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, 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
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 (formerly Kingsbury Farm)
Main crops: Asparagus, strawberries, 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 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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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

This is our third 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.

 

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Kenyon’s Eggs

Owned and managed by the Kenyon Family
Waitsfield, VT
Main crops: Egg Add-On

We are egg-cited this year to be offering eggs as an add-on.  Last spring the Kenyon’s added the necessary infrastructure to ramp up their egg production and now they can work with businesses like our CSA and get their delicious eggs to many more Mad River Valley families.

Alison Martino and her daughter, Brooke Kenyon, are the chief caretakers of the egg-laying operations. The hens are given high-quality feed and are free to come and go from the hen house to the chicken yard where they forage for insects and worms when the ground isn’t covered in snow.  These girls live a pretty good life and once mature reward their fans with generous-sized eggs with rich golden-orange yolks.

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“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.


Our 2022 Season is Dedicated to Farmer Jon Satz

Last August we lost the our dear friend, founding Muddy Boots Farmer Jon Satz, owner of Wood’s Market Garden Farm. Jon will forever be with us in spirit, but we will miss his always upbeat nature, his endless array of vegetables and strawberries and his wise guidance. We will also miss Jon’s wife Courtney who wrote our weekly newsletter. This summer she will be focused on raising two energetic boys and figuring out next steps for the farm.

Vern Grubinger, Extension Professor at UVM, described Jon’s talents as a farmer and generosity as a human being in this tribute he wrote last year:
It has been so great to know Jon as a friend, and in my capacity with UVM Extension, as a colleague, for twenty-something years. He was a supremely talented farmer – a gifted grower, manager, marketer, and collaborator. His generosity was amazing – with his time, knowledge, and good energy. Always positive, always supportive, always learning and sharing…Jon was simply a wonderful human being. He will be missed by many, in the many walks of life he touched.