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Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, provides a direct link between the production and consumption of food. A farm supports the community’s needs for fresh, nutritious food, while the community support allows the farmer to devote his energies to sustainable farming practices. Community members purchase a “farm share” for the growing season, entitling them to a weekly share of the harvest throughout the season, delivered by a farmer they know and trust. This commitment implies a willingness to share with the farmer the bounty of the land, as well as some of the risks of production.
Our members receive a wide variety of produce grown on our farm and either packed in a box and delivered to
a location near them.
Current locations include on farm (20 minutes from most parts of Kitchener), just south of New Dundee; and Homewood Avenue in central Kitchener.
CSA members have the joy of knowing where, when, and how their food is produced and become connected
with and participate in local agricultural cycles.
The 2019 summer season begins June 11. You can sign up at any time beginning the second last week of the previous season (e.g. for the 2019 season, signups began in mid-October of 2018). We generally do offer pro-rated shares for late-comers, although depending on production there may be a one or two week wait between when you sign up and when we can start providing you with vegetables.
The box model comes in two sizes: large ($36.50/week) and small ($24.00/week). We fill a half-bushel box with about 5% more produce than the weekly price, for the small box, and 50% more than that for the large box (even though the container is twice as big). Large boxes occasionally contain more of the same thing than small boxes, although it is typical for them to contain more variety of produce.
If, for whatever reason, you can't pick up a box on a given week, we encourage you to have someone else pick it up for you. Failing that, let us know so we can avoid packing it. As it is a seasonal subscription, we can't give you credit for missed weeks.Click here for details.
Do you know ten others who might want to pick up in your neighbourhood? Become a location host, and get a small share free! We are looking to add locations in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and possibly Guelph. Or suggest a location within a 30 minute drive of the farm. For details see our CSA Locations Host guide (pdf).
We accept cash (in person), cheque, and Interac® eTransfer. For Interac® eTransfer, please use the address CSA@nithvalleyorganics.ca.
Winter shares are strictly on a demand basis. If we don't have five shares at the start of the season, we won't have them that year. The winter season fills the gap between the end of one summer CSA season and the beginning of the next. It is broken into two sessions of 8 bi-weekly pickups each. The first session begins the first week of November. For the winter season, we only offer one size of box. If you've found the box size to be too much (or are concerned that you might) you might want to split it with someone else.
Every week there will be something green (most commonly spinach, but also kale, arugula, asian mix and likely lettuce). Other than that it will be storage vegetables - things that keep if chilled: winter squash, carrots, beets, onions, potatoes, turnips, and so on. We might have a few late hold-outs from the main season the first week, and we should have asparagus, and possibly radishes, peas and strawberries in the last pickup or two. - more information on winter shares at this link.
Every week, our selection will be a little different. Below is a list of what crops we expect to have each month; all of this is subject to change based on weather conditions and/or crop failures due to disease, insects, or human error. We will do our best to mitigate these risks, but as a CSA member, you agree to also take a share in the risks of the farm season.
Asparagus (if the season lasts long enough), assorted greens (spinach, lettuce, Asian mix, baby kale, arugula, mesclun, bok choi), beets, garlic greens, Jerusalem artichokes, peas, radishes, herbs, cucumbers (probably)
Assorted greens (all of the above, plus curled kale), beans, beets, cucumbers, garlic scapes, peas, tomatoes (late July), zucchini, herbs
Assorted greens, beans, beets, carrots, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, onions, shallots, peppers, potatoes, winter squash (last week), tomatoes, herbs
Assorted greens, beans, beets, cabbage, carrots, garlic, onions, shallots, peas, peppers, potatoes, squash, tomatoes, herbs
Assorted greens, beets, cabbage, carrots, garlic, jerusalem artichokes, mixed greens, onions, shallots, pumpkins, winter radishes (black, daikon, and watermelon), winter squash, turnips, rutabagas.
Find out more about local CSAs at csafarms.ca
The season begins June 11th, 2019
If you forget to pick up your box it will be in the fridge in our garage for at least the next day. If you don't contact us, we will probably contact you about it (no promises, though).
If you know you won't be able to pick up, you can (preferably) send someone else in your stead or let us know and we just won't pack a box for that week.
Location: yes. Just let us know, preferably one week in advance. Day: only if you're picking up at the farm, and then only for a later day. Your box will still be packed as scheduled, we just won't be contacting you about why it's still there when we find it the next morning. If you let us know.
As soon as we have pricing for the season, which is generally two weeks before the last summer season ends. In other words, for winter 2016-2017, it was mid-October 2016(ish). And for the 2017 summer, it was also mid-October 2016.
We really don't know yet, other than to say that it will be different every week, and depend on the season. When we have garlic, there's usually a bulb every week. When we have tomatoes, there will likely be cherry tomatoes, or larger tomatoes, or both. Cucumbers, depending on availability, may appear multiple weeks in a row. Here is what appeared in two somewhat representative weeks in the past.
Yes you can. Just send us. the information you would otherwise put on the registration form, along with the pickup location, and you can pay using Interac® eTransfer. Use email@example.com as the address to which to send the Interac e-transfer. If you are at a loss for a password, people have used their pickup location or day. (Keep it to one word, all lowercase).