Farm Share

         

What is a Farm Share?

A Farm Share is a program in which each member purchases a share of our farm at the beginning of our growing season, and then receives their share of our harvest throughout the the spring, summer, and fall.  The farm share program is critical for our farm, as it provides us working capital at the beginning of the season when it is most needed, without relying on high-interest loans from banks.  In return, we offer you a discount on the freshest, healthiest, and most humanely-raised poultry, pork, and eggs available anywhere.   

New for the 2017 season, our farm share offers complete flexibility to members in what items comprise their share (you select any cuts of chicken, pork, or eggs) and when they receive their items.  

Here's how it works

1) You select one of three levels of farm share membership (quarter, half, full):

2) When you purchase a share you'll receive a share card that functions like a debit card and includes a benefit that is more than the cost that you paid.  For example, if you purchase a half farm share, you will pay $599.  In return you will receive a farm share card worth $649 of our farm products.   

3) Your farm share card can be used to purchase any of our items (any cuts of chicken or pork or eggs) from May through November at any farmers market that we attend or our farm store.   You can also use your card to browse, order, and pay for our products through our online store, where you can choose to pick up your order at market or have them delivered to your home (if within our current delivery area).  

     

Frequently Asked Questions 

1) What are some of the reasons that customers purchase a farm share?

  • You know the person who grows the food that you feed your family.  There is no middleman. We're always more than willing to answer your questions in regards to our farming practices.  Send us an email, visit us at market, or attend one of our farm tours to learn about the day to day operation of the farm!
  • You'll be voting for the food production practices that you believe in.  The most powerful way a consumer can influence the way that their food is raised is to vote with their dollars by purchasing food from farmers who engage in food production practices that they support and value.   
  • You'll be directly supporting Massachusetts farms and all the benefits they provide.  Aside from the wonderful, healthy food think of the conserved open space, the natural resource biodiversity that farms maintain, and the 28,000 workers in the Commonwealth that are employed by farms.
  • You'll be supporting your local economy.  Last year Massachusetts farms produced $492 million dollars of agricultural products!  Each dollar that you spend at a local, independent business returns three times more money to your local economy than a dollar spent at a chain store.    
  • You will eat healthier!  The care that small farmers put into growing and raising their products means that the food they distribute is more nutritious than anything you can find in the grocery store.
  • You will cook more!  An abundance of fresh, tasty raw ingredients filling your kitchen means that it will be impossible to resist experimenting with new recipes and making meals from scratch at home.  

2) Do I need to be a farm share member to purchase your products?

Nope!  If you're not interested in becoming a farm share member you can still purchase our products at regular retail price.  We accept credit cards, paypal, cash or checks.

    3) What about Thanksgiving turkeys?  

    A turkey is no longer included in your share.  Share members will, however, receive first dibs on reserving a holiday turkey.  You can use your membership card to reserve and purchase a turkey.  Keep this in mind when selecting your share level.  A turkey typically runs about $90-$100.

    4) What size share should I purchase?

    We would recommend a quarter share for a family of 1-2, a half share for 3-4, and a full share for 5+ people.  

    5) How do I use my farm share card to purchase online?

    Browse and add items to your cart through our online store.  At checkout, you'll see a space labeled "Farm Share Card".  Just enter your card number and your farm share card will be debited once your order is packed.  

    6) How will I pick up my card? 

    When you purchase online we will mail your farm share card to the shipping address you enter at checkout.  Cards will arrive before May 1st.  Farm shares will also be available for purchase in-person at markets and farm store beginning in May. 

    7) Are there any limitations on what I can purchase with my farm share card?

    The only products that are not eligible for purchase with a farm share card are our fall bulk order packages, as they are already discounted.  Otherwise it's up to you!

    8)  How can I track my farm share balance?

    You can track your balance if you create an account online.  Alternatively we can check your balance for you in-person at a farmers market or our farm store.  

    9) What happens if I lose my card?

    Don't worry!  We can track your card balance and re-issue a card if necessary. 

    10) Is the card re-loadable?

    No.  We sell a limited number of shares so make sure you purchase a farm share membership as soon as possible at a level that will keep you loaded up through fall!  Shares typically sell out by early summer.

    11) Does the membership expire?

    Yes, your card will expire on 11/31/2017.