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2018 CSA Pick-Your-Own

Posted by: on Jun 5, 2018

Note: This PYO list is only available to Red Fire Farm CSA and Stand & Market members.


 As part of your Vegetable CSA membership, you have access to our Pick Your Own patches. The farm is family-friendly, so bring your little ones and check out our land. PYO includes herbs, flowers, berries, peas, tomatoes, tomatillos, hot peppers, and more (changes with the season).

June picking includes delicious strawberries, peas and herbs- and more fun on the day of our Strawberry Soiree!

Late July, August, and September are great months to come for pick your own, as by then we’re brimming with crops like cherry tomatoes, basil, tomatillos, hot peppers, green beans, herbs, flowers, and ground cherries.

Pick Your Own is a perk for members that can make it out – we still aim to give all members the value of their share in harvested and delivered vegetables :). But of course, we want you to come out to visit. The whiteboards located in barns have the most updated PYO limits and info, so please follow those if they differ from what is written online.

  • If you are traveling to the farm for over 1 hour to do the picking (Boston area and Worcester members), then you probably will come for picking only a few times during the season. This means that when you are here you can pick a lot at once, once the limits have gone up.
  • If you are a member from Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden County and you can easily make it to the farm each week, then we ask that you pick weekly but not as much each time. This is why there are different limits posted for each crop depending on where you are coming from.
  • Stand & Market Members ($300 level) can pick a lot at once if desired, but you must pay as you go (by using credit from your card). Prices are posted for each PYO crop on the board. There are sometimes limits on crops for Stand Members.

 

What to Bring and Where to Go
Come ready for outdoor weather. Also please bring containers to take your pickings home in, and leave the quart and pint containers for reuse if possible. If you have a car, share a ride! Meet some other local food loving people. You can post on our facebook seeking rides. Read below to find out which farm location you should visit based on your CSA pickup location.

GRANBY PICK YOUR OWN

Open to CSA and Farmstand & Market Members from Granby, Springfield, Holyoke, Worcester and the Boston area.

Pick Your Own details are inside the farm store in the center of the barn at 7 Carver St., including a map of field areas and a list of picking limits, and often containers for harvesting. Any time the farm store is open you can come pick! To find farm store hours you can check our farm store page. The PYO is all self-serve, but please be sure to sign in at the PYO station. There’s extra parking in the Brown-Ellison Park next door if needed.

Herbs (Basil, Parsley, Oregano, Savory, Chives, Garlic Chives, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Mint)

  • CSA Members: Pick as needed.
  • Farmstand & Market Members: Pick as needed, no charge.
  • General Public: $10/lb

Husk Cherries (Pick tan pods fallen on ground, not still attached to plant)

  • CSA Members: 1 pint for regular share members / Half pint for small share members / 2 pints for Boston area members
  • Farmstand & Market Members: $5 pint or $3/half pint
  • General Public: $5 pint or $3/half pint

Beans (Green & Yellow)

  • CSA Members: 3 quarts for regular share members / 1.5 quarts for small share members / 4 quarts for Boston area members
  • Farmstand & Market Members: $4/quart or $3/pint
  • General Public: $4/quart or $3/pint

Cut Flowers

  • CSA Members: 12 stems for regular share members (3 stems sunflowers) / 8 stems for small share members (1 stem sunflower) / 20 stems for Boston area members (4 stems sunflowers)
  • Farmstand & Market Members:1 stem for $0.75 for sunflowers / 5 stems for $1 for all other flowers

Cherry Tomatoes (CLOSED THROUGH WEDNESDAY)

  • CSA Members: 1 pint for regular share members / Half pint for small share members / 2 pints for Boston area members
  • Farmstand & Market Members: $5/pint or $3/half pint
  • General Public:$5/pint or $3/half pint

Raspberries (limited)

  • CSA Members: Half pint for regular share members / handful for small share members

MONTAGUE FARM PICK YOUR OWN


We now have a patch on our Montague farm at 184 Meadow Road. This section is small, so there’s capacity for Montague, and Northampton area members only!

Please park on the grass along Meadow Road, not blocking any thruways or driveways, or equipment access. 

Pick Your Own information is at the large old tobacco barn next to Meadow Road near the red hand-painted Red Fire Farm hanging sign. Pick Your Own details will be there, including an informational map attached to the side of the barn facing the road, a list of picking limits, and often containers for harvesting and measuring. Bring containers to take things home!

The PYO is all self-serve, but please be sure to sign in at the PYO station. You can come to pick any day 9am – 8pm. There will be a log book, so you can keep track of your picking if you are at the $300 Stand Member level, as those members pay at the posted prices per item. Please tally your purchases as you go, and we will process them periodically at the office. PYO for CSA level members is free up to limits provided.

Herbs (Parsley, Dill, Oregano, Savory, Chives, Mint)

  • CSA Members: Pick as needed.
  • Farmstand & Market Members: Pick as needed, no charge.

Husk Cherries (Pick tan pods fallen on ground, not still attached to plant)

  • CSA Members: 1 pint for regular share members / Half pint for small share members / 2 pints for Boston area members
  • Farmstand & Market Members: $5 pint or $3/half pint

Beans (Green & Yellow)

  • CSA Members: 3 quarts for regular share members / 1.5 quarts for small share members / 4 quarts for Boston area members
  • Farmstand & Market Members: $4/quart or $3/pint

Cut Flowers

  • CSA Members: 12 stems for regular share members (3 stems sunflowers) / 8 stems for small share members (1 stem sunflower) / 20 stems for Boston area members (4 stems sunflowers)
  • Farmstand & Market Members:1 stem for $0.75 for sunflowers / 5 stems for $1 for all other flowers

Fun things to do in Montague:

  • Visit our Red Fire North farm store at 485 Federal Street, Montague, MA, with our produce and tasty local products.~ 4 miles from the farm.
  • Check out the Bookmill, a cafe with waterfall, used bookstore, cd shop, art gallery, beer. ~ 2 miles from the farm.

Enjoy the season and the fields!