The Heritage Grain Share
New England’s First CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for flour, grains and beans! The missing link in the burgeoning local food chain, The Hertiage Grain Share was created by Ben Lester in 2008 and has been a huge success. Proving the best quality grains to over 200 members and counting.
The Farmer's Pantry CSA
We have been on a long and dangerously delicious mission to find you the best local farm products around and make them extremely easy to get your hands on and use. Saving you time and money we have searched tirelessly for over ten years to bring these unique and exceptional products
World Class Recipes, Video Instruction and Live Workshops!
Ben Lester’s culinary expertise and wealth of knowledge has been indispensable for those looking to become better bakers and cooks especially in the area of using locally grown grains, flours, and beans. Whether you’re a first time baker or have 30 years of experience, Ben’s recipes and tutorials will add a lot to your baking arsenal.
Meet Our Founder
Hello! My name is Ben Lester and I invite you to come with me on a journey into real food ecstasies, community connections, and the delicious experience of healthy, sustainable food systems! Growing up I was fortunate to have a father who cultivated a deep reverence for foods that nourish, and delight. Ancient grains and small flour mills were led from one experiment to another.I didn’t know it at the time but this foundation would eventually lead me to take these values and interests and craft connections around me that reflected them with those who had the same interests! A beautiful cycle of curiosity, exploration, discovery, and sharing began and continues to grow! I created and ran a small, beloved(and award winning) bakery and cafe called Wheatberry in Amherst MA(2005-2015), during which time I was inspired to create the Heritage Grains CSA.. In 2008 you could get your vegetables and meats in a farm share program but no grains? Why not? This was a problem and I was in a position to solve it.I was the original farmer for the program but realized over several years that I could be of best service to my community by focusing on the organizing and distribution while helping other small farmers grow their business by providing them with market for their products.
All these years later there now exists a new and innovative network of farmers and consumers that support the growth and health of both the individuals and the community fabric that holds us all together. This is Farm Feast. Empowering us to eat and live better!
Outreach Coordinator - Carey Garneau
Graduating from UConn with a degree in Fine Arts, I focused much of my work on sustainability and social issues. I have always had an interest in the positive environmental and social change CSAs and local businesses encourage. I feel it is important to keep our communities strong and successful and what better way than through our love of good food!
Originally from Connecticut, I enjoy learning about (and tasting!) the unique and handcrafted products the Pioneer Valley has to offer. I find it very rewarding working in an environment where our members and farmers are enthusiastic and excited about what we do. I am inspired by our mission and hope to continue assisting in the growth of our small local business.