Monadnock Region CSA Fair

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A free Monadnock Region CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair will be held at the Monadnock Food Co-op’s cafe on Sunday, February 15th, 1-4 p.m. Six area CSA farmers will have informational tables and be on hand to answer questions on their farms and CSA memberships:

Foggy Hill Farm is a family-run organic farm located in Jaffrey. With over 20 years of farming experience, Andy and Christine have a deep-rooted passion for raising high-quality, nutrient-dense foods in a manner which helps unite our community: 603-593-5325, foggyhillfarmer@gmail.com.

Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden, a hand and horse powered farm in Westmoreland, offers vegetables, herbs, apple cider, pick-your-own flowers. 603-399-7288.   www.hillsidespringsfarm.com, hillsidespringsfarm@gmail.com

Picadilly Farm in Winchester offers vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers through full season, summer season and winter shares. 603-239-8718.  www.picadillyfarm.com

1780 Farm in Chesterfield offers vegetables, berries, eggs, and meat. 603-363-4476, www.the1780farm.com

Sun Moon Farm in Rindge provides vegetables, herbs and cut flowers to our members. Located at “The Meeting School,” a property that has been continuously farmed since 1783, the farm grows over 75 varieties of old and rare Dahlias and offers members artisan breads that are baked here on the property,  sun.moon.craig@gmail.com.

Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam, offers Spring, Summer and Fall Shares including a wide variety of vegetables with a home delivery option, as well as options to add herbs, flowers, fruit, bread, eggs, and more. 603568-6102, farmers@traciesfarm.com, www.traciesfarm.com

Although each local CSA farm is unique and individually run, each offers “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in the price, share size, distribution, choices, pick-up sites, payment plans and variety of food offered. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others offer eggs, meat, flowers, berries, maple syrup, honey, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, or other local products.

The commitment from community members to join a CSA implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the rewards and risks of small-scale farming. Weather, pest damage, and crop failures affect both the farmer and the shareholder. The entire community absorbs the costs of raising food in sustainable ways, and farmers receive consistent appreciation and financial support for their efforts. The shareholders know when, where, and how their food is grown, and are assured of high-quality and nutritious produce, grown without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

A CSA membership supports local farms and the local economy, eliminating the environmental and food quality costs of marketing, packaging, and shipping food long distances. Freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables are a good value because they have superior flavor and more vitamins and minerals than many large-scale commercially raised crops. Sustainable farm practices also avoid the hidden costs of pesticide residues, soil erosion, and polluted surface ground water often associated with large scale conventional agriculture.

Local farmland in CSA use becomes healthier through crop rotation, composting, cover crops, natural fertilizers, and periodic resting. In addition, small farms are able to grow heirloom or little-known varieties of fruits and vegetables, which helps maintain the diversity and vitality of the world’s seed bank. Some CSA farmers chose to receive organic certification for their produce, other farmers use organic and /or biodynamic techniques exclusively but do not choose certification.

Monadnock Region CSA Fair on February 16th

A free Monadnock Region CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair will be held at the Monadnock Food Co-op’s cafe on Sunday, February 16th from 1-4 p.m. Nine area CSA farmers will have informational tables and be on hand to answer questions on their farms and CSA memberships:

Cheshire Fairgrounds CSA offers vegetables & herbs. To find out more information about the CSA or to sign up, contact farmer Taylor Barnes at (603) 762-5037 or tbarnesenviro@gmail.com.  You may also contact Jori Johnson at (603) 357-4740 or cheshirefair@onecommail.com, or stop in at the Fairgrounds, 247 Monadnock Hwy, Swanzey, NH 03446

Edgefield Farm of Westmoreland offers high quality pasture raised poultry, pork, lamb, and eggs, as well as vegetables. CSA members get first dibs on limited-supply items, such as our famous gourmet sausages, nitrate-free bacon, Thanksgiving turkeys, whole lambs, and half hogs. 399-9975,  bill@edgefieldsheep.com

Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden, a hand and horse powered farm in Westmoreland, offers vegetables, herbs, apple cider, pick-your-own flowers. 399-7288.   www.hillsidespringsfarm.com, hillsidespringsfarm@gmail.com

Picadilly Farm in Winchester offers vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers through full season, summer season and winter shares. 239-8718.  www.picadillyfarm.com

1780 Farm in Chesterfield offers vegetables, berries, eggs, and meat. 363-4476, www.the1780farm.com

Stonewall Farm in Keene, offers a year-round, individually-sized Garden (vegetable, herb and fruit) and Dairy (yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and milk, raw or pasteurized) CSA. Join any day of the year. You choose the veggies. 357-7278, www.stonewallfarm.org/products/csa

Sun Moon Farm in Rindge provides vegetables, herbs and cut flowers to our members. Located at “The Meeting School,” a property that has been continuously farmed since 1783, the farm grows over 75 varieties of old and rare Dahlias and offers members artisan breads that are baked here on the property,  sun.moon.craig@gmail.com

Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam, offers a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, with a home delivery option, as well as bread, eggs, flowers and many other options. 209-1851, www.traciesfarm.com

Walkabout Farm is a CSA farm growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in Peterborough, NH. Uncertified organic. Eggs and pork. Email: info@walkaboutfarm.org. www.walkaboutfarm.org

Although each local CSA farm is unique and individually run, each offers “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in the price, share size, distribution, choices, pick-up sites, payment plans and variety of food offered. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others offer eggs, meat, flowers, berries, maple syrup, honey, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, or other local products.

