**CSA Update as of 4/12/2021: The 2021 CSA is now full. We do anticipate that a handful of spots may become available over the next 1-2 weeks, so please add your name to our waitlist in order to express your interest in any openings that may become available.
**CSA Program Update as of 3/9/2021: the pickup option of Wednesdays 3-6 is completely full/at capacity. Spots still remain for pickup choice of Saturdays 9-noon.**
2021 FARM PROGRAM INFORMATION
Trombly Gardens is a fourth generation family farm, nestled just out of downtown Milford, New Hampshire. The land has been farmed since 1950 and has a very diverse history making it a perfect example of New England agriculture. Stanley Trombly started the operation as Sunny Prairie Farm and concentrated mainly on poultry, like many farms in New England before making the leap to a Holstein dairy farm. The family milked cows until 2001 before making the tough decision it was time for the family farm to move into the next chapter. Today, Trombly Gardens grows quality fruits and vegetables using Integrated Pest Management as well as a natural approach to many of our crops. Our high standards have made us a leader in sustainable agriculture.
We have remained tied to our roots in raising animals; today pasture-raising cattle and hogs. It is important to our family that our livestock live on untreated green pastures with room to roam the outdoors in a clean and healthy environment.
Having a diverse family farm allows us to be better stewards of the land. We use well composted manure from our own livestock as fertilizer, carefully watch over our crops to assess and use preventative measures, and even have a crop inspector come out weekly to monitor our fields for insects and soil-born diseases. If you have ever shopped our farm stand or been a member of one of our programs, you have witnessed our hard work.
All About the CSA
A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or “farm share” program is a relationship between a farm and its community. Community members can choose to invest a lump sum in the winter then return to the farm each week in the summer to receive their share of that week’s harvest. By becoming an invested “shareholder” you choose to support the farm financially in the winter when seeds and supplies need to be ordered, tractors need to be fixed and staff still need to be paid. Come the beginning of harvest, shareholders pick up their pre-paid shares once per week for approximately eighteen weeks and get to bring home all the freshest fruits and vegetables picked for them by our hard-working crew. A CSA is a great opportunity to eat seasonally, try different foods and feel a deep sense of connection to a local farm. CSA shareholders learn to love what a New England harvest has to offer and get to stretch their creative cooking muscles as the weekly box dictates their dinner menu. This can be great fun and CSAs have become more popular each and every year. Three different base size shares are available as well as additional add-on options to suit your needs.
CSA Base Share Options:
We are offering three different share options for the upcoming season, including a new Individual or “Mini” sized share. All shares will be distributed outdoors at our farm located at 150 North River Road in Milford and run approximately eighteen weeks, generally starting in mid June and running into October. *Please note that this year in response to feedback desiring more choice, we will not be pre-boxing shares. Shareholders will report to the CSA tent where they will find all the items for that week set up like an outdoor farmers’ market with a board listing which items are included in each share size that week. Some choice items will be included to allow more flexibility (for instance “choose two squash or two zucchini” or choose “a bunch of kale or swiss chard”, etc). Depending on your “shopping style” please budget anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to gather your share. Shareholders are asked to bring their own reusable shopping bags in which to bring home their shares.
□ Our Individual “Mini” Share option is our newest and smallest share size. It is approximately a quarter bushel of food and is best suited to a single person or couple. $325
□ Our Standard Share is our most popular choice and is on average about a half bushel of produce. It will include produce that would supply a small family or couple who likes to cook for the week. This is a great share to begin with if you are new to a CSA. $480
□ Our Family Share is our largest share option. This choice also gives you a great variety of what the season has to offer but in a larger quantity than our standard share. This option is equivalent to a full bushel’s worth of produce and gives you a larger selection of some of your favorites. This option is perfect for larger families or people who really love to cook. $875
CSA Share pickup day/time: **Update as of 3/9/2021: the pickup option of Wednesdays 3-6 is completely full/at capacity. Spots still remain for pickup choice of Saturdays 9-noon.** There will be at least one weekday afternoon pickup option to accommodate the after work crowd as well as one weekend morning pickup option. After you purchase your share, we will be in touch with you to coordinate your chosen pickup date. Please note that we ask shareholders to keep the same pickup day choice throughout the entire season. This being said, if you ever need to skip a week, you are welcome to send a friend or family member to pick up your share for you. If you are unable to send someone to pick up your share, we are happy to donate your share for that week to SHARE Outreach, Inc., Milford’s local food pantry. Please note that all unclaimed shares are put to good use and also donated to SHARE, Outreach after each distribution.
