Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

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A Note about Covid-19 and our CSA

Please Note:  We aren't able to accept any more CSA members at this time.  Please join our Waitlist (form at the bottom of the page) and we will be in touch if we are able to open any more spaces.


There is a lot of uncertainty right now, and we know that making a 15 week commitment to a vegetable basket might be a bit much.  But here's what we do know:

  • Our CSA is a go!  As it's food, and therefore essential, we will be able to offer it, regardless of what happens.  We are already busy at work here (and I'm so grateful for such busy days, since I fall into bed every night and fall asleep within minutes), starting seedlings, prepping ground, rolling with the punches, and making changes as necessary to provide as much good food as we can, as soon as we are able.  

  • The way it runs might have to look a little different this year, because our biggest priority is keeping you safe.  This is a huge topic of conversation in our house, and with every farmer friend I have who deals directly with the public.  I don't want to plan too far ahead, as a lot can happen in 3 months (or, you know, 3 days, in this crazy time), but we will do our best to keep you apprised of the changes.  I'm really proud of our "Market-Style" CSA where everyone crowds in and makes their own choices, and brings their own containers, and chats and gets to know each other and I get lots of hugs.  It puts the "Community" in Community Supported Agriculture, and it really is the highlight of my week.  But I also don't have to tell you that that isn't going to work right now, when we're all working so hard to keep each other safe.  We're exploring options for prepackaged shares and socially distant curbside pickups, and whatever is necessary to make sure we're being as safe as possible.  Fortuitously, I spent lots of time switching my website platform this winter, to allow for e-commerce and online ordering.  It's a HUGE learning curve for me, but it may allow us to somewhat personalize your shares in the likely event we end up doing only curbside pickup.  Another thing that has been suggested by friends and on webinars (it's a thing I do now, attend webinars) is to ask everyone to pre-purchase two containers, like the totes you get from Superstore/Zehrs/No Frills, which we'll switch every week (and I will safely and zealously sanitize in between every use).  This may also be an option, and if so, I'll let you know closer to the date.  So.....clear as mud?  CSA is a go.  The form it will take is still a bit.... nebulous, but the priority is being safe.  

  • What won't change: The veggies we grow, how we grow them, the gratitude we have for you all, the care we take in harvesting and preparing our offerings.  Oh, and my scintillating wit and keen observations of life in these crazy times.  And the flowers. And herbs.  Those are still included!  We might even convince Rachel to offer her baking for pre-order and pickup.  (Carrot cake....)     

  • Read on below to find out more about how our CSA works (keeping in mind that some of the details regarding pickup may have to evolve for this season) and fill out the "Ready to Join" Form at the bottom if you want to join us.  If you have questions after reading the information below, feel free to email me using the buttom below.  

    Thank you.  Stay Safe.  

    Heidi 

 

Our Story

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 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.

 

OUR 2020 SEASON RUNS FROM
JULY 8TH TO OCTOBER 14TH.

Here's How It Works:

Sign Up

Choose either a small share size for $300 or a regular share for $400.  
Then start counting down the days until July 8th!  

Check your Inbox

Look for an email reminder on Tuesday nights.  In it, I'll update you on farm news and 
how things are growing, plus include a list of what's available that week and lots of tips on how to use your bounty -- including recipes.

Come to the Farm

Every Wednesday, you will come to the farm.  Our freshest vegetables will be freshly picked, laid out and and waiting for you between 3pm and 6:30pm.

 

Choose

Pick what YOU and YOUR FAMILY will eat from a list of what's available: between 5-7 items for small baskets and 8-10 for regular baskets.

There's More

We'll also have fresh cut herbs and baskets of fresh cut flowers for you to choose (they're included in every basket).  And we endeavour to offer a few extras that you might like to purchase, like local eggs, honey and delicious baking.

Eat!

Eat your food, knowing that you're supporting a small farmer and a vibrant local agricultural community.  Plus, it tastes amazing!

 

What Vegetables Can you Expect

We grow over 40 kinds of vegetables in our market garden, which helps offset the risks associated with crop loss due to weather and insect pressure.  We are profoundly grateful to be able to grow using a variety of methods (including crop rotation, green manures, landscape fabric, hoophouses, permanent plantings and more), which allows us to offer a wide variety of crops for our 4 months of seasonal eating.  In addition, we partner with trusted local farmer friends to bring you crops that cannot/will not grow on our land such as potatoes and corn (both of which require large amounts of land and equipment investment beyond our reach).      
Although quantity and variety will vary over the season, we have shared below two examples of what your basket might look like over the season: 

Example of a Mid-July Basket

  • Potatoes

  • Garlic Scapes

  • Garlic Scape and Basil Pesto

  • Kale

  • Head Lettuce (ie. Romaine, Buttercrunch)

  • Leaf Lettuce Mix

  • Kohlrabi

  • Sprouts

  • Green Onions

  • Spicy Braising Mix

  • Potted Plants

  • Cucumbers

  • Beans

  • Fresh Cut Flowers and Herbs

Example of a Late August Basket

  • Tomatoes: Cherry and Slicing

  • Potatoes 

  • Kale

  • Swiss Chard

  • Leaf Lettuce and Mixed Greens

  • Cucumbers: Field, English and Snacking

  • Peppers: A variety of shapes and colours

  • Eggplant

  • Zucchini

  • Beans: green, yellow and purple

  • Beets

  • Garlic

  • Onions: Red and White

  • Sweet Yellow Corn

  • Fresh Cut Flowers and Herbs

Example of a Late September Basket

  • Poatoes

  • Garlic

  • Winter Squash: Butternut, Acorn, Delicata, Spaghetti and more

  • Leeks

  • Onions: Red and White

  • Arugula

  • Leaf Lettuce 

  • Carrots

  • Beets

  • Celery

  • Celeriac

  • Pie Pumpkins

  • Tomatoes: cherry and slicing

  • Peppers

  • Tomatillos

  • Fresh CutFlowers and Herbs

 

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.

 

Our CSA Baskets are FULL - Thank you!

Please join our Waitlist, and we will let you know if we are able to open more spaces.

 

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