Why should I join a CSA?
Joining a CSA is about many things, knowing your farmer, being able to see the farm and how your produce is grown. It is an alternative to the grocery store where food generally travels great distances and leaves the quality less than optimal. It is about supporting a small farm, feeding you and your family fresh healthy food and reducing your footprint! It is about trying vegetables you would not have likely picked up in the store and if you can, it is about adjusting your eating habits to that of the season!
Is there any fruit in the shares?
We currently do not grow much fruit (melons). We call our fruit ‘treats’ in your share as this is not something to be expected in your basket. Any chance we get, we do try and source it when it is affordable. We always try to source naturally grown when possible.
What can I expect to get in my bin each week?
The season starts off slower but picks up fairly quickly in July and can be quite abundant straight through to October. This is a ROUGH idea of what to expect: First weeks in June: 1 large bunch of kale, 6 green onion, 1 bunch radishes, 2 heads of lettuce, small brown lunch bag of snap peas, small handful of herbs. July: 1-2 heads lettuce, large bunch kale or swiss chard, 1 head cabbage, 6 beets, 2 zucchini, brown bag of beans, half a bag of early cherry tomatoes, 1 cucumber, 1 pint strawberries (treat), herbs. August: 6 ears of corn, 8 potatoes, 6 carrots, 2 peppers, 3 hot peppers, brown bag of tomatoes, spaghetti squash, 1-2 zucchini, 6 beets, 1 eggplant, brown bag of ground cherries, half a brown bag beans, 1 onion, 6 apples (treat), herbs. Full shares are pretty much double the amounts.
What are the risks associate with joining a CSA?
A part of joining a CSA is the risk you share in a crop(s) failing, being hit with frost, drought and/or flooding. This may mean a particular crop(s) is not included in your share. It may mean a season starts later than expected or ends earlier than expected. We do try to take all precautions to avoid any disappointment.
Do you sell additional farm products?
We do sell additional farm products such as free range whole roasting chickens, turkeys and eggs. Our animals always have access to outdoors, fresh air and sunshine! The majority of their diet is our naturally grown veggies. Through our farm store we sell many other additional products such as flour, flowers, maple syrup, other local naturally raised meats, honey, green juices, baking, ice cream, soups and freezer meals etc. Check out our farm store page to see what we have currently! If you are having a share delivered and we will try and accommodate any additional products you would like to add to your weekly basket.
If I am going to be away for any of the weeks can I get a refund on that week?
Unfortunately no. We grow a specific amount for the families that sign up and are unable to customize numbers throughout the growing season. Please arrange to have a family member or friend pick up your share if possible.
Why are you not certified organic?
When we started our CSA 5 years ago the cost of certification far outweighed the income we would receive from our 20 shares. Apart from paperwork and costs associated, we feel our reputation and transparency speak volumes about our farming practices. Over the past 5 years we have grown a tremendous customer base most of whom we have come to know well. This relationship ensures that we are always communicating about what is happening on the farm, and how we are doing it. Families visit the farm weekly to pick up their shares, and are also welcome anytime to call on us for a visit or a tour. We are thrilled that our families share their experiences on the farm with their friends and families- who in turn come to know us and our farm. We do not use any chemical or synthetic sprays. We pick bugs by hand, use hot pepper sprays and cover our crops with row covers. We feed our soil with organic compost.
Aside from our CSA vegetable garden, we have a field dedicated to our sweet corn. Our sweet corn is not organically grown, but it is non GMO corn. We have experimented with growing organic sweet corn on a large scale and have had some difficulty. So at this time this is the only crop we grow that is not naturally grown.
Can I come for a farm tour?
Absolutely! If possible call ahead to ensure someone is available to show you around!