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SNAP Farm Share Program

CCCD is excited to share an opportunity for SNAP/EBT users. This new program makes community supported agriculture (CSA) farm shares more accessible to community members utilizing SNAP/EBT dollars.

 

CSA programs are an opportunity for community members to enjoy farm fresh produce, while supporting local agriculture!

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What is a CSA?

Farmers face many costs in the operation of their farms. Community Supported Agriculture programs, or CSA's are designed to alleviate the financial burdens of farmers before the season begins. CSA customers provide an upfront cost to reserve a share of the season's harvest.

 

The cost of the CSA can be viewed as a deposit for the season! This upfront cost allows farmers to purchase needed seeds, materials, or equipment for the upcoming season, while customers are able to reap this investment by taking home delicious produce once the farm season begins!

Many farms offer half share or full share CSA options. These options vary from farm to farm, but half shares are smaller to feed smaller households, while full shares are designed to feed larger households or households that eat a lot of vegetables.

Some farms offer on-farm pick up days, while others offer delivery! Some farms pre-package their CSA shares for a quick pick up, while others allow customers to pick your own (PYO!). Pick up days provide a unique experience to see where your food is grown, and interact with other community members! While delivery offers a convenient way to bring produce to your household!

Through purchasing a CSA, you are supporting local agriculture, while also eating delicious, nutritious, and locally grown produce!
 

How Does it Work?

  • On Wednesday, February 28th from 12-7PM, swipe your EBT card with CCCD staff at the Monadnock Food Co-op Meeting Room in Keene, NH (Customers can split up their payments and pay for the remaining half on March 27th)

  • Customers are responsible for paying 25% of the cost of their desired farm share (this payment can be split between two payments)

  • Upon swiping for the 25% of the cost, customers will receive the 25% back in tokens, which can be used at the Farmers' Market of Keene this season (tokens never expire).

  • This means you receive a CSA utilizing your SNAP/EBT benefits!

  • Please note that the number of farm shares are limited and are available on a first come first serve basis.

  • If you are interested in the program but are not available on February 28th, contact Amanda Littleton to arrange an alternative time to swipe your EBT card: amanda@cheshireconservation.org or (603) 756-2988 x4

 

Example of how it works: 

  • For a $400 CSA share, you swipe $100 from your EBT card. You receive $100 in tokens to be used at the Farmers Market of Keene and you secure a fully funded CSA share for the 2024 season.

Participating Farms and Pricing (You Pay 25% of the Listed Priced)

We are excited to offer a limited number of shares at the following farms:

  • Abenaki Springs Farm, Walpole, NH

  • Dog Days Farm, Fitzwilliam, NH

  • Hillside Springs Farm, Westmoreland, NH

  • Hungry Bear Farm, Mason, NH

  • Stonewall Farm, Keene, NH

 

CSA Pricing:

  • Abenaki Springs Farm: $750 (You Pay $187.50)

  • Dog Days Farm: Full Share: $600 (You Pay $150). Half Share: $350 (You Pay $87.50). Delivery: $9/week (Please note that SNAP/EBT dollars cannot be used to fund delivery cost)

  • Hillside Springs Farm: Full Share: $675 (You Pay $168.75). Half Share: $425 (You Pay $106.25)

  • Hungry Bear Farm: Full Share: $780 (You Pay $195). Partial Size: $520 (You Pay $130)

  • Stonewall Farm: $725 (You Pay $181.25)

CSA Pickup and Further Information

  • Abenaki Springs Farm: 

    • The CSA: 

      • We offer half and full shares each season. Half shares include 5-8 items per week and full shares include 8-15 items per week. We believe that soil health is the key to nutrient density and we utilize growing practices that are designed to increase organic matter and biological activity..​

    • Season: 

      • 26 weeks, May 1 – October 31

    • Pick Up Location and Information:

      • Wednesdays at the farm in Walpole, NH or pick up option in Peterborough, NH

  • Dog Days Farm:

    • The CSA:

      • We offer market style CSA pickup, which means members come to the farm every Wednesday to pick out the veggies they want to cook with that week. Shares average around 8 items per week and we like to mix staples with lesser-known varieties. Some of our members favorites are: Spinach, Lettuce, Cucumbers, Carrots, Tomatoes, Garlic, Herbs, and Zucchini. We harvest with the seasons, which gives our members a chance to try all the flavors of summer in New Hampshire.

