Who we are?
We are an incredible group of farmers and volunteers who build, plant, harvest, fix & maintain equipment, paint, wire, code, design, sew, and construct all around Three Sisters.
We seek to grow high-quality, healthy, and beautiful produce for a diverse community. We use all organic growing practices because we care for the farm’s soil, air, and water and all the life depending on it – birds, bees, worms, and even soil microbes. We value our CSA members – we welcome your ideas and appreciate your input. We work to make local food accessible to more kinds of people, from chefs to kids to food pantries. We also seek to create a meaningful & satisfying workplace to train new farmers.
What is CSA? What is a farm share?
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Community Supported Agriculture is a farming model based on a direct relationship between consumer and farmer. You buy a farm share which is a season’s worth of veggies-investing in the farm in the winter/spring, and we grow food for you distributing it in the summer and fall. Our season is from mid June to mid October. CSA is both and investment and a risk for the farmer and the families we feed. Together, we are sharing the risks of crop failure and the rewards of a bountiful harvest.
How does it work at Three Sisters?
We offer a weekly pickup in the red barn at the farm Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4-7pm, where a friendly staff person guides you through the process of choosing your veggies. We aim to give out a wide variety of produce each week, changing throughout the season.
How does it work off site?
Beverly: This year we are offering a box pick up at Chive Headquarters. Located at 30 Rantoul Street in Beverly (The old firehouse). Pick up times are Wednesdays 2pm-5pm. Please click the Beverly Box at check out if you would like to pick up your vegetables at Chive Market.
Newburyport: We are offering a CSA box drop off at Riverwalk Brewing Company tap room located at 40 Parker Street (next to metro rock). Pick up your box of fresh veggies on Wednesdays 3pm-7pm while you enjoy a delicious beer in the tap room.
Salem: Purchase a Salem CSA share and a generous donor from Root will provide a vegetable share to a Salem family in need. This collaborative non-profit approach maximizes mission impact and celebrates the power of partnership. Together, we can further our goals of growing healthy food and feeding our community. Pick up times at Root are Wednesdays 3pm-6pm. This offer is limited to 10 recipients only.
What types of vegetables can I find in my share?
You’ll find lots of standards like carrots, peas, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, leeks & onions, broccoli, summer squash & zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, cooking greens and salad greens, radishes, melons, winter squash, cabbage, beets & turnips, and herbs and flowers. (*We’ll occasionally experiment with an interesting variety once in a while, but our goal is to get you the delicious basics so you can cook real meals at home without alot of panic!) Some veggies will need refrigeration and some won’t; some need to be eaten right away while others will keep longer in your fridge or cupboard. This is a mid-size share – we’re aiming to give you a great variety but not overwhelm you with too much food.
A share costs $525 for a season, which runs early June to mid-October – about $26/week.
Will I receive fruit in my CSA?
Three Sisters is partnering with Cider Hill Farm to offer you a fruit share (this is an addition cost if you choose to participate) The cost is $80 and usually runs 8-10 weeks. Fruits you may see in a typical fruit share are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears. Fruit seasons run shorter than vegetable seasons so each week may be different, and there may be more of one type and less of another depending on the growing season. Details and sign up coming in June.
Is CSA right for you?
CSA is a great way for you to know exactly how your food has been grown, harvested and handled. CSA is also the best way that you can contribute to the local food movement. If you are someone who shops for the same vegetables each week from June through October, then a CSA may not be right for you. We grow seasonally, which means crops will change with the temperatures throughout the summer. Early on in the CSA you will see lots of greens. In the hottest part of the summer (July and August) you will see more of the summer crops like eggplant, cucumbers and tomatoes.
We offer a fall share in November & December as well, separate from the main season. Details coming soon!
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