Welcome to the 2023 Summer FarmShare!

Welcome to week 1 of your Summer FarmShare!  As a Fresh Start FarmShare member, you are supporting new American farmers’ businesses, investing in the local food system, and contributing to Fresh Start’s efforts to ensure everyone has access to fresh and healthy food. Thank you!

You should have just received an email with the subject “Time to customize your farm share.” It details the current contents of your box, which are based on the preferences you have set and what is seasonally available.




  • Regardless of whether you are picking up or having your Share delivered, EVERYONE will have until midnight on Tuesdays to customize their Share
  • *PLEASE NOTE MEMORIAL DAY CHANGES*: For deliveries during the week of May 29th, you will receive your customization email on Friday, May 26th and will have until the following Monday (5/29) at midnight to customize your share. During the holiday week, you may see some substitutions in your FarmShare since the amounts of crops available will be estimated on Friday and might be off a bit by the harvest on Tuesday. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding!

There are lots of delicious local foods to choose from this week! Learn more about customization here. If you have any questions, please reach out to us by replying to your emails,  or directly at [email protected] or 603 606 2663.

Please note that Harvie is the online platform we use to manage the FarmShare, but they are not affiliated with Fresh Start Farms. The Harvie team helps with customer support/member issues, particularly on the weekends when we aren’t open. Any questions you send to Harvie will be forwarded to us, but also please feel free to reach out directly to Fresh Start staff.

If you're new here, Welcome!
  • Fresh Start Farms is a collective brand for immigrant and refugee farmers growing food in central NH through a program of the Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success (ORIS). Forty-eight farmers grow on 23 acres across 4 farm sites in Concord, Dunbarton, and Boscawen. 25 farmers participate in markets and the remainder are community gardeners and grow only for themselves and family. Meet your farmers here.

In 2020 Fresh Start Farms opened the Food Hub in Manchester. In addition to the FarmShare, a number of programs operate out of the Hub and you’ll hear more about each of them throughout the season. 

So what’s been going on this spring? Good question! 

  • The farmers have been working very hard to prepare their fields, buy and plant seeds, and plan for the growing season ahead. 
  • We’ve been working on the farms to repair fences and high tunnels, build a walk-in cooler, construct a wash station, and more. We even had an ORIS all-staff meeting at the Dunbarton farm to get all hands on deck!
  • We have also been improving and expanding the Fresh Choice Manchester Program, which now has 7 participating corner stores!
  • Our Food Access Manager and Coordinator have been working hard to get ready for the start of the Mobile Market, beginning next Wednesday 5/24! Find the schedule and read about the market here.
  • We are continuing our partnership with the Center for New Americans to provide veggie boxes to families in the area, as well as  developing a contract with the NH Food Bank for the summer.
  • PLANNING–lots and lot and LOTS of planning has occurred to ensure a wonderful summer FarmShare season.

From This Week's Bounty

Cilantro, Spinach, Bok Choy, Asli

Leeks, Lettuce, Scallions, Isha & Sidi

Arugula, Mint, Parsley, Fadumo & Khamis

Asparagus, Peachblow Farm, NH

Carrots and Chioggia Beets, Deep Root Organics, VT

Butternut Squash, Basin Farm, NH

Important Member Info

Your Harvie Dashboard:

From your Harvie Dashboard, you can customize the contents of your box, reschedule/change location/skip and hold shares, and update your product preferences. Learn more about how to use your Dashboard here.

Pick Up & Delivery Info

Home Delivery
Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am to 6pm

It is very important that you update your delivery instructions on your Harvie Profile page so we get the food to the right place. Be sure to leave a cooler out for the delivery driver.

Bona Fide Green Goods Pick Up
Wednesdays 3pm to 6pm 
25 N. Main Street, Concord
Give the Bona Fide staff your name and they’ll get your box for you.

St. Paul’s School Employee Pick Up
Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm
SPS Post Office
Any milk, meat, or frozen products will be in the fridge.

Fresh Start Food Hub Pick Up
Wednesdays OR Thursdays 2pm to 6pm
150 Spruce Street, Manchester
You can pick up your share either day. No need to notify us, just come on by! We will not hold missed pick-ups. We will donate any unclaimed shares to our local food pantries.

Merrimack Public Library 
Thursdays 2pm to 4pm
470 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
There will be a volunteer there to help you find your box. Any milk, meat, or frozen products will be in a cooler. 

Southern NH Health
Thursdays 3pm to 5:15pm
21 East Hollis Street, Nashua
Pick-up is in the lobby. There will be a volunteer there to help you find your box. Any milk, meat, or frozen products will be in a cooler. 

YMCA of Greater Nashua 
Thursdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm
24 Stadium Drive, Nashua
There will be a volunteer there to help you find your box. Any milk, meat, or frozen products will be in a cooler. 

Please return boxes & insulated liners!

of the Week

Creamy Asparagus Soup

Utilize the fresh asparagus in your Share this week to make this recipe!

This lightly creamy asparagus soup is bright with lemon and packed with herbs and veggies. It’s the perfect fresh meal for a cool spring night. Fresh basil makes it aromatic and refreshing, peas lend it a subtle sweetness, and blended potato makes it lightly creamy without any heavy cream. Serve it as a starter with dinner, or enjoy it for lunch with a thick slice of crusty bread. 

Roasted Butternut Squash & Pear Quinoa Salad

This roasted vegetable and fruit salad gets infused with flavor from quinoa that’s cooked with fresh ginger, garlic and a hit of turmeric. Serve it alongside a roast chicken, then mix the leftovers together for lunch. Your future self will thank you.


Pantry Items

New Items!
  • Maple BBQ Sauce from Ben’s Sugar Shack– Pure maple syrup in a barbeque sauce?! YES PLEASE! Get ready for those summer cookouts with this versatile condiment, made locally in NH.
  • Maple Banana Bread Granola from Maple Nut Kitchen– Try this new flavor from Maple Nut Kitchen! With delicious ingredients like pecans, unsweetened dried banana chips, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and oats, you know it’s going to taste good! 
Back in Stock! 
  • Terra Nova Coffee- This coffee company roasts its beans close by in Keene, NH and sources entirely organic, high quality coffee beans. Try from flavors like “Equatorial Bold” or the dark roast “Big Dipper.”
  • Flour from Ground Up Grain– Stock your pantry with this flour made from grains grown in the NE/NY area and ground in MA on a special stone mill! Their milling process maintains a high nutritional content and they don’t add any preservatives; high quality ingredients = high quality result! 

Dairy Items

*NEW* Truffle Cheddar from Grafton Village Cheese Co.

Serve with a drizzle of raw honey and toasted hazelnuts or whole grain crackers. Use this cheese to turn almost any kitchen creation into a truffle-scented luxury, whether it’s a simple grilled cheese sandwich or a rich potato gratin.

Protein Items

*NEW* Garlic Soy Marinated Drumsticks from Vernon Family Farm

Vernon Family Farm is located on 33 conserved acres in Newfields, NH along the Piscassic River and route 87. They pride themselves on selling their very own nonGMO, pastured chicken plus a variety of other grass-fed and pastured meats, fruit, vegetables, mushrooms, sauces, spices, and more, which are available at their farm store!

“We continuously strive to reduce waste, improve our regenerative practices, and create community events that bring locals together, while eating finger-licking good, local chicken.”

You’re going to want to give these marinated drumsticks a try–perfect for a weekday meal when you need something that is already prepped and ready to go!

Thank you & we'll see you soon!

Email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 603-606-2663 and we will get right back to you!

From all of us at Fresh Start Farms,
take good care and be well.