In addition to organic vegetables, Hatchet Cove Farm CSA members can sign up to receive “add-on” shares from other local producers. Our goal is to connect our members to as much good local food as possible, and to connect other local producers to our wonderful members.
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Hatchet Cove Farm’s state-certified milk room allows us to sell non-pasteurized milk from our dairy cows Star and Porcello. While we often have milk available at the farm for the public to purchase, our milk share members are the only ones who will be guaranteed a weekly supply. In addition, CSA members receive their milk in returnable half-gallon mason jars. The price is $99 for a 22-week milk share.
Heiwa Tofu handcrafts organic tofu in traditional, small batches using organic, non-GMO soybeans from Maine and New England farms. Heiwa tofu is tender yet firm and is perfect for eating plain, baking, blending, boiling, crumbling, frying, sauteing, and mashing. Top chefs (including those at Suzuki’s, Primo and Long Grain) and home cooks alike love this tofu because of its ability to meet a variety of culinary needs. The tofu share consists of every-other-week delivery of one pound of tofu, and members may sign up for multiple shares if they want more than one package per week (sealed packages have a long refrigerator shelf life). The price is $33 for an 11-week tofu share.
ORGANIC WHOLE MILK YOGURT
The Milkhouse Farm and Dairy in Monmouth uses organic milk from their herd of Jersey cows to create delicious, non-pasteurized cream-top yogurt. The yogurt share is delivered in a glass returnable quart jar every other week, and members may sign up for multiple shares if they want more than one quart per week (the yogurt keeps for weeks, refrigerated). The price is $55 for an 11-week yogurt Share.
GRACIE’S GARDEN FERMENTS
Gracie’s Garden offers an every-other-week share of traditionally lacto-fermented products. They ferment organic Maine-grown vegetables in ceramic crocks using no vinegar. The share will consist of an every-other week quart of ferments including fresh sauerkraut, Swedish carrots, red cabbage and fennel, Django’s ginger carrots, Kimchi, and other seasonal blends. Fermented vegetables are highly nutritious, support digestion, and are an excellent source of vitamins, beneficial enzymes, and probiotics. They store well, so get two shares (or more) if you want a jar every week. Then let the Gracie’s Garden share inspire you to start experimenting with fermenting your Hatchet Cove Farm CSA veggies! The price is $94 for an 11-week ferment share.
Brazen Baking will offers a bread CSA to both Tuesday and Thursday members in 2019. The bread share consists of a weekly loaf (or occasional bag of crackers) of bread baked using traditional methods. Culturing, fermenting, scalding, soaking, and sprouting helps Brazen Baking produce breads that provide balanced energy and taste great. These breads are hearty, dense, and delicious. The price is $118 for a 22-week bread share.
Appleton Creamery, the award-wining goat and cow cheese cheesemaker, offers a cheese CSA for Hatchet Cove Farm members. Cheese CSA members receive two different cheeses every week at below wholesale prices. We think that the quality and variety of the cheese can’t be surpassed! The price is $233 for a 22-week cheese share.
Sue Frank raises mulefoot hogs, a heritage breed of pigs, at Dogpatch Farm in Washington. The farm has twenty acres of fenced-in birch, beech and hornbeam trees where the hogs roam free. Frank’s mulefoots are representative of a breed that was once the rarest of all U.S. livestock, according to the Livestock Conservancy. Read more about Dogpatch Farm and see pictures in this Portland Press Herald article. The Pork Share consists of at least ten pounds of farmer’s pick of a selection of the following: pork chops, bacon, breakfast sausage, maple sausage, Italian sausage, smoked hock (all smoking is nitrate free). The price is $267 for 3 pork deliveries.
OLIVE OILS & VINEGAR
The Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegar CSA is a great addition to the HCF offerings, since our favorite way to enjoy nearly all our veggies is roasted with a little oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Fiore Tasting Room and Shop (located in Rockland, Bar Harbor, Bangor and online) connects our members to olive growers all over the world, offering the freshest oil within weeks of the harvest. In addition, their aged Balsamic and wine vinegars taste unlike anything found in the grocery store. The oil & vinegar share provides one 200ml bottle weekly at a ratio of two weeks of oil to one week of vinegar. The price is $140 for a 22-week oil & vinegar share.
Oyster Creek Mushroom Company offers a weekly mushroom CSA for our members. OCMC cultivates Shitake and Oyster mushrooms and forages fresh wild mushrooms throughout Maine including Porcini, Chanterelle, Black Trumpet, Hen, Morel, Chicken of the Woods and more. The mushroom share consists of around a pound of mushrooms a week at wholesale prices. The price is $233 for a 22-week mushroom share.
We won’t be offering a chicken share through the HCF CSA this year, but we encourage you to participate in the chicken CSA offered by Grace Pond Farm in Thomaston!
Out On a Limb (OOAL) CSA focuses exclusively on rare apples and is run by the gurus of Maine apples, John Bunker and Cammy Watts. Apple CSA members receive five pickups in total, every other week from early September to early November. Each week’s share contains 10-12 lbs of apples (approximately 1/4 bushel), striving for at least four varieties based on what is ripe and available at that moment. The aim of Out On a Limb is to introduce members to the wealth of apple varieties that grow in the region and at the same time support small Maine orchards that continue to grow both heritage and uncommon modern apples. The OOAL apple CSA is only available to Hatchet Cove Members who pick up their fall vegetable share on Tuesday (at PBMC) or Thursday (at the farm), or who are willing to come out to HCF after Tuesday to get their apples. The cost was $170 (in 2018) for five deliveries, mid-September to early November.
CSA FINANCIAL AID FUND
The Hatchet Cove Farm CSA Financial Aid Fund is a way to help support families who otherwise would have a difficult time affording healthy local foods. Donate $20 per year (or, to give more, just adjust the quantity of units when you sign up) and your money will go directly to help cover the cost of shares for families who need a little extra help. If you wish for your donation to be tax-deductible, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much!