Community Shared Agriculture
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Harvest Box Program
Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a type of farm program that recognizes the importance of the relationship between producer and consumer and is based on the understanding that operating a small-scale sustainable farm is a community-oriented endeavour. Both farmer and consumer share responsibility in both the benefits (fresh, local, healthy and ethically grown produce) and risks (bad weather, illness, pests) that are inherently involved in the practice of organic farming. The consumer gives the farmer one easy payment in the spring when the biggest expenses (leases, seed, fertilizer, equipment maintenance/repair, rentals, tilling, etc) are incurred by the farmer and the CSA member benefits from a weekly supply of the freshest and tastiest produce throughout the growing season.
We’ve heard over and over again from CSA members that they love this program, because it encourages a well-rounded diet full of vegetables, encourages them to be creative and often leads to more socializing with friends so they can share the bounty and show off their new culinary skills! Please note that the CSA is not a bulk buyers club, however get on our list to hear updates about bulk buying opportunities (tomatoes, blueberries, pickling cucumbers, potatoes).
We are partnering with Close to Home Organics here at Glen Valley Organic Farm this year for our CSA program offerings! We just opened our membership to previous CSA members and will then announce to opening to folks on the waiting list. Thanks so much for your interest!
Learn more here: https://www.glenvalleycsa.com/
Earth Apple Organic Farm SEASONAL AVAILABILITY
June: Peas/ Spinach/ Salad Greens/ Arugula/ Green Onions/ Kale/ Radish/ Salad Turnips/ Choi/ Fennel Bulb/ Rhubarb/ Kohlrabi
July to August: New Potatoes/ Blueberries/ String Beans/ Spinach/ Salad Greens/ Beets/ Carrots/ Garlic Scapes/ Green Onions/ Kale/ Radish/ Swiss Chard/ Tomato/ Cucumber/ Sweet Peppers/ Eggplant/ Summer Squash/ Broccoli/ Cabbage/ Basil/ Cilantro/ Parsley/ Sweet Corn/ Fennel Bulb
September to October: Potatoes/ Garlic/ Carrots/ Cabbage/ Romano Beans/ Spinach/ Lettuce/ Beets/ Carrots/ Leeks/ Onions/ Kale/ Radish/ Swiss Chard/ Tomato/ Cucumber/ Sweet Peppers/ Broccoli/ Cauliflower/Rutabaga/ Summer Squash/ Winter Squash/ Cabbage/ Fennel Bulb/ Cilantro/ Parsley
October to November: Potatoes/ Garlic/ Onions/ Carrots/ Beets/ Cabbage/ Baby greens/ Kale/ Radish/ Turnip/ Rutabaga/ Broccoli/ Winter Squash/ Brussel Sprouts/ Cilantro/
*Please note that some vegetables are in season for a long periods of time, such as summer squash, kale & beans. Thus you will see them in you box multiple times (or throughout the season as is the case with kale). Be ready to find creative and delicious ways to keep your recipes and meal ideas fresh and fun!
Winter Preparedness Box: This box contains all the storage veggies and some dried shelling beans for your cooking delight over the winter season. The contents will vary depending on how the season goes, but would contain 100+lbs of assorted vegetables that store well, including: potatoes, onions, carrots, beets, turnips, rutabaga cabbage, winter squash, parsnips, celeriac and dried shelling beans. You must have room that is cool (3-11 deg celsisus) for all the root veggies and dry space for your winter squash and beans.
Holiday Vegetables Dinner Box: You can sign up for one of these hearty vegetable boxes for pick up at our last Vancouver farmers market of the 2017 season or at any of our CSA pick up locations in preparation for holiday cooking. The contents will vary depending on how the season goes, but would contain 30+lbs of assorted vegetables, including: Potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, shallots, celeriac, rutabaga, brussel sprouts, turnips, winter squash, parsnips.
What if I want to go on vacation or I get sick?
We leave it up to you to make arrangements in the case that you will be unavailable to receive your harvest box during one of the program dates. You have a couple options: 1) Ask a friend/neighbour to pick up your box in your place (please provide them with full instructions)… or 2) Give us 24 hours notice that you will not be picking up your box and we will not prepare a box for you that day. Sorry, we cannot offer refunds for missed pick-ups. Boxes that are not picked up will be donated or eaten up by farm volunteers.
How do we know what we are getting each week?
Each harvest box delivery will be preceded by an e-mail that contains updates and what will be in your box that week, often with recipe ideas.
Some items such as strawberries may not be available to all members in one week. Therefore there will be some products that are staggered over the weeks. One group will get them the first week and the next will get them the following week.
Also, there are some vegetables that are in season for long periods of time, such as summer squash, cucumbers, kale and tomatoes. You can expect these items to be in your box every week while their season lasts.
What if there is a type of vegetable that I don’t like?
There are some folks that don’t like radishes or cilantro for example. If this is you and everyone in your household and you know it will go straight into the compost, please let me know and I will do my best to not put it in your box and even try my best to replace it with something else each week. However, I know of some folks that didn’t like radishes until they learned they could be roasted and now they love ’em. Make sure you really don’t like it before you toss it 😉