Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a mutually beneficial agreement between customers and a local farm. Customers pre-pay for a share of the farm’s produce and become shareholder in the seasons produce. The grower agrees to deliver a wide selection of high quality produce weekly as it comes into season and provides a weekly newsletter to customers with farm updates, recipes, and photos. Customers get to invest their money directly in local food production, receive the best selection and prices, and develop an intimate connection with the growers, the seasons, the food, and the land that produces it. Growers get an upfront and guaranteed financial commitment, which facilitates early season planning and purchases, and develop long-term relationships with their customers. The CSA model has proven versatile and essential to the viability of small-scale, local agriculture.
Risk and Reward
Shared risk and reward is the heart of the traditional CSA model. By joining our farm, you are becoming a part of our agricultural community. Together, we agree to share in the risk and reward of farming. If the year is especially abundant, you will receive product of exceptional quality and size. If the year is a difficult one with difficult pest, disease, and weather pressures, you may receive fewer items or items of lesser quality. If we experience an extreme natural disaster, such as a flood or tornado, you may receive no further products at all. At Calabogie Family Farm we have never lost a season entirely, our vegetable gardens last year, which was a record for rainfall and coolness, was exceptional just a few weeks later then usual. We also practice season extending, drip irrigation and for the first time this year caterpillar greenhouses to combat the ills of ever increasing fluctuations in seasonal weather patterns.
How Our CSA Works
During the season, June through October, members pick-up their food boxes at the farm. In addition, we provide you with recipes and cooking tips to keep you inspired in the kitchen, as well as newsletters to keep you informed of what’s happening on the farm. Members can sign up for a full share of 18 weeks, which feeds a family of 4 or half share for a family of two.
The Cost of a Membership
Full Share: 18 Week mid-June to mid-October $540.00
Half Share: 18 Week mid-June to mid-October $270.00
For large families purchasing more than 1 full share a discount of 10% will be offered.
What Can I Expect In My Basket?
Early Summer – Mid June
The summer CSA starts out lighter with fewer items. Early summer shares include leafy and salad greens, early root crops, peas, spring brassicas like broccoli as well as green onions.
Mid-Summer – Mid July – Early August
As the CSA season progresses, the volume of the CSA increases, as does the diversity of items. New potato harvest begins. Summer crops such as zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, and green beans begin to appear in late July.
Late-Summer – Late August – Early September
As the share reaches late summer, tomato season peaks with a variety of tomatoes from large slicers to small sweet cherries. Peppers and squash are also abundant as well as the supply of greens and onions.
Early Fall – Late September – October
As the summer CSA season draws to a close, the size & weight of the share reaches its peak, with a variety of storage crops such as potatoes, carrots, beets, onions, squash, tomatoes, and more. The last of summer crops like tomatoes, peppers, green beans make final appearances while cool season fall crops such as spinach, fall broccoli, and kale come into season. This is the period where share members can fill their winter larder and preserve the summers harvest. Calabogie Family Farms will aid in storage tips and preserving techniques such as canning, drying and lacto-fermentation.
WHAT WE ARE GROWING 2018
How Do I Pay?
Members can pay all at once, or in 3 installments. The first installment should be made at time of sign-up and the final installment should be dated no later than June 30th. CSA shares must be paid-in-full by June 30th to ensure delivery of your CSA share. Please let us know if you would like to make alternative payment arrangements, we are very flexible and understanding.
Payments may by check or cash transfer though on-line banking.
We have a limited number of work-shares available. Those interested in this option need to commit to one full day a week of moderate farm work during the season. In exchange, they receive a full CSA share as well as extra veggies for canning. Please contact us for more details and to apply.
Where Can I Pick-Up?
Pick-up will be once a week at the farm. We will choose a day each week that hopefully will not be too inconvenient to our members. On our farm market day we hope to have additional products available for purchase from around the valley, such as unpasteurized honey, maple syrup and local cheeses. We are also looking at the viability of having a market booth at the Renfrew Farmers Market, which would also act as a pick-up point for your weekly basket. Additionally we also offer a home delivery service.
What If I’m Away and Can’t Pick-Up My Share?
If you cannot pick up your weekly share the farm must be notified a minimum of three days beforehand. You will be given a credit which is the equivalent $30 for a share and $15 for a half share. This credit can be used at a later date to purchase items that is not part of CSA share, such as eggs, honey and maple syrup or double up your order in a following week. This can be used only once by CSA members. If by chance you do not contact us in the appropriate time we will be donating your share to one of our farm workers or local charity.
Thank You and We look Forward to Having you part of the Calabogie Farm Community