2017 Summer CSA Boxes: Now’s The Time To Sign Up
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an approach that directly links consumers with local farmers that use environmentally-friendly practices. Consumers join a CSA by becoming a partner. To do so, consumers pay in advance for a share of vegetables. In exchange, the farmer delivers farm fresh veggies to a drop-off each week during harvest season where consumers come to pick up their veggies. In Quebec, there over 120 farms and 52,000 consumers that participate in the CSA network coordinated by Equiterre – a network that contributes over 6.5 million dollars to the local economy each year. CSA is a win-win formula that, in addition to play an important role in strengthening sustainable & local agriculture in Quebec and Ontario:
It offers you:
- A direct link with your farmer
- Access to healthy farm fresh veggies at a great price
- The opportunity to visit the farm, participate in farm events & know where your food comes from.
It offers farmers :
- The support of an amazing community of committed consumers
- Revenue early during the season when our expenses are numerous
- The opportunity of planning in advance the season’s production & harvest… thus enabling the least waste possible.
Summer CSA Basket
Each week during the summer season (end of June-early October), we will deliver your farm fresh certified organic vegetable basket at the drop-off point you signed up for. The content of the basket varies each week and includes, on average, 8 to 11 different vegetables that are in season. In each basket, we try to include a diversity of vegetables while also providing you as much as we can with a good selection of “staple” vegetables (e.g. carrots, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, etc.)
Another great perk is that we’ll also send you our weekly e-newsletters during the season so:
- You’ll get some of our favourite recipes to savour the bounty even more
- You’ll get all the latest news from the farm
- We’ll invite you to come have fun during our family-friendly farm events. Good times guaranteed!
Our farm fresh organic vegetable baskets are available on a weekly basis or every two weeks depending on how many veggies you like to eat. The 2017 CSA box season will run for 16 weeks from late June until early October. We will contact you in early June to confirm the start-date. Here are our 2017 prices* :
Freshness-wise, you can’t get this quality from the grocery store. It’s a great deal!
*Prices include a $18 contribution to Equiterre to support their to support their amazing work coordinating the CSA network.
Want To Extend The Season?
You want to eat our organic veggies right up until the Winter Holidays? You’re in luck. We now also offer Fall CSA boxes – that is a basket every two weeks from mid-October to mid-December. For more info on our Fall CSA boxes…
What’s in your box? Well, each week is a little different. You’ll get, on average, 8-11 different veggies per basket. We always try to include a good base of “staple” vegetables (e.g. carrots, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, greens, etc.) and complement with a nice diversity of veggies that happen to be in season that week (e.g. eggplant, zucchini, kale, squash, garlic, etc.) The first few weeks tends to have more greens until the summer’s vegetable bounty kicks in. There’s also a clearly labelled exchange bin at each drop-off so you can trade 1-2 items per basket if you need to. Here’s a glimpse of what some of our boxes looked like in 2014:
We all need a little time off. We’re happy to accommodate your needs. Just inform us of your vacation at least 72 hours in advance and we’ll let you choose one of the following options:
- Get a box on your off-week (bi-weekly partners).
- Get a double box another week that works best for you.
- Pick up your basket (or send someone else) at another drop-off locations.
- Weekly CSA partners can skip a maximum of 4 boxes due to vacation*.
- Biweekly CSA partners can skip 2 boxes only due to vacation*.
* Planning a longer vacation? Please contact us and we will see how we can best accommodate.
We have many drop-off points, in Outaouais and in Ottawa. As a CSA partner, you simply have to choose the one most convenient for you. It usually only takes partners a few minutes to pick-up their veggies. We highly recommend bringing your own reusable bags and containers to bring our harvest home with you.
- Nepean: 14 Higgins Rd (near Greenbank/Baseline), between 2:30 pm-7 pm.
- Westboro: 517 Cole (near Churchill/Richmond), between 3 pm-7 pm.
- Parkdale: 729 Gladstone (new location!) (at Seed To Sausage, west of Bronson), between 3:30 pm-6:30 pm.
- Glebe: 166 Glebe (at Angela’s B&B, on Glebe near Lyon), between 3:30 pm-7 pm.
- Vanier/St. Laurent: 1000 North River (south of Donald), between 4 pm-7 pm
- Orleans: 3712 Innes (at Kardish Health Food Centre, Innes Rd between Mer Bleu Rd and Orleans Blvd), between 4:30 pm-8:30 pm.
- Lochaber-Partie-Ouest (at the Farm): 829 rang 4e (near Thurso), between 1:30 pm-7 pm.
- Buckingham (Quebec): 746 Av. de Buckingham (at Fine et Fûtés near the Jean-Coutu/SAQ), between 2:30 pm-7:30 pm.
- Gatineau (Du Versant District): 470 Gréber Boulevard (new drop-off!) (at Brûlerie Charlemagne, at the corner of Saint-René), between 3:30 pm-7:30 pm.
- Gatineau (Mont-Bleu area): 774 Saint-Joseph Boulevard (new drop-off!) (at Brûlerie Aladdin, west of Autoroute 5), between 3:30 pm-8:30 pm.
- Hull/Val-Tétreau (Quebec): 56 Bourget (near Moussette Park), between 4 pm-7 pm.