St. Croix Valley CSA offers several different options for share sizes, and delivery frequency. When considering how to choose the CSA Produce Share that’s right for you, think realistically about how often you will cook and eat vegetables each week at home. See “What’s in a Produce Box?” below for sample photos and more info.
Produce Shares include an assortment of vegetables, such as “meal” veggies, greens, root veggies, alliums, herbs, fruit– a well-balanced, appropriate variety for making hearty breakfast, lunch & dinner entrees, plus salads, soups, sides, & snacks.
- ¾ Bushel, every week/18 weeks $696– popular with couples and small families who cook and eat vegetables at home most days. Approx. 9-12 produce varieties in each box
- ¾ Bushel, every OTHER week/9 weeks $398– popular with singles, couples, small families who cook/eat vegetables at home often, but not every day; also those who share with another household, and like the every-other-week option. Same box as the every week share
- ⅞ Bushel, every week/18 weeks (“box built for two”) $796— packaged for sharing between two households. Bagged and bunched items are divided into two bags/bunches, other items are sent in even numbers. Approx. 9-12 produce varieties in each box (same/similar variety to ¾ bushel, but with somewhat greater quantity)
- ½ Bushel, every week/18 weeks $525– good for couples and small families who cook and eat vegetables at home often, but not every day. Also works well for singles who cook and eat vegetables most days at home, and those who opt for less variety. Approx. 6-7 produce varieties in each box (less quantity and variety than ¾ bushel share)
- ⅓ Bushel “Bumper Crop”, every week/18 weeks $180– for those who don’t get quite enough of the basics! Available only as an add-on in conjunction with the purchase of a 9 or 18 week produce share. Great supplemental option for larger families, those who eat lots and lots of veggies, juice, or who love to share, and those with 9-week produce shares who want just a little extra, especially on their “off” weeks. There’ll be kale most weeks, extra tomatoes (often heirlooms) whenever available, and another portion of one or two of the week’s featured “main dish” veggies– like peas, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, corn; occasionally popular “side dish” veggies like cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers, lettuce. Summer or winter squash won’t typically be included in Bumper Crop shares, unless requested. Approx. 4-5 produce varieties in each box
Egg Shares 1 dozen and ½ dozen Egg Shares available
Special Delivery Shares
- 2019 May Shares In 2018 there was fierce flash flooding and wash-out in the SW Wisconsin farm and woodland areas where our very popular, much-anticipated annual May CSA deliveries come from. In addition to the losses the farmers know about, there may be hidden damage to wild edibles in the forests. For this reason, separate checks must be sent for the May Wild-Crafted/Early Produce Share, and another for Morel Mushrooms. If there is not enough to fill the boxes, and/or morels are not available, checks will be shredded. We’re crossing our fingers! Typically, May produce shares have included sustainably gathered wild items such as ramps (wild garlic-leeks), watercress, mint, nettles, asparagus, plus very early greenhouse favorites like spinach, lettuces, radishes, baby turnips, carrots, and beets, etc. Availability updates will be sent via spring newsletters and member emails. Delivery date to be determined; historically it’s come the 2nd Thursday of May. Limited delivery sites.
- June & November Maple Syrup & Raw Honey From CSA farmers’ forest woodlands, and wildflower fields. No chemicals, pesticides, or runoffs. Wild crafted and hand processed. Maple sap boiled over wood-fired evaporator, creating a deeply flavorful, special syrup. Lovely and complex light honey. June’s delivery will come on the day that your first produce box comes.
- November Produce and Pantry Share Delivered in a full bushel, or larger, sized box. Hardy root vegetables, and other storage friendly produce. Some produce that’s typically available in November: potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, radishes, turnips, onions, garlic, winter squash, kale, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage. Also included in this box will be pantry items like pickles, jam, noodles, sweet bread, rolls, pie, popcorn from farm’s licensed, commercial kitchen.
What’s in a Produce Box?
Our focus is on user-friendly favorite vegetables and fruit, and a wide, balanced variety of high quality and seasonal produce in every box—making for easy, healthy meal planning and preparation. All produce is organically grown; almost all is certified organic. Photos of sample seasonal shares are below.
Vegetables are fresh-picked, carefully handled and washed, kept cool on the farm, and delivered in a refrigerated truck.
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, carrots, heirloom tomatoes, lettuce/greens will come often. There’ll always be veggies appropriate for making hearty meals, as well as 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, pac choi, 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).
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.
Sample of an Early Season Share
French Breakfast Radishes
Sample of a Mid-Season Share
Red White & Blue Potatoes
Slicer and Heirloom Tomatoes
Red Seedless Watermelon
Sample of a Late Season Share
Mixed Greens Lettuce
Watermelon &/or Purple Daikon Radishes
Meat is not available through St. Croix Valley CSA, or Urban Graze. However, you may purchase pasture raised, grass fed beef, and pork directly through farmer, Joel Lambright of Scenic Haven Farms, in SW Wisconsin Amish community. His meat is processed in a licensed, USDA inspected plant, then frozen in vacuum-sealed packages. Joel delivers the meat in a freezer truck, directly to your home in early November, and is solely responsible for the sale, delivery, and quality of all products. Click here to download order form: