Small Share… Feeds two adults who eat an average amount of vegetables, or a family with a small garden of their own.
Medium Share… Feeds two to three adults who are good vegetable eaters, or a family of 5 average eaters.
Large Share… Feeds 4-5 adults who are good vegetable eaters.
Our vegetable shares are the backbone of our CSA. We offer a full year of local, organic eating from our farm. Harvest Season Shares run weekly from early June through most of October (20 weeks). The Winter Share has monthly pickups from November through April.
Vegetable CSA members can also opt to add our organic eggs and/or meats to their shares. After the initial sign up, CSA shareholders can then sign up for our Egg Share and Meat Share. We send out information about these in May and October.
Harvest Season Vegetable Share
Harvest Season shareholders enjoy a weekly share of fresh vegetables during the main growing season, June to mid-October. Shares include the wide diversity of vegetables we can grow here in Vermont. The mainstays in your shares will be the familiar lettuces, tomatoes, cukes, carrots, potatoes, squash, melons, and other favorites.
We also like to introduce people to some less common crops: look for fennel, celeriac, garlic scapes, bok choy… Oh, and did I mention, Kohlrabi? You may also enjoy new flavors in the varieties we grow that you’d never see in the grocery store: Black Krim tomatoes, Carmen sweet peppers, Graffiti purple cauliflower or Sun Jewel melon . . .
Winter Season Vegetable Share
Luna Bleu is the first farm in the area that has offered a CSA share through the whole winter. In 2013 we expanded our winter vegetable storage rooms so we can maintain a greater amount and diversity of high quality storage vegetables throughout the winter and into the spring.
Winter-stored crops include carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, winter squash, cabbage, beets, rutabaga, parsnips, and sweet potatoes. As a bonus, we add greens from our solar-heated greenhouses. In the last few years we have been able to provide spinach with every winter share and other greens most months except perhaps January and February. Our members just love our winter greens . . . it’s like magic!
Livestock plays an integral role on our farm. They are great nutrient cyclers and recyclers. We also just love having them around. All of our animals are raised under the organic standards set by VOF. Learn more about our animals here.
When you sign up for a Vegetable CSA share, you also have the option to purchase a Meat Share. The Meat Share is a great way to guarantee you are getting certified organic meat and at a very fair price.
Once a month over four months, Luna Bleu Meat Share members receive a variety of our frozen organic beef, pork, and chicken.
Currently, we only offer Meat Shares to our Vegetable CSA members, but you can still get cuts of meat or chicken at farmers’ market or come to the farm. Once the CSA season starts, we will send all of our members more information about the Meat and Egg Share.
Our laying hens travel around the farm from early spring thru late fall in their coop on wheels so they always have new pasture to enjoy. In the winter they move into one of the greenhouses and get lots of sunshine and all the weeds and culled greens from our winter production.
I don’t know what it is about our eggs, but some of our customers tell us they won’t eat any other . . . I guess it’s some of that mysterious magic again at work . . .
Since we often sell out of eggs, especially in the summer, a Luna Bleu Egg Share is a good way to insure your supply of our organic eggs. When you purchase an Egg Share(s), you will get a dozen eggs (or multiple dozens) with each pickup.
*Meat and Egg Shares are available to CSA shareholders once they’ve signed up for either/or a Harvest and Winter Share. Like the Meat Share, you can sign up for the Egg Share just before the CSA season starts.
Vegetable Share Pricing
We strive to make our organic produce accessible to our neighbors of all income levels and still pay us, the farmers, and our employees a living wage… a work in progress. To this end, we have this fancy-dancy chart with all these different prices.
- The Basic Price is what most people choose and most closely reflects what it costs for us produce the share. You will typically save 15-20% on our regular retail prices.
- The Sustaining Price helps us more easily attain that living wage and makes it easier to offer discounted shares.
- The Discounted Price is intended for households that do not qualify for the NOFA Farm Share, but would have trouble paying the Basic price.
- NOFA Farm Share is a half-price share for income eligible households. More info on how to apply for the NOFA Farm Share or how to donate to the program is here. You may also donate to the farm share when you sign up for the CSA.