The Fall/ Winter Share returns October 10! Sign-up coming soon!

Fall/ Winter Share 2018

October 10, 2018 - February 3, 2019

Our Fall/ Winter share season returns October 10, 2018! This is all the best of the end of summer produce plus the start of hearty winter eating. Sign-up coming soon!

Vegetable Offerings

For the first half of the share period we are still harvesting produce from the fields! Expect plenty of greens like spinach, chard, and kale, and then moving into Brussels sprouts, winter squash, cauliflower, and other green fall crops. Remnants of summer such as greenhouse tomatoes and peppers may appear. By mid-November the offerings will become very fall-like with our root cellar overflowing with potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and beets, plus the spices like onions, shallots, garlic, and herbs.

Through years of trial and error, we have learned how to best utilize our greenhouses for winter growing. In recent years, we have added more indoor growing space to provide you with more fresh food longer. We will begin harvesting indoor baby greens in fall and we plan these harvests to continue into December - and beyond - so we can provide you with fresh greens each week. When the real cold weather sets in, we will add our soil grown shoots to our greens offerings. Every winter is a new adventure in seasonal eating as we explore food production in a greenhouse in a cold climate. The Lean and Green Share will always have fresh salad greens and fixings, but this share is limited through December.

Fall/Winter share is a bit heavier than other share periods in root crops and storage crops that taste great, are nutritious, and are excellent fuel for the body and soul. This is simply because of our Vermont climate that makes field growing difficult when the ground is frozen. Our weekly newsletters will provide you with suggestions and recipe ideas for how to keep these crops exciting throughout the share season. And, when combined with the weekly salad and frozen summer goodness, 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, you may want to go with the shorter season Lean & Green share.

Please check our yearly produce availability chart (pdf version) for more information.

Localvore/ Pantry Offerings

Each week we include 3-4 localvore items as part of the Localvore and Pete's Pantry Shares. We work with dozens of localvore producers in the area to help your family enjoy a balanced local diet year round.  We are fortunate in Vermont to have such a talented group producing a great array of local goods.

This period’s offerings will include free range eggs supplied (usually) every two to three weeks; semi-regular loaves of bread from Slowfire, Patchwork, & Red Hen Bakeries; items from Pete's Greens on-farm kitchen (see below for more info); varieties of apples from Champlain Orchards; yogurt; dried beans; organic flours; artisan cultured butter; local and organic maple sugar, apple cider vinegar, and tofu; an array of  Vermont sheep, cow and goat cheeses; rolled oats, barley, tamari, and miso from several Quebec farms; fresh cranberries and frozen berries; local organic raw honey; and more. Leading up to Thanksgiving, we help check off your grocery list with organic pastry flour, baking apples, maple sugar, local cooking / baking oil, award-winning cheeses to show off to guests, eggs, cultured butter, and more! Many of these items are certified organic and all are locally produced by excellent farms and producers.

Localvore perishable items such as apples, eggs, 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. During this season, some weeks, you may receive only two higher value items while other weeks, you may receive 3, 4, or even 5 items.

We’re always on the hunt for the next best Vermont ingredients!

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. Our kitchen is busy making salsas and tomato sauces, pesto, chimichurri, pickles, 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. In our kitchen products we only use our own vegetables plus local ingredients where at all possible.

Weekly Newsletter - Each week, all share members receive an email with a list of the items in the share to help decide what to cook up this week. We also provide great weekly recipes using the items in the share and tips about the veggies themselves.  The newsletter includes background on the local farmers whose cheeses or grains, beans, flour or meats might be part of a share. And of course we include news from the farm. Every Friday, you'll get a "Sneak Peek" at what to expect in your share the following week.

Changes to Your Delivery or Travel Plans? – If you will be away and need to make changes to your share delivery, let us know the week before. You can skip the week's delivery and receive a credit on your account to use toward your next share. You can also elect to have your share donated to the Food Pantry. Or, if you know you will be closer to another of our pick-up sites one week, with advance notice you can request that your share be available at that site rather than the one you sign up for.

Payment Plan Options

Pay for your share by check, credit card, or SNAP/EBT. Payment plans are only available when paying by check. Read on for more information about our payment plan options.

****You must send ALL payment checks together when using the payment plan***

The Localvore, Everyday, and Fancy Shares can be split into four equal payments, with checks deposited the first of every month.

The Pantry and Meat Shares can be split into two equal payments, with checks deposited the first of the month.

Send checks payable to:

Pete's Greens

266 S. Craftsbury Rd

Craftsbury, VT 05826

Holidays!

We encounter two holidays during this share season that change our schedule:

  • >Thanksgiving week we will deliver one day early on Tuesday (for Wednesday sites) and Wednesday (for Thursday sites).
  • >We will not be making a CSA delivery the week between Christmas and New Year’s.  Our one week off a year!
  • >Though the share is actually 18 weeks in calendar length, we will make 17 weeks of deliveries (because we miss that holiday week).

For more information, please visit our FAQ page.