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Did you know regular & small vegetable CSA share memberships come with free Pick-Your-Own in our fields?  Beginning in the summer through to the first autumn frost, we have a wide variety of crops available to pick yourself, including peas, strawberries, beans, herbs, flowers, cherry tomatoes and more. When you get a CSA vegetable share, you already get the full value of the share at the pickups of pre-harvested produce. Anything you gather in the PYO fields (see limits below) is a yummy bonus! We’d love to see you on the farm this summer!

STRAWBERRY PICKING CLOSED FOR THE SEASON for the public!
CSA members, please check your CSA email for details.

Our picking fields are finished producing for this year. We had a short crop due to plant root disease, and the tarnished plant bug that bites the flowers in the blooming stage and makes the berries small. Challenges of growing organic berries! Thank you to everyone for coming to enjoy the still-tasty berries, and we hope for a longer season next year!

We still have tasty snap, shell and snow peas picking now.

Please stay tuned for green beans, flowers, cherry tomatoes, basil and more to pick over the whole summer – some open to the public!

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Who is eligible for PYO at our fields in Granby & Montague?

  • Regular & small summer vegetable share members: Free PYO on all available items (excludes pumpkins) up to weekly limits
  • Stand & Market card members: Free PYO on cut flowers & herbs up to weekly limits; pay-per-item pricing available on all other posted items
  • General public: Pay-per-item pricing available on posted items

What You Can Expect In June

  • Strawberries
  • Peas
  • Herbs

Crops We Grow for Pick Your Own

  • Strawberries
  • Peas (Snap, Snow, and Shell)
  • Herbs (Basil, Thyme, Sage, Oregano, Parsley, Mint, Savory, Marjoram, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Chives, Garlic Chives, and more)
  • Beans (Green, Purple, and Yellow)
  • Shell Beans
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Husk Cherries
  • Flowers for Cutting (Sunflowers, Zinnias, Gomphrena, Strawflowers, Celosia, and many more)
  • Hot Peppers
  • Edible Flowers
  • Raspberries (limited amounts)
  • Tomatillos
  • Sweet Mini Peppers
  • Pumpkins – Pie and Jackolantern (not free for CSA, pay per pumpkin)

What You Can Pick When

Here’s an example of what members can pick in June:

Strawberries
– Regular size CSA shares*: Weekly picking CSA members with can pick 2 quarts per week. Boston and other more distant CSA members can pick 8 quarts for the season.
– Stand & Market members pay $4.50 quart or $3 pint for strawberries. (this is also price for CSA members who want to pick extra)

Peas
(Snap, shell & snow peas mix and match)
– Regular size CSA shares*: Weekly CSA members can pick 2 pints per week. Boston area & other more distant CSA members can pick 6 pints for the season.
– Stand & Market members pay $2.50 per half pint or $4 pint for PYO peas. (this is also price for CSA members who want to pick extra)

Herbs
(thyme, oregano, chive, garlic chive, sage, & parsley are available)
– All CSA and Stand & Market members can pick as needed (no limits). No charge for Stand & Market members for herb picking.

*Small size Vegetable CSA Shares get half of the Regular Share PYO limits, and half of unlimited is still unlimited 🙂

And here’s an example of the picking list in early September:

Green & Yellow Beans & Shell Beans.
– Regular size CSA shares*: CSA members can pick 2 quarts per week, or 4 quarts for the season.
– Stand & Market members pay $3 quart for PYO beans.

Basil
– CSA and Stand & Market members can pick as needed, no charge.

Herbs (thyme, oregano, chive, garlic chive, sage, parsley & more are available)
– All CSA and Stand & Market members can pick as needed (no limits). No charge for Stand & Market members for herb picking.

Cut Flowers
– 25 stems or more per week per member, no charge for Stand & Market members

Cherry Tomatoes
– no limit, all CSA members can pick as much as they can use!
– Stand & Market members pay $2.50 half pint or $4 pint

Husk Cherries
– 1 pint per week per Regular Vegetable CSA share*, except Boston area members can pick 4 pints for the summer all at once.
– Stand & Market members pay $3 half pint or $5 pint.

Edible Flowers, Granby only.
Gem marigolds, nasturtium, viola, borage. Pick as needed, no charge for Stand & Market members.

Tomatillos
– Up to 1 pint per Regular Vegetable CSA share* per week.
– $2 pint for Stand & Market members.

Hot Peppers
– CSA members pick as needed.
– $3 pint for Stand & Market members.

Sweet Mini Peppers
– 1 pint per week for Regular Vegetable CSA members*, or infrequent pickers can pick 2 pints for the summer.
– Stand & Market Member price is $3 per pint

Raspberries, limited, starting to ripen on fall plants
– Regular Vegetable CSA* weekly pickers can pick 1/2 pint per week, or 4 half pints for the season for those picking less often.
– Stand & Market members pay $3.50 per half pint.

*Small size Vegetable CSA Shares get half of the Regular Share PYO limits, and half of unlimited is still unlimited 🙂

Coming to pick gives you and family and friends a beautiful chance to be outside and enjoy the farm. Kids love it and learn so much by picking and eating things right there. Come out to the farm this summer!

Payment

  • For regular & small summer vegetable CSA members, picking in the fields is always free! This is an added benefit to your membership. We do ask that members pick according to the limits for each crop: if you would like to pick more than the assigned limit, please pay per unit (pint or quart) according to Stand & Market Member prices listed on the whiteboard at the PYO site.
  • Stand & Market Members ($300 level) can pick and 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 & Market Members.

General Guidelines

  • Our Granby farm stand is the main PYO location for Red Fire Farm. Our Montague PYO patches are smaller and are intended for Montague-area CSA members.
  • If you’re coming from the Boston area and will only be picking at the farm once during the season, we recommend that you pick your full PYO allowance. Please refer to the whiteboard at the PYO station for your season’s limit. 
  • If you live nearby and are coming to our fields often for PYO, please pick according to the weekly limits posted on the whiteboard at your PYO station.
  • Children are always welcome! Experiencing the fields, getting your hands dirty, and learning how your food grows are some of the most exciting opportunities that come from joining a CSA share.
  • Please bring your own containers for picking, as well as plenty of drinking water.
  • When you arrive at the farm:
    • sign in at the sign in sheet at the PYO center
    • check the whiteboards that have the most updated PYO amounts information and crop locations.
  • PYO is all self-serve.
  • Please respect which crops are available to PYO and which are not. Exploring the farm is encouraged, but we ask that you stay on the pathways.

Notes on Parking

If you are visiting the Granby farm,  there’s extra parking in the Brown-Ellison Park next door if needed. Please check the whiteboard inside the large barn for PYO information.

If you are visiting the Montague farm, please park on the grass along Meadow Road. Do not block any thruways or driveways. Please check the PYO information at the large old tobacco barn on Meadow Road near the red hand-painted Red Fire Farm hanging sign.

PYO pick your own flowers