Saturday, February 26, 2011

CSA Vegetable Boxes, only two shares left for the 2011 season!

March is only a few days away and already we have had a huge response to this years CSA Vegetable Box programme.  
We only have 2 shares left for this season, don't leave it to long to register if you would like to enjoy fresh, tasty, locally and naturally grown vegetables for an 18 week season.

Please remember shares are limited each year as this allows Michael and I to maintain a high quality of produce for you all.

What is a CSA or CSA Farm?: CSA farms receive a set fee from the consumer prior to the start of the growing season. In return you receive a share of the harvest on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, but you also share in the risks due to weather and other factors beyond the control of the farmer.

The Season: Will run over 18 weeks from the the week of the 13th June and will finish the week of 10th October Thanksgiving week.

What can you expect in your basket over the season: Arugula, Bush Beans, Runner Beans, Beets, Cabbage, Cucumbers, Chard, Chilies, Eggplant, Herbs, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Peas, Peppers, Potatoes, Radish, Rhubarb, Salad Leaf, Summer Squash, Sweet Corn, Winter Squash, Turnip, Tomatoes, Tomatillos and lots more to look forward to.

Pick-Up Location: Boxes will be available only from the farm and pick up days are either Tuesdays or Thursdays between 11am-6pm

Share Size: We offer two types of shares. Whole Share weekly basket and a Half Share a bi-weekly basket. A whole share will feed a family of four for a week or two adults who love veggies, love to cook or to preserve or can for winter. The half share is the same size box of veggies but you only collect your box every two weeks. This means if you are on your own, or don't eat as many veggies as some this will keep you happy and contented over a two week period.

How Much will it cost?: A whole share is $477 for the season, A half share is $238.50 for the season. This works out at $26.50 per box.

Payment Options: With your application you will need to enclose a $25.00 non refundable deposit cheque. You can pay for the season in Full or in 5 cheques which will be deposited over the season. All payments whether in full or installments are due by the 30th May 2011. If you choose to pay in installments over the season there will be an additional admin charge to each installment.

How do you apply?: Either e-mail or call the farm and we will get an application to you.
If you have any questions on the CSA scheme please do not hesitate to contact us, or read one of our earlier posts about the CSA.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Farm Update...

The farm after Wednesdays storm
It's been a busy winter so far.  Michael has been working at a local dairy milking and I continue to teach.  I am the lucky one as my job still allows me to work from home, so I am able to look after the animals that are with us through winter.

After the snow storm on Wednesday we spent yesterday grooming trails with May & Lily's help. It only took a few laps for the girls to clear the pathways to the chickens, ducks and of course their run-in, which would have taken Michael and I a good day to shovel.  

Seeds are starting to arrive and the greenhouse preparations are all underway, we will start building low tunnels in the next week and shortly after that seeding will commence.

Lily & May grooming trails

CSA vegetable boxes are filling up fast and we only have 7 shares left for this season.  So don't leave it too long if you are interested in reserving a fresh weekly or bi-weekly basket of veggies.

We are also taking Turkey orders for Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We only have a few left for this season as with many other things we are limited to how many we are able to raise being a small farm and not buying into quota. We are looking at raising the Bronze Orlop this year.

As many know Michael sustained a horrible eye injury last summer and as of this week he was given the all clear by the eye doctor.  

Girls working hard to pull the tyre through the snow!