The Farm Direct Coop, a multi-farm CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) operating in Marblehead, Melrose and Salem has limited availability for memberships for the 2017 season. In the traditional CSA model, shareholders join up with one farm and share in both the risks and the bounty of the harvest. The FDC maintains the ethic of supporting local agriculture, but supports more than 80 local farms, dairies, bakeries and other vendors of local, artisanal products.
In operation for nearly 25 years, the Farm Direct Coop has morphed from a handful of families joined with one farmer in Marblehead, to an 800 member organization with two pickup days per week in three towns. In addition to organic vegetable shares, the coop also offers IPM fruit, bread, eggs, cheese, fresh mushrooms, flowers and a cook’s share featuring local staples and intriguing specialty cooking items. Fruit and vegetable shares come in two sizes so members can custom order their share sizes to meet the needs of their household. Other items such as local grains, honey, maple syrup and a large variety of other local products are offered regularly as add-ons.
The FDC differs from other CSAs in that rather than receiving a pre-filled box, members choose their own produce in an open air market setting. Most weeks during the regular season, which runs June through October, offer members some choice as to what goes in their bag. Members can also put shares on hold up to two weeks during the season to accommodate vacations.
Opening day is soon approaching! The official start will be June 6th for Tuesday pickups and June 8th for Thursday pickups. Follow this link to the signup page to enroll, or visit farmdirectcoop.org for more information about the coop.