Join Our 2021 CSA Program
(Registration available at bottom of page!)
What would it be like if we sat down to a meal that helped reverse climate change? If the food we ate helped heal the environment, and ourselves? It would be delicious.
Do you like trying new things or cooking vegetables you’ve never heard of before? Join our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). Unlike most CSAs, we want to offer you the power of choice! Each week you’ll get to choose a portion of your favourite veggies right from our Farm Market – no need to request substitutions or dread that one vegetable you can’t stand.
We connect people with the food they eat, the land it comes from and the farmer who grows it. Community Supported Agriculture is a system that supports small scale farmers by guaranteeing a market for their produce, builds a direct relationship between families and the farm, and allows supporters to receive a premium selection of local naturally grown farm produce to supplement their meals throughout the growing season.
WHAT COMES IN A WEEKLY BOX?
Each week, for 17 weeks, you’ll get a Small, Medium, or Large Share of our own farm grown super fresh and healthy produce: greens, root vegetables, fruits (like strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and apples) and herbs. NEW this year, we want to give you the power of choice when you pick-up at the farm! Every week, you’ll receive the farm’s choice of vegetables – between 3-4 different veggies ($15) – and then you’ll get to choose your own produce directly from our Farm Market – $15 worth with a Small Share, $30 worth with a Medium Share, and $45 worth with a Large Share. This way, if you’re crazy about carrots, or want to try pickling baby beets, you can choose multiple portions of the same vegetable! (Or if you want to try a little of everything, you can do that to.)
What’s available will change with the seasons, providing you with an amazing range of vegetables grown with care using natural growing and regenerative agriculture practices. This is a chance to eat in a thoughtful way in tune with Alberta seasonality, and to discover new foods and cooking traditions. Our newsletter will supply you with recipes and ideas on how to prepare your veggies, as well as stories about the farm and programs.
Come Straight to the Farm for your Veggies!
Prairie Gardens & Adventure Farm (56311 Lily Lake Rd, Bon Accord, AB)
*Pick-up Friday, Saturday & Sunday on the farm from 11am-5pm
The Break Down:
- Small Share – $510.00 – (Over our 17-week long season, this works out to $30/week.) You should expect 6-8 veggies in your box every week. $15 worth of the veggies will be our – the farm’s choice – and $15 worth will be your choice.
- Medium Share – $765.00 – (Over our 17-week long season, this works out to $45/week.) You should expect 7-11 veggies in your box each week. $15 worth of veggies will be our – the farm’s choice – and $30 worth will be your choice.
- Large Share – $1020.00 – (Over our 17-week long season, this works out to $60/week.) You should expect 7-15 veggies in your box each week. $15 worth of the veggies will be our – the farm’s choice – and $45 worth will be your choice.
Here’s what you’ll get in your good farm food boxes – from spring to fall:
- May – Herbs and veggies to plant in your own patio planter to enjoy all summer
- June – Spring greens and winter onions, salad fixings, edible flowers, dried peas and selected herbs.
- July – there’s many types of greens, from bok choi to komatsuna, strawberries, salad fixin’s, beets, peas, and tomatoes.
- August and September, your baskets will overflow with abundance – large assortments and quantities of vegetables, baby potatoes, zucchini, carrots, greens, cabbage, mustard greens, tatsoi and beans.
- September, you will enjoy sweet corn, winter squash, pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, root vegetables, and several varieties of exotic potatoes.
There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond just buying vegetables. That is the notion of shared risk: in a CSA, members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week. Weather and mother nature play a role in the arrangement. Bumper crop years mean abundance is shared. Drought means that the risk is shared. This past season, we offered many varieties of greens & plenty of potatoes, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers. The peas, beans, beets, and carrots were late – but eventually lovely. Sadly, the parsnips never did germinate!
What Are Families Saying About our CSA program? We are absolutely loving it! Me and my family are having so much fun planning all of our meals around the produce we get each week and discovering so many vegetables I knew nothing about, so thank you!