About St. Croix Valley CSA Shares
Focus is on user-friendly favorite vegetables and fruit; 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.
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 tenth CSA year. The cooperative is also one of the largest distributors of local, certified organic produce to Twin Cities’ grocers and restaurants.
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– new, beautiful colors in every box. Favorites like beans, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes, lettuce will come often. There’ll always be veggies appropriate for making hearty meals, plus salads, soups, sides, and snacks.
Weekly newsletter includes farm letters, photos, and updates, along with helpful produce storage tips and many recipes that will 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 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.
You’ll sometimes get treats inside your box, sent as a free, bonus gift from your farmers (made in a commercial, licensed kitchen).
About Produce Share Options:
Shares include an assortment of produce, such as “meal” veggies, greens, root veggies, alliums, herbs, fruit– a well-balanced, appropriate variety for making breakfast, lunch & dinner entrees, plus salads, soups, sides, & snacks.
- ¾ Bushel, every week– 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/8 weeks– 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 (“box built for two”)— packaged for sharing between two households. 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– good for couples and small families who cook and eat vegetables at home often, but not every day. Also works well for those who prefer more basics, less variety, and singles who cook and eat vegetables most days at home. Approx. 6-7 produce varieties in each box (less quantity and variety than ¾ bushel share)
- 1 dozen or ½ dozen, either weekly or bi-weekly. Eggs are from free range, pasture raised chickens; shipped within 24 hours of gathering time.
Special Delivery Shares
- May Shares Sold Out Delivery date to be determined, probably May 14 or 21. Limited quantities and delivery locations. Small produce shares will include several varieties based on availability. The kinds of items that possibly will be harvest-ready in May include: sustainably gathered wild ramps (wild garlic-leeks), watercress, mint, nettles, asparagus, and very early greenhouse favorites like spinach, lettuces, radishes, baby carrots, cukes. Status updates sent via member emails in spring. Morel Mushrooms purchased by separate check since they don’t always “appear” in the forests. If not delivered, check will be shredded.
- June 25 Maple Syrup and Honey All 2020 maple syrup and honey will be delivered on June 25. No November delivery. Maple syrup is responsibly gathered from farms’ maple forests which are isolated from pesticides and runoffs. Hand processed; sap is boiled over a wood-fired evaporator, creating deeply flavorful and very special syrup. Unopened maple syrup can be stored in the cupboard without refrigeration for about a year. Can be frozen for long term storage. Once opened, maple syrup must be refrigerated. Raw Honey comes from happy bees who collect pollen from pristine fields and woodlands filled with organic vegetables and wild flowers. The result is an extremely lovely honey; light and complex, very rich in enzymes. Honey keeps for years, and does not require refrigeration.
- November Produce and Pantry Share Delivered in an extra large box. Includes hardy root vegetables and other storage friendly produce. Some varieties that are typically available in November: potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, radishes, onions, garlic, winter squash, kale, beets, Brussels sprouts, cabbage. Also included are pantry items like pasta, grains, cereal, sweet bread, rolls, pie, popcorn from farms’ licensed, commercial kitchen.