based meals This share is also a great for eating fresh veggies all season AND canning/freezing some for the winter months.


Cost

20 weeks (June – October):
small $380
regular $580
large $840 

10 weeks (July – August)
small $200
regular $320
large $480

Delivery fee for Home Delivered Shares
10 weeks $60
20 weeks $120

Egg Share (1 dozen eggs/week)
10 weeks $60
20 weeks $120

Payment Options

You can pay in full or pay a $100 deposit to reserve your spot and pay the remaining balance by the start of the CSA. We do offer payment plans across the summer if it is a burden to pay all at once. We also offer a subsidized CSA share with pick-up in New Bedford. Please contact us for more details. 

We accept cash, check, credit/debit cards, and EBT/SNAP payments.

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Delivery

Eating healthy and supporting your local farm just got a heck of a lot easier! Get a curated box of the freshest produce all grown at Flying Carrot Farm without any harmful chemicals delivered straight to your door. We use our magical farmer powers (over 10 years of experience) to put together a well balanced mix of produce in each box, so you get veggies that you actually want and will use. We also give you a guide on how to store and cook your vegetables as well as weekly recipes specifically tailored to each week’s box. We have the perfect share to fit your household, check out our share sizes and pricing listed above.


Delivery FAQs

What is your delivery area?

We deliver to 10 towns and cities in our area:

  1. Acushnet

  2. Dartmouth

  3. Fairhaven

  4. Fall River

  5. Freetown

  6. Marion

  7. Mattapoisett

  8. New Bedford

  9. Rochester

  10. Westport


Do I need to be home for the delivery?

Nope! We have three mechanisms in place to make sure your veggies look and taste great when you get home.

  1. We harvest your veggies in the early morning (when it is cooler) the day before delivery so you are always getting the freshest produce possible. Also having the veggies in our walk-in cooler overnight helps them last longer and be more wilt resistant,

  2. We pack your share in an insulated bag to help keep them cold and fresh.

  3. We delivery shares in the late afternoon to avoid the hottest parts of the day.

What days do you deliver?

We deliver on Tuesdays and Thursdays, depending on where you live.

Can I get eggs with my share?

Yes. You can add an egg share to your CSA share. We have 10 week ($60) and 20 week ($120) egg shares. We raise the chickens at Flying Carrot Farm. Our ladies have a great life, they are free-range on pasture (they get to eat grass and bugs all day long) and we feed them GMO-free grain. The yolk is a deep golden/orange color and the flavor is amazing!

Is there a delivery fee?

Yes. The delivery fee is $6/week. When you sign up for a 10-week or 20-week CSA you will be charged $60 or $120 in addition to the cost of your share.

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On-Farm CSA

How it works

Distribution follows a market-style format, allowing you to choose the items you want and leave the items you don't want. Each week you can choose a set number of items (depending on the size share you pick) from a selection of the freshest, in-season vegetables, greens, and some fruits (watermelon & melons in August & September). An item can vary from a bag of spinach, a bunch of carrots or beets, to a pound of tomatoes or a pound of beans. You don't have to take items you don't like and you can take multiples of the veggies that your really like. A few items will have a per share limit, for example the first tomatoes of the season will be limited so we can make sure that everyone gets a share of the harvest. As the season progresses, we will remove these limits.

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Pick-up Sites and Times

Main Farm (607 Elm St, South Dartmouth)

  • Tuesdays 3-7 pm

  • Saturdays 10 am - 2 pm

Round the Bend Farm (92 Allens Neck Rd., South Dartmouth)

  • Thursdays 4-6 pm

The full season (20-week) CSA starts in early June and goes through October (20 weeks). The Summer or Short Season Share is 10 weeks and includes July, August and the first week of September. If for some reason you can't make your regular pick-up location and time, let us know ahead of time and you can either pick-up on another day or we can pack a share for you to pick up at the farm store. 

Pick-Your-Own Garden

The pick-your-own (PYO) garden is located at our Main Farm site (607 Elm St.). As a CSA member you have access to the PYO garden during your CSA pick-up hours. Items from the PYO garden don't count towards your set number of items (they are an extra), but we ask that you only take what your family will use for the week. Growing in the PYO garden are cherry tomatoes, pole beans, a variety of herbs, and flowers. The PYO garden is a fun place to eat a cherry tomato still warm from the sun, teach your children where their food comes from, and chat with other like-minded foodies. If you are unable to use the PYO, let us know and we will accommodate you.

CSA FAQs

 

Are your veggies organic?

We are not certified organic, but we do use organic methods. We don't use chemical pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, or fungicides. We also don't grow any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). We practice nutrient dense farming, which means we feed the soil to maintain a healthy soil ecosystem and grow healthy, nutrient-dense veggies. We use compost, cover crops, natural occurring minerals and organic fertilizers to nourish our plants. We limit pest damage by using row covers, rotational planting, and removing some pests by hand. We use a small cultivating tractor to keep weeds in check, but we also do a lot of hoeing and hand weeding!

Do I need to contribute work as part of my share?

No. We do not require a work commitment from our members. We do offer member work days 3-4 times during the season for people that do want to help out and get their hands dirty.

Do you have a work share option?

Yes! We have both field and farm store work shares available. Field work is mostly harvesting and weeding; however, you will get other experience helping with seeding, transplanting, and other farm projects. We are looking for people who can commit to working 9 am to 3:30 pm on a weekday for the whole CSA season (June - October). In exchange for your hard work (6 hours per week), you will receive a free regular share for the full 20 week season plus a dozen eggs each week. We are also looking for people that want to work 6 hours/week in the farm store, which entails connecting with our customers, working the register, restocking and keeping the store looking great. Again we are looking for people that can commit to the full 20 week CSA season and in return you get a regular share plus eggs each week. Contact us for more information.

Do you offer egg shares?

We do offer egg shares for both on-farm and delivered CSA shares. There is an egg share add-on in the store to add 10 or 20 weeks of eggs to your share. Our chickens are free-ranged on pasture (they eat bugs, grass, and our veggie scraps) and we feed them GMO-free grain, so the yolks are deep yellow and the eggs taste great.

Do you have short term shares for summer residents?

We offer a 10 week short season CSA that is July, August and the first week of September for summer residents, or people who just want summer veggies. We also have a farm stand open daily during the summer and we are at the Dartmouth Farmers' Market on Fridays from 1-6 pm.

How do I join?

Sign-up online. You can either pay online or send a check (made out to Flying Carrot Farm) to our mailing address:
Flying Carrot Farm
644 Elm St.
S. Dartmouth, MA 02748

Still have questions?

Please feel free to call Susan (774-400-7277) or email (farmers@theflyingcarrotfarm.com).