Join the farm family! 2018 memberships are now open.
A SweetRoot Farm membership offers you a delicious abundance of produce and lots of personal choice. Weekly shares are based on what you can fit in a reusable cloth "Feed Bag." Members chose a large or small bag, which they fill once a week with their choice of produce from our booth at the Hamilton Farmers Market or the Farmstore on our farm (76 Bell Lane in Hamilton). On Tuesday afternoon we staff the farmstore to provide special service and a festive pickup time for members, but you are welcome to fill your bag any day of the week.
Farm members have a special relationship to the farm, and we rely on their advance commitment to get our season rolling. Members sign up and make their first payments while we are still ordering seeds and getting started, which helps us make the investments needed to support an abundance of food all year long. In return, members get some special treatment: besides the weekly abundance of veggies, members are the first to get the first ripe tomatoes and new potatoes of the season, bulk deals on basil for pesto, and other special treats, as well as special bulk pricing on canning and storage quantities of produce in the fall. We love seeing members weekly, and relish the “farm family” that develops over a season as members get to know each other, us, and the farm. Members get plenty of guidance, recipes, meal inspiration, and coaching through our weekly member newsletter and visits with the farmers.
This year we are offering two sizes of memberships with the option to chose from any combination of seasons: spring, summer, fall, or all three. Memberships can be paid in full at signup by check or credit card, or can be split into three installments to help your budgeting. If you are interested in membership but hesitate because of cost, please apply to our Eatership program, which helps make memberships more affordable for lower-income families. If you wish to contribute to feeding those families you can make a donation here. Feel free to email us with any questions or call 240-1050 to talk through your choices or place an order off-line.
What size membership fits your needs?
Our full share, or large feedbag, is the most common choice for households of 2 or more people. It is a bit bigger and much sturdier than a paper grocery sack, and we will encourage you to pack it to overflowing. It holds $20-$40 of produce depending on the point in the season and your choices.
A two-person household that loves veggies, cooks at home more often than eating out, and/ or wants some motivation to include more produce in their diet should chose this size. The large feedbag also works well for larger families (3-6 people) who have busy schedules or don’t necessarily cook from scratch daily. Of course, a large household of serious eaters could always sign up for multiple shares, or combine a mid-week bag fill with a visit to the farmers market to purchase additional items from the booth with their 10% member discount.
Small feedbag membership:
The small feedbag is a canvas bag about 12 x 15 inches, and is the ideal size for a one-person household. It holds $10-$20 of produce depending on the time of the season and how dedicated you are to filling every cubic inch.
The small feedbag also works well for a household of two people who are pretty busy and don’t always have time to cook from scratch, those who like to shop from several farms at market, or who have a garden of their own but appreciate the diversity and season extension that farm membership provides.
What to expect from each season:
Spring (8 weeks, April 21-June 9) starts with a diversity of greens like salad mix, spinach, baby kale, arugula, pac choi, tatsoi, mild and spicy mustards, leaf cabbage, upland cress, pea shoots, and more. The greens are soon joined by radishes and salad turnips, then baby beets, carrots, snap peas, snow peas, chives, cilantro, scallions, and green garlic. Small: $80, Large $144
Summer (15 weeks, June 16-Sept 22) covers peak production season. We plant new beds of baby greens weekly to keep a steady supply after most home gardens have bolted. Those salad greens are joined by things like cucumbers, summer squash, beets, carrots, garlic, herbs, garlic and onions, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and then tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, chilies, green beans, eggplant, and potatoes, and more. In September your bag can be quite heavy, but you’ll be strong enough to lift it after a season of good eating! Small: $225, Large $450
Fall (8 weeks, Sept 29-Nov 17) Despite dropping temperatures, fall brings some of the best eating of the year. With our unheated high tunnels we usually have tomatoes and peppers into early October. As fall progresses the shares dig into comforting cold weather crops like more carrots, beets, onions, garlic, late season potatoes, fall cabbages, and cold hardy greens like kale, chard, and spinach. There should be plenty of winter squash and pie pumpkins, so plan on a little bit of SweetRoot at your Thanksgiving feast. Small: $104, Large $200
Full 3-season memberships: Small $390, Large $750