Welcome to the Muddy River Herbals CSA!
Registration for the 2018 season is opening soon!
The Muddy River Herbals CSA offers biweekly shares of medicinal and culinary herbs from mid-June through the end of October. All of our shares involve ten weekend pickups consisting of fresh, and occasionally dried, herbs grown with love on the farm. Members will also find occasional wildcrafted (aka foraged) offerings such as plantain, dandelion, and violets.
Benefits of joining our CSA include:
- 10% discount on all additional products purchased during the CSA season, including fresh and dried herbs, seedlings, and nursery plants.
- September farm tour (featuring herbal drinks and treats), where you’ll be able to meet and mingle with your fellow CSA members and herbalists.
- Digital newsletter sent out on pickup day, featuring recipes and field notes.
- And, of course, access to healthy, fresh, and nourishing herbs grown by a farmer you know (or will know soon!).
There are five different ways in which you can participate in our CSA:
This share is tailored to herbalists who use a variety of different herbs in their work with clients, friends, and families (as well as themselves!). Members buying into this share will receive five bunches of herbs at each pickup, and can customize their order based on the week's availability (which will be sent out on the Sunday prior to pickup). For example, a member could choose to receive up to five different herbs in their share, or five bunches worth of one herb. Members can also choose to receive a 4” seedling in place of one bunch. $200 per season
The student share is designed for students of botanical medicine who are looking to deepen their knowledge of medicinal herbs. This can also provide a variety of culinary herbs for those wishing to explore the wide flavor possibilities of the roots, shoots, and leaves of the year's bounty. Each share will contain three bunches of herbs which can be customized based on field availability (see customization options in herbalist share, above). $150 per season
Our family share is for people interested in learning more about how herbs can be used to enhance their health and wellness and that of their loved ones (including kids). Each pickup day members of this share will receive one bunch of herbs which we have chosen for its ease of use, as well as an illustrated plant profile (sent digitally) with detailed instructions on how to use the plant. $100/season
Culinary Share - NEW!
This year we are introducing our Culinary Share option. Similar to the Family Share, we are offering one large bunch (or several smaller bunches eg. Basil Medley or Mint Medley) of delicious herbs. Each share will likewise be accompanied by an illustrated digital plant profile with usage ideas and recipes to guide your exploration of herbs in the kitchen. $100/season
Workshare - limited spaces
We have a workshare for those wanting to volunteer their time in exchange for a student share. Because we know that our share members have a wide variety of talents and schedules we will work with you directly to figure out how to best utilize your talents. We generally ask that workshare members donate one to four hours of their time per week for a total of at least 20 hours throughout the course of the season. Workshare members should be able to lift and carry 35 pounds, be able to work on their feet for hours at a time, and have or be able to arrange reliable transportation to the farm.
Around the beginning of the season, we will contact you to schedule work on the farm. Once a time is set up, we ask that you honor the scheduled time(s) and date(s) as we will be relying on you to work at that time. If you are forced to reschedule, as much warning as possible is much appreciated.
Some ways that workshare members can volunteer their time include:
- Driving CSA shares to Cambridge, Jamaica Plain, and Somerville
- Building racks for drying herbs
For more information on setting up your work share, please send us an email with "workshare" in the subject line. Spaces are very limited.
We will be harvesting dozens of herbs for inclusion in the CSA, from arnica to yarrow. (No “z” herbs yet, but suggestions are welcome!) For a complete list of our anticipated 2018 availability, please click here (2018 list coming soon!). If you have any questions about what we're expecting to be growing this year please call or shoot us an email.
Pickup Times & Locations:
On Farm, Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM
Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square
23 White Street, Cambridge, 02140, Saturday from 12 PM to 7 PM
Monumental Cupcakes in Jamaica Plain
36 South Street, JP, 02130, Saturday from 12:45 PM to 6 PM
Melrose Farmer's Market
160 W Emerson St, Melrose, MA 02176, Thursday from 3 to 7 PM
The dates planned for pickup in 2018 are as follows:
July 7 & 21
August 4 & 18
September 1, 15, & 29
October 13 & 27
Melrose pickups will always be the Thursday before the scheduled Saturday pickups, i.e. June 21. Can't make a pickup? No problem! We'll just set you up with a double share the next week.
We have a limited amount of shares so we encourage you to sign up soon. You can purchase your share in our online store or by completing this form and mailing it, along with a check made out to Muddy River Herbals, to:
Muddy River Herbals
96 Highland Street, Hyde Park, MA 02136
If you have any questions please contact us.
We are looking forward to working with our CSA members to make this a meaningful, memorable, and beautiful growing season!