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From The Blog Local's Guide: 2021 Farm Direct Foods from these CSAs

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With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), the relationship between farmer and consumer is a beautiful thing. As a consumer, you subscribe to recurring shares of fresh-as-it-gets produce, meat, eggs, and more—all at a reduced price. You’re also providing early-season support to the local, family-run farms that are part of Vermont’s DNA.

In this post, you’ll learn about CSAs that serve Woodstock and surrounding areas, their CSA structures, and share sizes, products they carry, how to sign up, and where to retrieve your regular installment of farm-grown goodness.

Kiss the Cow Farm: Barnard, VT
For Randy and Lisa Robar, the path to farm ownership began with fond memories. Randy’s childhood summers spent on dairy farms inspired the couple to raise their own cow. As the herd grew, cars were moved out of the family garage and cows were moved in.

Now, Kiss the Cow Farm provides Whole Diet CSA which features not only their own products (milk, eggs, ice cream, and chicken) but 300 additional products from one hundred local farmers and food producers, including fresh vegetables, meats, dairy, pantry staples, health & beauty aids and more. They're adding new products all the time! 

By signing up, you'll be able to enjoy these local foods every week, plus have multiple delivery locations to choose from. 

The CSA is easy and convenient, you receive only the food you want on the weeks you want it. Once you set your CSA amount you can use it when you need it and easily skip it if you're out of town. Each week they will send reminders of what is available and in stock.  

Kiss the cow chickens
Kiss the Cow Farm
Dinner time for the resident chickens of Kiss the Cow Farm

CSA seasons: Spring, Summer

  • CSA structure: Spring: One size share Summer: Small, medium, large, and family-sized shares with customizable boxes of goods
  • Products: Milk, eggs, ice cream, chicken, veal, maple syrup from Kiss the Cow, plus vegetables, meats, dairy, pantry staples, and more from other local farmers and producers. 
  • CSA application: Spring 2021 CSA | Summer 2021 CSA

*Note when you click Spring 2021 their website directs you to Summer but will give you the option to select Spring CSA once you choose your pick-up location.

Pickup options and locations: 

  1. Barnard, Farm Store at Kiss the Cow Farm, 24/7​
  2. Bethel, at the Bandstand on Church Street, Wednesdays 2:30-3:00
  3. Norwich, at Tracy Hall, Saturdays 12:00-12:30​
  4. Quechee, Jakes Market, Thursdays 1:00-1:30
  5. Randolph, Gifford Hospital, Wednesdays 1:30-2:00
  6. South Woodstock, SoWo Country Store, late Friday mornings 
  7. South Royalton, Oakes Parking Lot at the Vermont Law School, Wednesdays 3:30-4:00
  8. Thetford, at the Park & Ride off Rt. 91, Saturday 1:00-1:30 
  9. White River Junction, Train Station, Fridays 12:00-12:30
  10. Woodstock, at the Woodstock on the Green, Fridays 1:00-1:30
  11. Woodstock, at the Middle School/High School, Thursdays 2:00-2:30
Sign of Stitchdown Farm
Jennifer Schmidtke

Stitchdown Farm: Bethel, VT
A childhood’s worth of fond pastural memories is why Stitchdown Farm and Floristry exists. For owner Rita Champion, horseback riding through hayfields outside Portland, OR and barn building gave way to working on vegetable operations until meeting her partner, Andrew Plotsky in 2012 and starting Stitchdown together. Arising from the realization that flowers are nourishing—feeding our senses and sometimes even our stomachs—and also undersupplied both locally and sustainably, their flower CSA was born.

Stitchdown Farm flower CSA
Stitchdown Farm
Join the club

Summer CSA will include:

Zinnia, sunflower, amaranth, dahlia, aster, vines, bupleurum, euphorbia (mountain snow), lily, lisianthus, cosmo, phlox, ornamental grasses

10 Weeks of Flowers, Week of July 1 - September 1

**Spring just added-Starts the first week of May, spots limited (sold out).

 

Bouquet of flowers
Jennifer Schmidtke
Luna Bleu farm kale
Luna Bleu Farm
Kale as far as the eye can see

Luna Bleu Farm: South Royalton, VT
After farming leased land through New Hampshire and Vermont, in 1993, Luna Bleu owners Tim Sanford and Suzanne Long set down roots in South Royalton. Today, their operations include growing organic vegetables, while rearing cows, pigs, and poultry with the help of a hardworking crew.

  • CSA seasons: Winter, spring, summer, fall
  • CSA structure: Online ordering available, as well as small, medium, and large weekly vegetable shares available via 4 pricing options and a work share offering. Small and large meat shares available with monthly pickups. Small (half-dozen) and large (dozen) egg shares.
  • Products: Vegetables, eggs, meat (specific CSAs for each if desired)
  • 2021 CSA application: Click here
  • Pickup options and locations: The South Royalton farm location (96 Boles Road in South Royalton, VT) Tuesdays after 3 PM. While you're here, take some time to pick some flowers, visit the animals, or just take a walk around to see what's growing. 

