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From The Blog Local's guide: Get farm-direct food with 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 nutrient-packed, 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.

WHOLE & NEARLY-WHOLE DIET OPTIONS

Deep Meadow Farm: Ascutney, VT
Nestled between the Connecticut River and Mt. Ascutney lies Deep Meadow Farm. Since 2012, owner Jon Cohen and his team have nurtured the land—formerly known as the Kelley Farm—which had not been farmed in years, growing organic vegetables, herbs, and flowers and rearing livestock across 50 acres and six greenhouses.

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. It snowballed from there. Now, Kiss the Cow Farm is an organic, grass-based dairy farm that also rears and sells chickens (plus pastured eggs), ducks, and turkeys. 

Kiss the cow chickens
Kiss the Cow Farm
Dinner time for the resident chickens of Kiss the Cow Farm
  • CSA seasons: Winter, spring, summer
  • CSA structure: 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. Click here for a list
  • CSA application: Spring 2020 CSA is sold out
  • Pickup options and locations: Pickup available weekly at locations in Barnard, Bethel, Norwich, Quechee, Randolph, South Royalton, White River Junction, and Woodstock (click here for details), or create your own pickup location for four or more members.
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—and those roots have grown ever since. 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
  • CSA application: Click here
  • Pickup options and locations: The South Royalton farm location (96 Boles Road in South Royalton, VT) Tuesdays after 3 PM

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.

Root 5 Farm tractor
Root 5 Farm
Classic tools of the trade

Sunrise Farm: White River Junction, VT
The fields of Sunrise Farm got their start soon after the town of Hartford, VT did—in 1763. When Chuck Wooster and Sue Kirincich purchased the land in 1999, its history, as much as its good soil and proximity to the Connecticut and Ottauquechee Rivers, was part of the appeal.

From seven CSA shares in the farm’s initial year to the hundreds it sees today, its expansion is thanks to Wooster and Kirincich’s dedication to maintaining its historic structures and the vegetables and livestock that have occupied the land for centuries. And after acquiring the old Perkins Farm on Route 5, a move that will triple production, that growth is only the beginning.

Sunrise Farm
Sunrise Farm
Spring at Sunrise Farm

FRUIT, VEGGIE, & FLOWER OPTIONS

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.

Greenhouse Flowers from Crossroad Farm
Crossroad Farm
An explosion of blooms at Crossroad Farm

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.

Honey Field Farm peppers
Honey Field Farm
Prepare for peppers!
  • CSA seasons: Spring, summer, fall
  • CSA structure: Quarter, half, and full-share credit system to purchase only the products you want, including those from a PYO garden
  • Products: Vegetables, flowers, hot sauce, pickles, and more. For a full list of offerings by season, click here
  • CSA application: To sign-up for a CSA membership, email [email protected] or call (802) 649-1500
  • Pickup options and locations: The farm stand at 55 Butternut Road, Norwich, VT 05055

Sweetland Farm: Norwich, VT
Farm owner Norah Lake’s mission is to nourish Vermont traditions. After graduating Dartmouth College in 2006 with a degree in Environmental Studies and becoming a partner at Sunrise Farm (another on our list!), 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 (supported by Vermont’s sweet soil), and utilizing the techniques and tools of a long line of agrarians.

Sweetland Farm livestock
Sweetland Farm
Going green in more ways than one
Stitchdown Farm flower CSA
Stitchdown Farm
Join the club

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 hay fields 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.

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 furit, dairy, meat, and maple syrup.

    MEAT & EGG 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. Although Hogwash originally began in 2006 after leasing the old Clark and Thorburn Farms and purchasing several animals, operations as you see them today—cattle, sheep, pigs, hens, turkeys, and even rabbits—commenced in 2011 when they moved to one of the oldest historic farms in Norwich’s Root District.

    Hogwash Farm pig
    Hogwash Farm
    Happy as a pig in leaves

    SpringMore Farm: Baltimore, VT
    John and Becky Lomachinsky’s diversified farm is small, and that’s just the way they like it. Utilizing Becky’s degree in Environmental Science and John’s in Small Business Management, they’re a local agriculture power couple committed to sustainability and rotational grazing—producing delicious eggs, chickens, pork, turnkey, beef, small fruits, and vegetables.

    SpringMore Farm eggs
    SpringMore Farm
    Farm-fresh eggcellence

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