One Friends of the Westborough Public Library raffle winner will need a hearty appetite this spring and summer.
Heirloom Harvest Community Farm and CSA farmer John Mitchell has donated one of the 250 to 300 shares for the upcoming 22-week growing season, which starts in last week in May or first week in June, depending on the weather, he says. Shares cost $650.
Mitchell says he farms eight to 10 acres of the 17-acre field on Hopkinton Road.
“Each week, we’ll harvest what’s available that week and bring it up to the tables for people to pick up,” he says.
“So, people will get anywhere from eight to 16 different (“certified organic local grown”) vegetable or fruit items each week” over the season.
The raffle drawing is Tuesday, March 26. The library friends are raffling Mitchell’s donation, as well as a quilt made by resident Michele Lung.
“It’s sort of keeping within the larger values of what I’m trying to do here,” Mitchell says.
“I call it a ‘community farm.’ There’s a strong aspect of trying to do service to the community. We donate thousands of pounds to charity each year. “