Winter CSA Shares for 2017-2018 will go on sale soon.
Please read this page and check out our video below to learn more about our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
If you are interested in joining for the 2017-2018 season, please sign up to our newsletter. We’ll send an update when next winter’s CSA shares go on sale in July.
Bluegrass Farm Winter CSA (What’s in the box?)
Our heated greenhouses and extensive cold storage allow us to offer a unique Winter Veggie Community Supported Agriculture program, or CSA. (See What is CSA? for more on this model). We deliver 10 biweekly baskets of produce from mid-October to March. Each basket includes cold-hardy greens harvested fresh from our greenhouses, and fall field crops that have been carefully preserved in our cold storage. Indoor pick-up locations ensure that your veggies won’t freeze on delivery days!
A biweekly Winter CSA basket is larger than a typical weekly summer CSA basket, with generous portions (1.5-2 lb of root crops) and an average of 10-12 different vegetables in each basket. These items will keep very well in your fridge or kitchen. If you can’t use a full share yourself, a good option is to split one with a friend, relative, colleague or neighbour. Members who split shares are responsible for coordinating their own pick-up and distribution. (See How Many People Does a Share Feed? for more).
Basket contents vary with the season, according to what is available on the farm. We grow over 40 different types of vegetables for our CSA, and over 100 varieties. Everything we grow is certified organic by Ecocert Canada. Greens will be more plentiful at the start of the season, with more storage crops during midwinter months (see Why Less Greens in Midwinter? for more).
Here is a sample of typical baskets throughout the season (although each one will be different):
Oct/Nov: Squash, onions, garlic, potatoes, leeks, cauliflower, broccoli, swiss chard, green onions, baby turnip, arugula, head lettuce, bok choy.
Dec/Jan: Carrots, beets, potatoes, shallots, squash, cabbage, rutabaga, parsnip, spinach, kale.
Feb/Mar: Spinach, mustard greens, carrots, beets, onions, potatoes, winter radish, celeriac, turnip.
If you enjoy local produce in the summer and miss it in the winter, this is a great way to beat the winter blues!
Pick-up Locations and Schedule
Our Winter CSA includes 10 biweekly deliveries from mid-October through early March, with a two-week break from Dec. 25 – Jan. 7. Shares are delivered to a central location for pick-up at a preset day and time. Our pick-up locations and schedule for 2017-18 are as follows:
|Bluegrass Farm||714 Kinch St, Jasper (15 min from Smiths Falls or Merrickville)||Tuesdays starting Oct 10, 4-7 pm|
|Kemptville||Nature’s Way Select Foods, 2676 County Rd 43||Tuesdays starting Oct 17, 4:30 – 6 pm|
|Ottawa – Glebe||Kardish Health Food Centre, 862 Bank St||Thursdays starting Oct 19, 4:30 – 7 pm|
|Ottawa – Nepean||Kardish Health Food Centre, 1568 Merivale Rd||Thursdays starting Oct 19, 4:30 – 7 pm|
|Ottawa – Westboro||Kardish Health Food Centre, 332 Richmond Rd||Thursdays starting Oct 12, 4:30 – 7 pm|
Share prices include 10 biweekly baskets of produce, plus a small delivery fee for locations off the farm:
Pick-up at the farm in Jasper: $525
Pick-up in Kemptville: $550
Pick-up in Ottawa: $575
Our Double Share consists of two identical boxes picked up at the same location for the same household, with 10% off the second box. Please contact us before signing up for a Double Share.
A 50% fee deposit is required upon registration to reserve your share. The balance is due by the end of September.
Payment can be made by cheque, cash or email money transfer. When you complete the sign-up form, a confirmation email will provide details on making payments.
Member Agreement, FAQs and Testimonials
Our CSA Member Agreement outlines the agreement between our farm and you, and our CSA FAQs page answers commonly asked questions. Please review before joining. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us before purchasing a share.
Wonder what our CSA members think of the program? Visit our Testimonials page to find out.