By Analiese Paik
This season Graze is offering two choices of home-delivered, Certified Organic CSAs from a collective of small Vermont Farmers: a 10-week Summer Vacation CSA and a 16-week Extend the Harvest CSA. For your added convenience, you may choose to add eggs or bread, or both, to your weekly share for the entire season.
The beauty of a CSA delivered free to your door is that it allows those who work or otherwise can’t get to the farmers’ markets or a CSA pick up location an opportunity to receive organic produce from sustainable farms. Each week you can also order additional items using Graze’s online store to pair the CSA produce with pasture-raised meats, cage-free eggs, and artisanal Vermont cheeses in order to make terrific summer meals. For busy parents who want to cook from scratch every night, but don’t have the time for the prep work, Graze has you covered with fully prepped Ready-to-Cook meals. When you’re really short on time, choose Heat and Serve meals. Please read our feature article about Graze to learn how their online ordering system works.
Program #1-Summer Vacation
For those who want their CSA fall between the end and beginning of school, Graze’s CSA can fit right into your schedule. Graze offers a 10 week program, that spreads through 12 weeks beginning the week of June 17th and running through Labor Day. You can suspend 2 of the 12 weeks to account for vacation time and travel, so you pay for 10 weeks. Price-$390
Program #2-Extend the Harvest
If you want to continue receiving the CSA shares after school begins to enjoy the fall harvest, extend your CSA through the end of the season. The ETH program runs from the week of June 17 through October 15th, for a total of 16 weeks, spread over 18 weeks (you suspend twice) Price-$625
Call 888-WE GRAZE (934-7293) to sign up or ask a question.
Each week you will receive a boxed share containing approx. 8-10 fresh organic vegetables, including awesome salad greens, ripe tomatoes and culinary herbs. As the season progresses, the offerings will ramp up to include peak summer favorites such as sweet corn and juicy melons and berries.
The farmers work very hard to make sure that your basket contains a great variety of staple crops that you can integrate into your everyday meals, without overloading you with odd/unusual/”huh?” items, like three heads of purple kohlrabi or two dozen fiddleheads that might go to waste.
In Late June, Graze will send you links to seasonal recipes for pairing your veggies with Graze’s pasture-raised meats to make the deliciously fresh summer meals a snap. CSA spaces are limited to 40 on a first-come, first-served basis. Open to all!