Support local agriculture at CSAs

JON BODELL / Insider staff—
Here's what came in a full share at Local Harvest CSA last week. (JON BODELL / Insider staff)
JON BODELL / Insider staff—
Part of the setup at the Brookford Farm CSA pickup site, which is someone's porch. Coolers are used for things like dairy and meat. (JON BODELL / Insider staff)
JON BODELL / Insider staff—
The Swap Table is pretty popular at the Local Harvest CSA. Don't like something in your share? Leave it on the table and take something else. (JON BODELL / Insider staff)
JON BODELL / Insider staffAbove: Here’s the table for a standard share at the Local Harvest CSA, which has a pickup site at Unitarian Universalist Church. Right: Here’s what a standard share looks like from Brookford Farm, which has a CSA pickup site at a home on Jordan Avenue.
Here’s the table for a standard share at the Local Harvest CSA, which has a pickup site at Unitarian Universalist Church.
JON BODELL / Insider staff—
Here’s what a standard share looks like from Brookford Farm, which has a CSA pickup site at a home on Jordan Avenue. (JON BODELL / Insider staff)

In today’s world, there’s a lot of focus on buying local, going green and supporting the “little guys” in society. Concord, in particular, is big on this idea, as it’s home to so many small and local businesses and people who support them steadfastly.

Concord is therefore a big player in community-supported agriculture, and we checked out two CSAs that have pickup sites here in the city.

Local Harvest CSA

Local Harvest CSA has a pickup site at Unitarian Universalist Church on Pleasant Street. Pickups are every Wednesday from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Local Harvest gathers and distributes products from six New Hampshire farms: Kearsarge Gore Farm in Warner, Blue Ox Farm in Enfield, Good Earth Farm in Weare, Middle Branch Farm in New Boston, The Vegetable Ranch in Warner and Stoneridge Farm in Bradford.

How it works is you sign up for a share by season, pay in advance and show up each week to pick up your stuff.

We talked a lot about Local Harvest CSA not too long ago, so let’s find out about the other operation in town.

Brookford Farm CSA

At the Brookford Farm CSA, it’s all in-house stuff.

“We do all of our own products – meat, produce and dairy,” said Hillary Bailey, outreach coordinator for Brookford Farm.

The farm is in Canterbury and sports about 35 acres of organic vegetables and about 70 grass-fed dairy cows. There are also pasture-raised pigs and poultry – and everything on the farm is organic.

If Canterbury is a little far for you, don’t worry, there’s a CSA pickup site in Concord. It happens to be somebody’s home – Scott and Laura Morrison’s, to be exact, on Jordan Avenue.

The Morrisons volunteered to use their house as a pickup site because they’re close to several CSA members who live in the area and it makes for a nice central location.

“We started hosting in May, and we really haven’t had any problems,” Scott said.

Pickups are Thursday evenings from 6 to 8, and the Morrisons set everything up on their porch. There are some coolers in there for things like dairy and cheese, and the house is also a drop-off site for glass milk bottles.

Brookford Farm CSA runs all year, so there’s no need to be sad when the end of fall approaches.

To join, go to BrookfordFarm.com/register. Prices vary depending on how many weeks of the season are left. Call 742-4084 for more info.

Author: Jon Bodell

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