Square 1 Farm is a small vegetable operation located on a private parcel in North Reading, and they are currently selling CSA shares. McKenzie Boekholder and Valerie Gingric took over the farm recently. They use all of the organic standards and principles, but are not certified. You can buy a share at Ryers.
One of their CSA shares will feed a non-vegetarian family of four every week during the growing season, which lasts 16 weeks from mid-June to September, Gingric said. One share costs $600. They have everything that you would see at a Farmer's Market, "and then some."
Some veggies and herbs you can expect to get from them are: arugula, basil, Thai basil, beans, beets, broccoli, broccoli raab, cabbage, chard, cilantro, carrots, cucumbers, cauliflower, eggplant, gourds, peppers (hot and sweet), various types of tomatoes, radishes, scallions, fresh onions, kale, melons, pumpkins, lettuce and more.
"The beauty of a CSA is that it solves a farmer's seasonal cash flow issues, while ensuring members reduced-rate prices (typically between 10-25 percent savings) on organic veggies throughout the season. The CSA model of marketing also gives community members a stake in keeping farmland from development, and provides more options when it comes to buying fresh, local food," Gingric said.
They believe that keeping food as clean and local as possible is part of the solution to repairing a very damaged American food system, she said.
The pair preferred not to release the address of the farm as they are leasing from a private landowner.
"Out of respect for their family's privacy, we are not at liberty to provide an address for the land," she said. "We can say that it is in North Reading, and is prime farmland that has had a history of organic practices. It is owned by people who have care and concern for keeping it as farmland, as opposed to turning over to alternative uses."