No. What's ready to be harvested is what is included in the shares. Just like having your own garden, you have to harvest when produce is ready or it's no good anymore.
Yes, but I would make arrangements first. Due to off-farm employment and lots to do on the farm, we're not always able to take visitors. Be ready for mosquitoes. There is a produce stand set out by the road most Saturdays.
Typically we do not with the CSA/Farm Share. A CSA/Farm Share is supposed to bring people closer to their food. That's why we like people seeing where the harvest comes from, viewing how much work goes into everything and having the chance to speak to the farmer. Exceptions have been known to be made on occasion.
It all depends on what is ready that week. Planting is staggered with multiple seedings (succession planting) for short season crops and long season crops are planted as soon as the weather is good enough to do so. A good variety is planned in advance, but nature sometimes has other plans.
Primarily, plants grown are for the CSA/Farm Share. Extra is planted just in case. It's hard to know how much grow if you don't know who will be buying from you later in the season. That's why a CSA/Farm Share is so great, you know who you're growing for before the growing season starts.
We are not certified organic. There are bodies that oversee that farms are growing organically. This requires paperwork and a fee. Two things not liked. Our methods are mostly the same with a little less fossil fuel used. If a plant if sick from a virus, fungus, mold or bacteria, that's it for that plant. But, if that plant is ganged up on by insects who keep making more insects to destroy the plant, we draw the line there and are willing to use an insecticide to save that plant.
Rhubarb. Definitely rhubarb. Carrots, cherry tomatoes and kale are probably second. Basil and tarragon are third.
Well, in our CSA/Farm Share, there is an option to "swap" out an item for an item already in the Swap Box. But really, if you haven't had eggplant parmesan you really should.
If you are good at growing and harvesting plants, sure. Where growing for a farmers market, a farmer will usually focus on their strong crops. In a CSA/Farm Share, you have to supply a healthy variety, just like someone's own personal garden would.
Absolutely. As long as the farmer gets paid for what is grown. Their's a little bitterness still from some outstanding payments last year.
Every crop only lasts for a certain amount of time. With Canada's free trade agreements, shipments of produce can be brought in from around the world and trucked to a grocery store. We offer "in season" crops from a spot local to you.
The aim is to start having pick-up days for boxes at the end of June. The weather and progression of tasks control when there is enough plants to harvest to start the pick-up days. There's no point in making promises when you can't control if it will snow in May or frost happens in June. All that can be done is the best possible with the cards dealt.