Rep. Chellie Pingree comments

Here is a recent statement from Maine’s Rep. Chellie Pingree who has a farming background and is one of the good politicians encouraging local food production.

“As the full impacts of the coronavirus pandemic become evident, we clearly must increase the resiliency of our food system. Our short-term focus is keeping farms in business, but if we want to ensure long-term sustainability, we’ll use this as an opportunity.

Farming has always been unpredictable, but this crisis has exposed a fragility in distribution, and a lack of equity in both access and production. We’re seeing an increase in extreme culling coupled with widespread product shortages; a farm system that is largely dependent on H-2A workers; few protections for farm workers; and devastating crop waste.

The Trump administration asserts that the food supply chain is healthy, but I’m hearing differently from those on the ground. Food banks in my district are competing with retailers to purchase food, and struggling to get it into the state. This highlights the need for a more localized supply chain. In Maine, we’ve seen a consumer shift towards local food producers. These farms now have the opportunity to demonstrate their importance and the quality of their products to a group of people who may not have otherwise been customers.

In the end, I believe the coronavirus pandemic can encourage a more sustainable food supply via production and distribution incentives. This shift would offer greater access for consumers, and revenue for farms via outlets for direct-to-market sales like farmers’ markets and CSAs, while at the same time helping to provide more locally sourced products for traditional options such as supermarkets.”

— Rep. Chellie Pingree, a Democrat from Maine’s first district. 

Spring CSA 2020 Weeks 3-10

4/14/20 choose 4 from the following: kale, radishes, Hakurei turnips, joi choi, black summer choi, Tokyo bekana, senposai, or komatsuna

4/21/20 joi choi and a bunch of hakurei turnips, choose: greens mix, kale mix or spinach choose: komatsuna of senposai

4/28/20 head of napa cabbage, joi choi, lettuce, choose: spinach or greens mix, freshly cut cilantro

5/5/20 choose: napa cabage or joi choi, choose: chard or lettuce choose: kale or kale mix

5/12/20 choose: Kale or joi choi, everyone gets lettuce, hakurei turnips or radises, take 2 from spinach, greens mix, aspragus, fiddleheads,

5/19/20 asparagus and lettuce, choose 2 from kale, chard, hakuri turnip, radishes, spinach, shallots, fiddleheads, freshly cut cilantro

5/26/20 Asparagus, kale and spinach OR chard for all, lovage cut fresh

Spring 2020 week 2

April 7 Everyone Gets :1 Joi Choi, 1 Black Summer Choi, 2 Takyo Bekanas Choose 2 From: greens mix, kale, spinach

Spring CSA 2020 week 1

March 31 Everyone Gets: 2 storage onions, 1 bag of Tokyo Bekana, 1 pound choi, Choose 2 from: 10 oz bag greens mix, 8 oz bag of Komatsuna and Senposai.

2019 Weeks 12-22: Main Season CSA Share


Regular Share Everyone Gets: 1 lb green beans, 2 asian melons, 1.5 lbs of either carrots or beets, 1 pt cherry toms, 1 winter squash.

Regular Share Everyone Choose 3 items from: 2-2.5 lbs toms, 2-2.5 lbs sweet onions, eggplant, 1 lb sweet peppers, 1/2 lb Shishito Peppers, 5 pickling cukes, 1 cantalope melon, bunch of leeks.

Single Share Everyone Gets: 2 asian melons, 1 winter squash, 1 lb green beans, 1 lb carrots or beets, 1 pt cherry toms.

Single Share Everyone Chooses 1 item from regular share choice list. Hot peppers for anyone that wants them.


Regular Shares: 3 lbs potatoes, 2 asian melons, 3 garlic, 1 eggplant, 1 b shallots, pint cherry toms.

Take 3 from 1/2 lb gc, 1/2 lb shishitos, 1 lb sweet peppers, 2 lbs slicing toms, 1 lb carrots, 1 lb beets, bunch of leeks, 1/4 lb shiitakes, 1 lb bag of beans, 6 little peaches.

Single shares same as regular share but with no choices.

Everyone can choose hot peppers if they wanted any.


Regular shares: 1 spaghetti squash, 2.5 lbs onions, pint cherry toms, 1.5 lbs peaches: take 4 from 1/2 lb shishitos, 1 lb carrots, 1 lb beets, 1 lb sweet peppers, 1 delicata squash, 1/2 lb gc, 1 bunch leeks, 1 eggplant, 2 lbs tomatoes, 1 lb bag green or wax beans, 2 asian melon: hot peppers for all.

Single shares same 4 from regular list plus 1 additional from choice list.


Regular share 1 winter squash, 2 lbs onions, 1 eggplant, 1.5 lbs sweet peppers, 1 head cabbge.

Take 3 from gc, 1 lb beets, 1 lb carrots, 1/2 lb shishitos, 1 lb bag of beans, 2 lbs toms, pint cherry toms, 1 lb broccoli, 1 lb shallots, hot peppers for all.

Single shares same as regular without choices.


