CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Joining a CSA is like investing in a farm.
How Does It Work?
Prior to the growing season, you purchase a membership or ‘share’ in the farmer’s crop. This allows the farmer to buy seeds and supplies to grow the produce. Once the crop is ready for harvesting you begin receiving a regularly scheduled bundle of farm-fresh produce.
What Does That Look Like?
Our Summer CSA runs for 12 weeks, beginning in the middle of July through to September. Members collect their weekly share of goods from a central pickup site. Each share contains a generous selection of 8-11 seasonal produce items, with some opportunity to swap if you prefer more or less of something. Vegetables are delivered directly to their weekly pick-up locations within 24-48 hours of being picked. They are washed, chilled and ready to rinse and eat.
For Summer 2017 there will be a limited number of shares available for two pick-up locations:
Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Edmonton (Ritchie Area)
Thursdays from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
You may designate an alternate person to pick up your share for weeks that you can’t make it or are on holidays. Unclaimed shares will be donated to local food programs or distributed in other ways.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The incomparable taste of fresh produce all season long.
Introduction of new veggies into your diet and all their great nutritional benefits.
Confidence in knowing where your food comes from and having connection to the farmer who grew it.
Supporting independent local business and contributing to the local economy.
Being part of a community of members who gather weekly to collect their produce, share ideas, swap recipes, and spend time in the garden.
HOW MUCH DO I GET?
Our HALF SHARE feeds 2-3 people or a veggie-loving individual.
Our FULL SHARE feeds a group of 4-6 people or a smaller family who loves vegetables. A mid-season full share will fill a Superstore bin or Rubbermaid.
WHAT IS THE COST?
The price you pay for our produce is similar to or less than the grocery store, but with taste and quality that are far superior. You’ll have the choice to pay in full by cheque, email transfer or Paypal, or you can make up to 8 equal instalment payments by cheque or email bank transfer. (Information about how to submit cheque payments will be included in your confirmation email). We also offer shares with Garden Time and shares without. (Learn more about Garden Time)
Half Share with Garden Time $340.00
(feeds 2-3 people or a veggie-loving individual and includes 6 volunteer hours during the season)
Half Share without Garden Time $415.00
(feeds 2-3 people or a veggie-loving individual and no volunteer time is required)
Full Share with Garden Time $650.00
(feeds 4-6 people or a smaller family that loves veggies and includes 12 volunteer hours during the season)
Full Share without Garden Time $795.00
(feeds 4-6 people or a smaller family that loves veggies and no volunteer time is required)
IS THERE RISK INVOLVED?
Each season is unique, so with a CSA you buy into the risks and rewards of farming along with the farmer, knowing that on occasion a crop may fail despite the farmer’s best efforts. We promise to do our best to provide you with a bountiful share each week, however quantities may vary from week to week due to uncontrollable factors such as weather, insects, pests or disease. By joining our CSA, you are agreeing to share the risk of occasional crop failure with us and also to share in the (sometimes overwhelming) abundance.
BEEF, CHICKEN, and EGG Add-ons
In addition to vegetables, we offer add-ons of Beef, Chicken, and (a limited number of) Egg shares for our 12-week Summer CSA. All are naturally raised (free range/pasture fed), and provided by Murray and Carolyn Herbert of Herbert Family Farm in the Edberg area. Beef, Chicken and Egg shares are available on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and are included as ‘add-on’ options upon signup.
EGGS Weekly Share $60 (Bi-weekly share $30)
(1 share equals 1 dozen eggs)
CHICKEN Weekly share $340 (Bi-weekly share $170)
(1 share equals an average 5 lb whole chicken. Shareholders often receive heavier chickens)
BEEF Weekly share $625 (Bi-weekly share $312.50)
(1 share equals 5 lbs of an assortment of roast, steak, stirfry, ground beef, patties, stew, fry sausage, breakfast sausage (Herbert’s choice))
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
Just click the Sign Up button below and walk through the steps. You’ll have the choice to pay in full by cheque, email transfer or Paypal, or you can make up to 8 equal instalment payments by cheque or email bank transfer. Information about how to submit cheque payments will be included in your confirmation email.
SIGN UPS for our SUMMER 2018 CSA open soon!
Deliveries begin the middle of July and continue for 12 weeks to the end of September