CSA Add-on Options:
Purchase one of the three base vegetable CSA options listed above and you have exclusive access to the following add-on options:
□ Egg Share: Add one dozen eggs for the duration of the eighteen week CSA $95
□ Fruit Share: We will do the hard work of sourcing the best local fruit from neighboring farms and orchards as well as from our own fields to provide a steady supply to you each week for the duration of the eighteen week CSA. Shares most likely will include berries, apples, melons, pears, grapes and more. $225
□ Flower Bouquet Share: Choose from one weekly handcrafted fresh-cut bouquet created by us from our own flower fields. *Please note that flower bouquet shares begin at a later date than the beginning of the CSA and will run through first frost. $120
□ Canning & Freezing Share: Do you want to take your CSA to the next level? Do you love “putting up” food in your freezer or pantry to enjoy the fresh taste of summer in the winter? This is the add on for you. Dictated by the season’s abundance, receive a total of four surprise bushels-worth of additional bulk produce. Examples of this could include full or half bushel boxes of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, peppers, eggplant, corn, green beans, etc. $100
□ Sourdough Bread Share: Get a fresh baked loaf of our own sourdough bread baked especially for you each week. Choose to be surprised or elect to pick your flavor from week to week. Flavor choices include our rustic classic, cheddar, kalamata olive, fruit & nut, garlic, olive oil and herb and more to be added. $125
For some folks, the traditional CSA share might not be the right move. If you would still like to support the farm, but you like a bit more choice in your shopping style, our flexible “Farm Bucks” gift card program is a great fit. Farm Bucks still offers you a way to invest in the farm financially in the winter when seeds and supplies need to be ordered, tractors need to be fixed and staff still need to be paid. Then come April 1st, your farm bucks card is ready for your use with a bonus loaded on to it as a thank you for supporting us through the winter. Load at least $150 on your card to get your bonus. The earlier you sign up for the Farm Bucks program, the more you save.
□15% BONUS BUCKS if you sign up between December 1st and December 31st.
□10% BONUS BUCKS if you sign up between January 1st and January 31st.
□5% BONUS BUCKS if you sign up between February 1st and February 28th.
If you are interested in eating locally-raised meats raised by a family farm this program may be a great interest to you! This share allows you to get a sampling of beef and pork raised right here at Trombly Gardens. Depending on that month’s availability, shares may include all beef, all pork or a mix of both. We will give you a selection including steaks, burgers, ribs, bacon, sausage, roasts and more throughout the duration of the subscription. Meat shares start on a rolling basis and are dependent on availability. Inquire any time of the year to sign up!
□Half Year Small Subscription (10lbs/6 months) $625.00 for 6 pick ups
□Full Year Small Subscription (10lbs/12 months) $1,190.00 for 12 pick ups
□Half Year Monthly Large Subscription (25lbs/6 months) $1,400.00 for 6 pick ups
□Full Year Large Subscription 25lbs/12 months) $2,640.00 for 12 pick ups
*Our new Farm Share Fund:
Join us in helping to provide discounted farm shares to local individuals and families in need during this difficult economic time. Contribute what you can at the time of filling out your CSA form. When CSA sign ups have ended, we will tally the total donated amount by the community and will work with SHARE Outreach, Inc. to be connected to local families and individuals. The goal is to offer as many Individual and Standard shares as we can to fill the need. If you, or someone you know could benefit from being a recipient of this discounted CSA share program, please feel free to reach out to Share Outreach, Inc. directly to express interest at 603-673-9898. The names of all interested parties will be kept confidential.*
Thank you for making our farm your source of local food and allowing us to keep our family tradition alive.
For more CSA information, please email CSA Manager, Amanda Dumont at firstname.lastname@example.org.