Farms & Food

Vegetable and Meat Shares

By becoming a farm shareholder, you help preserve our farmland, create community, and have access to fresh, local and healthy food.

Become a CSA Shareholder By becoming a farm shareholder, you help preserve our farmland, create community, and have access to fresh, local and healthy food! We offer Community Supported Agriculture shares at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Powisset Farm in Dover, Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, Moose Hill Farm in Sharon and Weir River Farm in Hingham.

What are the Offerings? 

Pasture-Based Meat Shares

Spring Share:Three monthly, 15-pound pickups of Trustees Grown meat, including 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork, and chicken. A total of 45 pounds. Pickups in March, April, and May. Purchase your 2024 Spring Meat Share Today!

Summer Grill Share:One time, 15-pound Pick-up of Trustees Grown meat, including 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, pastured pork and chicken. Everything you need to cover all your summer grilling needs! One easy pickup in July.

As diversified farms, we offer summer & winter certified organic vegetable shares, and seasonal pasture-based meat shares.  Visit our Shop Trustees Farms page to see which shares are currently available. 

Our Growing Practices

Our growing practices are guided by the National Organic Standards and by our own agroecological approach which focusses on soil health, biodiversity and resilience. As small, diversified farms, Trustees farms use a variety of production practices that improve the ecosystem and support organic and regenerative farming. Practices seen across our vegetable fields include:

  • Crop rotation
  • Innovative Cover cropping
  • Retaining natural habitats such as hedgerows, buffer strips and riparian corridors
  • Livestock and crop integration
  • Maintaining meadows, shrublands, and woodlands adjacent to crop production
  • Establishing pollinator strips within cropland
  • Building soil structure and organic matter in support of living organisms
  • Engaging in conservation tillage techniques

Certified Organic Vegetable Shares 

Winter Shares
These shares feature a mix of storage crops such as winter squash, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, beets, onions, garlic, and fresh vegetables like head lettuce, kale, and spinach. The winter share has a total of 4 biweekly pick-ups in November and December

Summer Shares 20 weeks (June-October) and includes a variety of seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers and field fruits (strawberries and melons). Shares are market style, meaning that members take what they like and leave what they don’t. A share is abundant for two people who really enjoy seasonal vegetables and very suitable for a family of four. Seasonal Pick-Your-Own crops are also available at some farms. 

Summer 2024 CSA Shares on Sale Soon!

Summer Fruit Shares

During the summer CSA season, fruit shares are available to current Vegetable CSA shareholders only. There are approximately ten weekly pick-ups between June and October, depending on local fruit yields.

Fruit Shares

Trustees Grown Meat and Poultry

Trustees Grown meat and poultry are produced across our network of production farms; Together, Appleton Farm in Ipswich, Powisset Farm in Dover, Moose Hill Farm in Sharon, Weir River Farm in Hingham and Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough account for almost 2000 acres of Massachusetts farmland. Our livestock help us manage our farmland, sequester carbon and convert foodstuff indigestible to humans into high quality protein.  

How Do We Raise our Meat? We raise 100% grass-fed beef and lamb, forested pigs and chickens on pasture & cover crops. Our beef cows and sheep are moved daily to fresh grass, enabling the pasture to quickly recover, providing more food throughout the season.  

The Trustees engages in regenerative production livestock farming and utilize that production activity to authenticate meaningful farm-based experience across our farms. The animals that we raise have a purpose whether that be production for meat, milk and eggs, as critical elements of farmland resource management or as accessible educational livestock. Trustees farms are distinguished by humane practices and conscientious attitudes evidenced in our pastures, farmyards, fields and livestock infrastructure.  

Our livestock are provided an environment that enables them to exhibit their natural instincts. These instincts include but are not limited to bonding with offspring, foraging, flying, rooting, grazing, suckling, nesting, socializing with adequate group sizes, and the ability to flee harm. All livestock are provided the opportunity to forage as appropriate to their species, and forage areas are maintained through rotation. We endeavor to manage closed flocks and herds. Livestock are provided adequate, natural nutrient rich diets appropriate to species specific digestive anatomy. All breeds are selected with consideration of their ability to thrive year-round in Massachusetts climate conditions.  Management is focused on promoting health over treating disease with the understanding that providing sufficient rearing environments support livestock health and wellbeing.