C.S.A.

From our farm to your table: Join Our CSA!

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 grow to waste, helps subsidize some of the upfront costs of small scale farming, and lets the consumer support more ethical agricultural practices. You know where your food comes from, and we know where our work is going.

What are the benefits?

A C.S.A. connects you directly with fresh, local 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 without the boutique grocer markup. In a traditional growing system the consumer is several steps away from the farmer, and subsequently the produce they receive is often has to travel or be stored for an indefinite amount of time. With a C.S.A. you receive fresh goods 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 (below) 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 locations or to come by the farm by appointment, 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 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.)

There is an additional fee of $50 for our Toronto pickup location to subsidize the cost of fuel for delivery into the city. Home delivery, depending on exact location, can be arranged for an additional fee.

Please note that while payment is required upfront to join the C.S.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?

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
  • Peas
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