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April 1, 2014

Peabody library goes local with Clark Farm program

CSA will provide shareholders with fresh produce, eggs, honey

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There will be some staples throughout the program, but many of the crops will be seasonal. Different varieties of squash, parsnips and turnips will be offered toward the end of the season, Clark said.

Shareholders will be able to get maple syrup and honey, which Clark gets from other local suppliers (the syrup is from New Hampshire), and he also supplements his own crops of blueberries, peaches and apples with supplies from other farms.

Clark is also getting into the egg business. “Eggs are something I really want to have,” he said.

He has about 50 laying hens that just hatched in early March. They’re free-range birds now and should be producing farm-fresh eggs for CSA shareholders by July. Clark said he hopes to offer at least a half-dozen eggs every other week to shareholders.

The CSA will run for 20 weeks, starting June 10, and will cost $300 for half-shares and $500 for full shares. The program is open to residents throughout the area. Pickup will be Tuesdays at the West Branch Library from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Main Branch.

Clark said he’ll accept registrations until he has 40 shares and expects to wrap up that process by the end of April.

To learn more about the program or to sign up, you can call Clark and/or attend an upcoming informational session at the Main Branch of the library on Monday, April 14, at 7 p.m. The library is at 82 Main St. in Peabody. You can reach Clark at either 978-790-3303 or whclarkjr@verizon.net. You can find Clark Farm online at www.clarkfarmdanvers.com.

You can reach John Castelluccio at 978-338-2527, jcastelluccio@salemnews.com or via Twitter at @SNjcastelluccio.

 

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