The commitment from community members to join a CSA implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the rewards and risks of small-scale farming. Weather, pest damage, and crop failures affect both the farmer and the shareholder. The entire community absorbs the costs of raising food in sustainable ways, and farmers receive consistent appreciation and financial support for their efforts. The shareholders know when, where, and how their food is grown, and are assured of high-quality and nutritious produce, grown without the use of any synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides.

A CSA membership supports local farms and the local economy, eliminating the environmental and food quality costs of marketing, packaging, and shipping food long distances. Freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables are a good value because they have superior flavor and more vitamins and minerals than many large-scale commercially raised crops. Sustainable farm practices also avoid the hidden costs of pesticide residues, soil erosion, and polluted surface ground water often associated with large scale conventional agriculture.

Local farmland in CSA use becomes healthier through crop rotation, composting, cover crops, natural fertilizers, and periodic resting. In addition, small farms are able to grow heirloom or little-known varieties of fruits and vegetables, which helps maintain the diversity and vitality of the world’s seed bank. Some CSA farmers chose to receive organic certification for their produce, other farmers use organic and /or biodynamic techniques exclusively but do not choose certification.

CSA Open House at Stonewall Farm

Spring is coming, along with opportunities to become involved with local farms and to receive local, fresh food!

Learn about Community Supported Agriculture

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 1-4 pm

Stonewall Farm Learning Center, 242 Chesterfield Road, Keene NH

 Also enjoy a talk by Katy Locke: Katy Locke has recently devoted her life to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on Earth.  At her home in Keene, NH she is establishing Permaculture gardens, working with the healing properties of plants, and writing. Katy is both the founder of Mandala Way and a founding member of the Transition Keene Task Force.

Katy will speak about Neighborhood Food Security – Building Resilience in Keene: Join Katy Locke for a presentation exploring how expanding “Food Security” in our local communities will likely require us to take a fresh new look at the spaces we call home.  Katy will be assisted in her talk by Antioch University Student Intern, Flora Cao Qian.”

Participating CSA Farms:

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Farm of the Month: Hettie Belle Farm

By Jennifer Core, Hettie Belle Farm

Hettie Belle Farm is a local, pasture-based family farm raising 100% grass-fed and organically raised meats and poultry for Monadnock families through a meat CSA!

Located in the heart of the village of Warwick, MA on the New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts border we are raising beef cows, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens and ducks on pasture.  Hettie Belle Farm is a true village farm comprised of pasture-land owned and leased, as well as many generous arrangements with neighbors who see animals as a welcomed alternative to mowing high quality food stuff.

Central to our family and farm is the land we steward. Our cows and sheep are 100% grass-fed. They have as much of mama’s milk as they want, are moved through our pastures daily May to November and fed local hay throughout the winter. Our pigs are pastured in a large hedgerow where they root day and night. Our chickens, ducks and turkeys spend their entire lives on grass. The animals themselves play a central role in the continual improvement of soil fertility and the overall productivity of the farm as well as adding to the quaint New England scenery we all value.

With a deep commitment to purity of product, we only feed certified organic grain to our pigs and poultry and all of our animals are 100% antibiotic and hormone free. As parents of young children, who have been raising livestock for years, we are incredibly conscious of the food we build our bodies with. Our commitment to local, organic, 100% grass-fed is uncompromising because we believe that good meat actively contributes to a landscape, local economy and community that we want to leave for our children.

Join us and become one of our member families! Shares are comprised of a total of 60+ pounds of meat and poultry distributed over 5 monthly pick-ups (November – March) of roughly 12+ pounds each. Shares are distributed monthly at Hannah Grimes Marketplace.

In total, members can expect to receive:

15 pounds 100% grass-fed beef
20 pounds organically fed pork
10 pounds 100% grass-fed lamb
10-12 pounds organically fed chicken (equal to 2 whole roasting chickens)
6-9 pounds organically fed duck (1 whole duck)

Holiday turkeys available by order.

Lots more details at www.hettiebellefarm.com!

Hettie Belle Farm
28 Winchester Road
Warwick, MA 01378
(978) 544-6241
jennifer@hettiebellefarm.com