Farmer Dave’s CSA

Written by Kaitlyn Foley

Have you ever wished for access to fresh fruits and vegetables straight from a farm instead of the grocery store?  Well, look no further than Farmer Dave’s.  Farmer Dave’s is a farm in Dracut, Massachusetts that grows a variety of vegetables and fruit, and makes bakery items too.  Other than the farm itself, the business can be found at farm stands and in local famer’s markets as well.  Farmer Dave’s operates under a CSA model, which stands for community supported agriculture.  Instead of selling produce to grocery stores, a CSA is a membership that provides individuals with vegetables and fruit, depending on what plan they choose.  Right now, the farm has 2021 bakery shares, 2021 spring shares (an assortment of fruits and vegetables), 2021 summer fruit shares, 2021 summer vegetable shares, and 2021 late fall shares (an assortment of fruits and vegetables).  These “shares” are the different plans the farm offers its members to choose from.  The price of each share depends on what it includes and how long it runs for.  Using a CSA model allows Farmer Dave’s to collect money upfront, which is beneficial because they know how much money they should be able to put back into the farm. Not only does the farm supply their members with fresh locally sourced food; they also provide recipes, produce identification, and vegisodes, which showcase recipes and different ways to cook with the produce, that can be easily accessed on their website under farm resources.  

International interns harvesting spinach in the greenhouse to use for the CSA and their barn market. (picture taken from Farmer Dave’s Facebook)

Joining a CSA is a great way to eat healthy foods, support a local business, and help the environment.  By selling directly to the consumer, the CSA model decreases the amount of travel required, thereby lessening carbon dioxide emissions.  The farm also has reusable crates they package the produce in, which members can home and bring them back at the next pickup. 

Details about the 2021 Summer Vegetable Share 

Example of a share and reusable crate (picture taken from Farmer Dave’s Facebook)
  • It runs for 20 weeks from early June to late October 
  • Individuals are given two options to choose from:
    • A small share can feed one to two adults, or a family with young children, depending on how much they eat. 
    • A regular share can feed two to four adults, also depending on how much they eat. 
  • The shares include a variety of in season vegetables such as:
    • Lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, beets, peppers, sweet corn, eggplant, summer squash, radishes, zucchini, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, basil, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, onions, garlic, shell beans, green beans, collards, winter squashes, and more.  

Plants Provide More than Just a Pretty View!

Written By: Alexandria DiPerri

Photo By Me

I am sure everyone has seen the trend of hanging up a eucalyptus plant over their shower head! Some people know exactly what is going on here as in the steam from the shower helps release oils from the eucalyptus which can clear nasal congestion or any sinus inflammation…but for those of you that didn’t know here are some other examples of plants that provide a pretty view AND some health benefits!

You can find more information on other plants and their benefits here:


Peace Lily

Allergies can be tough to handle, and it is not always ideal taking so much medication. For those that love plants they can actually help! Low-light house plants like Chinese Evergreen or the Peace Lily have leaves and other parts that act as natural filters which can catch allergens or other particles within the air. Researchers found that overall, rooms with plants have less dust and mold as opposed to rooms without plants!


Spider Plant

As for illness, furnaces and air conditioners tend to sap the humidity inside. Switching to a spider plant can provide more moisture into the air-especially during the dry winter months-this can prevent catching the flu or a nasty cold. It also helps prevent your skin from getting so dry and itchy!

Air Purifiers

English Ivy

Don’t buy an air purifier, invest in an English Ivy, Asparagus Fern, or a Dragon tree! These plants can soak up volatile organic compounds that are released into the air. Carpet, cleaners, paint and even printer toners and inks pollute the indoors with all of these compounds. If they build up it can irritate your eyes, skin, worsen asthma and even make it more difficult to breathe!



Stomach issues such as bloating, gas, or other irritation after eating can be bettered through mint or basil, especially if you steep the leaves in hot water!



Lavender is a pretty commonly known plant, but did you know that they have been used as important herbal medicine for centuries? Inhaling it, or, applying it to skin and scalp as an oil is considered aromatherapy. Boiling the leaves for tea is also effective; it has been shown that Lavender can help lower stress or anxiety.

First Aid

Inside of Aloe
Aloe Plant

As most people are aware, Aloe can be easily applied to sun burns or other minor burns. And NO we don’t just mean the aloe you buy in a bottle! Aloe plants hide the aloe within themselves as shown in the picture. Aloe plants can also help soothe irritating psoriasis and other skin related conditions.


Gerbera Daisies

Photosynthesis is the process in which plants take in carbon dioxide and convert it to oxygen using sunlight, however, Gerbera Daisies continue to provide oxygen even after the sun goes down! Putting these in your room can help provide more oxygen which in turn results in a better sleep. As a college student that sounds pretty good to me!