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Gratitude for All Who Support Massaro Community Farm

2023 CSA Registration Now Open

Thank you to the more than 300 families who subscribed to our vegetable and egg CSA programs in 2022!  We welcomed many new customers in 2022 with the flexibility of 10-week shares, subscribing online and paying with EBT cards.

Registration for the 2023 CSA season is now open.  While we’ve been able to keep our share prices flat for the last five years, customers will see a slight increase for 2023 reflecting the farm’s increased cost of supplies.  2023 prices are $405 for a 10-week flexible share and $745 for a 20-week share.  We are still offering a tiered pricing in order to make the CSA accessible at various price points.  Fruit and egg shares are available again as add-ons, and you can choose to pick up at the farm, or at District in New Haven.  At the farm, you can take advantage of u-pick crops like cherry tomatoes, peas, green beans, flowers and herbs, when available.  The farm now accepts EBT cards as payment for fruit, vegetables, eggs and our jarred products.  Purchase your subscription online using our new third-party platform, GrownBy, or call the farm office at (203) 736-8618 to arrange to swipe your EBT card during normal business hours.

The farm is also offering pre-sale farm sweatshirts, turkeys and special Thanksgiving produce bundles.  Turkeys and produce bundles will be available for pickup on Monday, November 21.  Sweatshirts will be delivered before the Christmas holiday.  Small produce bundle:  $37.  Large produce bundle:  $75.  Turkeys:  $30 deposit with balance due at pickup based on final weight.

Final Workshop of the Season

Register now for Wool Felting taking place on Saturday, December 3 from 10:00am-12noon.b This class will be led by Valley resident and crafter, Kayleigh Mihalko, who will instruct on making either a snowman or polar bear. bAll supplies included.  Only 12 spaces available.  The class will take place in the barn rain or shine.  Please dress for cooler weather; masks are optional.  $30/pp.  Tickets are available on Zeffy.com or you can find the link on our website.

Farm Volunteers

The farm just wrapped up its official volunteer hours for the season.  Every Wednesday throughout the spring, summer and fall, garden crusaders came out regardless of heat, rain or cold and clipped weeds and vines off fences, moved rocks, planted, harvested, carted mulch and much more.  The farm also welcomed corporate volunteer teams from Citizens Bank, Elevant, The Henkel Group, Newtown Savings Bank and Daily Harvest.  We are incredibly grateful to all volunteers for maintaining the Learning Garden, Valley community gardens and perimeter spaces on the farm.  Anyone interested in becoming an animal care volunteer should contact the farm office at (203) 736-8618 or send an email to education@massarofarm.org.

Program Participants

Looking back on the season, we wish to express our gratitude for all those who participated in programs and attended farm events demonstrating the farm’s role as a vital member of the community.  From animal care to summer camp to Dinner on the Farm and everything in between, we were happy to bring you many opportunities for farm engagement for those aged 5 – 95.  This year, Dinner on the Farm raised over $21,000 in support of the farm’s food donation efforts.

Farm programming will take a little break over the holidays and return with School Vacation Days and Winter Rangers shortly after the New Year.  Please visit our website and sign up to receive our bi-weekly newsletter for new offerings as they are listed.

Board Members

In spring of 2022, we bid adieu to long-time board member, Cathy Wick.  Cathy serviced as both treasurer and vice president during her 11 years on the board and contributed greatly to the farm’s fundraising efforts.  We thank her for her dedicated service to the mission of the farm.

Massaro Community Farm is a non-profit, certified organic community farm on 57 acres of land whose mission is to keep farming, feed people, and build community.  In addition to growing vegetables for seasonal subscribers, the farm donates thousands of pounds each year to hunger relief.  The farm serves as a hub of education for all ages and shares its space with the community.  The farm’s nature trail is open to the public 365 days a year.  For more information, visit our website at www.MassaroFarm.org or contact Executive Director Caty Poole at 203-736-8618 or at caty@massarofarm.org.

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