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. -We also aim to include carrots, onions and potatoes in most or all of the Fall Harvest Shares.
How many people does a share feed?
A full share feeds a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children) OR Two vegetable loving adults.
Where is the pickup location?
The Summer Harvest Share pick up locations for 2020 will be centrally located in Westboro (Thursdays at the Piggy Market and Saturdays at the Westboro Farmers Market) and the Glebe (Sundays at the Lansdowne Farmers Market) .
The Fall Harvest Share pick up locations for 2020 will be in Westboro (Thursdays at The Piggy Market) and the Glebe (Sundays at the Lansdowne Farmers Market) .
How does a pick up work?
Once you arrive at the pick up location we will have all the components for your share set out and ready. We will have a pickup list with the items you have selected beforehand or, if no changes were made, the list of vegetables within the 'Farmers Choice' box. Simply select the items indicated on the pickup sheet we provide.
Summer Harvest Share: All items will be organized and portioned for the week's share. Members will choose each vegetable in the quantities prescribed by their pick list. The Members that have logged in to their account before hand and chosen different items will receive a pick list that reflects those changes.
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 either of the farmers markets that we attend in the 2020 season. 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.
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 we can bring (at their request) their share to the Westboro Farmer's market on Saturday or the Lansdowne Farmers Market on Sunday.
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 share 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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