Fall/Winter Share 2012/2013
Wednesday* deliveries - Oct 17th to February 13th
It's not too late to sign-up! If you are just joining now, we'll pro-rate remaining weeks of the share.
We are better prepared than ever to provide diverse offerings throughout the Fall/Winter period, a challenging time of the year to eat locally. For the first few weeks of the share period we will still be harvesting much of the produce from the field, and there will be plenty of greens like spinach, chard, kale and Asian greens as well as brussel sprouts and other green Fall crops. Remnants of summer such as greenhouse tomatoes and peppers may appear. By mid-November the offerings will be distinctly Fall-like. Our root cellar will be overflowing with potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and beets, and our onion storage will offer 5 types of onions, shallots and garlic. We intend to provide something fresh and green nearly every week all winter.
Farming year-round here in Vermont is very much a learning experience. Through years of trial and error, we have learned how to best utilize our mobile greenhouses for winter growing and this Spring we added more unheated indoor growing space. We will begin harvesting indoor baby greens in Fall and these harvests should continue into December or longer. When the real cold weather sets in, we will add our soil grown shoots to our greens offerings, and with a mix of these two plan to provide members with salad fixings throughout the winter.
We put much effort into preserving the summer harvest for you, for winter. We have put away beans, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, corn, red peppers, zucchini, spinach and more. With the Fall crops mix, the frozen summer crops, the storage and roots crops and the winter salad mix, this will not be a boring winter share!
The Fall/Winter share is heavier than others in root crops. That said, even in January and February, the toughest time of the year, we still plan to provide you with salad fixings or something fresh and green. In the dark days of winter you can expect weekly shares comprised of weekly greens, frozen or preserved summer crops, along with a variety of our potatoes, carrots, onions, turnips, beets, cabbage and other storage crops. Storage crops taste great, are nutritious, and are excellent fuel for the body and soul. Combined with the other items, the weekly shares will make for a nutritious, diverse, local, organic winter diet. However (disclaimer!) if you really don't care for potatoes, beets, carrots, turnips and other storage crops, this share may not be for you.
Please check our yearly produce availability chart (pdf version) for more information.
Each week we include 3-4 localvore items as part of the Localvore Share or Pete's Pantry Share.
We work with dozens of localvore producers in the area to help your family enjoy a balanced local diet year round. We are blessed in Vermont to have such a talented group producing a great array of local goods.
This period’s offerings may include free range eggs from Pa Pa Doodles Farm(owned by our washhouse manager Deborah Rosewolf) supplied approximately every other week; bread from Elmore Mountain Bakery and Red Hen Bakery; items from Pete's Greens on-farm kitchen (see below for more info); many varieties of apples and cider from Champlain Orchards; several types of yogurt, cream, cornmeal, and dried beans from Butterworks Farm; flours from Gleason Grains, Aurora Farm, and Meunerie Milanaise; organic maple sugar; organic apple cider vinegar; Maine sea salt; Vermont Soy tofu; an array of Vermont sheep, cow and goat cheeses; organic oyster and shiitake mushrooms; sunflower oil from Stateline Farm; popcorn, rolled oats, tamari and miso from several Quebec farms; cranberries and cranberry juice; and local organic raw honey. Most items are organic and those that are not are raised/grown adhering to very high standards. Roughly once a month the share may include chicken broth. Vegetarians will receive vegetable broth or tofu instead.
Localvore perishable items such as apples, yogurt and cheese will be provided more often, while long storing staples such as flour and beans will be provided in greater quantity but less frequently.
Pete’s Greens Kitchen Products
Our on farm kitchen allows us to preserve the bounty of summer and increase the diversity of our winter diet. We freeze summer crops at their peak, we can salsas and tomato sauces, we make pesto, pizza dough, roasted red peppers, chicken and vegetable broths, pickles, kraut and more. Each year we continue to refine our farm recipes and preservation techniques so that we can provide members with the most diverse winter share possible. This year we hope to go a bit deeper into the prepared food realm. In our Kitchen Products we only use local ingredients where at all possible.
Our CSA Share Types
Localvore Share This is our most popular share. It's designed to fill your fridge and pantry with enough vegetables and local staples to cook healthy and well each week. We take care each week to combine vegetables with local items that work well together so that you have ingredients that go together in recipes. And then we provide the recipes too! Price is $782 for 17 weeks*.
Veggie Only Share provides a great (8-10 item) weekly selection of seasonal organic vegetables from Pete's Greens. price is $493 for 17 weeks* worth of local, organic vegetables.
Small Veggie Only Share provides a smaller (5-6 item) weekly selection of seasonal organic vegetables from Pete's Greens. In the midwinter months of the Fall/Winter Share, this share type may not get greens as often as the larger shares get them. Salad greens are the most difficult item to grow and the most precious in Jan/Feb. The larger shares will get priority for these items though we will do our best to provide them to all. The price is $374 for 17 weeks* worth of local, organic vegetables.
Pete's Pantry Share provides the localvore items but not the vegetables. This share type is for folks who are splitting a vegetable share, but both parties want their own localvore products. Price $289 for 17 weeks.
Meat Share provides a variety of pastured, local and often organic meats. The meat share is delivered once a month and may include our own Pete's Pastured Pork and Chicken as well as pastured meats, sausages, kielbasa, steaks, hams and more from our neighbors here in Vermont. The price is $200 for four monthly deliveries - Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb.
Payment Plan Options
****You must send ALL payment checks together when using the payment plan***
The Localvore Share cost can be split into four payments.
The Veggie Only and Small Veggie Only may be split into two payments.
The Meat Share must be paid in full.
Make Checks to: Pete's Greens
Mail to: Good Eats CSA
266 S. Craftsbury Rd
Craftsbury, VT 05826
Because many people travel for the Thanksgiving holiday and others like to get started with their cooking early, we will deliver on Tuesday Nov 20th (instead of Wednesday Nov 21st) before Thanksgiving.
*We will not be making a CSA delivery Christmas week (December 26th). So though the share is actually 18 weeks in calendar length, we will only be making 17 weeks of deliveries. We will deliver Wednesday January 2nd.
For further information, please visit our FAQ page.