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Horticulture Research and Education Center

UVM Catamount Farm CSA

2018 Catamount Farm CSA Shares

How to Join!

To register and pay, please follow the following link: 2018 Cat Farm CSA

Note to UVM employees: "Payroll Deduction" is one payment option when registering through RegOnline. Please find details at registration.

What is Community Supported Agriculture?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between farmers and community members. CSA members buy a share of the harvest prior to the growing season, and in return receive a selection of healthy, fresh produce each week.

Staff and students of the Catamount Educational Farm manage the CSA, as well as maintain 5 acres of vegetables, 4 acres of apples, and one acre of grapes at the Horticulture Research Facility. We are committed to growing practices that contribute to the health of the land, our waters, and ourselves. Vegetables and some apples sold through the CSA and other markets are certified organic by Vermont Organic Farmers, LLC.  Non-organic apples and grapes are grown using Integrated Pest Management practices overseen by the UVM Fruit Program. Each season, instructors and staff teach Farmer Training Program students and undergraduates the principles and practices of sustainable vegetable and fruit production in a hands-on learning environment.

Benefits of being a CSA member?

  • Gain the comfort of knowing where your food comes from and the farmers who grow it.
  • Provide yourselves and your family with healthy, fresh food that was grown with ecologically sound practices.
  • Eat local and help minimize the amount of fossil fuels that go into transporting and packaging our food.
  • Feel the satisfaction that comes with helping support the education of aspiring farmers and food systems advocates.
  • Receive 10-15% off organic retail and farmer’s market prices each week.

How does it work?

Members pay for a Full or Half Share before the harvest season and receive a share of the harvest through the growing season. There are 3 options for what portion of the season you wish to receive produce: Summer, Fall, and Late Fall (going from mid-June through Thanksgiving week). The Catamount CSA Full Share size is best suited to a family of 4 or a household of 2 that relies on the farm as its primary vegetable source. The Half Share is roughly 1/2 the size of the Full Share.

  • Summer (10 weeks: mid-June through late August): Full--$335, Half--$195
  • Fall (8 weeks: late August through mid-October): Full--$270, Half--$160
  • Late Fall (6 weeks: mid-October through Thanksgiving week): Full--$200, Half--$120
  • Entire Season (24 weeks: mid-June through Thanksgivng week): Full--$805, Half--$475

Apple Shares

Apple share members can choose a Full Apple Share for $75 (2 half-peck bags per week) or a Half Apple Share for $40 (1 half-peck bag per week). Both Full and Half Shares receive 2 different varieties weekly for 8 weeks (from mid-September through mid-November). Members receive well-known favorites such as McIntosh, Honey Crisp, and Cortland, but are also able to try more obscure varieties like Ambrosia, Crimson Topaz, and Gingergold (to name a few). The Apple Share is a great way to experience the diversity of apples from our orchards!

Flower Shares

Are you interested in a gorgeously designed bouquet that is ready for you to pick up, take home, and place in a vase? Sign up for our flower share! The Flower Share costs $55 and lasts for 6 weeks (late July until early September). You can experience a wide variety of cut-flowers (sunflowers, snapdragons, zinnias, rudbeckia, statice, celosia, and more!). Bring home beauty and color throughout the summer by signing up for our Flower Share!

New for 2018! MAPLE SYRUP!

We are partnering with UVM's Proctor Maple Research Center this season! The Proctor Center will be providing us with quarts of their maple syrup, produced at the Center's sugarhouse in Underhill Center. The syrup can be purchased by the quart when registering for a CSA share. The cost is $18 per quart. Syrup deliveries will happen at the first pick-up of each share season (Summer, Fall, or Late Fall). Syrup will also be sold at our farmers market and farm stand.

Pick-Your-Own

Come to the farm to pick from the Pick-Your-Own CSA garden with other members and their families.  Throughout the season you will have the opportunity to pick your own fresh beans, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, tomatillos, and flowers as part of your share.

What's In A Typical Full Share?

The share size begins with a lower volume, and quickly increases as the season progresses.

Mid to Late June:
1 lb. of Salad Mix or Arugula, 1 bunch Broccoli, 1 bunch Carrots, 1 lb. Cucumbers, 1 bunch Radishes, 1 bunch Herbs, 2 Kohlrabi, and 1 bunch Kale.

Mid to Late August:
2 lbs. Heirloom Tomatoes, 1 lb. Summer Squash, 1 lb. Onions, 1 lb. Cucumbers, 1 bulb Fennel, 1 Melon, 1 bunch Carrots, 1.5 lbs. Sweet Peppers, 1 lb. Eggplant, 1 head of lettuce, 1 Pint Cherry Tomatoes (Pick Your Own), and 1 Bouquet Flowers (Pick Your Own).

Mid to Late October:
2 stalks Brussels Sprouts, 3 lbs. Winter Squash, 2 lbs. Onions, 2 lbs. Potatoes, 2 lbs. Carrots, 1.5 lbs. Parsnips, 1.5 lbs. Beets, 1 lb. Salad Mix/Arugula, 1 head Cabbage, 1 bunch of Kale, and 1 head of Garlic.

Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Catamount Farm offers On-Farm Pick-up of vegetable shares or an On-Campus Drop-Off of boxed shares.

 

  • On-Farm Pick-Up takes place on Tuesdays from 1pm to 6pm at the Horticulture Research Facility, at 65 Green Mountain Drive.

  • On-Campus Drop-Off takes place from 2pm to 5pm at convenient locations on the UVM campus:
  • •Jeffords Hall (63 Carrigan Drive), Tuesdays
    •Continuing and Distance Education offices (322, 460, and 466 South Prospect St.), Thursdays
    •Waterman Building (85 South Prospect St.), Thursdays

    How to Join!

    To register and pay, please follow the following link: 2018 Cat Farm CSA

    Note: If you would like to register for a vegetable share AND an apple share, you will need to register for each separately.

    Note to UVM employees: "Payroll Deduction" is one payment option when registering through RegOnline.

    Last modified February 12 2018 11:36 AM