City’s Edge Farm grows a wide range of crops in order to provide weekly shares of fresh, tasty and nutritious veggies to local residents as part of our 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 healthy food throughout the season.
Here’s how it works:
- City’s Edge Farm main season CSA runs for 22 weeks, from May 28th – Oct 22nd, 2020. This year we also have a 6 week early spring share starting April 16th.
- Members purchase a full (weekly) or half (biweekly) share at the beginning of the season or commit to a monthly payment (costs below).
- Each week (or alternating week for biweekly members), members will come to their pick-up location and fill their re-usable bags or baskets with eight to ten types of the best produce in season at the farm.
- Each week you’ll also receive a notice of what’s on offer along with one of our favourite recipes of the week. Each month, you’ll receive an expanded newsletter with news about the farm and other information.
New! Flower Share: This season I’m expanding my flower garden for the bees, the beneficials and my customer’s table tops. The flower share is a weekly mixed bouquet of farm-grown flowers throughout the blooming season (10 weeks).
Become a CSA Member
Keep reading to learn more about how the CSA works, or click here to register.
What’s in the boxes?
Whatever is in season! Here’s what you might bring home…
on a warm spring day: Salad Greens, Beets, Carrots, Herbs, Leeks, Radishes, Rhubarb, Sprouting Broccoli
when the summer sun shines: Beets, Raspberries, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Onions, Basil, Kale or Swiss Chard, Snap Peas, Summer Squash
as the nights begin to cool: Green Beans, Strawberries, Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Arugula, Tomatoes, Turnip, Winter Squash
Do I get to choose what I want?
Yes! If you come to pick up your produce at the farm, you will have several options to choose from, as well as the option to purchase additional produce, including bulk purchasing of lower-grade items for canning, juicing, etc. If you choose to pick up in Fernwood, your items will be selected for you (although you will have the option when you sign up of naming a couple items you would rather avoid).
How do I get my produce?
There are 2 options for pick-up:
- At the farm stand (3972 Holland Rd.) Thursdays, 4-7pm. If you pick up at the farm, you will have the choice of filling your own bag/box from a select number of options, on a first-come, first-serve basis.
- Pick up in Fernwood: Thursdays at 8pm.
What is the cost?
Boxes are $30. You have the option of joining as a full-share member or half-share member.
Full Share: $30 weekly for 22 weeks. Pay with one payment upfront of $660, or with 6 monthly payments of $110 (the first payment is at time of registration).
Half Share: $30 Bi-weekly for 11 weeks. Pay with one $330 payment or 6 monthly payments of $55 (the first payment is at time of registration).
*Flower share add-on: $80 for 10 weeks.
Early Spring share: $20 weekly for 6 weeks, April 16th – May 21st. Pay with one payment of $120 at the time of registration. *This is only available at this time to returning CSA members. If there are still shares available after March 21st, they will be offered to new members. To request a spring share and be added to the wait list, complete the alternate payment option sign up below. (Sold out. I am accepting wait list customers only. Wait listed customers will be contacted if there is enough produce for more shares.)
I prefer share payments by cheque or etransfer. As a small business, these help keep banking fees and prices lower, particularly for larger share purchases. However, I also want to make payments easy for my customers, so this year we’ve launched an online store where shares may be purchased using a secure credit card payment system.
What’s a Half-Share?
A half-share is for folks that would rather receive a box of produce every 2 weeks.
If you sign up for a half-share, you will be paired up with another half-share customer and will pick up on alternating weeks. I will set the schedule for you at the beginning of the season, but you will have the option of working together to pick up at different times if one of you goes away or needs to switch for other reasons.
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 me know you’d like to donate your weekly share and I’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 weekly boxes of in-season, farm-grown produce. 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.
Ready to sign-up?
Sign up for the CSA using alternate payment options (monthly/cheques/e-transfers).
Join the CSA through our new online store (credit card payment in full only)
Do you have more questions? Are you uncertain about whether you eat enough veggies to be a full share member? Contact me (Sol), I’d love to talk to you and find what works best for you.