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CSA offers customers a share of the farmer's green thumb
Fresh strawberries from Barrett Hill Farm in Mason, one of many New Hampshire farms offering Community Supported Agriculture programs for customers.Kathleen Baglio Humphreys (Kathleen Baglio Humphreys/Union Leader Correspondent)
“Joining a CSA is one of the most effect ways of preserving farmland in our area,” said Milford resident Marti Kennedy. “Our money goes directly to the farm, period, no middle man. The food is head and shoulders fresher and tastier from a local farmer than a grocery store.” Kennedy is a CSA member at Trombly Gardens and Holland Farms, both in Milford.
Barrett Hill Farm on Fitchburg Road in Mason realizes customers are busy, so it delivers to selected workplaces, including Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, Flir in Nashua and Parker and UltraSource in Hollis. Customers receive their fresh picked packages once a week for 15 weeks.
Barrett Hill is a three-generation family-owned farm. Its CSA season starts on Friday, but the farm will open Wednesday for pick-your-own strawberries on 10 acres with stunning views.
Sean Trombly from Trombly Gardens on North River Road in Milford had concerns about pre-packaged shares, realizing that customers may not want all the products in their package. So he created a debit system, giving customers to come when they want and buy what they want. “The debit system is very flexible for me and for my customers. They still buy into the farm early season. It’s good for me for income and they get a value of the gift card and discounts to come to the farm whenever they want and select the products they want,” said Trombly.
For more details visit www.tromblygardens.com or www.barretthillfarm.com.
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