CSA - Winter Family Share

Our vegetable CSA is meant for families and people who love home-cooking and healthy meals. The winter shares include a variety of root vegetables, winter greens, and sometimes a prepared food like frozen basil pesto. We offer a flexible pick-up structure to help welcome those with busy schedules. 

Shares include a diversity of vegetables, and are sized and filled to ensure that our members will be able to use every vegetable. A sample winter share might include: potatoes, carrots, cabbage, winter squash, onions, garlic, swiss chard or kale, and frozen basil pesto.

Winter 2018 CSA Share (prorated to 6 weeks)
135.00 225.00
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Dates: January 9 - March 16 (10 weeks)
Pick-up Times: Tuesday - Friday, 9AM - 6PM
Pick-up Location: Bread & Butter Farm Store
Price: $225 for 10 weeks
($22.50 / week for $26 - $28 worth of food)

Community Supported Agriculture, CSA for short, is a way for farmers and their community to form a closer relationship around food. It is a model that allows community members to purchase a "share" of the coming season's harvest ahead of time. This gives farmers the financial support they need to invest in labor and seed at the beginning of the season, and helps distribute some of the risks that come along with farming. The CSA model also helps people learn how to eat more with the seasons, enjoying produce when it is truly at its peak deliciousness. One of our CSA members, Jen, creates meal plans and recipes to go along with each week's share, to help our members learn how to cook everything in their share. Our goal with our CSA is to eventually be able to provide for all of our member's food needs, always focusing on the highest quality foods and the best land stewardship practices we can. 

Our CSA members have become many of the farm's closest friends, and we truly appreciate their continued support. 

We grow most of our vegetables in three unheated hoop houses, which allow us to grow year round, even through the coldest of Vermont winters. All of our vegetables are certified organic, which means that we never use synthetic fertilizers or chemicals. We also work at a small enough scale to be able to do all of our labor by hand, and don't use a tractor or any mechanical cultivators to grow our veggies.  

This past season we were thrilled to expand our vegetable production into our first outdoor garden, which we created by sheet mulching (adding many layers of) composted soil and wood-chips  onto part of our home pasture. This outdoor garden, affectionately known as the "keyline garden", because of it's design which follows the contour of the pasture, has so much organic matter and woody material that it does an excellent job of regulating moisture and providing nutrients to the growing plants. We began by planting vegetables in this garden, but hope to eventually transition to perennials and perhaps even fruit and nut trees, once the soil ecology becomes more ideal for these longer lived plants. In the coming years, we also hope to expand these outdoor "keyline gardens" to weave through our pastures, allowing our animals to graze in between them. For now, we are loving the opportunity to garden outside and to experiment with different vegetables and a different environment.