In addition to organic veggies we offer shares of a number of other local products, all delivered to your depot. Below is a description of the different options available through the FDC.
Our veggie selections arrive weekly from mid-June to late October for 20 weeks, following the growing seasons in New England. Selections come from a number of farms in and around the North Shore, the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. We strive for 100 percent organic, but some items, like corn, are difficult to grow organically in New England. In the rare instance where we may offer some non-organic items, they are raised in an environmentally sensitive, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) fashion and always marked as such at the depot.
A small vegetable share receives 4-6 units per week; a large veggie share receives around 7-9 units per week. A unit could be a head of lettuce, a pound of tomatoes, or a bunch of greens. Shares tend to be smaller in the beginning of the season and larger toward the peak of the growing season when there is a greater variety of produce available.
For example, one week in September small vegetable shareholders received:
Large vegetable shareholders received:
Choices that day included: Beets with greens, jalapenos (half pound), red radishes, arugula, zucchini (pound), cucumbers (pound), green peppers (two peppers), lettuce, lacinato kale, collards, potatoes (pound), carrots (pound), fresh onions (bunch), and tomatillos (half pound). For more on how to select a share size for your household, see the FAQ.
What items will be available each year depends on what the farmers choose to grow and, of course, the whims of New England weather. When we are seeking a specific crop we will occasionally work with a farmer to grow it specifically for us.
Here is a partial list of items shareholders have seen over past few seasons at the depot:
Spinach, lettuce (green leaf, red leaf, romaine, green Boston, red Boston), greens & asian greens (Swiss chard, kale- red, green & lacinato, calaloo, dandelion green, collard green, arugula, mizuna, tatsoi, (vitamin green), snap peas, radishes, summer squash, hakari turnips, parsley, dill, cilantro, basil, cucumbers (slicing & pickling), beets, fresh onions, green beans, tomatoes ("greenhouse", beefsteak, cherry & heirloom varieties), green peppers, fennel, carrots, hot peppers, eggplant (regular & Japanese), new potatoes, red peppers, broccoli, leeks, hard squashes, garlic, shallots, cabbage, celeriac, cauliflower, turnip, Brussels sprouts, kohlrabi, parsnips... and more.
Over the years, as interest in local produce has increased, FDC has been able to increase both the number of deliveries and the variety of fruit in our fruit share. In recent years shareholders have received items such as: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black raspberries, blackberries, gooseberries, peaches, table grapes, currants, nectarines, pears, cantaloupe, watermelon (Red & Yellow), apples, pears, Asian pears, cranberries and cider.
The FDC is able to provide fruit for shareholders almost every week of the season. Because of the difficulties of growing fruit in New England our selections are organic where possible. When that is not possible we choose farmers who follow an IPM approach to managing disease and insects. With this system practitioners use the fewest chemical interventions and least toxic methods possible to maintain healthy crops. For more on IPM, see our FAQ.
Following is an example of a small and large share from one week in September last year. Small shares received:
Large shares received:
The Cheese Share represents a tour of New England through local cheeses. Members can elect to receive a different cheese each week off the 22-week regular season, or opt for the Build-Your-Own Cheese Share, for which members select the cheese they want to receive with a $90 minimum. The cheese offered is small-batch dairy goodness from critically respected and award-winning producers like Valley View Farm, Topsfield, MA Neighborly Farms, VT, Jasper Hill, Greensboro Bend, VT and Great Hill Blue, Marion, MA. Each cheese delivered is approximately 8oz. To keep the cheese share cost reasonable we source affordable cheeses, so nothing really fancy (though we sometimes offer more expense cheese for special order). Cheeses are sometimes organic, always made from local milk, and always delicious. Many of these cheeses are made from raw milk, some use vegetarian rennet, some do not. Please inquire further if necessary.
The Cook's Share contains locally crafted, value added products for the resident chef in a 'design your own share' format. Offerings include seasonings, fresh garlic and ginger, syrups, chutneys, relishes and more, all locally sourced. Members choose which products they'd like to receive with a purchase minimum, the Cook's Share is fully customizable.
We work with A&J King Artisan Bakers in Salem and Iggy’s Bread of the World of Cambridge to offer an enticing assortment of handcrafted loaves and rolls, baked fresh, and delivered to your depot. Our bread share contains a selection of fresh-baked breads such as olive rolls, traditional sourdough, baguettes, cranberry walnut mini pullmans, and lovely whole grain loaves. Both bakers are known for quality and dedication to local ingredients. Bread is delivered to your depot 19 times - every week except opening day. So skip the extra stop, or the long lines at the Farmer’s Market, and sign up for your bread through the FDC.
Egg Share members receive one dozen organic eggs per week from the pastured hens at Grant Family Farm in Essex, MA. Local, pastured and organic is the Cadillac of eggs - rarely available in grocery stores unless they are from Grant farm.
Local organic bouquets from Old Friend's Farm in Amherst, MA.
This share features fresh, local mushrooms from Fungi Ally, Hadley MA. Members can order one or both 9-week sessions. Varieties included maitake, shiitake, lion's mane, blue oyster, chestnut, yellow oyster, and pioppino
Still want fresh, locally grown organic veggies & apples after the regular season ends? Don't miss out! Sign up now for our Thanksgiving and December shares.
Thanksgiving Share: This consists of one large pick-up the week before Thanksgiving. The size of the share is approximately double the large veggie share size. There is no large/small share size designation - everyone gets everything offered. Each share will contain primarily vegetables, fruit, bread and cheese with an eye toward stocking your kitchen for all the things you'll need for holiday entertaining, or simply stocking up on local seasonal produce. A partial list of items we have received in the past include: apples, leeks, potatoes, winter squash, carrots, rutabagas, turnips, garlic, sweet potatoes, kale, cabbage, dried herbs, Brussels sprouts, onions, broccoli, celeriac, and cranberries.
Bulk Order: The Bulk Order is available for all members who would like to stock up on storage fruits and vegetables and other items. The order form will be available in late October and delivery to the depots will be one day in November. We typically offer carrots, potatoes, squash, onions, apples, grains, dried beans and much more. Stock up your winter root cellar while supporting local farmers at the same time.
December Share: This is a single, extra-large pick-up of produce generally worth more than the share price. This huge bounty of items is the last hurrah from every share type we offer: bread, a wedge of cheese, an herb, vegetables and fruits. Other typical items received by members in the past include: dried beans, cider, herbed salt, shallots, radishes, turnips, napa cabbage, bok choy, onions, apples, winter squash, fingerling potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, turnips, storage radish, beets, broccoli, kale, kohlrabi, roots, greens, and more.