What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs are the backbone of many small, diversified vegetable farms. CSA members purchase a weekly share of the season’s harvest at the beginning of the year, and in doing so provide the farmer with capital at a time when there are many expenses (seeds, potting soil, equipment/tools, infrastructure) and no income. In exchange for their investment in the farm, members receive the season’s produce at a significantly discounted rate.
At Bradley Farm we grow food for our members who purchase shares in our CSA. We provide an abundant supply of vegetables, fruits, herbs and cutting flowers June through October. We thank you for supporting us in providing you with quality produce and flowers. Depending on weather and conditions some produce may flourish or languish and we give you a good assortment of food overall. With so many crops included in our CSA, it is expected that even if some do poorly there will be plenty of food overall. We have our own blueberries, raspberries, apples, and honey under production.
Advantages for our supporters:
- Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
- Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
- Get to visit the farm and see where your food is grown
- Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
- Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows your food and learn more about how food is grown
- Support locally grown, organic, sustainable practices which improve the environment
- Support local business in our community
We believe in growing healthy food for our family and customers. Our produce is grown according to the 1997 NOFA Massachusetts Organic Certification Program guidelines. We follow most techniques of Biodynamic Farming started by Rudolf Steiner. We implement all the knowledge we gain from other farmers, the New England Organic Farmers Association, and The New England Fruit and Vegetable Association.
In addition we sell our produce to nearby restaurants and stores. We also sell vegetable seedlings, bedding plants, house-plants grown in our own pottery, and our own organic and free-range eggs.