Winter CSA Shares for 2016-2017 are sold out.
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 (scroll down to the very bottom right of this page).
We’ll send an update when next year’s CSA shares go on sale in summer 2017. You’ll also be invited to join our farm tours next spring.
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a model where farmers sell seasonal shares of their harvest directly to customers, or CSA members, in their area. Members purchase a share up front, and receive regular baskets of fresh produce throughout the farm’s harvest season. CSA is a mutually beneficial relationship. Farmers benefit by pre-selling produce, which allows for better planning and less waste. Sales of shares generate up-front income to help cover input costs like seeds, tools, equipment and labour. And of course, we enjoy getting to know the people who eat our food.
CSA members benefit in many ways as well:
- Receive a diversity of farm-fresh, nutrient-dense, delicious produce – you can taste the difference.
- Know where your food comes from and how it is grown. Come visit and meet your farmers!
- Learn to cook and eat seasonally – we offer recipes and cooking tips with each basket.
- Reduce the distance travelled by your food, and the associated environmental impacts.
- Protect the long-term health of the land, water and wildlife by supporting sustainable, organic practices.
- Your dollars stay in the community and support the local economy.
- Increased food security in our region.
Bluegrass Farm Winter CSA
Our heated greenhouses and extensive cold storage allow us to offer a unique Winter Veggie CSA. We deliver 10 biweekly baskets of produce between mid-October and mid-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 different vegetables 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.
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.
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 2016-17 are as follows.
**Please note: our former Hintonburg location on Wellington St has moved to Kardish Health Food Centre on Richmond Rd at Churchill Ave.
|Bluegrass Farm||714 Kinch St, Jasper (15 min from Smiths Falls or Merrickville)||Tuesdays starting Oct 11, 4-7 pm|
|Kemptville (SOLD OUT)||Nature’s Way Select Foods, 2676 County Rd 43||Tuesdays starting Oct 18, 4:30 – 6 pm|
|Ottawa – Glebe (SOLD OUT)||Kardish Health Food Centre, 862 Bank St||Thursdays starting Oct 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm|
|Ottawa – Westboro**||Kardish Health Food Centre, 332 Richmond Rd||Thursdays starting Oct 20, 4:30 – 6:30 pm|
|Ottawa – Nepean (SOLD OUT)||Kardish Health Food Centre, 1568 Merivale Rd||Thursdays starting Oct 13, 4:30 – 6:30 pm|
|Perth||Foodsmiths, 106 Wilson St W||Tuesdays starting Oct 18, 4:30 – 6 pm|
Share prices include 10 baskets of produce at an average value of $50 each, plus a small delivery fee, for total pricing as follows:
Pick-up in Ottawa: $550
Pick-up in Perth: $525
Pick-up in Kemptville: $525
Pick-up at the farm in Jasper: $500
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.
Our CSA Member Agreement outlines the agreement between our farm and you. Please review before joining. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us before purchasing a share.