Members are welcome to arrange their own group pick-up and delivery

Root 5 Farm: Fairlee, VT
While owners Danielle Allen and Ben Dana both studied at UVM in the 90s—political science and forestry studies, respectively—their paths didn’t cross until 2003. While farming in Intervale, Ben’s unusual hat collection caught Danielle’s eye. The rest, as they say, is history.

After the destruction from Tropical Storm Irene, Danielle and Ben’s search for new farmland culminated in the purchase of Your Farm in 2013, now Root 5 Farm. Today, they’re continuing to farm the 38-acre plot of rich Connecticut River Valley soil, growing over 100 varieties of certified organic vegetables.

farmers market
Roots 5 Farm website
Greenhouse Flowers from Crossroad Farm
Crossroad Farm
An explosion of blooms at Crossroad Farm

Crossroad Farm: Fairlee, VT
From selling their harvest from a roadside card table in 1980 to today, Tim and Janet Taylor’s farm has flourished thanks to support from family, the “farm crew,” and the community. Now, with over 40 acres of mixed vegetables, the farm’s scope may have changed, but their commitment to sustainable agriculture and their customers remains unchanged. You can also find beautiful flowers at the farm.

  • CSA seasons: Spring, summer, fall
  • CSA structure: Credit system in which farm shares are available in the form of discounted, pre-purchased credit in value increments of $100
  • Products: Fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers – Click here
  • CSA application: Click here
  • Pickup options and locations:
    • Weekly at the farm: 671 West Fairlee Road, Fairlee, VT
    • Weekly at the farm stand: 163 Route 5 South, Norwich, VT
Honey Field Farm peppers
Honey Field Farm
Prepare for peppers!

Honey Field Farm: Norwich, VT
While the ultimate vision for Honey Field Farm, previously Killdeer Farm, is community-centered—think walking trails, a picnic area, playground, beehives—owners Valerie Woodhouse and Eli Hersh are focusing first on nurturing the land. After purchasing the 25-acre farm in 2019, they’re cultivating perennial flowers via their greenhouses and 10-acres of vegetables, maintaining the land’s tradition of sustainable, organic farming.

*Season opening May 1st

  • CSA seasons: Spring, summer, fall
  • CSA structure: Free choice CSA (Full, Half and Quarter share), *New Salad and Meal Kit CSA, and Preserve the Season CSA. For more details click here.
  • CSA application: Click here 

    For more information or if you have any questions about CSA membership, email [email protected] or call (802) 649-1500.

  • CSA Pick up and locations: Farm Stand at 55 Butternut Road, Norwich VT 05055

Sweetland Farm livestock
Sweetland Farm
Going green in more ways than one

Sweetland Farm: Norwich, VT
Farm owner Norah Lake’s mission is to nourish Vermont traditions. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 2006 with a degree in Environmental Studies and becoming a partner at Sunrise Farm, she had the tools she needed to enact that mission on her own land. In 2012, she and her husband purchased the newly conserved Sweetland Farm and began cultivating nutrient-rich food, promoting local farming, and utilizing the techniques and tools of a long line of agrarians.

All Sweetland CSA share sizes enjoy the benefits of: Weekly access to our pick-your-own garden June-October for flowers, herbs, peas, beans, hot peppers, bunched greens and more!

  • 24 weeks of seasonal produce, harvested fresh for you.
  • Self-guided visits to our animals, fields and greenhouses.
  • Member discount on all items on our online Sweetland Staples farm store.
Tunbridge Hill Farm produce
Tunbridge Hill Farm
Produce aplenty

Tunbridge Hill Farm: Tunbridge, VT
Neighbors of Tunbridge Hill Farm can vouch for its exceptional soil—because many are descendants of its original owners. When Jean and Wendy Palthey established their operations in 1991, that soil was the perfect starting point for organic, diversified ecological farming. Today, the couple continues to work on a small scale while growing a huge range of vegetables while also producing fruit, dairy, meat, and maple syrup.

  • CSA seasons: Summer and Fall (20 weeks of produce starting Monday, June 7, 2021 through October 18, 2021.)
  • CSA structure: Regular and Small shares available. PYO garden is also available.
  • Products: Vegetables
  • Pickup options and locations: Weekly at the farm (135 Monarch Hill Road in Tunbridge, VT)
Hogwash Farm pig
Hogwash Farm
Happy as a pig in leaves

MEAT OPTIONS

Hogwash Farm: Norwich, VT
For Hogwash Farm owner Nancy LaRowe and her crew, finding success means raising happy, healthy animals out in the clean Vermont air and refusing to take themselves too seriously. That means many days spent out in nature in the company of pigs, and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • CSA seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter 
  • CSA structure: You can choose the 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month option, and depending on your need, you can select either a half share (approximately 10lbs/month) or a full share (approximately 20lbs/month)
  • Products: Pork, lamb, mutton, and chicken
  • CSA application: Email here or [email protected] for more information
  • Pickup options and locations: Monthly pickups available at 708 Goodrich Four Corners at Union Village Road, Norwich, VT 05055

*Hogwash Farm no longer owns beef animals, but continues to sell beef when possible by purchasing healthy, delicious, grass fed animals from local partner farms. 

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