CSA (community supported agriculture) 2017
Here’s how CSA works …
In spring the consumer pays the farmer for a share of the upcoming harvest – a box of fresh, in season produce that they will receive each week throughout the growing season. When the harvest is plentiful the share will be larger – in the event of a poor crop or even a crop failure, there would be less. Shares will be larger during the summer – at the height of the harvest – and smaller in spring & fall.
Benefits for the consumer …
- eating high quality, fresh, local produce, purchased at a fair price.
- knowing where your food comes from – getting to know the farm and the farmers & their growing practices.
- an eating adventure – eat seasonal & try different foods than you might not usually eat.
Benefits for the farmer …
- a guaranteed market for our produce.
- a reliable income in spring, when it is most needed.
- sharing the risks of growing – consumers share the bounty and also the possibility of crop failures.
- getting to know the people who eat our food.
How Thiessen Farms CSA will operate…
- Our CSA will run for approx. 18 weeks beginning in late May or early June (this will be weather dependant).
- Full share price – $690 ($38.33/week)
- Half share price – $370 ($20.55/week)
- Pick up days will be Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:00 – 6:00 pm.
- When you fill out the application please choose which day you would prefer.
- A deposit of $150 now will reserve your share and your preferred pick up day.
- The balance is due April 1, 2017.
- Please send both cheques in together so we don’t have to send a reminder later.
- We also accept payment by e transfer.
- After April 1 the price will increase to $740 for a full share and $420 for a half-share.
Pick up and Delivery
- Produce can be picked up at our farm in Jordan Station on your chosen pick up day.
- Delivery (locally) is available at a cost of $100/share (both full & half shares) for the season.
- We require a minimum of 10 boxes to 1 delivery site.
- The CSA member hosting the delivery site would be responsible for accepting delivery of the boxes each week, and in exchange would receive free delivery of their box for the season.
- Please call us if you are interested in this option.
**NEW – CSA pick-up is now available at our farmers’ markets – Downtown Georgetown & Mel Lastman Square in North York.
What kinds of produce will my share contain?
Here is what we grow and any of these things may appear in your box …
- beans, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, fennel, garlic, gourds, greens, herbs, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, peppers, pumpkins, radishes, shoots, snow peas, spinach, summer turnips, swiss chard, tomatoes, winter squash and zucchini.
- raspberries & blackberries.
How big is a share?
- Full shares usually supply enough vegetables for a family of 4 – 6.
- A half-share would be suitable for 2 – 4 people.
What about when we go on vacation?
Your share will be ready for you each week – vegetables don’t stop ripening for vacations. If you will be away, or cannot pick up your share, have a family member, friend or neighbour pick up your box and enjoy it. Please let us know if nobody will be picking up your box. We do not carry over your box until the next week.
**You are also welcome to switch pick up days – call or email by any Monday to change your pick up day for that week.
Is our farm organic?
Our farm is not certified organic. However, the vegetables are usually grown pesticide free. Farming practices like growing cover crops, applying compost & manure, and mulching, continuously improve our soil. Better soil means healthier crops (and better tasting!) with less insect & disease pressures.
If you have any questions, contact us at 905-562-4372 (Lorie) or 905-931-5215 (Ron)
or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for an application.
Applications are also available on this site.