City’s Edge Farm grows a wide range of crops in order to provide fresh, tasty and nutritious veggies to local residents. By early spring, the online store will be stocked each week with farm products such as vegetables, berries, flower bouquets, culinary herbs, garden seedlings, preserves or bulk produce for doing your own canning. Customers can find our produce at our farm stand or online store week to week, or by becoming a CSA member.
You can help us grow (aka CSA)
Invest in local farms by joining a CSA. Members who join City’s Edge Farm’s CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) are more than just customers, they are central to making the farm a success. In exchange for their commitment to the farm, we work to provide our CSA members with an abundance of our best produce throughout the season.
Here's how the CSA works:
Each week we harvest enough to fill the bags of all our CSA members, as well as stock our online store and Farm Stand.
Each week (or alternating week for Half Share members), members will come to their pick-up location and fill their re-usable bags or baskets with eight to ten of the items on offer that week. As the season progresses, we will have more variety to choose from.
Each week you’ll also receive a reminder notice which will include a list of what’s on offer, along with any important updates or news from the farm and recipes or tips for using what’s in your share.
Here's How You Join
1. Go to our online store and select Login/Register to sign in. Your contact info is for our farm only and used to send you our weekly reminders and important notices, or contact you if there's a last minute problem with any special orders.
2. Select the type of Share(s) you are interested in
The CSA Share 2024 is 24 weeks from the week of May 27th – the week of Nov 4th.
The full share options are weekly.
The half share options are biweekly.
Choose the pay in full option or pay monthly. For Monthly, you are committing to the full season, with monthly payments, at no extra charge.
The Early Spring Share is 4 weeks, starting the week of May 1st and continuing until the week of May 22nd.
3. Once you’ve selected your share, you will go into your shopping cart and select your pickup location and day. The main pick up location is at 6458 Central Saanich Rd on Thursdays or Fridays. We have 2 additional pickup locations (one in Fernwood and one in the Strawberry Vale neighbourhood, however these are limited. If you’re not a returning member, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if there is still space at these locations). 4. Select a payment option. You may pay by cheque or etransfer. Due to high fees, credit cards are not an option for CSA registrations.
If you have any questions or trouble accessing the store, please contact us.
What's in the Box Whatever is in season! Here’s what you might bring home… In Spring: Salad Greens, Beets, Baby Carrots, Herbs, Leeks, Radishes, Rhubarb, Sprouting Broccoli In Summer: Beets, Raspberries, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Onions, Basil, Kale or Swiss Chard, Snap Peas, Summer Squash In early Fall: Green Beans, Strawberries, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Arugula, Tomatoes, Turnip, Winter Squash Do I get to Choose? Yes! You will have several options to choose from at pickup, as well as the option to purchase additional produce. How do I get my produce? Members pickup at the farm at 6458 Central Saanich Rd. Thursdays, 3-6pm or Friday 2-5pm. There are a limited number of spaces in the two alternate pick up spots: Fernwood: Thursdays from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. Holland Rd: Wednesdays from 4:30pm - 5:30pm. What is the cost? The cost of each share depends on the number of weeks worth of produce and is based on a weekly amount of $35. A full share of 24 weeks is $840. A half share of 12 weeks is $420. How can I pay? Share payments can be made by cheque or etransfer. As a small business, these help keep banking fees and prices lower, particularly for larger share purchases. However, for smaller orders and purchases during the season, we also offer the option to pay by credit card. Should I purchase a Full share or Half share? A full share (weekly) is more suited to a family or a couple that does most of their cooking at home and/or has a vegetable-based diet. A half-share (every 2 weeks) is a good place to start for a couple or if you think you might not use a lot of vegetables in a week. Half share members can also order additional produce through the online store or at the farm stand if they find they need more produce on a weekly basis. What can I do with all these vegetables? Being part of a CSA is also about learning how to eat locally and in season, something most of us in North American haven't been doing for many decades. There's a learning curve, even for us farmers. We want to help you along this journey by sharing recipes, food storage tips and other ideas for using your weekly share. We also want to hear from you. What have you learned that might help other members? What if I'm going to be away or can't pick up one week? If you are going to be away for a week, have a friend or family member come in your place. Alternatively, you can let us know you’d like to donate your weekly share and we'll make sure it gets to someone who can use it. What is CSA? Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a tool for consumers to invest in local farms in exchange for a share in the harvest. Investing in CSA provides farmers with a secure income and payments up front that cover the costs of production early in the season when it’s needed most. By providing a secure market, you’re also reducing post-harvest waste, something we all want to do.