Community Shared Agriculture 

2018 CSA Harvest

As of 2018, we are partnering* with Close to Home Organics here at Glen Valley Organic Farm Co-op and with Snowy Mountain Organics for our CSA program offerings!  …and we are now accepting new members!

Photo credit: Sharron Bates | Carmen Klotz | Beyond Your Eye Productions

Option 1:

Glen Valley Organic Farm CSA

What dates do the various options run?

The season’s dates are as follows:

  • Early Bird subscription (3 deliveries) is bi-weekly with deliveries on 10 & 24 May and 7 June;
  • Main Season subscription (15 deliveries) is weekly from 21 June to 27 September;
  • Extended Season subscription (9 deliveries) is weekly from 4 October to 29 November;
  • Fruit Share Main Season option (13 deliveries) is from 5 July to 27 September;
  • Fruit Share Extended Season option (9 deliveries) is from 4 October to 29 November.

What does a CSA subscription cost?

Pricing for the CSA is as follows:

  • Each weekly box of vegetables is $35 ($525 for the Main Season’s 15 weeks, $840 for the Main and Extended Season of 24 weeks);
  • Fruit share options are $29.58/week ($384.54 for the Main Season’s 13 weeks, $650.76 for the Main and Extended Season of 22 weeks);
  • Egg share (1 dozen) options are $7/week.
  • 5% discount is applied for payment in full at sign-up, bringing the weekly cost of the veggie box to $33.25;
  • 2.5% discount is applied for payment in two instalments, one payment at sign-up and on 1 June, bringing the weekly cost of the veggie box to $34.13;
  • Five instalment payments are available (one at sign-up and monthly payments on 1 June, 1 July, 1 August, 1 September);
  • A $10 annual membership fee is charged at sign-up to cover the costs of CSA management and payment processing.

More ABOUT the programhttps://www.glenvalleycsa.com/

*This year we have decided that farmers are better at what they do when they work together. After all, agriculture’s roots are based in communities of folks helping each other out and trading with one another to diversify their product bases.  We all want increased benefits for our members and a stronger foundation from which to do that- by cooperating with one another we have that advantage.  Thus Earth Apple Organic Farm, Close to Home Organics and Snowy Mountain Organics are forging ties and working with a model that we believe will benefit everyone.  Please join us this season in this circle of delicious potential!

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Option 2:

Earth Apple CSA MARKET SHARE

You’d like to be a CSA member, but prefer to  choose your own produce/ schedule too hectic to commit every week/ have special dietary needs/ you’re away for many of the weeks of the season?!…  Or perhaps you want to do a Glen Valley box and have the option of adding to it with what we offer at the farmers market… this is the CSA membership for you!

Choose from a $250- $550 membership with the option to add more as the season progresses.

  • Sign-up before and pay before May 1st and you’re entitled to a 5% discount!
  • Pick-up your share anytime between May and December at the summer market at Trout Lake or the Winter Market at Nat Bailey Stadium.
  • Didn’t use up your credit by the end of 2018? It will roll over to the above-mentioned markets in 2019
  • More credit can be added to your card at any time.
  • We can keep your card safe in our cash box= no risk of lost or stolen cards and you will never need to worry about forgetting your card or not having cash on hand!

Earth Apple Market Share SIGN-UP: CLICK HERE.

WHAT IS COMMUNITY SHARED AGRICULTURE (CSA)?

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).

This year we have decided that farmers are better at what they do when they work together. After all, agriculture’s roots are based in communities of folks helping each other out and trading with one another to diversify their product bases.  We all want increased benefits for our members and a stronger foundation from which to do that- by cooperating with one another we have that advantage.  Thus Earth Apple Organic Farm, Close to Home Organics and Snowy Mountain Organics are forging ties and working with a model that we believe will benefit everyone.  Please join us in this circle of delicious potential!

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!

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CSA video
Watch this video of Farmer Shirlene from the early days discussing our CSA program.

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