About the Share

Bringing you the best in local and regional grains!

Conceived of in 2008 and launched in 2009 as the missing link in the burgeoning local food chain. Consumers already enjoying heirloom vegetables and heritage breed meats and cheeses had little or no access to grains and flour of the same quality. As a Farm to table Bakery operator and passionate local food advocate Ben Lester became committed to finding a way to get the same quality grains available for himself and his customers. In order to get the best quality grains with the most efficiency to the people who would appreciate them the most the Grain CSA was created.

Every year an ever increasing membership of families, couples, singles and friends sign up for of share of this years grain harvest grown by farmers in Hadley, Hardwick and Gill Ma, as well several farms from Maine who fill in the gaps for crops that were not produced in Massachusetts. Members select a whole or half share which is approximately 100 or 50lbs respectively and then are alotted farm share credits that they use to customize there share selecting how much they want of each of the available grains/flours. Each year there typically 7-10 different small grains selections 3-5 hierloom and popping corn selections and 3-5 heritage bean options to choose from.

This year we will also feature an increased selection of grains as we work with some new farm partners to bring us barley, rye, oats, and buckwheat!

Other improvements this year will include more milling stations, video tutorials and recipes to get you really cooking!

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We are two local food lovers, who started our careers working in professional kitchens and created Wheatberry Bakery & Cafe in Amherst, MA.  In 2008, inspired by our experiences as bakers and as small farmers, we started working with local farmers to grow local grains, and created the PVHG CSA to bring those grains right to the tables of families in our communities.

Below is a list of crops being grown this year. (Each year 80%+ of the crops come in but success varies by season.)

Planted for this year –

  • “Red Lammas” hard red winter wheat (heirloom)
  • “Redeemer” winter wheat
  • Oats
  • Spelt
  • Rye
  • Emmer (Known as Farro in Italy)
  • Barley
  • “Nothstine Dent” Corn
  • “Plymouth Flint” Corn
  • Black Turtle Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Winter Rye
  • “Tom Thumb”Popcorn
  • Triticale

Storage:

Unmilled grains should be stored in a cool, dry place to avoid spoilage.  We recommend plastic bins or glass jars with loose lids to allow air in.  You don’t need anything that special – just a regular kitchen cupboard or counter!

Milling:

  • Grains are given to members unmilled for keeping quality
  • Milling is available throughout MA – please see our milling page for more.
  • or a home sized mills can be used and cost between $50 and $200.  Click here to visit our store, which has recommended mills and more!