Full Moon Farm

Winter Shares Redefined!

This year Full Moon Farm is again offering

an Absolutely Free-Choice Winter CSA.

So how will this winter share be different than others in the past? When you buy into the CSA this winter you will buy into three different size options. Similar to the regular CSA, you get a higher percentage bonus the more money you spend. However, the three main differences will be that:

(1.) You can collect your value at any of our three locations. (Temple Sinai, Full Moon Farm and the Burlington Winter Farmers Market at UVMs Davis Center. You can show up at any of these pick-ups without notifying us, no questions asked.

(2.) At each pick-up you can get any amount of any item. For example, if we have spinach, you can take ¼ lb, ½ lb, or 2lbs if you are cooking for company. Have a dietary restriction? With this type of free-choice share, you can avoid all the foods you cannot eat.

(3.) You can use your CSA Card for anything we have at our pick-ups or markets. This includes, vegetables, pork, chicken, eggs and prepared foods.

The wintershare is normally a share of the harvest from our farm, distributed to you over the fall and winter months. In the past, we have decided roughly how much of any crop you got when. Many of the crops we distribute, have already been harvested and processed for long-term storage. However, some are still in the field (broccoli, kale, collards, leeks, and spinach) getting sweeter and sweeter while they wait for us to harvest them. Still other more-sensitive crops (fresh greens, chard and spinach,) are grown in protective high tunnels for harvesting during the cold winter months. If you like good tasting, fresh, local food and a good deal, you should consider purchasing one. At this point in the season we generally know how most of our crops fared or are faring..... and this year was a tough year for farmers. Fortunately we fared pretty well through the drought. There will be no brussel sprouts in the 2018-19 season. Although we will miss them, there is still plenty of everything else to go around! WARNING! You must cook or at least be open to the idea of it. If you don't cook, juice or love raw vegetables, this share may not work for you. But if you love to feed your family and friends steaming hot dishes of deliciousness, then a wintershare may be right for you.

In the winter of 2018-2019 Full Moon Farm will be offering access to our winter shares at three different locations: Temple Sinai in South Burlington, (Weds) Full Moon Farm in Hinesburg (Thurs) and the Burlington Winter Farmers' Market at UVM's Davis Center. (Sats) Pick-ups will be approximately bi-weekly from the end of October through the middle of March.

All winter share non-market pick-ups are from 4PM -6:30PM. Possible pick-up dates are as follows:

At Temple Sinai (Swift and Dorset)in S. Burlington:

10 pick-ups: Wednesdays Oct 24, Nov 7, (Monday, Nov 19,) Dec 5, Dec 19, Jan 9, Jan 23, February 6, Feb 20, March 6

At Full Moon Farm in Hinesburg, pick ups will be on:

Thursdays Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 15, Dec 6, (Tuesday) December 18, Jan 10, Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 21 and March 7.

Burlington Farmers Market Dates are as follows:

Saturdays, November 10th: Outside on The Green between Davis Center and the Bailey Howe Library (It's cold but we will be there!) Inside UVM Davis Center Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 8th, Dec 15th, Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9th, Feb 23, March 9, March 23, April 6, April 20 10Am -2PM

What Can I expect to get in my Winter Share?

Again, the new free-choice CSA offers unlimited choice. We can tell you what will be available at most pick-ups and you get to choose what, and how much of that you want. Here is what we know we will have at various times throughout the season: kales,(red, green and lacinato,) collards greens, spinach, lettuce mix, spicy mix, arugula, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, leeks, winter squashes, garlic, carrots, (orange and purple,) beets, (red and gold,) cabbages, (green, red and napa,) radishes, (nero tondo, daikon and watermelon,) turnips, rutabagas, parsnips, celeriac. For the first pick-up or two, we should still also have: broccoli, herbs, tomatillos, fennel, eggplant, and colored peppers. Once the field crops have frozen for good, we should still have lettuce mix, arugula and spinach in the high tunnels for most of the winter.

Please note that the free-choice winter CSA also differs from the summer share in that our pick-ups are less frequent and they are indoors! We're tough but the vegetables are not. We cannot risk them freezing so we go inside for the whole season. As always, we are there at pick-ups to chat, listen, offer ideas and take suggestions.

To sign up, download the registration form and mail it in with your payment. To download the form, available as a Microsoft Word document and a PDF, right-click on the link below and select "Save Link As..." (Windows users) or ctrl-click and select "Download Linked File As..." (Mac users).

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