The Neighborhood Farm, LLC

An all natural, market garden at historic Mainstone Farm

Corner of Old Connecticut Path and Forest Hill Rd, Wayland, MA

The Neighborhood Farm

Our Free Choice Farmers' Market and Farm Stand CSA share is a bit different from a traditional CSA share.  (Wondering what a CSA share is in the first place?  Check our Overview of Community Supported Agriculture page.)  The support of our CSA members enables us to keep the farm running year after year by providing money to order seeds and potting soil, buy supplies, heat the greenhouse, and pay our fabulous crew through the early spring when we start all our crops for the season. 

Our Free Choice CSA share offers members a lot more flexibility than a traditional CSA share.

Our members come to our Farm Stand or any of our Farmers' Markets and select whatever vegetables, fruit, cut flowers or seedlings they like from our stand.  Members take only the items they want and can choose to take as much as they want of anything.  Members can pick up at their convenience, coming to any pick up location, any day that we are open.  Members can select anything we bring to the farmers' market, or any of our plants, produce and flowers at the Farm Stand.  Our CSA Share does not include the meat and eggs sold at the Farm Stand by our landlords at Mainstone Farm.

We grow a wide range of produce and a huge variety of seedlings for your gardens.  We often tell people that we grow pretty much every New England vegetable, except for sweet corn.  We partner with a neighboring farm to have sustainably grown (but not organic), non-GMO sweet corn at the farm stand.  We also partner with our local farmer friends, and bring their fruit or extra vegetables to market and the Farm Stand from time to time. With the exception of sweet corn, all the vegetable growers we work with grow naturally (some certified organic, some not certified but using the same growing practices). The fruit growers we work with use Integrated Pest Management (low spray - only if absolutely needed).  Everything we grow and sell is non GMO. For a sense of seasonal availability, look back at our Facebook market posts to see what we brought to each market.  Typically, in spring we have fresh greens, lots of seedlings for your gardens, sugar snap peas and more.  In the summer we have classic summer vegetables, our famous garlic and tomatoes, leafy greens, flowers and more.  In the fall we have warm weather crops like tomatoes for as long as possible, leafy greens, fall crops like broccoli and cauliflower, tons of garlic, root crops, winter squash, and sustainably grown apples from the UMASS Cold Spring Orchard.  In winter we have lots of root crops, winter squash, onions and garlic, and greens for as long as we can. 

Members select the produce they would like, we tally up the value, and we deduct it from the credit in the member's account. CSA members have total free choice – they can spend the value of their share however they want.  Hate cabbage? Skip it! Want nothing but tomatoes this week? Go for it!

Members pick up as often or infrequently as they like – and don’t have to plan ahead! They can come to market or the Farm Stand once a week, three times a week, or only once during the whole season. Members don’t need to notify us of their plans, they just come when it suits them. This means members can easily go on vacation. They aren’t locked in to picking up their share each week. Members can miss a week, a month, or half the season without losing money.

Our Free Choice CSA program is similar to Farm Bucks offered by other farms, but in our CSA we keep track of everything - members don't have to hold on to "Farm Money" all season.

Members can pick up at any or all of the following sites. Please note, there can be changes to the market schedules which are outside of our control. We will do our best to find alternatives that work for all our CSA members. At this time, we anticipate the 2018 pick up options will be:

  • Farm Stand - year round with a few breaks.
  • Roslindale Village on Saturdays 10 to 2 in winter and 9 to 130 in summer/fall
  • JP Egleston Square on Saturdays 10 to 2 - summer/fall
  • Needham Center on Sundays 12 to 4 - summer/fall
  • Any special events or markets we attend (like Wake Up The Earth and SOWA in May)

How it works:

Members sign up at one of seven membership levels. We create a personal farm account for them.  For members who sign up and pay in January, February or March, we add a 15% bump in credit to each farm account.  For signups between April and November, we add a 10% bump in credit.  (We need and appreciate the support in the winter and early spring!!!)  If someone signs up at the $350 level from January through March, we put a $402.50 credit in their account.  Each time a member picks up, we deduct the total of their selection from the credit in their account.

Members can use their CSA from the time they sign up at the beginning of the year through New Years' Eve.  We attend at least one market a week for 44 weeks of the year!!! 

