Heartwood Farm's stand. photo by Chloe Powell

Barnard Farms Offer Flexible CSA Programs

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Chloe Powell

Community Supported Agriculture is a popular model in which patrons buy products at the beginning of the season, making a short-term investment in the farm with a great return!  This model helps farms with the upfront costs that come with investing in a farm at the beginning up the season. Signing up is a way to help you and your family commit to healthy diet that’s good for our bodies and good for the planet! 

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The Four Small Family farms that share a lease and host Feast and Field Market all have food available through diverse CSA programs. They have a mission to grow food for the community, so if the upfront cost is prohibitive, contact them about payment plans. 

Heartwood Farm Vegetable Shares:

Heartwood farm is the Vegetable farm of the Feast and Field group and they've experimented with different models of CSA programs, from a credit system to last year's  sliding scale, pay what you want/take what you want experiment. 

This year, they are offering three different options with different price points. They are offering a Credit System, where customers prepay for a discounted $240 to shop at market. The Farmers Select Share offers boxed shares with pick-ups in Quechee or Pittsfield, or pack your own box with pick-ups in Barnard at Feast and Field. (packing and delivery fees are included int he delivered boxes. 

There’s the Take-what-you-want share, great for big families, or small families that want to eat a lot of veggies, and may want to pickle/preserve food for the winter. 

Prices go up June 7th, and will be prorated after the first pickup. 

For more info visit heartwoodfarm.org, or email heartwoodfable@gmail.com.

Kiss the Cow’s Whole Diet CSA

Not only can you get Kiss the Cow’s own delicious dairy and poultry products through their CSA (raw milk, eggs, ice cream, chicken and duck), but they also carry dozens of products from other local farms, including Eastman Farm, and some Heartwood vegetables, plus cheeses, yogurt, butter, lamb, fish, teas, even locally roasted coffee, locally distributed olive oil, and many other goodies (some staples from afar are too good and too healthy to give up!). 

You can use credit to shop at their farm store (located just down the road at 2248 Royalton Turnpike) or they make deliveries to select locations and farmers markets. Members purchase credit upfront and receive a weekly email reminding them to place their order online. You order what you want, only when you want it- so going away on vacation is no problem- and you are only charged for what you get. You can also choose to pick up food at their farm store and shop whenever is convenient for you. 

Commitments before June 1st get discounts on your credit of up to $75!

See details and frequently asked questions here.

Fable Farm’s Wine CSA

Fable’s been fermenting fruits gathered in Barnard and around Vermont and making award winning wines and “cider as wine”.  They've introduced a wine club, which functions a bit like a CSA, with four seasonal deliveries for customers far away, or pick-ups at the Feast and Field Farmers' Market or their winery across the road. learn more about the wine club here. 

Additionally, if you become a member of Feast and Field Market, drink specials from Fable Farm will be available each week. Learn about membership here.


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