Meet the Muddy Boots Team

The Farmers

Muddy Boots CSA is a multi-farm collaborative. This year we have farmers from the Mad River Valley, Hinesburg, Plainfield and Huntington.  In addition to our 225 member CSA here in the Mad River Valley, our farmers jointly also provide produce for the Muddy Boots CSA at Beta Technologies in Burlington, VT.

Burnt Rock Farm

Owned and managed by Justin Rich
Huntington, VT
Main crops: Spinach, carrots, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, corn, tomatoes, scallions

Justin is one of the original Muddy Boots Farmers. In addition to supplying a large portion of the veggies in our shares this coming season, he also coordinates with the other farmers to plan out the weekly shares. In addition, our pick-up coordinators, who staff the CSA on pick-up days, are from the Burnt Rock field crew.

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Cloud Water Farm (Our Pick-Up Site)

Owned and managed by Joe Bossen
Warren, VT
Main crops: Asparagus, strawberries, dried beans

Joe Bossen, founder and owner of Vermont Bean Crafters and co-owner of All Souls Tortilleria, purchased this property in 2021 becoming the third steward of this conserved historic Valley farm. Joe is deeply committed to food justice, plant-based diets, and local food systems. He has a strong sense of community and sees Muddy Boots CSA as great addition to his long term vision for the farm.

Thanks to Joe and his businesses, several times throughout the season we will have available for sale regionally grown dried beans and as well as frozen veggie burgers. This is a great way to round out dinner for CSA pick-up day! Joe has exciting plans for the farm including perennial crops of apples, hazelnuts and berries in addition to vegetables that will be used in his products.

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Visit the Cloud Water Farm Website

Trillium Hill Farm

Owned and managed by James and Sara Donegan
Hinesburg, VT
Main crops: Salad greens, peppers, chard, head lettuce

In 2020 Trillium Hill Farm joined our CSA and grew all of our salad greens. This small family farm did a fabulous job making sure that we had a nice variety of baby mesclun every week of the season. We are happy that they are back again this year. In addition to salad greens, they will be growing our sweet and hot peppers.

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Tamarack Hollow Farm

Owned and managed by Amanda Andrews
Plainfield, VT
Main crops: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cooking greens, peas, snap peas, beets

Tamarack Hollow Farm was new to Muddy Boots this year and will be growing a variety of produce for us. For 15 years Tamarack Hollow sold their organic produce on Wednesdays and Saturdays direct to consumers at the Union Square Farmers’ Market in New York City. Then Covid hit and the market they had built their business on became too challenging to participate in. We needed another farmer to round out our offerings and assure variety and Tamarack Hollow needed a new customer base to make up for their New York City sales. We are lucky to be working with Amanda and her awesome crew and are looking forward to seeing their produce in our weekly shares.

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Mountain Flower Farm

Owned and managed by Walt Krukowski
East Warren, VT
Main crops: Flowers/Add-on Summer Bouquets

We have been offering a weekly bouquet add-on from Mountain Flower Farm for several years now – our members love it! While Walt specializes in peonies and we will have them in our bouquets for several weeks, he also grows a beautiful variety of other perennial and annual flowers. Walt and his young family have the best of all worlds dividing their time between the Flower Farm in Warren and homes in Denmark and Costa Rica.

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Visit the Mountain Flower Farm Website

Von Trapp Farmstead

Owned by Sebastian Von Trapp and Farmstand Managed by Rachel Wiley (a Muddy Boots CSA Member!!!)
Waitsfield, VT
Main crops: Cream-on-top Whole Milk Organic Yogurt

We are excited to be offering an add-on from Von Trapp Farmstead this year – this time it is organic, cream-on-top whole milk yogurt! The farm practices Organic Regenerative Farming. The quality of their cheeses and yogurts is intimately tied to the health of their land and animals. Since the family started farming the land in 1959 they’ve practiced regenerative farming – though it wasn’t labelled regenerative back then; it was just farming. In a nutshell (in a cheese rind?), this means meeting all the organic standards required to be certified organic while also increasing the ecological diversity of their soils. This comes through in the quality of their yogurt – you can taste the difference.

Von Trapp Farmstead
Von Trapp Farmstead on Instagram

Guest Farmers – Wood’s Market Garden

Owned by Dan and Elyse Wulfkuhle
Brandon, VT
Main crops: Organic Vegetables

Dan and Elyse are the new stewards of Wood’s Market Garden. We are so happy that the farm ownership has transitioned to such competent farmers who will be able to carry on the wonderful work that Jon and Courtney and their boys had been doing since 2000. Many of our members loved taking a ride to Wood’s Market garden in the spring to get veggie seedlings and bedding plants and we are happy to announce the Wood’s Market Garden farmstand will be open again this year – their grand opening is Saturday, May 6th! With a new farm operation, we are not sure of what produce, if any, Dan and Elyse will be able to provide to us this season, but we are happy they are a part of our team!

Wood’s Market Garden
Wood’s Market Garden on Facebook
Wood’s Market Garden on Instagram

“Front of the House”

Robin McDermott – CSA Coordinator

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 co-founded the Mad River Valley Localvore Project. I helped conserve the Kingsbury Farm (now Cloud Water 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.

My current passions are hiking and watercolor painting.  This picture is of me in Madeira, Portugal in February and in mid-July I will be in Iceland hiking the Laugavegur Trail!

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.

Racheal (and June) Ouellette – Pick-Up Day Coordinator

Racheal is Joe Bossen’s partner. Joe is the owner/farmer of Cloud Water Farm, Vermont Bean Crafters and All Souls Tortilleria. Last September Joe and Racheal brought their son, June Oliver, into the world. So, this year Racheal and June will be the pick-up day coordinator team!

Racheal is an early childhood educator and a passionate basket weaver (so much so that Joe has dedicated some of the land at the farm to growing willow that Racheal will use for basketmaking).

Racheal will be on hand each week to make sure that the pick-up goes smoothly and to address any issues that come up.  It is great to have her and June on our team!