Welcome to the 2018 St. Croix Valley CSA season!
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.
Shares include an assortment of produce, 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 $659– 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)
Egg Shares 1 dozen and ½ dozen Egg Shares available
Special One-Week Shares Two deliveries are available in addition to the core 18-week CSA season- one in May, and one in November. These are very popular, limited quantity shares and purchased separately; not available at all drop sites.
- May Wild+ Produce Share $48 Delivered in a ⅓ or ½ bushel box. Sustainably foraged, wild-crafted produce from our farmers own pristine woodlands. Examples from past years: wild ramps (garlic-leeks), asparagus, watercress, horseradish root, mint, mustard greens, baby nettles, rhubarb. In addition, the box will include some of the earliest greenhouse and tunneled crops like spinach, green onions, radishes, salad turnips, lettuce, baby beets.
- May Morel Mushrooms Sustainably foraged from CSA farmers own pristine woodlands. Sold by the quarter pound. Since the appearance of these rare, treasured delicacies comes at the will of Mother Nature, orders are dated and filled on a first come, first served basis. In 8 of the last 9 years, all CSA mushroom orders have been delivered.
- May & 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.
- November Produce and Pantry Share $54 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 such as 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.
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.