      • The Full CSA Share receives a basket every week for 16 weeks. Half Share members can pick which weeks of the season they want to come to the farm to pick up for a maximum of 8 weeks. Home delivery is offered with all shares. We deliver to the following towns: Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Peterborough, Rindge, and Swanzey.

      • Delivery Shares are pre-packed for our members.

      • The Half Share receives a basket every other week for a total of 8 weeks during that same time span. Home delivery is offered with all shares. We deliver to the following towns: Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Keene, Marlborough, Nelson, Peterborough, Rindge, and Swanzey.​

    • Season: 

      • June 12th-September​ 25th

    • Pick Up Location and Information:

      • Home Delivery -- Wednesdays by 6:00pm. On Farm Pickup -- Wednesdays 3:30pm-7:00pm. Free option.​

  • Hillside Springs Farm: 

    • The CSA: 

      • During harvest, members come to the farm (or to a Keene drop-off site) weekly to pick up their share of the produce.  Full shares feed 2-4 adults, or a small family, and are picked up once a week.  Half shares, picked up every other week, are suitable for one or two people.

    • Season: 

      • 12 weeks for half share (every other week) / 24 weeks for full share (every week)

      • Early June - Mid November

    • Pick Up Location and Information:

      • Tuesday and Friday 2pm-7pm at the farm in Westmoreland, NH

      • Tuesdays 5pm-9pm at the Keene Host Site

      • Saturdays 9am-12pm at the Keene Farmers Market

  • Hungry Bear Farm:

    • The CSA:​

      • ​Each week we offer our CSA members a generous amount of vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, some fruit and the occasional value-added product. Members are encouraged to take the amount of produce they think they will use and can swap items out if so desired. We set up a market style pickup under a tent in our field in Mason NH.

    • Season:

      • 20 weeks, June-October​

    • Pick Up Location and Information:

      • At the farm in Mason, NH, Tuesdays 9am-6pm

  • Stonewall Farm: 

    • The CSA: 

      • The certified organic CSA includes a weekly assortment of certified organic vegetables. Bulk herbs and flowers (not pick your own). A sample share in May would include Sugar Snap Peas, Kale, Lettuce, Pink/Purple Radish, Spinach, Salad Mix, Hakurei Salad Turnips, Bok Choy July might include: Green Beans, Broccoli, Rainbow Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Salad Mix, Cucumbers, and Zucchini.​

    • Season: 

      • 20 weeks, May 29 – October 19

    • Pick Up Location and Information:

      • At the Stonewall Farm Store Wednesday or Friday from 4-7pm​ or Saturdays 10am-12pm

Choose from these 2024 Participating Farms:

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Abenaki Springs Farm - Walpole, NHAbenaki Springs Farm grows five acres of certified organic fruits and vegetables that they sell through a CSA, farmers markets, road side farm stand, local restaurants, a local food hub, and health food stores. It is their goal to regenerate the land for future generations while providing optimal nutrient rich food. 

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Dog Days Farm - Fitzwilliam, NH: Dog Days Farm grows vegetables, fruits, and herbs for its CSA using organic principles and following integrated pest management guidelines. It is always fresh, clean, and ready for your dinner table! Dog Days Farm also offers home delivery options.

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Hillside Springs Farm- Westmoreland, NH: Hillside Springs Farm is a small horse-powered CSA farm in Westmoreland, New Hampshire, growing 3 acres and over 100 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers, using only sustainable, organic, and biodynamic farming methods. Hillside Springs Farm is unique in the area for its extended 24-week harvest season, freshly pressed apple cider, and draft horse work.

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Hungry Bear Farm - Mason, NH: Hungry Bear Farm grows a variety of high quality produce without the use of synthetic chemicals ad GMO seeds. They use a combination of low/no tillage, cover cropping, manuring, composting and crop rotation to ensure soil fertility and plant health. Most of the produce is grown on 12 acres in Mason, NH in 3 high tunnels and over 2 dozen plots.

Stonewall Farm - Keene, NH: Stonewall Farm is a nonprofit working certified-organic farm and educational center whose mission is to demonstrate regenerative farming while educating and engaging people to support food security, ecological resilience, healthy communities and planet.

The SNAP Farm Share Program is made possible by the support of The New Hampshire Food Bank.

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