Cambridge, Mass. — Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a vital and innovative community health system serving Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities, has teamed up with Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, Mass., to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to Cambridge with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The program is one of many initiatives CHA has implemented to support its mission to improve the health of its communities.
In the CSA program, consumers become shareholders of the farm for the season by paying for their shares of the harvest upfront and, in return, will receive freshly-harvested produce for 20 weeks, from mid-June through late October. Shares will be freshly harvested by Farmer Dave’s and ready for pick-up on Tuesday afternoons from 3 - 6 p.m. at CHA’s Cambridge Hospital campus at 1493 Cambridge Street. The program is open to the public as well as CHA staff.
Each week, CSA members will receive a share of fresh vegetables grown exclusively at Farmer Dave’s fields in Dracut and Tewksbury. Shares are available in small and regular sizes to suit the produce needs of individuals to large families, vegetarians, and omnivores. Every share includes generous portions of the season’s bounty, each in its due time, including summer favorites such as tomatoes and corn, cooking staples like onions, carrots, and potatoes, and chefs’ picks like chard, beets, and other novelties to experiment with throughout the season. Farmer Dave employs sustainable farming methods to ensure products that are healthy, nutritious, tasty, and responsibly grown.
The CSA also offers a fruit share (July – late October) featuring raspberries, blueberries, melons, peaches, nectarines, and apples. The fruit is perfect for breakfast, a snack on-the-go, or a healthy dessert.
In an effort to serve the greater Cambridge community, CHA and Farmer Dave's will donate surplus produce to local nonprofit Food for Free each week. CSA members, businesses, religious organizations, non-profits and individuals may also make donations to the Groundwork Share-A-Share™ program. Share-A-Share™ program funds will be used to subsidize CSA shares for households interested in the CSA who would otherwise be unable to afford participation.
In addition to Cambridge, members can also choose from several other pick-up locations in the greater Boston area, including Somerville, East Boston, Boston Medical Center, Malden, Burlington, Reading, and more. Home and office delivery via bicycle courier is available through a partnership with Metro Pedal Power. For more information about Farmer Dave’s CSA, including registration, payment plans, and more, visit www.farmerdaves.net or contact the farm at (978) 349-1952.
Cambridge Health Alliance is a vital and innovative community health system that provides essential services to Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston’s metro-north communities. It includes three hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices, and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Medicine. For more information, visit www.challiance.org.