Please note that not all markets are open for the full 44 weeks.  If you choose to attend only 1 or 2 markets that run for fewer weeks, if you anticipate picking up infrequently, or if you join later in the calendar year, please adjust your membership level accordingly. 

Any credit left in CSA accounts on January 1st of the following year will be donated (in produce) to hunger relief organizations.  Our CSA program runs for a calendar year. 

We offer 7 sizes of our Farmers' Market shares:

$150 - A $150 deposit in December through March results in a 15% bump for an account credit of $172.50. This averages about $4 per week over a 44 week season.  (Purchasing a share, or adding more credit to a share, from April through November results in a 10% bump.)

$250 - A $250 deposit in December through March results in a 15% bump for an account credit of $287.50. This averages about $6 per week over a 44week season.  (Purchasing a share, or adding more credit to a share,  from April through November results in a 10% bump.)

$350 - A $350 deposit in December through March results in a 15% bump for an account credit of $402.50. This averages about $8 per week over a 44 week season.  (Purchasing a share, or adding more credit to a share,  from April through November results in a 10% bump.)

$450 - A $450 deposit in December through March results in a 15% bump for an account credit of $517.50. This averages about $11 per week over a 48 week season.  (Purchasing a share, or adding more credit to a share,  from April through November results in a 10% bump.)

$550 - A $550 deposit in December through March results in a 15% bump for an account credit of $632.50. This averages about $13 per week over a 4e week season.  (Purchasing a share, or adding more credit to a share,  from April through November results in a 10% bump.)

$650 - A $650 deposit in December through March results in a 15% bump for an account credit of $747.50. This averages about $17 per week over a 44 week season.  (Purchasing a share, or adding more credit to a share,  from April through November results in a 10% bump.)

$750 - A $750 deposit in December through March results in a 15% bump for an account credit of $862.50. This averages about $20 per week over a 44 week season.  (Purchasing a share, or adding more credit to a share,  from April through November results in a 10% bump.)

We offer signup on a first come first served basis.

Important points:

Please note - you can only use your CSA account at The Neighborhood Farm's stand at the farmers' markets, not at other vendors.  At the Farm Stand you can use your CSA account for any of our vegetables, fruit, cut flowers or seedlings, but not for Mainstone Farm's meat or eggs.

Any credit remaining in members' accounts at the end of the calendar year will be donated (in produce) to a hunger relief organization. We don't carry over credit to the next year. However, we will do everything in our power to help members use up their credit before the year ends.

Because we work with other farms, we are usually able to offer a fairly wide selection of produce. However, in a bad season, all local farms may be struggling to grow enough food. Thus availability and selection change from year to year. We'll do our best to have as much food as possible, but we are a small farm (and so are our friends' farms). We don't bring in vegetables from far away or from farms that use growing practices which differ from ours, and we don't bring in sweet corn or fruit from farms that use unsustainable growing practices.

To sign up for a share please:

Email theneighborhoodfarm@gmail.com
Please include the following information:

  • Name(s)
  • Membership level - $150; $250; $350; $450; $550; $650; $750
  • How you would like to pay - by check or credit card
  • Optional - if you anticipate attending one pick up site more frequently than the others, we would love to know!  This will not lock you in to attending that site, but it will help us fine tune our harvesting plans.  You are still welcome to attend any and all markets and Farm Stand days whenever you like.

We'll send you an email with further instructions.

We hope you join our CSA!

Our Outdoor Spring Summer Fall Farmers' Markets:

Needham Farmers' Market, Sundays 12-4 at the Town Commonfrom Memorial Day Weekend through Thanksgiving

 Egleston Square Farmers' Market, Saturdays at 29 Germania St, JP from May through November

 Roslindale Market, Saturdays in Adams Park from June through Thanksgiving

Our Farm Stand

At Mainstone Farm, at  the intersection of Old Connecticut Path and Forest Hill St in Wayland.  Open:
Wednesdays 2-6,
Thursdays 2-6
Fridays 2-6
Saturdays 11-4
Sundays 11-4

Indoor Winter Farmers' Markets:

Roslindale Winter Farmers Market, Saturdays
10-2 from January through the end of March at the Sons of Italy Hall, 30 Birch St in Roslindale Center, across from Sullivan's Pharmacy.