Often known as a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or Veggie Box, it's a program where a customer subscribes into receiving a "share" of the harvest. When produce is ready, it's harvested, prepared and divided-up, then picked up by the customer.
1) The customer gets to know where their food is coming from.
2) The produce is harvested when it is ready and available to the customer soon after. This is what fresh is.
3) By subscribing in advance, a farmer knows how much to plant and grow.
4) It's like having a garden, but someone else does the work.
5) The customer gets to see how the vegetables are grown and talk to the farmer when they pick up their share.
6) The farmer gets feedback about the share from the previous week.
For 2020, two packages will be available
1. 18-weeks of produce ($690)
2. 10-weeks (every other week over 19 weeks) of produce ($384)
As well, there is an add-on option of a dressed turkey in time for Thanksgiving ($45)
Produce grown include: arugula, basil, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, eggplant, garlic (and scapes), kale, parsley, mint, onions, peppers (hot and sweet), salad mix, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tarragon, thyme, tomatoes (large and cherry), zucchini.
Sign-ups before May 1 get a bonus of rhubarb, asparagus and maybe spinach. These plants are ready before the Farm Share begins.
To support other area farm/food businesses, we add items into some weekly shares including: sweet corn, honey, maple syrup, mushrooms and strawberries.
Pick-ups are Sundays from 2 to 5 pm at the farm during the Farm Share period.
The goal for the start of the Farm Share is the end of June, but mother nature sometimes has other plans. A typical Farm Share will run from late June to October. If the weather is still fantastic and plants are still producing after the 18 weeks is over, a bonus week(s) is known to happen.
Contact us. More information can be provided and the sign-up form as well.
With safety from Covid-19 being a big concern, the County of Wellington has instructed CSA/Farm Shares to not let customers touch the produce. That means customers can't build their box. Customers will have their boxes prepared for them, with an attempt to meet their preference on some produce (example: long carrots over fat carrots; small eggplant over big ones).
Knowing what will be in a share isn't always easy. Sometimes plans of planting get pushed back because of cold/wet spring. Sometimes insects eat enough of the plants to leave them unable to bare healthy fruit. Sometimes disease comes to the farm and ruins a species of plant. Sometimes seeds don't germinate or germinate very poorly. Sometimes there is a bumper crop. Sometimes a plant produces fruit early. We try to estimate what will be ready for each week's pick-up day. Below are some examples.
It's early in the season, so most plants are still growing.
Plants are starting to come around.
Some plants have seen their peak and are slowing down. Second or third plantings of some plants are happening.
The weather isn't as warm and sunlight hours has decreased. Plants that took the full season to bear fruit are ready.