What is a CSA, how does it work?
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is a way to support small scale growers by ensuring that we have a steady and regular clientele for the produce we grow. It is done by purchasing a share of the produce we harvest each week, which comes in the form of a weekly fresh vegetable box subscription.
What’s our CSA going to be like?
Our CSA will run for 10 weeks, with the first boxes ready in the early weeks of Jun. We will have a second 10 week CSA for the fall as well. Each box will have around seven or eight varieties of freshly harvested, ecologically grown veggies and fruits, and will have a value of about $49. It will feed a household of two vegetarians, or four omnivores.
You can count on them being free of pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides. The boxes will feature familiar veggies such as tomatoes and kale, as well as veggies from the Asian continent, such as daikon radish, and water spinach. You will also find the occasional fresh sauce we make from our produce, as well as recipe cards on how to best use these veggies.
An non-exhaustive list of veggies you can expect
Yard long beans
Purple Sticky Corn
| Winter Produce:
Mini Shares: Enjoy a smaller farm share of diverse variety of produce.
The mini share have half the quantity of our regular shares. 10 weeks of delicious fresh produce grown in your neighbourhood.
$25/week for 10 weeks.
Standard Shares: Our standard share. Buy it for yourself, or gift it! $440 for 10 weeks ($49 x 10 weeks).
Subsidized Shares: The truth is that fresh and ecologically produced food is a luxury that isn’t accessible to those who need it most. We’ve allocated limited shares for those in our community that could use a little help. These shares are made possible by our Sponsor Share members. The more Sponsors that subscribe, the more Subsidized share will become available. $190 for 10 weeks ($19 x 10 weeks).
Sponsor Shares: Contribute a bit more towards your share will allow us to provide reduced shares to the community. Until we figure out a way to beat big ag, we need your help to make small ag more equitable. $490 for 10 weeks ($49 x 10 weeks).
How does it work?
After purchasing the subscription, you will be added to a mailing list that will let you know what’s going on at the farm, and what to do with some of the veggies in the boxes.
On Sundays, you can pick up your boxes at the Picton Farmers Market from 10AM to 2:00 PM. You can use one of our reusable cooler bags, or bring your own. If you use one of ours, please bring it back on your next pickup, clean and free from debris.
We've partnered up with a couple pick up locations if Picton is not as accessible. You can also pick up at Stellas Eatery (Waupoos), and Stock and Row (Bloomfield). We will get in touch with you 2 weeks before the start of our CSA to confirm your preferred pick up location.
Your veggies will be packed in a reusable cooler which you can take home with you. You will bring it back on your next pickup, clean and free from debris, and take the next week's box home.
You are also welcome to visit the farm and pick out your veggies yourself!
We are not planning any other deliveries at the moment.
Why are CSAs important?
By buying a CSA share, you are supporting local small farmers, and by extension, the local economy. You will know exactly where your food is grown, and if you so choose, see for yourself how exactly it was grown.
Farming takes a lot of upfront investment before we even start growing, and buying a share ensures that we have the resources to grow everything we need to. The cost of seeds, soil, compost, tools, and other equipment add up fast. We also can’t grow the entire year, so we need to ensure that we have a strong season to carry us to the next.
By becoming a share-holder, we hope to convey to members the risks that farmers have to face. We are at the whim of nature, whether it be weather or wildlife. All the planning in the world would not prevent freak storms, and we hope that members will understand that when that happens, a box may be a bit on the slim side.
On the other hand, we also want members to share the bounty. When we are blessed by nature, your box may overflow. Whatever the case is, we will be transparent and communicative to our members on what’s happening on the farm.
Is it right for me?
While our boxes will have staples, they will also have veggies for the more adventurous cooks, looking to try some unusual items not typically found in their shopping carts.
If you don’t plan on cooking, or travel a lot, then no, this really isn’t for you. If you still want to support us, consider buying a gift subscription instead.
Be honest with yourself. We want our members to be able to take full advantage of what we provide. It should never be a burden.
Understanding the shared risks is also important. If the potential for "not getting your money's worth" makes you feel anxious, then being a member may not be for you, and you could alternatively support us at the Farmer’s Market.
Can we customize our boxes?
If you are picking up your boxes at the Picton’s Farmers Market, you are welcome to trade out some veggies. For the boxes picked up at ________, we are going to keep it simple for our first year, so our answer is ‘not yet’. However, please let us know if you have any allergies of concern, so we can help you decide whether a subscription is right for you.
What happens if I miss my share pickup?
If you know in advance that you might miss a share, let us know, and we’ll figure something out together.
If you miss a pickup, your share will be donated.
Can I cancel my subscription? Can I get a refund?
We will not be issuing refunds for moves, change of needs, or if you do not enjoy our offerings. A significant portion of the funds are used at the beginning of the season, and we trust that our members have read through and understand the benefits and risks of purchasing a share, which we try to detail here.
Terms & Conditions
We assume that all our share members have read and agree to our CSA Terms & Conditions.
Ready to purchase?
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