Our CSA at a Glance
- Two Share Periods:
- Summer Period (12 weeks): June 12, 2019 to August 28, 2019.
- Fall Period (12 weeks): September 4, 2019 to November 20, 2019.
- Two Share Options – Small or Large Shares
- All Certified Organic Produce from three central Vermont farms. Occasionally we will bring in organic produce from other Vermont farmers to provide a more diversified share or if we experience crop failures of some veggies.
- Pick-Up Wednesdays at Kingsbury Farm, Warren, VT 12 noon to 6:30pm
- Summer Share: June 12 to August 28 (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 4 to November 20 (12 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 12 to November 20 (24 weeks)
- 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.
- Full Season Discount!
Quality and Variety
Last season 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.
Why Muddy Boots Members Come Back Year After Year
- Certified organic, beautiful produce grown by some of the best farmers in Vermont.
- Quick, easy and convenient pick-up at Kingsbury Market Garden.
- Excellent customer service signing-up and on pick-up days including.
- Our weekly newsletter with info on the share, an update from one of our farmers and recipes.
- Credit cards now accepted.
- Our 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!
- Our awesome pick-up day coordinators, Hannah and Cara from Burnt Rock Farm who make sure you have a great pick-up day experience.
- Lots of mix and match options each week so, for example, if you don’t like onions, there will be other options for you.
- Extra shares are packed up at the end of the day in case you forget to pick-up your share.
- Our share hold service which is the best way to make sure your share is available if you can’t pick it up on Wednesday.
- 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.
- Optional pick-up day email and text reminders.
- A Trade Box where members can trade with other members items they don’t want for items they do want.