We had squash for the first time in seven months tonight. Delicata stuffed with sausage, apples, peppers and onions. We gorged in our kitchen, which is already turning frigid for lack of humidity and sunlight, going back for seconds and thirds, because that is what you do when it gets cold.
We intend to keep this behavior up until at least April and encourage you to do the same. Several heroic farms are helping make this possible for us good eaters and you may consider this a gentle reminder that there are winter CSAs to be had and that now is the time to snag one.
Some of the info on our Winter CSA page has been updated, but not all. However, we can say with certainty that the two options we’re most familiar with are open again this season: Shared Harvest CSA (with pickups in Lexington and Canton now) and Red Fire Farm’s Deep Winter CSA.
Last year we spent several frozen Saturdays with Gretta Anderson, our friend, local farmer and food activist, distributing the Shared Harvest CSA at Busa’s Farm Stand. It was _a lot_ of food and a fantastic variety of storage veggies and late-season greens. The stuff we hoarded from our share (as well as some bulk veggies we added on to our share) got us through to April. It is, we think, a very good deal. You can also find some folks to carpool with, to make it an even better deal. Shares are available in two- or three-month distributions and Gretta’s coordinating with local producers/growers to offer some treats as additions to the share, like beans, eggs, cider, etc.
We’ll be in Lexington helping her again this fall. And we’re about to sign up for a share with Red Fire too. This is our third year as Red Fire CSA members (and my first distributing shares for the farm in Cambridge) and we’re pretty enamored with the work they’re doing to transform the food system in New England, including the introduction of this Deep Winter share. About a third of the share is root vegetables; a third greens (including delicate stuff grown in their greenhouse); and a third local products, like grains, pickles and cheese. They’re making egg shares available too, for an extra fee. Pick up is in Somerville again at Metro Pedal Power, but they’re also looking to set up distributions at other locations, too.
Regular CSA members get to claim shares first, but they’ll be opening any extra slots up at the end of the month.
We haven’t checked in with Enterprise Farm yet, but it looks like they’ll be working the East Coast foodshed thing with a year-round CSA again. The oranges that they bring up here from Florida in January or so — they kind of make it possible to keep going. However, I refuse to acknowledge that I am looking forward to them.