From forest floor to your door...
Subscribe to monthly boxes of fascinating and delicious native foods. Wild-gathered, wild-stewarded, and grown on our 95 acre botanical sanctuary. Each Wild Harvest Box contains six or more wild-harvested and forest-farmed ingredients, including mushrooms, wild veggies, berries, and herbal teas. Ingredients change with the seasons, and boxes are available from April to November.
What's in a Box?
Wild Harvest is a subscription to all things native and wild. From gourmet mushrooms and ramps to indigenous herbs and heirloom native crops, we carefully and sustainability harvest from our fields and forests to bring you the highest quality produce. Each Wild Harvest Box contains ingredients for a few nice dinners, as well as herbs for unique teas and drink creations. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try your hand at preserving too! Instructions and ideas for cleaning and preparing are included for each of the 6+ different foods in your box.
Honoring Indigenous History
Wild Hudson Valley specializes in historical land use practices of the Eastern Woodlands peoples, so in addition to harvesting food and herbs in the wild, we grow and save seed from rare indigenous varieties of squash, corn, beans and other crops - all of which are included in our Wild Harvest Boxes! With gratitude and in acknowledgement of the Mohican and Munsee peoples who call the Hudson Valley home, we donate a portion of the proceeds from every box to the cultural revitalization programs of their contemporary communities.
How it Works
Wild Harvest Boxes are available April through November, since this is when we can forage and grow wild foods in the Hudson Valley. Boxes are available for delivery or pickup on the third Thursday of each month (except April, when delivery day is the 29th).
Boxes can be ordered individually - a subscription is not required! But since the boxes contain entirely different ingredients each month as the seasons change, we highly recommend ordering more than one. By reserving all eight months, you get the steepest discounts and you will discover and taste the greatest diversity of foods the Hudson Valley has to offer!
We do not ship produce, we either hand-deliver it to your door or drop it off at a pick up location, depending on where you live.
Our farm is in Cairo, NY and our delivery route brings us through Catskill, Hudson, Albany, Troy, Greenville, and Cairo, NY. If you live within a few miles of our delivery route (see Delivery Map), we can deliver right to your home. If you live out in the boonies, you can pick up your Box at a local business in the nearest town along our delivery route. If you are unsure whether your location is on our route, please call or email us and we’ll find a solution! We may be able to accommodate a detour, especially if you are a full-season subscriber.
Rich in Cultural History
Your Wild Harvest Box is not just a box of freshly-harvested edibles. A Wild Harvest Box is the perfect way to explore the wild foods available in the Hudson Valley, as well as the crops historically cultivated here before colonization. Every plant has a story to tell, and with the information provided in your box, you can learn about the rich languages, culture, and history of Hudson Valley native peoples, as well as contemporary foraging and forest farming practices.
Do I have to know how to cook the ingredients?
Nope! Every box comes with a story. Each and every ingredient is described: the species of plant in its natural habitat, its cultural history, and sample recipes and more! During the week before each delivery, we’ll send an exclusive email with the potential contents of your upcoming box, along with cleaning and cooking ideas to inspire you. Our weekly email might also include surprise add-on items (which can be purchased at additional cost). Sometimes, we come across exciting edibles that are in limited quantities. We can’t split up one big puffball mushroom, but someone’s gotta enjoy it!
Can I choose the ingredients of my Box?
Harvesting with the ever-changing seasons means that we can’t ever be certain of what nature has to offer. So, each month’s delivery is a surprise, and we cannot guarantee certain foods. We are experienced in sustainable harvest techniques, and we never, ever harvest at risk plants unless they have been stewarded or grown on our own farm. We are at nature’s whim - and it’s all part of the fun!
How much is the delivery fee?
There is no additional delivery fee for our Wild Harvest Boxes, this cost is included in your Box order.
Do I need to be home for delivery?
If your location qualifies for home delivery, there is no need to be home for delivery. However, if you will not be home on your delivery day, please leave a cooler with ice packs outside your door for us to put the Box in so that it is protected from sun and heat.
Is the produce organic?
Our produce is not officially certified organic, as the vast majority of our foods are wild-harvested and unable to be certified in a traditional certification process. However, we only forage from our sanctuary and other properties that are managed organically, and our forest farming methods are above and beyond organic certification requirements. Come to one of our walks or workshops to see for yourself!
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