ABOUT PETE’S GREENS
VERMONT CAN FEED ITSELF!
Pete’s Greens is a certified organic, four season vegetable farm located on the edge of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom in Craftsbury, VT. We believe whole-heartedly that as more Vermonters eat locally, we will become healthier as communities and as individuals. That is why we grow a wide range of organic produce that is available through our weekly food delivery program, our seasonal Craftsbury Farmstand, and at restaurants, co-ops, grocery stores, schools, and more across Vermont and nearby in New England. By deciding to eat locally you support thousands of small producers such as creameries, cheesemakers, slaughterhouses, butchers, bakeries, sauerkraut makers, and of course vegetable farmers. Foods grown locally and in-season are also more nutritious and taste better, and eating them connects us to our place and to our present time of year. Local food production is interesting work that makes a great career and creates a fine quality of life here in Vermont, keeping our agricultural economy an important part of our culture. And, by supporting local producers, you invest your food dollars directly into your community.
We grow about 200 varieties of vegetables on over 300 acres of land. Our selection of organic produce includes all your standards as well as interesting and unique specialty vegetables with an emphasis on baby greens, heirloom tomatoes, and root crops.
As a four season vegetable farm in a cold climate we are always pushing the limits of what crops can be started earlier, extended longer, or held through the winter. We do this by selecting crop varieties that grow well through each season such as hardy greens and spinach in the winter and perennial greens for early spring mixes. Three season greenhouses are utilized to get an early start and also to extend the season for high value crops such as tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and cucumbers. We use radiant heating to keep the soil nice and warm. Our root cellar has climactic zones that store different crops at the temperature and humidity that is ideal for each so that we can carry our fall harvests of potatoes, carrots, onions, and more into the spring. The addition of freezer space has also allowed us to freeze summer crops such as corn, peppers, and squash for off-season locally grown treats. Of course in the summer, we grow fields full of colorful baby greens, peppers, squash, melons, cabbage, and so much more.
Soil fertility is critical to grow healthy organic plants, which result in vegetables with superior taste and quality. We incorporate the most current and proven sustainable systems for cover cropping and composting to naturally rejuvenate the land and provide a healthy environment for plants to grow. Our pastured chickens contribute to our year-round meat share, but equally important, they contribute to the fertility of our fields by adding back important nutrients and aerating the soil through their scratching, pecking, rooting and grazing.
We invite you to learn more about our farm by exploring our website and visiting our farmstand. Our farm cultivates vegetables but it also cultivates partnerships between the farming community, food producers, gleaners, schools, and food consumers.
PRODUCT DISTRIBUTIONOur Good Eats CSA share members receive fresh produce year round at 30 different delivery sites, in 20+ towns throughout Northern and Central Vermont. We have three CSA share seasons each year for year round delivery: Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter. We offer several share types, including our most popular Localvore Share which delivers a mix of our fresh vegetables each week, plus a weekly selection of breads, cheeses, eggs, grains, flours, beans etc from our farming friends and neighbors in Vermont. We offer the more basic Everyday Standard share and a “Fancy” Share – our most diverse. We also offer a monthly meat share featuring Pete’s Pastured Chicken, pork products, and other cuts of meats sustainably raised by our neighbors and fellow farmers. By joining a farm and being a CSA share member you are sharing the harvest while keeping your dollars local. This helps to keep farms in production and supports farming as a viable business in the region.
Each week, we deliver our vegetables to co-ops, natural food stores, grocery stores, restaurants, and caterers in the region. Our signature salad mix, specialty root crops, heirloom tomatoes, and more can be found on the menus of many of Vermont’s finest restaurants and of those who pride themselves on supporting local farms. Though the majority of our produce is sold and consumed right here in Vermont, a small amount makes it’s way to a few select restaurants in Boston and NYC.
On Saturdays, May through October, we hit the the Capital City Farmer’s Market in downtown Montpelier. We offer bushels of the freshest vegetables from our farm. Many of our customers do their grocery shopping here or some swing by to find new and interesting things to try. It’s great to be able to meet our customers face to face here.
The Pete’s Greens Farmstand is popular for visitors and locals alike with it’s crazy vegetable and flower covered roof landscape. But the real draw is that our farmstand is chock-full of our organic vegetables, local pastured meats, selections of local cheeses, an array of flours and grains, and a myriad of other local products. At the peak of the summer season, we may offer over 100 varieties of vegetables that come in various colors, sizes and shapes. Our produce is always as fresh as possible and stocked all day long from June through October.