Muddy Boots CSA is a multi-farm collaborative. This year we have farmers from the Mad River Valley, Brandon, Hinesburg, Plainfield and Huntington. In addition to our 200+ member CSA here in the Mad River Valley, our farmers jointly also provide produce for the Muddy Boots CSA at Pakeen Farm in Canton, Mass.
Burnt Rock Farm
Owned and managed by Justin Rich
Main crops: Spinach, carrots, onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes, winter squash
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 coordinator, Savanah, who staff the CSA on pick-up days is from the Burnt Rock field crew.
Wood’s Market Garden
Owned and managed by Jon Satz
Main Crops: Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers
Jon Satz is another Muddy Boots CSA Founding Farmer. We have Wood’s Market Garden to thank for some of the earliest soil grown tomatoes in Vermont. While farmers are wise to never make firm promises, we typically see tomatoes in our first share of the season and they continue through early fall, thanks to Jon!
Do you also have a garden at home? Many of our members with home gardens love heading over to Brandon in the spring to buy organic vegetable starts, bedding plants and hanging flower baskets from the Wood’s Market Garden Farm Stand. The drive over Brandon Gap is beautiful and the selection is great! Check out their website where you will find a list of the plants that will be available this year.
Cloud Water Farm (Our Pick-Up Site)
Owned and managed by Joe Bossen
Warren, VT (formerly Kingsbury Farm)
Main crops: Kale, fresh shelling beans, broccoli rabe, dried beans
In April of 2021, Aaron Locker sold Kingsbury Farm to Joe Bossen, founder and owner of Vermont Bean Crafters and co-owner of All Souls Tortilleria. While we are so sad to see Aaron leave Muddy Boots, we are thrilled that Joe will be the next 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, each week we will have available for sale regionally grown dried beans and as well as frozen bean burgers, tortillas and tortilla chips. This is a great way to round out dinner plans for CSA pick-up day! Joe has exciting plans for the farm including perennial crops of apples, hazelnuts and blueberries in addition to vegetables that will be used in his products and will be included in our shares.
Trillium Hill Farm
Owned and managed by James and Sara Donegan
Main crops: salad greens and peppers
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.
Tamarack Hollow Farm
Owned and managed by Amanda Andrews
Main crops: Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cooking greens
Tamarack Hollow Farm is 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.
Mountain Flower Farm
Owned and managed by Walt Krukowski
East Warren, VT
Main crops: Flowers/Add-on Summer Bouquets
This is our second year offering a weekly bouquet add-on from Mountain Flower Farm. 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.
“Front of the House”
Robin McDermott – CSA Coordinator
I handle all of the marketing, CSA sales, member communications and the website for Muddy Boots CSA. This is my ninth 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 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.
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 back again this year to write our amazing weekly CSA Share newsletters and to help out with marketing. 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.
Courtney maintains a Pinterest page with lots of recipes. Check them out:
Savanah Koval/Hannah Aiken – Pick-Up Day Coordinators
Savanah and Hannah both work full time at Burnt Rock Farm. Savanah will be our regular pick-up day coordinator and Hannah will be backing her up as needed. We are super excited that Savanah just recently moved to East Warren so be sure to welcome our new neighbor to the community when you see her!
Both women are long time employees of Burnt Rock Farm and are experienced farmers. They know their veggies and will be happy to suggest ways to prepare veggies in your share and can tell you how they are grown and harvested if you are interested.