Happy Spring. Clover restaurants are currently on-pause due to COVID-19. Knowing how important local food is at this time, we are continuing to take CSA signups on behalf of our farmers. We will update this site when we know more about how pickups will work this summer.
The idea of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) developed in the 1980s here in Massachusetts. And recently farmers are realizing this is one of the best economic models in existence to support small farms.
Farm shares work this way: you pay the farmer a fixed amount of money prior to their season. The farmer uses that money to buy seeds, fix equipment, and hire employees for the growing season. Each week of the growing season you pick up a weekly share of your farmer’s harvest. When the season starts, you’re going to get fewer items since there is a more limited selection of crops available, but your box will grow significantly as we get to the peak of the season (late July through September). Overall CSA customers get 125-150% more value than what they’d get at the grocery store. There are also winter shares which typically run December through May.
At Clover, we started thinking about this a few years ago. What if we could make this whole process better? You learn about farms in a comfortable retail environment. We offer pick-up any day of the week. Our pick-up windows are long. We offer online signup and payment. We also have an event that’ll allow you to meet your local farmers participating.
Each farm has a limited number of shares. Shares will be offered first come first serve, and we expect all shares to sell out.