Big Train Farm

Rhode Island Certified Organic Vegetables Since 2008

CSA Details

BTF 3-season CSA is CLOSED for 2017 – Please join our Winter CSA, otherwise we’ll see you in 2018!



CSA = Community Supported Agriculture

Where? Pick-up will be held at the Bell Street Chapel, 5 Bell street, on the West Side of Providence. Parking is available in the chapel lot and entrances will be well-marked.

When? Pick-ups will begin in early June and run until the end of November for a total of 25-26 weeks.

What’s available? A wide assortment of vegetables are available (more than 40 crops and over 100 varieties). Eggs, Flowers, Tea, Fruit, Meat, Mushrooms and Bread are also available upon purchase of a vegetable share.

How does it work? CSA pick-up is a Farmer’s Market set-up. Members “shop” at the pick-up, taking what they want from the stand. Some required weekly items and restrictions apply on a weekly basis.

What day and time? Beginning in June, Pick-up is every Thursday between 3 and 7 pm.

What’s the Price? A full share is available for $685 and is sufficient for 3-6 people. Half-shares are available for $350, adequate for 1-3 people. Three-Quarter Shares are also available for $530 and feed 2-5 people. Work-shares are also available.



How do I join?  Sign up for the CSA

How do I pay? Send Checks for VEGETABLE SHARES ONLY, made out to Big Train Farm, to PO 336 North Scituate RI 02857.  Other products will be paid for at later dates.  EBT (Electronic Benefit Transfers) are accepted, two week incremental payment beginning the first week of the CSA program.

What are the Extra Products?



EGGS – HALF SHARE (1/2 dozen) : $75 or FULL SHARE (dozen): $150. PAYMENT DUE: first CSA pick-up. CHECKS TO: Big Train Farm

Weekly Farm Fresh Eggs, raised on open pasture in mobile coops.   Our chickens are raised on grain, grass, legumes, and other wild forage on our vegetable fields.  They are an important component of our fertility system providing manure to successional crops.  We follow USDA-NOP standards for manure applications typically applying manure in the early spring or late fall.                                  .




MUSHROOM (26 weeks) : $260.  PAYMENT DUE: first CSA pick-up.  CHECKS TO: RI Mushroom Company

Throughout the course of the CSA program, we will offer various combinations of Blue Oyster, Golden Oyster, Shiitake, Maitake, King Oyster & Pioppino Mushrooms



FLOWERS– FULL SHARE (20 weeks): $265. PAYMENT DUE: first CSA pick-up. CHECKS TOBlue Skys Flower Farm

Runs from June through October. Medium to Large mixed bouquets of all kinds of flowers including but not limited to: peony, sunflowers, statice, lisianthus, globe amaranth, lavender, salvia, zinnia, celosia, dahlia, marigold strawflower, echinacea, gladioli, etc..



HERBAL TEA SHARE (5 months): $90.   PAYMENT DUE: first CSA pickup.  CHECKS TOBlue Skys Flower Farm.

Runs from July through November.  You will receive (3) 1 oz bags each month of loose leaf herbs for tea making.  Each bag makes 15 to 20 cups.  Varieties include, but not limited to: spearmint, peppermint, lemon balm, sage, lemon verbena, tulsi/holy basil, lavender, nettle & dandelion.  Special blends also available such as lemon balm, lavender & calendula; lemon balm & mint; lemon balm & sage; tulsi & mint.  FREE TEA BALL is included too!




hill-orchardFRUIT – FULL SHARE (12 weeks): $120. PAYMENT DUE: by August 1st. CHECKS TO: Hill Orchards

Generous bags of delicious fruit starting with Peaches and Plums and finishing off with Apples (Cider will also be available, sign up later in the season). Not a bad idea to split this with someone!



MEAT – FULL SHARE (6 months): $380. PAYMENT DUE: by first CSA pick-up. CHECKS TO: Simmons Farm

Very high-quality stuff. Once a Month pick-up of frozen packages of Chicken, Pork, Beef, and Specialty meats such as Goat, and Lamb in the Fall. Four packages of meat are included per share per month in one monthly pick-up



BREAD – FULL SHARE (6 months): $150. PAYMENT DUE: by first CSA pick-up. CHECKS TO: Olga’s Cup & Saucer.

Every week, fresh bread from local bakery and restaurant.  One alternating loaf of bread, and one baguette each week.