Share Sizes and Cuts
Share Sizes and Contents
A full share is 20 pounds of meat each month, and a half-share is between 10-12 pounds a month, depending on the share type. Our small everything share is 9 pounds of meat each month.
Full-size shares work well for families and groups of 3 or more people, and 2 people if you are heavy meat eaters and cook at home most days. You can make a lot of delicious, healthy meals out of 20 pounds of meat each month! Here are the weight distributions you can expect from each full share option.
Medium-size shares work well for 1-2 people. Our medium shares translate to less than $20 per week, or about a quarter of an average $80 weekly trip to the grocery store. Here are the weight distributions you can expect from each medium share option.
We also offer a Small 9 lb Everything Share. With this share, you receive 3 lb chicken, 3 lb pork, 1.5 lb beef and 1.5 lb lamb. It runs about $85 per month or $423 over the course of a 5 month season.
While we can offer customization on share types, we need to maintain a little bit more control over what types of cuts are contained in your monthly distribution, in order to ensure the whole animal is put to use and not wasted. This sometimes results in cuts you may be less familiar with, which you may find scary or you may see as a new cooking challenge. Either way, we have recipes available here on the web site, or we advise investing in a copy of "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman or "American Cookery" by James Beard.
What types of cuts can you expect?
Original, Trio, Everything and Pork-Free CSA members can regularly expect whole chicken and ground beef in each monthly delivery. We try to keep track of what cuts we have previously provided to each member to ensure everyone gets an interesting and fair rotation of cuts over the course of a season. See the "sample share contents" lists on the right side of the page for what you might see in your bag one month.
New - CSA Share Add-Ons
We offer two convenience share add-ons that you may purchase as an option WITH a regular share.
1. Convenience share will be 6lb per month in addition to your regular share of quick thaw, easy cook cuts, such as ground beef, patties, sausage, and chicken pieces.
2. Cut Chicken option is a service for us to cut, divide, and package all your chickens in pieces (boneless breasts, legs and thighs, and wings). Note that for a cut chicken option, you are upgrading to all chicken in pieces, and must select whether you have a small, medium, or full share. If you order a chicken only share with this option, one of the whole chickens will be cut up, so about 8-9 lbs whole, 5-6 lbs of cut chicken.
3. Super Variety add on: If you love your regular share, but are an adventurous food lover and wouldn't mind an extra something for variety or a special dinner, the Super add-on is for you. Basically, you continue to get your regular share contents, and in addition each month receive a unique item. This extra product will be different for each of the five months. One month you will get duck (locally raised on pasture by Brooks' brother), one month wild salmon (wild caught in Alaska by PA purveyors Wild For Salmon), one month will be goat meat (organically raised on pasture by NMP), one month will be veal (grassfed and humanely raised by NMP), and one month will be rabbit (raised on pasture by NMP or another local farm). The quantity received per month will vary depending on the meat type, but will be one 4-6 serving unit: for example, one duck.