Rural Roots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

What and Why is a CSA?

 

Community Shared Agriculture (sometimes called Community Supported Agriculture) developed about 30 years ago in Japan, as an answer to huge industrial farming.  This alternative model is, at its heart, a commitment between farmers and CSA members.  I commit to growing the best vegetables I can, in the most ecological and sustainable way possible.  In return, you agree to share with me some of the risks - and joys! - associated with farming.  Every year there are some crops that will not perform as favourably as they could, mostly due to the whims of Mother Nature.  There are also certain crops every year that perform abundantly, and will feature in starring roles in your baskets for weeks (Swiss Chard, anyone?).  In the early weeks of the CSA your baskets will be lighter (and mostly green), because fewer things are ready.  However, in the later weeks you may find you can’t fit everything in your basket and have to freeze or jar some of the abundance for later.  Consequently, it is important to understand that a CSA will not necessarily replace your weekly grocery trips for produce.  Since the vegetables offered are strictly those in season, you may have to supplement your weekly CSA basket with other things from the produce department of your local grocers.  For this reason, CSAs are not for everyone, and that is okay!  But by joining a CSA, you will have the opportunity to participate in a social and economic model that is based on a lasting relationship between farmer and member, centered on mutual respect and understanding.  Most importantly, it is centered on a love of farming and good, fresh, healthy, and sustainable food that is better for individuals, families, communities and the earth.    


 Vegetables

Although quantity and variety will vary due to weather and insect challenges, here are just some of the vegetables we grow for your baskets:

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Beets/Beet Greens
  • Cabbage and/or Chinese Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic and Garlic Scapes
  • Greens
  • Lettuce
  • Muskmelon
  • Onions and Green Onions
  • Pak Choy
  • Peppers and Hot Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes: Cherry, Paste and Slicing
  • Watermelon
  • Winter Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Lots of more unusual items such as purslane, mustard greens, mizuna, fennel, ground cherries -- you might find a new favourite!
  • Herbs: Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Dill, Fennel, Lavender,  Lemon Balm, Lovage, Marjoram, Oregano,  Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spearmint, Stevia, Summer Savory,  Tarragon, Thyme… and more.
  • Other goodies I have included in past years are Sweet Corn, Rhubarb, Strawberries, Gourds, Apples, and Sweet potatoes.
  • Fresh Flowers included every week -- make up a small bouquet for your table!

 
I am always trying new things to grow, so if there is a vegetable you like, please let me know! 

 You don't have to bring a pretty basket for pickups...but it can make you    feel very fancy, like a Parisian whose next stop is to get fresh baguettes.  

 Herbs and flowers are part of every pickup.  

Payment Details
    •  A medium share is our most popular share size.  It is suitable for a small family, or for a couple who likes to cook at home most evenings.  The cost is $400.   
    • A small share is suitable for 1-2 people, or for people who might not cook at home most evenings.  The cost is $288.  We have a limited number of small shares available.  You could also choose to split a medium share with a friend, to give you more flexibility.     
  • If you are a first time member we ask for a 25% deposit to hold your spot.  This would be $72 for a small share or $100 for a medium share.  We accept cash, cheque or e-transfer (and we're working on having debit available in the spring!).  The balance of the money can be split into 3 equal payments, due at the beginning of July, August and September.  

Why Join a CSA?

Buy Local

Your support helps small local farms stay afloat.

By supporting a local business, you ensure that more of your dollars stay in the community.

Connect with the food you eat by meeting your farmers and exploring the farms.

Eat Well

Buy the freshest food for your family.

Explore new foods and learn to cook with them.

Find out that beet greens aren’t just good for you, they’re tasty too!

 Be Healthy

Eat more fresh vegetables and fruit.

Share healthy eating habits with your kids. Expose them to the joys of eating by the seasons.

 Protect the Environment

Support farmers who take care of their land by growing food in ways that take care of the soil.

Cut down on the number of miles your food travels from the farm to your plate.

 

If you are interested in a share for the 2019 season but need more information, feel free to contact us.  If you are ready to sign up, you can use our signup form.  


2674 County Road 42   R.R 1 Stayner, ON    705.305.3514

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