What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is a way for people to support small-scale farmers and get fresh veggies on a weekly basis. Members subscribe for the season by pre-paying to receive a box of fresh seasonal produce from our farm for 20 weeks. We cultivate a special relationship with our members, sending out more detailed updates and sharing the ups and downs we experience throughout the season. We grow extra variety for our members that sometimes doesn't make it to market - members often get the best of what we have, but also the opportunity to try more unusual veggies that don't always sell in high volumes.
Our most satisfied members are those who are interested in trying new things and eating a lot of veggies. Experiencing a changing diet with the seasons is part of what we hope you will appreciate. We grow a wide variety of greens, fruiting crops (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, zucchini, etc), roots, and herbs which will keep you healthy throughout the year! Greens are especially plentiful in the Spring and early Summer, we drown in fruiting crops in the Summer and early Fall, and we provide a bounty of storage roots and greens in the Fall.
Details of Our 2021 CSA
We currently deliver in Hamilton area and Simcoe area. See our delivery area map here.
Read on for more information about our CSA.
Find our Membership Terms here.
2021 CSA spots are now full
ALL ABOUT DEPOTS
Depots allow us to deliver to more customers while making fewer stops.
Being a depot means:
1) a covered area to drop off boxes so they don't get rained on,
2) checking on shares on delivery day and letting us know if someone doesn't pick up,
3) keeping an eye on hand sanitizer levels to let us know when to refill,
4) letting us know if someone in your household is sick with COVID-like symptoms so that we can make other arrangements
Pickup at a depot means:
1) using hand sanitizer as required, or only touching your own box
2) being respectful of distancing with other members picking up and the homeowners (waiting for others to leave the porch before you approach),
3) ability to receive text message for notification of when depot is delivered,
4) letting us know if you are sick with COVID-like symptoms and we can deliver to you instead
ALL ABOUT BOXES
We deliver your veggies each week in wax produce boxes. Each member will have 2+ boxes dedicated to their household. Boxes will be collected and returned to the farm to be sanitized before the next week's delivery. In the event that we are concerned about contamination, we will use a new box and dispose of the old box.
THE BASICS OF OUR CSA
Our 2021 CSA will run from June 8th to October 30th, with no deliveries the week of Thanksgiving, October 11th.
On farm pickups and deliveries in Norfolk County will be Tuesday evenings. Hamilton deliveries will be Wednesday evenings. Pickup at Ottawa Street Farmers Market is on Saturdays.
Small Box, 4-5 items per week, average value of $14/week
Medium Box, 7-8 items per week, average value of $22/week
Large Box, 9-10 items per week, average value of $30/week
Flexible payment options accepted, including paying on a week-by-week basis or in 2+ instalments
Base price is $18/week for Small ($360 total), $26/week for Medium ($520 total), $34/week for Large ($680 total). This includes delivery fees.
Discounts for Early Bird Signup, picking up at a depot or on farm, being a depot host (see CSA Signup page for full details)
Choose between two options for some items each week, or let us pick for you if you don't have a preference
If there is something you don't want in the box, sub-in for preserves (1 preserve for 2 veggie items) or choose from a short list of sub-ins within category, 1 sub-in per week
Payment is by e-transfer, credit/debit card, cheque or cash
20 weeks of delivery, if you are away for a week, you can replace the value in preserves, double up on another week, donate your box, or receive credit for veggies after the CSA season
You will receive an email every week to let you know what is in the box; option selections and sub-in requests must be made by 12pm the day before your delivery
If you have food allergies, we will accommodate as best we can
Share will include information each week about the veggies you are receiving. Our online Forum collects recipes from many different sources and provides a place to discuss cooking and preserving with us and other members.
We try to accommodate all requests for picking up at a depot, and will let you know where your nearest location is if your preferred location is full. (See signup form for current depot locations, subject to change)
All veggies will come from our farm, except for the possibility of 1-2 items in early June and to add extra variety in the event of crop failures. We will always let you know if there are items from other farms, and will communicate the source and growing practices of any added produce.
Eggs from another local farm will be available to add on as a standing order, on a bi-weekly basis
Fruit from another local farm may be available to add on, dependent on interest and logistics