Welcome to Muddy Boots CSA 2024

What Is A CSA?

CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. It’s a win-win system where members buy shares of produce in advance, giving the farmer much needed cash to get the season started. 

In exchange, members receive a weekly supply of fresh produce throughout the growing season.

Muddy Boots CSA at a Glance

  • Two Share Periods:
    • Summer Period (12 weeks): June 19, 2024 to September 4, 2024.
    • Fall Period (8 weeks): September 11, 2024 to October 30, 2024.
    • PLUS our annual Bulk Winter Veggie Stock-Up Sale on October 30, 2024!
  • Two Share Options – Small or Large Shares
  • All Certified Organic Produce from a collaborative of Vermont farms.
  • Add-On Shares from Local Farms
    • Summer Weekly Flower Bouquet from Mountain Flower Farm
    • Von Trapp Yogurt Add-On (Plain and Maple!)
    • Pastured Egg Share from Triple J Pastures
    • 4-week Blueberry Share from Green Rabbit Bakery
    • Cut-Your-Own herbs and flowers from Cloud Water Farm
  • Pick-Up Wednesdays at Cloud Water Farm, Warren, VT 12 noon to 6:00pm
Welcome to Muddy Boots CSA

Share Periods

We offer two share periods: Summer and Fall. You can sign up for one or the other or you can sign up for the full season.

  • Our farmers start growing seedlings in their greenhouses in February to assure ample shares by the middle of June when the CSA begins. In all of our past years, the first share of the season has always included tomatoes and salad greens as well as other typical spring produce such as baby carrots, beets, spinach, scallions and head lettuce. Also look for some local and regional dried beans early in the season from Vermont Bean Crafters. 
  • Within a week or two of the first share we are getting a greater variety of vegetables including cucumbers, radishes, salad turnips, napa cabbage, broccoli rabe and herbs.
  • By the end of July the farms are exploding with variety and we get new potatoes, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, chard, carrots and perhaps our first ears of corn. Toward the end of the summer CSA melons make their debut along with peppers, onions, eggplant and field-grown tomatoes.
  • Many of our members say that the beginning of the Fall share provides the best of the summer along with the best of the Fall.  Typically we are still getting corn, field-grown tomatoes, cherry tomatoes and perhaps melons over the first couple weeks of September.
  • By the time there is a nip of fall in the air, our shares start getting much heavier with winter squashes and root vegetables. We try to provide members choice when it comes to this storage produce. Instead of specific root veggies being included each week, members will be able to mix and match from a variety of root vegetables. We are able to do this because winter vegetables store so well and often actually gets better by “curing” a few weeks before eating.
  • Highlight veggies in the fall include potatoes (we offer several varieties such as russet, white, red and golden), sweet potatoes and a wide range of winter squash. We usually have salad greens or head lettuce up until our final share of the season along with cabbage, carrots, parsnips, napa cabbage, turnips and beets.
  • Full Season Discount! Get a FREE week when you sign-up for the full season.
  • You get 20 weeks of produce starting early in the summer and going through to mid-autumn.

Quality and Variety

  • Our farmers are growing for this CSA; they have developed a thoughtful planting and harvest plan with the shareholders in mind.  You are not getting stuck with what isn’t selling elsewhere.
  • Each year we tweak our growing plans based on feedback from our members in the past season. What we have learned is that people want a variety of staple vegetables with occasional surprises. One thing all members agree on is that our produce is beautiful.
  • Salad greens are washed and ready to use.
  • Other vegetables are cleaned if it doesn’t bruise them or affect their shelf-life.
  • Tomatoes are never refrigerated.
  • Most crops are harvested early in the day to keep them fresh.
  • Most veggies will last much longer than you are used to with supermarket produce.

Examples of Veggies in Our Shares

Here is a list of the veggies and fruit members received in last season – over 70 different varieties in 2023!

  • Baby Spinach
  • Beets*
  • Bok Choi
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage*
  • Carrots*
  • Cauliflower
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Cherry Tomatoes*
  • Cucumbers*
  • Daikon Radish
  • Eggplant
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Green Beans*
  • Heirloom Tomatoes*
  • Kale*
  • Hakurei Turnip
  • Head Lettuce*
  • Onions*
  • Sweet Onions
  • Sweet Peppers*
  • Shishito Peppers
  • Potatoes*
  • Radicchio*
  • Radishes*
  • Rhubarb
  • Salad Greens*
  • Swiss Chard*
  • Scallions*
  • Strawberries
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Summer Squash*
  • Sweet Corn*
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Slicing Tomatoes*
  • Watermelon Radish
  • Winter Squash*

*Several different varieties were in shares throughout the season.

Two Share Sizes

  • Small Share – Typically includes salad greens and/or spinach plus the featured vegetables of the week.
    • Who Should Get This Share:  Great for small families or folks who have a home garden and/or also like to go to the farmers’ market on the weekend.
  • Large Share – Typically includes a larger portion of salad greens and/or spinach plus the featured vegetables of the week. Sometimes vegetables are included in the large shares that are not in the small shares. We do this to provide more variety and because of the pricing of the large share we can include items that have a higher value.
    • Who Should Get This Share:  Great for vegetarian/vegan couples or families.

Which size share is right for you?

Review the photos and descriptions of shares below. You will get a good idea of the difference in share sizes.

Important Consideration When Choosing Share Size

Sometimes the Large shares get more of certain items and sometimes the Large shares get items that the Small shares do not get.  There are a couple of reasons for this:

  • Sometimes the farmers only have enough of the item to provide them to the Large shares.
  • In other cases, the item may be valued at a price higher than the allowance for the Small share.  For example, during one week in the last few years, the Large shares all received a watermelon.  Because of it’s relatively high value, it wasn’t practical to give the Small shares a watermelon or the rest of the share would have seemed skimpy.

We always recommend to start with a small share if you are unsure of the right size for you. If you change your mind and want a large share after the season starts, just let us know and we will upgrade you and you will just owe the pro-rated difference in price.