Community Shared Agriculture 

Photo by JS Gordon-Moran, www.ayearofoctobers.com

CSA-Market Program

In 2020, we trialed a new way of operating a CSA.  In an attempt to get fresh, organic produce directly to people in a safe manner we decided to go online!  We worked with an online platform that allowed our members to pick and choose what they would like to receive each week.  In this way we were able to pre-pack orders, bring them to market and leave them behind our stall so members did not have to get in line at our stall or at the farmers market entrance for pick up. It works really well and we were quite excited to make some adjustments to run it this way again in 2021.

Earth Apple Organic Farm is back at the farmers markets in March 2021 with early greens and eggs! And with the right conditions we may even consider another pick up location than the Saturday markets we attend.

We are also looking forward to continuing to work with our partner farms in the Farm Circle Organics Collective.  Many hands make light work and an abundance of high quality produce!

Late-spring/ Early-summer at the Riley Park Farmers Market

Benefits of this CSA model:

  • You don’t have to commit to picking up vegetables every week
  • You pick and choose what you would like to receive in your box
  • You receive first call on fresh, organic produce before farmers market goers
  • You receive options to purchase items we may not normally even bother bringing to market (items that we may only have a little bit of on the farm, but would like to share!)
  • You don’t have to wait in line at the farmers market
  • Plan your meals by viewing what will be available ahead of time from the comfort of your home

Would you like to receive an email with our 2021 CSA Market announcement? Email Farmer Shirlene and Farmer Mike at earthapplefarm(at)gmail.com.  We will put you on the email list and let you know the details of our 2021 program as soon as it is ready.

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 early in the year 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

May-June:  Peas/ Spinach/ Salad Greens/ Arugula/ Green Onions/  Kale/ Radish/ Salad Turnips/ Choi/ Fennel Bulb/ Rhubarb/ Kohlrabi/Nettles

July-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-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-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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