Each week you will find a delicious variety of seasonal produce in your share. Every couple of weeks, new vegetables will show up in the share. As the season changes, some vegetables like radishes and spinach will disappear for the hot months. In general, the first few shares will be a little smaller, and the bounty will increase over the season, until you are getting potatoes, squash, melons, and other storage crops in the fall.
All of our produce we grow is earmarked first for CSA. That means if there is not enough of an item available for market, then its just for the CSA. Certain items are grown exclusively for the CSA, such as broccoli, watermelons, winter squash, garlic, and much of our herbs.
We track the value of your shares each week, based on our market prices at the Ottawa Farmers’ Market. Because you are committing to buying a season’s worth of produce at the beginning of the season, we discount the price of the vegetables 20% from our market prices, for the full shares, and 10% for the half shares.
We find that a full share is enough for a family of two adults and three children or two veggie loving, hungry adults. If you are intimidated by the prospect of consuming so many veggies, be assured that we will walk you through the season with recipes and tips on how to enjoy the great array of produce you will find in your box.
The half shares are simply a full share, delivered every second week. If you would like a half share every week, the best course is to buy a full share and split with a good friend or family member.
Each week you’ll receive a newsletter from the farm, chock full of recent news, a recipe or (usually) two, and general cooking tips and guidelines. Sometimes Jess will even pull out her camera during lunch preparation and make a play by play meal prep with our lovely veggies!
Our Favorite Blog
One of our CSA members has been blogging about whats in her share since she started the CSA program. You can see her blog with one of her shares here.
Here is an idea of what you might receive in your shares between July and September:
All of the above photos were taken by a wonderful CSA member who has documented her experience with the CSA for the past two years. Check out her blog to see more share photos!
To sign up for a CSA share, please read the CSA contract page and click the link on the bottom of that page.