What Is GTC EATS ?
GTC EATS! is our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program which brings healthy, fresh food to families in Mason Square and surrounding neighborhoods.
GTC EATS! members register for a weekly share of fresh, local, organic vegetables which are grown at Next Barn Over Farm in Hadley, MA, and is one of many ways we continue to build connections between farmers, families and access to local, healthy, affordable food.
Each week the vegetables are harvested at the farm and transported to our garden pick-up site on Hancock St. Boxes can be picked up at 256 Hancock St. (just outside Six Corners) every Tuesday between 4 and 6 pm from June 26 – October 9.
You must register and pay a $25 deposit to sign up. You can pay for the whole season in advance, monthly or every week. Our shares are priced on a sliding scale and we accept SNAP. Free delivery is available to families living within 1 mile of our Hancock St. Garden by GTC youth on bike.
Becoming a GTC EATS member means that you are making your family’s health a priority, supporting local farms, benefiting the environment and supporting Springfield youth who are working hard to make their community a better place.
What’s in a share? What size share should I buy?
We offer two share sizes. A Hoop City Half Share contains enough vegetables for 1 or 2 people (about 1/2 bushel). A Primus Mason Family Share includes enough vegetables for a family of 3, 4 or more, depending on how many vegetables your family eats (about 1 bushel).
Each week you will get an assortment of organic, locally grown, fresh vegetables. The produce changes over the growing season depending on what is ready to pick that week. In early summer, you will get more greens, and in the fall more squashes and sweet potatoes, for example. Shares only include vegetables that grow in our area, so you won’t find all the tropical climate varieties you see in the stores that are shipped from far away.
Each week will include a selection of salad greens, cooking greens, and a changing mix of seasonal vegetables. Next Barn Over grows over 30 different crops including: beets, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, chard, collards, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, sweet peppers, hot peppers, radishes, rutabaga, scallions, spinach, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watermelon, winter squash, zucchini, and variety of salad greens.
It’s a beautiful assortment and so freshly picked that it will last all week in your fridge if properly stored. We give you recipe ideas and taste tests so you can learn to cook some of the food that may be new to you.
How much choice will I have over the vegetables I get each week?
If you are picking up your share at the Hancock St. Garden, your share items and quantities for that week will be listed on a board under the Pavilion, telling you how much you can take of each vegetable or fruit. You can select your own produce within those limits. If there is an item you do not want, you can place it in the “take it or leave it” box. You are also free to choose a vegetable from the “take it or leave it” box if there is something there you like.
Additional items such as herbs and flowers from the GTC garden may also be available for purchase (based on availability).
Members using the bike delivery service will have their vegetables packed in a box, same as last year.
We ask you to select the share size and payment level that is the most appropriate for you and your family. Our GTC EATS program works under an honor code system and we appreciate your honesty.
1. Hoop City Half Share (enough for 1 or 2 people) $20/week
$10/week adjusted price for lower income Springfield residents or for customers paying with SNAP/EBT
2. Primus Mason Family Share (enough for 3 or 4 people) $30/week
$20/week adjusted price for lower income Springfield residents
$15/week for customers paying with SNAP benefits (EBT)
TO GET A REGISTRATION FORM, CALL 413.693.5340 (leave a message) OR email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please mail your registration form and payment to:
Gardening the Community
PO Box 90774
Springfield, MA 01139
GTC EATS! Membership Policies
All members must provide a $25 advance deposit (amount may be negotiated if needed), unless you are paying in advance for the whole season. Customers will be refunded their deposit at the end of the season, less any amount owed to GTC for missed payments.
Payment: We accept check, debit, credit card and EBT payments. Payments may be made in advance or at pick up. We encourage customers to pay for the whole season up front or to pay monthly. This really helps us keep our costs down! You must pay for each week you have ordered a share, even if you forget to pick it up.
Customers using SNAP/EBT cards: Thanks to a special grant, we can offer half price for customers using SNAP/EBT benefits to pay for their share ($10/half share and $15/full share). You must use your EBT card and pay in person weekly or every other week.
Placing Your Orders
We encourage customers to sign up for and pay for the whole season or for one month at a time. If you are ordering on a week to week basis, you must place your share order by 4 pm the Saturday of the week before.
Members pick up their shares at GTC’s Hancock St. Garden (256 Hancock, opposite the Salvadoran Restaurant) on Wednesdays beginning June 26 between 4 and 6 pm. For pick up customers, we may also offer additional herbs, flowers and fruit for purchase, as well as recipes and tastings. Customers living within 1 mile of the garden can request delivery of their shares (by GTC youth on bikes!). We are not able to hold shares for customers unable to make their pick up time. You must arrange for a friend or family member to pick up for you. If you don’t pick up your share, we will donate it to a community member. If you forget, you are still responsible for payment for that week.