Spring is upon us. While my gardener friends are doing their planting and maybe enjoying some stalks of asparagus, I’ve begun thinking about grilling meat. This has me considering joining a meat CSA, which I have begun to see more of over the last few years. It’s a great option if you are feeding more than just yourself and if you end up with too much you can always trade it! The local options are:
Chestnut Farms-located in Hardwick. Memberships are offered in 6 month cycles and the cost ends up being about $7-$8 per pound. Pick up locations in Newton, Arlington and Waltham, as well as a number of other locations. Optional heritage turkeys for sale in September!
Austin Brothers Valley Farm-located in Belchertown. Memberships are offered in 3 or 6 month increments and ranges between $7.75 and $9 per pound. Pick up in Central Square, Amherst or Belchertown. Optional delivery to your door by Metro Pedal Power.
You can also buy their products direct from farmer’s markets and retail stores, where you will also find the below local options:
Stillman’s Farm-family operation with two farms located in Braintree and Lunenburg. You can buy their meat products at a large number of farmers markets and they have a vegetable CSA.
Pete & Jen’s Backyard Birds-Order online for pickup at the farm in Concord or just head over to the mini-store at the farm. In addition to chicken and eggs they also have rabbit and pork.
Plus there’s the Cape Ann Fresh Catch fish share that I blogged about last year. Speaking of fish, Jake and I took a stab at smoking some trout. We experimented with locally caught rainbow trout, donated to the cause by a fisherman friend. My plan is to turn them into pate. Who wants to trade some summer asparagus or lettuce for a bit of smoked trout pate? I’ll post the trade offer as soon as I’ve perfected my recipe.