CSA brings together community members and farmers in a relationship of mutual support based on an annual commitment to one another. At Indian Line Farm, members purchase a "share" of the anticipated harvest and make payment in advance at an agreed upon price. In exchange, the farmers plant, cultivate, harvest, wash and provide a bountiful selection of vegetables, fruit, flowers and herbs. In short, the farmer and members become partners in the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown food.
Indian Line Farm was one of the first CSA farms in the United States when Robyn Van En, Jan Vander Tuin and a group of local community members started it in 1985. Currently, there are over 1,700 CSA farms feeding hundreds of thousands of people throughout North America.
A share is the bountiful selection of fresh produce members take home with them every week for about 26 weeks. Based on the weather and time of year, the share includes 5-10 items per week and is generally a sufficient quantity of vegetables for two adults or a small family. Members come to the farm once a week (either Tuesday or Friday) between 2 pm and 7 pm. We provide the vegetables that most people love and are familiar with (lettuce, broccoli, green beans, onions, spinach, tomatoes), but we love to experiment and grow less familiar vegetables (kohlrabi, spring turnips, black radishes, and celeriac) too. The share changes as the seasons change. We also provide a Summer Share for folks who want vegetables June–August, a Fruit Share and Flower Share. Click here for detailed descriptions of the available shares and a Commitment Form (PDF).
Members walk, bike or drive to the farm on the day they have selected and enter the barn with their bags in tow. You will be greeted by a member of the farm crew who can help with any questions you may have. You will also be greeted by a beautiful display of fresh food! We try to provide as many choices as possible to accommodate all tastes. After you have selected your share you may purchase bread from Berkshire Mountain Bakery, meat from Maiden Flower Farm, extra fruit or even more produce. At this point you may take a walk down to the fields and harvest some of your own produce.
Every year we designate a place on the farm as pick your own. Here we grow crops that are more time consuming to harvest but usually loved by the members. Starting at the end of June and extending until frost (early October), members may take extra time to harvest their own sugar snap peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, and cut flowers in season.
- Indian Line Farm provides produce that is always fresh, exceptionally clean, and of outstanding quality and variety.
- The farmers provide a detailed email newsletter every week with details of what is going on at the farm, relevant recipes and a detailed list of vegetables you will receive.
- You will have opportunities to enjoy and learn about a real working farm in the Berkshires.
- Your membership directly supports our continued agricultural heritage.
- Indian Line Farm is great place to bring children of all ages. Here they can learn first hand about where their food comes from.
There is no firm work requirement to be a member of Indian Line Farm, but we strongly suggest members put in two hours a season. This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know the farm and farmers. We provide multiple times throughout the season to do this or you can schedule it when convenient. For example, every Wednesday from 8-12 we have Weeding Wednesdays and it is a great opportunity to work and meet other members. We also have our Annual Garlic Harvest in late July which requires a lot of extra help. As they say, "many hands make light work."
Simply go to our Commitment Form on this site, fill it out and send in a deposit. We fill up quickly, so send in early!