The Farm Direct Coop is a multi-farm cooperative in operation for 25 years serving Marblehead, Melrose and Salem. The FDC works with over 60 farms, dairies, and local vendors to bring the freshest possible local and organic food to your communities. Joining the FDC supports local farms and our local economy.

Members also enjoy great prices on special orders and bulk purchases on a wide variety of local products including grain, meat, honey, maple syrup, soaps and culinary products to name a few. We buy in bulk and our markup is much lower than grocery stores and many other coops. 

The regular season runs 22 weeks June through October. You can choose to extend the growing season with a Thanksgiving or December share. A Bulk Order of storage fruits, vegetables, grains and more is offered in late fall. Specialty products like jams, maple syrup, local honey, and many local products are available as special orders all year long. 

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NEW FOR 2018!

Far From the Tree Box Shares Available

Select Far From the Tree as you pickup location to collect pre-boxed shares in their tasting room at 108 Jackson Avenue in Salem on Thursdays from 4:00 - 7:00. 


 2019 Season Dates

January 15 - Enrollment expected to open for returning members. Please fill out an enrollment form and send a $100 deposit.

February 1 - Enrollment open to those on the waitlist and the general public

February 6th - February Share + Feb Extras Pickups. Marbhead/Salem @ the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem 4 - 7. Melrose @ the First United Methodist Church in Melrose 5 - 7.

Opening Day - June 4th for Tuesdays and June 6th for Thursdays

June 15th - Payment Due. Half of account balance

July 2nd and 4th - No pickups at any location

August 1st - Payment Due. Final account balance

October 29th - Last Tuesday pick up of the regular season

November 1st - Last Thursday pick up of the regular season Note this is a Friday

November 14th - Bulk Order Pickup. Bulk Hours: Marblehead 6:00 - 8:00pm ♦ Salem 6:30 - 8:30 ♦ Melrose 7:00 - 9:00. One day only - all members pick up on same day. 

November 19th - Thanksgiving Share. One day only - all members pick up on Tuesday. Depots open half hour after the regular time (3:30 MHD, 4:00 SAL, 4:30 MEL) and close at 6:30.

December 5th - December Share Pickup. Marblehead + Salem (typically at St. Andrew's Church on the MHD/SAL town lines) 4:30 - 7:00. Melrose (At the Knoll) 5:00 - 7:00.






Check back here for links for Depot Volunteer Sign Up:

Marblehead Depot

Melrose Depot

Salem Depot

Other Ways To Volunteer


Make A Payment

Checks are our preferred payment method, as they do not incur additional processing fees. 

Click here for information regarding payment options, including the mailing address for sending payment by check. 

To make an online payment with  Paypal, please log in to your Small Farm Central account. 


Vacation Holds and Pickup Day Changes

Vacation HOLDS – If you know you are going to be out of town, you can arrange for a temporary hold for up to two pickup days during the regular season. Please log in to your Small Farm Central account, click "Schedule Vacations or Pickup Location Changes" and follow the prompts. Requests to alter your pickup day need to be submitted by Saturday night at midnight the weekend before the change. If you opt for a Vacation Hold, you can choose to either donate your food the week you miss, or schedule a double share on a different day. 


Pickup Day Changes – You can also change your pickup day (from Tuesday to Thursday or Thursday to Tuesday), or pickup at another depot. Even if you are just switching pickup days, it’s still called “Location Change.” To accomplish this, please login to your Small Farm Central account, click "Schedule Vacations or Pickup Location Changes" and follow the prompts. Requests to alter your pickup day need to be submitted by Saturday night at midnight the weekend before the change

For details on how double shares work and for more info about holds and pickup changes, please check out he Member Handbook under Depot Life, How Things Work.