C.S.A.A.

From our farm to your table: Join Our C.S.A.A.!

What is a C.S.A.?

C.S.A. stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a crop share program originally conceived in the 1970s where members of a community pay at the start of the season for a weekly basket of seasonal vegetables, fruits & herbs. It helps the farmer know that their crop will not go to waste, helps subsidize some of the upfront costs of small scale farming, and lets the consumer directly support more sustainable agricultural practices.

The extra “A” stands for Art.

Our C.S.A.A. is different from most farms because alongside your fresh seasonal produce, you also get new work from our studio! Each membership will include new post cards, greetings cards, and farm themed prints from week to week. Sometimes your vegetable basket will come with fresh cut flowers from our garden, stickers, illustrated pins or a new silkscreened patch.

What are the benefits?

A crop share program connects you directly with local farm fresh food on a weekly basis. For families it’s a wonderful educational tool to teach kids where food comes from, what grows in each season, and it’s an opportunity to try vegetables you might not buy off the shelf. Plus, you get all the benefits of non-gmo pesticide free heirloom produce at an acessible price point. In a traditional growing system the consumer is several steps away from the farmer, and subsequently the produce they receive often has to travel or be stored for an indefinite amount of time. With a C.S.A. you receive fresh goods direct from our farm in Roseneath within 24 hours of harvest! Plus, with the added advantage of a dialogue with your grower, you can make requests for what you would like to see in our garden.

How does it work?

You sign up using our easy to fill form (online or in store) and submit payment for your share. You can choose between a small share (which feeds 2 people for a week, or one serious vegetable eater) and a large share (good for a family of 4 or 2 veggie fanatics). You choose one of our two pickup days at our shop, and starting in mid June (exact date of first basket will depend on spring weather) you come each week (for 20 weeks!) to get your basket. The basket will be different every week, and includes artwork and recipe suggestions or ideas. Take your basket home to enjoy with family, or split between friends if a whole share is a bit too much for you.

What does it cost?

A small share costs $20/week – a total of $400 for 20 weeks. (About 4 items per week, good for two, for supplemental vegetables for a family, or for one hungry veggie eater.) A large share costs $35/week – a total of $700 for 20 weeks. (About 7 items per week, good for a family of four, or for two hungry veggie eaters.) Please note that while payment is required upfront to join the C.S.A.A., we strongly believe that good, healthy and pesticide free food should be available to all, regardless of financial situation. If you want to sign up but don’t have the money right away or need to pay in installments, please reach out. We’re happy to come up with a plan that will work for all of us.

Thinking about signing up?

Pickup for the weekly baskets will be at our brick & mortar storefront located at 83 King Street West in historic downtown Cobourg, Ontario. You can arrange for pickup either on Wednesdays or Saturdays during our business hours (12pm – 7pm).

Perks:

Each member of our C.S.A. will receive a complementary Cardboard Reality Farm & Studio canvas tote bag, as well as monthly updates from the farm. We also have optional add-ons throughout the season including: duck eggs, farm fresh flowers, and jack o lantern pumpkins for Hallowe’en!

What to Expect in Season:

While there are no guarantees of what will do well each year, in general we expect to include the following items in our baskets:

June
  • Strawberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Fresh Perennial Herbs
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus
July (much of the above plus…)
  • Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Cucumbers
  • Raspberries
  • Summer Squash
  • Fresh Annual Herbs
  • Edible Flowers
August (much of the above plus…)
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Corn
  • Peppers
September (much of the above plus…)
  • Winter Squash
  • Garlic
  • Melons
  • Pumpkins
  • Parsnips
  • Turnips