If you live south of Boston and love the idea of feeding farm-fresh fruits and veggies to your family, you’re in luck! Our area is rich with many beloved farms that provide community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. Joining a CSA enables locals to support our farms year-round by signing up for shares at the season’s onset, with the share season typically running from spring through fall. Here are eight favorite farms south of Boston that offer CSAs — get ready for all the freshest produce straight from the farm to your kitchen!
Nestled in Millis, this serene 60-acre family-owned farm boasts a variety of CSA options, showcasing an array of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Their winter and deep winter CSA includes root vegetables like carrots and beets alongside robust options like cabbage and rutabaga. In the spring and summer, Tangerini’s extends their CSAs with u-pick choices, featuring berries and apples for a fun harvest experience!
Established in 1982 and family owned, Ward’s Berry Farm stands as a local gem in Sharon, boasting 50 sprawling acres of impeccably tended farmland. Helmed by owners Jim and Bob Ward, the farm yields a diverse range of produce. Their “farmer’s choice” CSA boxes span across four seasons, showcasing a rotating selection of farm-fresh items that give you a chance to taste the local crop cycle. Whether it’s butternut squash during fall and winter or luscious blueberries in the summer, this farm fulfills year-round local produce needs.
Hingham’s Weir River Farm, operated by The Trustees, sprawls across 75 acres of breathtaking landscapes. Enrolling in their 20-week vegetable CSA not only allows you a delightful sampling of the land but also fosters a profound connection to your local farming community. You’ll also contribute to preserving a historic property! The farm’s pride lies in its offering of 100% organic, farm-fresh produce from June through October.
For 20 years, Siena Farms has cultivated 75 acres of farmland in Sudbury and Sterling. The beautifully curated and year-long farm CSAs feature a variety of vegetables along with mushrooms from their own caves and greens from their heated greenhouses. Spring shares include fresh bread and items from local producers, like coffee from Karma Coffee and honey from Boston Honey Company. Siena Farms conveniently offers more than 35 pickup locations to choose from, so if you don’t live near the farm there’s a good chance you’re near a pickup spot!
West Bridgewater is home to the 75-acre C&C Reading Farm. This 40-year-old farm is family focused and offers an alternative CSA program with their “harvest card” program. The program allows members to purchase veggies, fruits, herbs, flowers, honey, free-range eggs, milk, and more. Members enjoy shopping during the farm’s operating hours, discovering freshly harvested treasures each day.
Located in Brookline, Allandale Farm is your city farm! They are dedicated to respecting the land on which they farm, and they don’t use herbicides or conventional pesticides in their fields or their greenhouses. Instead, they rely on farming practices that focus on soil health to combat weeds, disease, and pests. CSA members pick up their shares weekly from June to October. Allandale also offers a “swap box” so you can leave behind a veggie you may not love and trade for something else.
Brookwood Community Farm (BCF) is tucked away in Canton with two locations — the Blue Hills Reservation and the Bradley Estate. BCF offers a “choice model” in which members can sign up for a season (spring, summer, or fall) and then pick their produce items from a weekly list. BCF works with other local farms as well to be able to offer members a flower share, a fruit share, and an egg share from Lilac Hedge Farms.
Second Nature is a small, family-owned farm south of Boston with a CSA program that focuses on providing high-quality, naturally grown produce in Norton. This CSA offers three seasonal options for either full or partial shares — with more than 30 types of vegetables. What sets their CSA program apart is the personalized touch — members can select four or five items per week based on their preferences, complemented by two or three core items in their share. The farm encourages members to savor a variety of fresh herbs weekly through their convenient self-serve herb crate.