Shares contain seasonal produce with a wide variety of diversity but with an emphasis on staple crops such as carrots, lettuce, beets, onions, tomatoes, scallions.
All members can login weekly to the personalized account they setup when registering for the CSA in order to change items in their weekly box before it is delivered. If no changes are made they receive the 'Farmers Choice' box which we create and inform you of at the beginning of every week. This gives you time to make changes if necessary.
-We endeavour to include leafy greens in every Summer Harvest Share.
How many people does a share feed?
From feedback we have received in surveys, most respondents think that a full share feeds a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) OR Two vegetable loving adults.
Where is the pickup location?
Pick up locations for 2021 will be in Westboro (Thursdays at The Piggy Market) or the Farm (Wednesdays in North Augusta)
How does a pick up work?
We do our pick-ups "market style" When you approach our market booth, you will be invited to the back where we will have a spread of CSA only items and you will go along with your pick list and grab the items you selected.
I'm going on Vacation, can I defer my share to another time?
Vacations from the CSA are allowed. Members are expected to give one week notice in return for a credit of $30 which can be used at the Westboro Farmers Market within the 2021 season, credits must be used all in one go, we will not record a declining balance. Members are allowed one "vacation" from the CSA each season. Members are always allowed to send friends or family to pick up their share on their behalf, no notice required.
I forgot to pick up my vegetables!
It's every members responsibility to pick up their weekly produce share. Vegetables are specifically harvested the day before and on the day of pick-up in order to preserve freshness and ensure longevity for our customers. That being said we are all only human and things come up. If a customer misses the pick-up they have two options:
1. We will be dropping into the Westboro Farmers Market throughout August and September, we can not guarantee that we will be attending on the week that you forget to pick up your box. If you would like to see if it's an option to pick up at the market that week, you must touch base before 3pm on Friday. 2. You may come to the farm (1 hr from Ottawa) the Monday following their missed Thursday pick-up. Why not Sunday you ask? We farmers take Sunday off.
If members cannot pickup their share during this time we donate the contents.
What's the Affordability Fund?
Everyone needs to eat... this simple fact is the underlying basis for the affordability fund. The fund allows those members with the means to do so to pay-it-forward by ear-marking extra funds at the time of their registration to be put towards the fund.
Money ear-marked for this fund will be used to subsidize the cost of another person's share who is less able to afford it. Members seeking to access the fund must identify themselves upon registration. Any money left unclaimed at season's end will go towards a food donation to the Parkdale Food Centre.
What is this and how do I cook it?
Members of both our Harvest Shares will receive weekly newsletters which include: 1)What's in the share 2)Next week's guess 3)Recipes on how to cook the vegetables 4)News from the farm
It's our hope that our newsletter will provide helpful tips to members on ways to prepare their vegetables, especially those veggies which might be slightly outside the comfort zone of some members cooking repertoire.
How do you decide what to put into a box?
Deciding what goes into each share is a combination of two things:
1. Is this part of most peoples diet 2. Is this something we can grow and/or store within the timeline for the delivery
We understand that people enjoy vegetables they are familiar with both in taste and cooking practise. While the occasional more unconventional vegetable is enjoyable, the majority of our CSA shares are built to contain vegetables which are recognizable and familiar with quantities that are useful when it comes time to cook.
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