There are so many great things about this business that anybody would be hard pressed not to be passionate about it! The produce is organically grown, but even beyond that the business itself is environmentally friendly because we virtually eliminate waste and use minimal packaging. Supporting local farmers, we reduce distance and time from farm to table and help maintain open spaces in our communities, by ordering our baskets people are connected to their food and can provide their families with fresh produce that is safe and healthy - and tasty - to eat. We run a true family business, my husband Mark and I are both very involved in the day to day challenges and successes, Mark's mom and brother also contribute and our children help out too and are learning and growing from the experience. As for our goals, well, in addition to our constant commitment to deliver fresh delicious produce to our clients, we would love to see other communities have the same service and along with it, the same benefits too.
Berkshire Organics, LLC
Business Owners: Aleisha & Brian Gibbons
Aleisha Gibbons started Berkshire Organics in May 2008 from her home in Dalton, MA. At the time, Aleisha was frustrated with the lack of organic produce at the local grocery store. While looking for solutions, the idea for Berkshire Organics was born and she left her full time job to pursue it. Her first week in business 35 deliveries were made; today they deliver to over 400 customers, assist with a farm to school progam and continue to grow. Aleisha runs the business with her husband, Brian. Together they have a customer centric focus and that, combined with their transparency and commitment to creating a more sustainable food system made them perfect partners for us at South Shore Organics. We combine sourcing efforts, share innovations and hope to grow this environmentally friendly model into other communities by partnering with and nurturing local entrepreneurs.
Visit them at www.BerkshireOrganics.com.
Billingsgate Farms, Plympton, MA
Founded in 1800, Billingsgate Farm/Grandpa Tom's is a 55-acre farm run by Peter & Lynn Reading. As an operated farm stand for over 31 years, they take pride in growing over 90% of their own products and offer a diversity of produce. After a sweep of 17 first prizes at the Marshfield Fair, a Pembroke farmer retains his titles as the sultan of squash, emperor of eggplant, tomato tycoon and pasha of peppers. First and foremost, though, Peter Reading is the king of corn. His customers at the Billingsgate Farm Stand in Plympton line up for the sweet corn that grows in the 55 acres he leases. Reading, 52, a fourth-generation farmer, followed in the footsteps of his father, Tommy Reading, even using the same entry number at the Marshfield Fair, 34704. The produce they grow is conventional, BAY STATE ORGANIC CERTIFIED, and is picked fresh every day from our fields to your table. They are committed to producing and marketing safe food with a focus on healthy, sustainable practices, principles of food safety, and the BEST quality.
Blue Blinds Bakery
Primarily Organic Bakery in Downtown Plymouth, MA they bake a variety of fresh pastries, artisan breads and more every morning from simple organic ingredients. They believe in the simplicity of food, avoid over processed ingredients, and use whole grains and natural sugars (such as honey) wherever possible.
C.N. Smith Farm
Located in the town of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, has been a family owned and operated farm for over 80 years. We are the third generation of farmers carrying on the tradition of providing fresh, local fruit and produce while maintaining open space and farmland in our community. Your support is invaluable! The farm was originally started as a potato farm in the 1920's by Carl Smith on 20 acres. Numerous changes over the years included the addition of livestock and poultry. In the late 1950's our father, Carlton Smith, a graduate of Stockbridge School of Agriculture, decided to take a different direction by raising strawberries and plants for wholesale and pick your own. Some fifty years later, the latest generation of Smiths is continuing the family business on 90+ acres of fruit and vegetable crops. In addition to our pick your own apples and berries, we cultivate and harvest our own tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce, corn, peaches, plums, nectarines, pears, etc. We encourage you to see, and taste first hand the fruits of our labor in the hopes that everyone can enjoy the experiences of visiting the fast disappearing American family farm... Here we grow again!
Enterprise Farm has been growing Certified Organic vegetables since 1983! Their fields in Whately, Northampton, and Hatfield comprise approximately 80 acres and their membership also supports a mission to improve food access for the larger community. Dave Jackson is the founding farmer; he knew he wanted to be a farmer after a youthful trip to Mexico with Johnny's seed catalog in his hand! Dave landed in Whately in the 1980's, and has been growing food there ever since, today he lives on-site with his wife and their three boys and estimates his commute to be all of 64 steps. Enterprise Farms are extremely popular for the greens they grow, and are one of the most progressive, community focused farms we are fortunate enough to work with.
Three friends, Bob Sanderson, Barbara Brewster and Jim Bunker, started Jonathan's Sprouts in an old New England Barn on the top of a hill, with a few alfalfa seeds and a vision of growing and selling good, healthy, and locally grown produce year-round. Over the next 32 years, Jonathan's Sprouts grew from 17 bags of alfalfa sprouts a week, to selling an average of 5000 cases, or 20 tons, of more than 20 products weekly.
The South Eastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming in Southeastern Massachusetts through research and education. They are very active at every level in the local food community are an invaluable resource for farmers, restaurants, wholesalers and anybody who is passionate about eating locally.
Soule Homestead, Middleborough, MA
It was Augustus Soule who, in the mid -1800s, built the house and barn that are now part of the Soule Homestead Education Center, which be bequeathed to his daughter Irene and her husband, Albert Deane. The Holsteins grazed on lush green fields and the cheerful yellow house and east and west additions to the barn were all signs that the dairy business was prospering. When the couple too passed on they bequeathed the farm to their lifelong friend, neighbor and farm hand, Columbo Guidoboni, who, together with his son worked hard to build up a herd of 120 cows in the 1960’s.. In 1983 Donald sold the cows to two young men who continued the dairy operation at the farm while Donald focused on haying the fields putting up 8-10,000 bales a year, but realizing the dairy industry was in trouble, he decided to sell the farm but it was the town of Middleborough through a meeting vote and not a developer that acquired the farm and thus, the open space was guaranteed and four years later, Soule Homestead Education Center was formed. The education center plays a vital, active role in the community teaching children and adults alike about their connections with the earth, and farmer Frank Albani grows and harvests organic produce as part of the program.
Weir River Farm
This family-friendly farm, one of the last farms in Hingham, will enthrall visitors with its own "family" of horses, pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep. What makes Weir River Farm a special place? Originally part of a picturesque, early-20th-century country estate, Weir River Farm today is a 10-acre working farm comprised of fields and pastures surrounded by oak and red cedar woodlands. The farm supports diverse wildlife habitats, including upland grasslands, which are in rapid decline in the Commonwealth.
The farm runs as a non-profit in the care of The Trustees of Reservations, offering a produce CSA in the growing season, some meat from pasture raised animals and fresh eggs. Weir River Farm has become a much-loved part of the Hingham community.
White Gate Gardens
As one of the few remaining Duxbury residents still farming their land, Bill and Erin are actually renowned for their beautiful sunflowers and cut flowers which they grow for the wholesale market. They also grow tomatoes, basil and a selection of veggies which they market through their honesty stand and at Farmers Markets. This year Erin made a commitment to raising happy, healthy chickens the old fashioned way with a bit of grain, some vegetables, fresh water, a safe place to lay eggs and lots of fresh air. Erin's passion for the project and fondness for each of her 'girls' has produced wonderful results, and some of our clients have been their enjoying eggs from the beginning and won't go anywhere else!