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Mar 13, 2007 02:20 PM

Chestnut Farms CSA

I'm wondering if anyone has experience with receiving meat shares from the Chestnut Farms CSA. We've been trying to eat more "natural" meat lately, and this seems like a good option. If you've participated in this CSA before, could you please tell me what you thought of the quality of the meat, the variety, etc. Thanks!

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  1. I'm not familiar with it but if anyone else is curious (like I was) the website is and the local dropoff point is in Arlington.

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    1. re: Chris VR

      Yes, sorry I should have mentioned that. We live in Arlington, so it sounds like it would be convenient. I just don't want to commit to 10 lbs of meat per month and then be disappointed with the cuts or quality, so I'm hoping someone has a recommendation.

      1. re: MrsCheese

        I would recommend calling the farm and asking if you can get some samples. This is especially important if you have never had pastured meat before. It is usually more flavorful, and often has a different texture (beef especially). Some people really just don't like it.

        You can also ask them for examples of what cuts they have shipped in the last few months. I have not dealt with a farm yet that was not very forthcoming about what you can expect. You should also make sure you know what the "terms" are in the event that have some kind of major problem. For example, our farm lost all the piglets last spring. We were buying a half hog so it was no real problem for us - it was just delivered later than expected - but in a csa situation, I would want to know how they handle something like this.

    2. Please do post a review if you decide to try it out - I too am very curious. Have been ordering beef from River Rock, but a CSA with a variety of animals would be a nice change from a freezer full of (admittedly delicious) beef.


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      1. re: valatiekil

        I'm waiting to get through the meat that's currently in my freezer, then I think we're going to go for it. I'll be sure to post a review. I had an email exchange with someone in Arlington who splits a share and she's been pleased. She said the quality is excellent and they've gotten a nice variety (in the last couple of months for instance: hamburger, flank steak, lamb chops, leg of lamb, chicken breasts, ground pork, sweet and Italian sausage).

        1. re: MrsCheese

          I've gotten two monthly installments from Chestnut Farms, and have been extremely pleased with them. Everything is great, but their chicken legs in particular are surprisingly tasty.

      2. I'd consider splitting a share, if anyone is interested. My addresss is in my profile.

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        1. re: Chris VR

          Any idea how much the 6-month subscription costs? I live in Arlington, and would be interested in splitting a share as well.

        2. Don't know CF but would like to find others interested in Plato's Harvest csa. They are organic & offer eggs too. 475 full/250 half. We'd need to alternate pick ups. I am in Cambridge.

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          1. re: salty

            Sam, the son of the farm directors, sells eggs (sometimes including Araucana eggs!) through the Chestnut Farms CSA. $3/dozen.

          2. Hey there - I've been a Chestnut Farms CSA member since its inception at the Arlington drop point. I can speak to the quality of the meat that I get on a monthly basis and also to the quality and taste of the Thanksgiving turkeys!

            Not only do I get the benefit of eating what is, in my opinion, the healthiest meat I could possibly buy, but I get to support a fantastic family owned business that's doing things The Old Fashioned Way.

            Chestnut Farms is very, very highly recommended. :-D

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            1. re: rob.sterner

              I just joined this month and am currently cooking beef stew (with the stew beef) in the crock pot as I write this. We also got Lamb Shoulder chops, Chicken Breasts, Pork Chops, Pork Sausage Patties, ground beef and Steak tips. It all looked quite good, and i liked that it was a good variety. I'm pretty excited about it. Will know more when I go home tonight and taste the beef stew. It's more meat than I'm used to(10lbs/month -for 2 adults), so we'll see how it goes, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.