CSA at a Glance
- Our 2018 CSA Season starts on June 13 and runs for 23 weeks through November 14.
- There are two share periods – Summer and Fall. You can sign up for the full season or just for the summer or just for the fall.
- Two Share Options – Small or Large Shares
- All Certified Organic Produce from three central Vermont farms.
- Pick-Up Wednesdays at Kingsbury Farm, Warren, VT 12 noon to 6:30pm
- Summer Share: June 13 to August 29 (12 weeks)
- 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. Within a week or two of the first share we are getting strawberries and 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 heirloom and roma tomatoes.
- Fall Share: September 5 to November 14 (11 weeks)
- 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, heirloom 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. New in 2018 we are going to provide more 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, parsnips, napa cabbage, turnips and beets.
- Full Season: June 13 to November 14 (23 weeks)
- Obviously, members who are with us for the full season enjoy a full range of vegetables that are typical of what is grown in Vermont throughout the season.
Quality and Variety
In 2017 Muddy Boots members received over 60 different types of produce. 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.
- Greens and herbs 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.
Here is a list of the veggies and fruit members received in their shares in past years – over 60 different types!
Two Share Size Options
- Small Share – Typically includes a half pound of salad greens/spinach and a selection of hard and soft herbs most of the season plus the featured vegetables and fruit 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 pound of salad greens/spinach and a selection of hard and soft herbs for most of the season plus the featured vegetables and fruit of the week.
- Who Should Get This Share: Great for vegetarian/vegan couples or families.
Important Consideration When Choosing Share Option
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 last year, 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.
Examples of Shares
Here are examples of shares from past seasons.
What Makes Muddy Boots Different?
- Three farmer collaborative reduces your risk of one farmer having a “bad year.”
- All three farms are Certified Organic.
- Weekly newsletter with recipes and tips for using items in the share.
- Additional items (salad greens, potatoes, carrots, etc.) will be on sale at great prices.
- You won’t be stuck with a LOT of the same vegetables – there is plenty of variety.
Muddy Boots CSA Member Benefits
When you join Muddy Boots CSA you become a member and members have benefits throughout the season:
- Purchase additional produce at great prices on pick-up day.
- Bulk and stock-up sales throughout the season – strawberry flats in June, pickling cukes and green beans mid summer and storage crops in the fall.
- Weekly newsletter sent on Tuesdays with updates from our farmers and recipes and tips on how to get the most from your share.
- Optional pick-up day reminder email and reminder text service.
- A Trade Box where members can trade with other members items they don’t want for items they do want.
- Share holding service – fill out the on-line form before 6pm on pick-up day and we will set aside your share for pick-up the next day.
NEW This Year!
- Credit cards now accepted although checks are still preferred and strongly suggested.
- Our pick-up day coordinator will be Hannah from Burnt Rock Farm which will help with consistency, connection to another one of our farmers and a great pick-up day experience.
- In the fall, we will have more options for mix and match root veggies each week so, for example, if you don’t like onions, there will be other options for you.
- Extra shares will be packed up at the end of the day. If you forget to pick-up your share, stop by the farm and pick up your forgotten share through Thursday evening.
- We will still offer the share hold service which is the best way to make sure your share is available if you can’t pick it up on Wednesday.
- Pick up will be on Thursday, July 5th instead of Wednesday, July 4th.
- We are going to try a salad bar approach to greens (mesclun, arugula and spinach) – mix and match. You are the curator of your salad bowl! In addition to getting to choose your greens, this means that you can bring your own bags, that you can reuse week after week. Less plastic in the landfill!