Regular: 1.5 lbs peppers, 1 head cabbage, 2 lbs yams. take 5 from 1 lb carrots, 1 lb shallots, 1.5 lbs beets, 2 lbs tomatoes, 3 garlic, 1 lb broccoli, 1 or 2 eggplant, 2 lbs parsnips, 2 lbs onions.

Single shares same as regular same but only 2 choices.


All got 2.5 lbs taters and 1/2 lb ginger.

Regular shares took 4 from 1.5 lbs beets, 1.5 lbs parsnips, 1 lb carrots, 1.5 lbs peppers, 1/2 shishito peppers, 1 or 2 eggplant, 1 head cabbage, 2 lbs onions.

Single shares take 2 from that list.


Everyone gets 2 butternut squashes and 1/2 lb ginger.

Regular shares take 4 and singles took 2 from: 2 eggplant, 2 lbs onions, 3 garlic, 1.5 lbs beets, 1.5 lbs peppers, 1 head cabbage, 1 lb carrrots, 1 delicata squash, 2 lbs potatoes, 1.5 lbs parsnips.


Everyone gets 2.5 lbs potatoes and 2 lbs onions.

Regular shares take 4 and singles 2 from; 1 lb carrots, 1 lb beets, 1.5 lb parsnips, 2 eggplant, 1 lb peppers, 3 bulbs garlic, 1 head cabbage, either 1/4 lb ginger or turmeric.


Everyone can take 3 lbs potatoes, 4 lbs onions, 1 jar garlic salt.

Regular shares take 3 and singles take 2 from 1 head cabbage, 2 eggplant, 1 lb carrots, 1 lb peppers, 1 lb beets, 1.5 lbs parsnips, 3 bulbs garlic, 3 lbs ws, 1/4 lb turmeric, 1/2 lb shallots.

2019 Week 11: Main Season CSA Share

Regular Share Everyone Gets: 1 Delicata Squash, 1 cantalope or 2 asian melons, 2 lbs. sweet onions, 1 1/2 lbs. of carrots, 3 bulbs of garlic.

Regular Share Everyone Chooses 4 from: 1/2 lb Shishito peppers, 1 lb sweet peppers, 2 lbs slicing tomatoes, 1 pt. cherry tomatoes, 3 fennel, 1 1/2 lbs of beets, 6 pickling cukes, 2 slicing cukes, 1/2 lb ground cherries, 1 regular or 2 asian egg plants, 1 lb green beans, 6 leeks, 3 summer squash.

2019 Week 10: Main Season CSA Share

Regular Share Everyone Gets: 3 lbs potatoes, 1 lb shallots, 2 asian or 1 regular eggplant, 1.5 lbs carrots.

Regular Share Everyone Chooses 4 From: 1 lb ground cherries, 1/2 lb Shishito peppers, 1.5 lb beets, 4 fennel, 2 slicers, 6 picklers, 3 pieces of summer squash or zucchini, 1 pint  cherry tomatoes, 2 lbs slicing tomatoes, 1 asian melon, 1 lb sweet peppers, 1 lb green beans.  Also, hot peppers for anyone that wants them.

Single Share Everyone Gets: take 2 lbs potatoes, 1 lb carrots, 1 lb shallots, 2 asian or 1 regular eggplant.

Single Share Everyone Chooses 2  from the choices listed for regular share.

2019 Week 9: Main Season CSA Share

Everyone Gets:  One jar of Hungry Bear Farm current or hot pepper jelly, 1 Slicer and 6 pickling cukes, 5 leeks, 1.5 lbs carrots.

Regular Share choose three from: 1/4 lb log cultivated shiitake mushrooms, egg plant (one regular or 2 asian), 1/2 lb. Shishito peppers, three summer squash, 1.5 lbs beets, 2-3 cabbages, 1 lb. green or wax beans, 4 fennel bulbs, three large sweet onions, 1/2 pt cherry tomatoes. 1.5 lbs red radishes.

Single Share choose two from the regular share choices. 

2019 Week 8: Main Season CSA Share

Regular Share Everyone Gets:1.5 lb carrots,3 lbs of ‘new’ potatoes, 3 summer squash, 3 zucchinis, 2 slicing cucumbers, 6 pickling cucumbers, 1 head of lettuce.

Regular Share Chooses 2 From: 2 fennel, eggplant, cabbage, 2 large, sweet onions, 1/2 lb shishito peppers, 1/4 lb mushrooms ( limited supply), 2 lb bag shell peas, 1 lb wax beans ( limited supply ), 1.5 lbs radishes.

Freshly Cut Herbs Today: dill, cilantro or basil. 

2019 Week 7: Main Season CSA Share

Full share Everyone Gets:  1 lb green beans, 4 zucchini, 2 large, sweet onions,4 summer squash , 6 pickling and  3 slicing cucumbers,  2 heads of  cabbage.

Full Share Choose  3 from:  chard, 1/4 lb. log cultivated shiitake mushrooms, 1.5 lb beets, 1 lb radish, 1 head of lettuce, 1.5 lb snap peas, 2 lb shell peas, 1/2 lb Shishito peppers, 2 asian eggplant.  Freshly cut herbs choices are:  dill, cilantro, basil.