Emphasis is on user-friendly favorite vegetables and fruit. Additionally, in every box there is a wide and balanced variety of high quality, seasonal produce —making for easy, healthy meal planning and preparation. All produce is organically grown; almost all is certified organic.
Vegetables are fresh-picked, carefully handled and washed, kept cool on the farm, and delivered in a refrigerated truck. St. Croix Valley CSA is a cooperative of experienced, small family farmers who have been farming for generations; this is the ninth CSA year.
More than 250 produce varieties are grown, so you won’t get overwhelmed with just a few kinds of veggies. You’ll also see many types of most vegetables, meaning beautiful color in every box. For example, this year, farms will plant four colors of cauliflower, and eight kinds of sweet peppers. Favorites like beans, broccoli, carrots, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce/greens will come often. There’ll always be veggies appropriate for making hearty meals, as well as those for making salads, soups, sides, and snacks.
Weekly newsletter includes farm letters, photos, and updates, along with helpful produce storage tips and many recipes created by developer Liz Talley to coordinate with the veggies delivered in your box that week.
Below are just a few examples of the kinds of veggies you can expect throughout the 18-week CSA season:
- Early: peas, spinach, greens, zucchini, baby root veggies like radishes and beets; berries
- Mid: tomatoes, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, lettuce, peppers, cucumbers; melons
- Late: winter squash, brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, root veggies like potatoes, carrots, onions; apples
Occasionally, you’ll receive specialty, seasonal crop varieties such as fennel, bok choy, tomatillos, kohlrabi; and you’ll sometimes get treats inside your box, sent as a free, bonus gift from your farmers (made in a commercial, licensed kitchen).
St. Croix Valley CSA wants to help you incorporate healthy eating into your everyday life. It is recommended that each of us eat a minimum of 2.5-3 cups of a variety of vegetables every day. A variety is important because different kinds of vegetables perform different, critical tasks inside your body. You need to have a good balance in order to really get the most out of the vegetables in your diet.