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New meat CSA, delivering to Melrose


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New meat CSA, delivering to Melrose

Chris VR | Jun 18, 2007 06:18 PM

Houde Family Farm of St. Johnsbury, VT, is going to start deliveries next week to Melrose. This is his first year trying this, and he wasnt sure if he'd get enough people signed up to make it economically feasible, but he just emailed everyone who was interested and said it's a go. Yay!

The shares are available in 10 or 20 lb amounts. A 10 lb share is $6.50 per pound ($455 for a share) and a 20 lb share is $6.25 per pound ($875 for a share.) The meats consist of pork, veal and beef. Each share will get approximately 1/2 hamburger and stew meat, the other half the better cuts. Sometimes there would be more burger, sometimes mostly better cuts. The meats are humanely raised, antibiotic/growth hormone-free.

The meats will be delivered, frozen, on seven Thursdays, between 4 and 6:30pm to the Knoll field in Melrose (across from the middle school). Delivery dates are June 28, July 26, August 23, September 20, October 18, November 15, December TBA.

He's got a website but it's a work in progress. It's currently at but he says it will be redone by the end of the month and will be at

The info on the CSA isn't on the website but it's not too late to sign up, and you can email, or call David Houde at 802 748 2835 if you are interested.

I'm excited about this! It's a bit of a crapshoot since it's his first year, but I've talked to him and he seems like a really sincere guy who believes in organic farming. Depending on the cuts, I'm paying about that, on average, at Wild Oats anyway. I already belong to a produce CSA, so I'm used to the "you get what you get" mentality. I like the challenge of being presented with raw ingredients and having to figure out what to do with it. I'll be sure to post back here with a few reports, if anyone is interested.

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