WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The rise in popular desire to do just that in recent years explains the multiplication of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) system, whereby consumers become members who purchase regular deliveries that include a mix of straight-from-the-fields produce from a specific farm. The Organic Food Guide lists no less than 89 of the organizations in Massachusetts alone. And few of their members seem to mind one of the key characteristics of CSAs: while subscribers are given a general sense of what kinds of produce they'll receive, they don't have total con- trol. After all, just like real life on the farm, what you get depends on what the crops yield. So one week's delivery might include fennel bulbs and mustard greens, whereas the next might bring wild ramps, fresh dill, and heirloom potatoes. The most accommodating CSAs, however, go out of their way to bal- ance what we commonly think of as staple veggies and fruits with their own specialty crops. Siena Farms (www.sienafarms.com), for example, offers year-round shares (you can also order them by the season) that are brought to you weekly, direct from their 50-acre farm in Sudbury. Theirs might include workhorses such as broccoli, radishes, and baby salad greens, alongside lesser-known vegetables like rainbow chard, fairy tale eggplant, Hakurei turnips, or oak leaf lettuce. That balance is thanks to the efforts of owner and longtime farmer Chris Kurth. He and his wife, renowned chef Ana Sortun — she's the chef/owner of Cambridge's Oleana, among other award-winning eat- eries — named the farm after their daughter, Siena. So it's little surprise that a farm taking a kid as its namesake also looks to include youngsters in the farm shares; late every summer, they offer tykes-specific boxes of the farm's veggies, along with special recipes and extras surprises to inspire kids to dig in and cook up the season's bounty. Looking at the types of edibles often included in CSAs, it should also be mentioned that even some farms that focus on foods other than O L I V E I M A G E S ( O I V ) 170 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 8 food & wine "spectacular field-grown products"

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