Meet the Muddy Boots Team
Muddy Boots CSA is a three farm collaborative between Kingsbury Market Garden in Warren, VT, Burnt Rock Farm in Huntington, VT and Wood’s Market Garden in Brandon, VT. In addition to our 200+ member CSA here in the Mad River Valley, our farmers jointly also provide produce for Pakeen Farm CSA in Canton, Mass.
Wood’s Market Garden
Jon Satz purchased Wood’s Market Garden 18 years ago from Bob and Sally Wood. With his passion for growing and sustainable farming practices, the farm and market have blossomed into a destination for beautiful organic vegetables, quality bedding plants and some of the sweetest strawberries around! Jon, his wife Courtney, and their 2 young sons make their home on the farm and enjoy the continued legacy of farming the land that the Wood family started generations ago.
The farm consists of 150 acres of Vermont farmland and woods. They also grow over 50 kinds of certified organic vegetables and fruits on 60 acres of sandy loam soils supplemented with 7 greenhouses for raising bedding plants, ornamentals, vegetable starts and the tastiest early tomatoes in the state!
A trip to Wood’s Market Garden is a lovely ride over the Brandon Mountain Gap and well worth the drive. In the spring you can get annual flowers, hanging planters, vegetable starts and perennials. As the season unfolds, the farm stand fills with vegetables, strawberries, local cheeses, breads and baked goods.
Burnt Rock Farm
Burnt Rock Farm is owned by Justin Rich and Lindsay Lyman-Clarke. Justin runs the day to day operations of the farm, while Lindsay works in town and provides vital labor on nights and weekends.
The home farm, in Huntington, has about 7 acres of vegetable production and 5 acres of intensively managed cover crops on the glacially terraced soils along and above the banks of the Huntington River. Recently Justin acquired additional land closer to Huntington Center. All crops are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF), and Justin strives to grow the highest quality produce while also stewarding their prime agricultural soils. They make use of organic amendments such as compost, wood ash, and rock mineral fertilizers, and strive to keep their soils as biologically healthy as possible though active management of cover crops.
Kingsbury Market Garden
Aaron Locker is in his 10th season farming at Kingsbury Farm. The first six seasons he leased the land from the Vermont Food Bank in exchange for fresh produce that was provided to area Food Shelves throughout the season and root vegetables that the Food Bank used in winter months. Three years ago Aaron purchased the conserved farm from the Food Bank and this past march purchased 70 more acres of land off of Butternut Hill Road, 19 acres of which is tillable for farming. Again this year Aaron is also leasing land from Elwin Neill on North Road in Waitsfield.
Two years ago Aaron and his partner, Tonya Howell, started growing a variety of medicinal herbs that they sell wholesale both fresh and dried as members of the Vermont Herb Growers Cooperative.
As evidenced by the never-ending changes at the farm, Aaron is ALWAYS thinking about how to improve his operations and grow better products. Last year he and Tonya grew an acre of hemp for Vermont CBD and this year they have grown all of the seedlings for Vermont CBD’s growers and will grow help in the field as well.
“Front of the House”
Robin McDermott – CSA Coordinator
I handle all of the marketing, CSA sales and member communications for Muddy Boots CSA. This is my fifth season with Muddy Boots and while it is a “side job” for me, I really love working with the farmers and all of our members.
My husband and I develop online training for manufacturing companies around the world, teaching people how to make their businesses more productive and customer-focused. We have lived in Waitsfield since 2004.
I have been actively involved in supporting local agriculture since 2005 when I helped start the Mad River Valley Localvore Project. I helped conserve the Kingsbury Farm with a team of Valley residents and the Vermont Land Trust, served on the board of Vermont Fresh Network and also helped start-up the Vermont Farm Fund.
I am here to answer any questions you have, help you get the most from your CSA shares and resolve any issues you may run into. I am always available by phone (496-3567) or by email.
Courtney Satz – Weekly CSA Newsletters
Courtney is joining our team this year to write our weekly CSA Share newsletters. She has a little inside knowledge about what is going on from week to week as Farmer Jon Satz’s wife. If anyone knows what to do with all the produce we get in our CSA shares, it is Courtney! In addition, as the mother of two young boys she will inspire busy families with kid-approved recipes and easy, yet delicious ways to prepare the bounty of each week’s veggie basket. Courtney is a graphic designer and the driving force behind the Wood’s Market Garden Farm Stand.
Hannah Aitken and Kara – Pick-Up Day Coordinators
Hannah and Kara both work full time at Burnt Rock Farm and are sharing the the Pick-Up Day Coordinator responsibilities at Muddy Boots CSA on Wednesdays this season. So, you will see one or the other of them each week.
Hannah is in her third season at Burnt Rock Farm and Kara in her second. Both have degrees in Environmental Studies. Members from last year will recall that last we saw Hannah she was heading to Antarctica to spend 3 months working with a research crew!
Both of these women know their veggies and will be happy to suggest ways to prepare them and can even tell you how they are grown if you are interested.