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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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.
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 12th - 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 TBA - Thanksgiving Share. One day only - all members pick up on (likely) Thursday. Depots open at the regular time (3:00 MHD, 3:30 SAL, 4:00 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.
Checks are our preferred payment method, as they do not incur additional processing fees.
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