the muddy river herbals csa
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 (sustainability 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. (Landscaping services, such as garden design and installation, are excluded from this discount.)
September farm tour (featuring herbal drinks and treats), where you’ll be able to meet and mingle with your fellow CSA members and herb lovers.
Digital newsletter sent out on pickup day, featuring recipes and field notes.
And, of course, access to healthy, fresh, and nourishing herbs grown by farmers 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.
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).
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.
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.
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 yours. 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, so please get in touch early!
We are incredibly grateful to the generous people at HERBSTALK for providing two scholarships for our 2019 Medicinal Herb CSA! These scholarships are here to help those for whom the purchase of a CSA would be a substantial financial burden. Recipients will become share members at the student level, meaning that they will receive three bunches of herbs at each pickup throughout the growing season. Before applying please read through the information provided on this page about our CSA as well as our member agreement. Please note that by applying for this scholarship you are committing to being able to get your herbs on all ten pickup dates during the growing season. Applications will close on March 7th and recipients will be chosen by March 15th. Please spread the word and click here to apply!
We will be harvesting dozens of herbs for inclusion in the CSA, from arnica to yarrow. (No “z” herbs yet, but suggestions are welcome!) If you have any plant requests or questions about what we're growing please call or shoot us an email.
Pickup Times & Locations:
Brookwood Farm in Canton
Saturday from 9:30 AM to 1 PM
Cambridge Naturals in Porter Square
23 White Street, Cambridge, 02140
Saturday from 12 PM to 7 PM
Cambridge Naturals at Boston Landing
92 Guest Street, Boston, 02135
Saturday from 12:45 PM to 6 PM
Monumental Cupcakes in Jamaica Plain
36 South Street, JP, 02130
Saturday from 1:15 PM to 6 PM
This year we are also hoping to start doing pickups at Crose Nest in Lowell and Hudson, though if we don’t get enough signups we may be unable to do so. If you’re interested in picking up in Lowell please contact us asap and spread the word so that we can drum up interest. We will determine whether or not it will work for us by March 31st. Thanks for your understanding and patience as we work to make our CSA available to more folks throughout eastern Massachusetts!
The tentative pickup dates for 2019 are as follows:
Week One: June 15th
Week Two: June 29th
Week Three: July 20th
Week Four: July 27th
Week Five: August 10th
Week Six: August 24th
Week Seven: September 7th
Week Eight: September 21st
Week Nine: October 12th
Week Ten: October 26th
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 · 134 North Street · Norfolk, MA 02056
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!