The winter season fills the gap between the end of one summer CSA season and the beginning of the next. The second session begins on the first of March.
This is our second year offering “winter shares”. There is only one version, and that is a bi-weekly box. Every two weeks, we’ll pack a box of vegetables. You pick it up, and return the previous week’s box for us to fill two weeks later. During the first session, the box will contain something green (lettuce, spinach, kale); likely winter squash (although we had a very poor year for squash); possibly the tail end of the tomatoes and peppers - depending on how long they hold on. Beyond that, it's storage vegetables - carrots, potatoes, beets, onions, turnips, rutabagas, some winter radishes, and jerusalem artichokes.
We expect to continue to have greens through the winter - spinach, some kale and arugula, possibly our spicy asian blend during the darkest months; lettuce and bok choi starting in March or April. By May or early June, we hope to add asparagus, radishes and fresh greens. Last year we had strawberries for one week.
Everything is either Certified Organic, or grown according to organic principles on land that is in transition. This year only our carrots and beets are on transitional land. Most of it is ours; all of it is local.
The default location is farm gate pick-up. You can find a map and directions on our contact page. You can pick up anytime after 1:00 on pickup days, or let us know and we’ll hold it for a day or more. Last year some of our members arranged a car pool, so they only had to drive out here once every six weeks.
We are willing to bring (minimum) six boxes to any location within a (roughly) 30 minute drive of the farm - which includes pretty much everywhere in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, as well as New Hamburg, Ayr, and Paris. We just need to know there will be someone there to receive the boxes, and to collect the returned empties. Get creative. For example, if you find two co-workers, and three neighbours, we could drop off at your work place at (say) 4:00, and then you could take the remaining boxes home, to be picked up at an agreed time in the evening.
Produce is perishable. Boxes should not be left outside in the winter.
$316 for 8 bi-weeks; $624 for the full 16 bi-weeks.
Download a brochure here.
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. (For winter shares, the bounty/risk part is mostly early spring crops)
Find out more about local CSAs at csafarms.ca