COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
Community-supported agriculture is an intentional relationship between the folks who grow food and the folks who eat it.
We at Roots and Shoots commit to using the most sustainable methods to produce the most delicious and good-for-you veggies in return for a season long commitment from you, our valued share member.
This means you are guaranteed a bountiful supply of healthful, local, organic produce at a lower price than shopping at the farmers' market!
What exactly does a season of veggies look like? Last year we teamed up with local blog Cookery Nation to walk our customers through unpacking each week's delivery, with videos, recipes, storage tips and more.
Visit the Cookery Nation blog to see exactly what our customers were offered in 2018!
Please note that the actual veggies sent home with each customer was sometimes one or two items less than what is pictured, because customers were offered a choice between two items. For example, on a week that shows cauliflower and broccoli, customers were asked to choose one or the other.
FULL SUMMER SHARE $604
June to October - 18 weekly deliveries
HALF SUMMER SHARE $335
June to October - 9 biweekly deliveries
FALL SHARE $140
October to December - 4 biweekly deliveries
WINTER SHARE $140
January to March - 5 smaller biweekly deliveries
Add any or all of these extra subscriptions:
+ EXTRA GREENS $4.5/week
+ MUSHROOM SHARE from Le Coprin $8/week
+ GRAIN SHARE from Against the Grain $11/week
Plus, as a member you can use our online store to order farm goods like eggs, bread, maple syrup, and honey to be delivered along with your share.
Since you're are committing to buying a season’s worth of produce at the beginning of the season, we aim to discount the price of the vegetables 20% from our market prices for the full shares, and 10% for the half shares. We track this over the course of each season and report back for full transparency.
NEW! Wakefield - Centre Wakefield La Pêche
Downtown Hull - Zibi (rue Jos Montferrand)
Ottawa South (Apolyodor Ave)
The Glebe (St Matthews Church)
Manotick (Manotick Natural Market)
Manotick Station (Bakkers General Store)
Chelsea (Chemin Old Chelsea)
Hintonburg (near Suzy Q)
Westboro (In the parking lot of MEC)
At our farm in Masham
Pickup times start at 4pm until either 6pm or 7pm.
You'll need two shopping totes to pack your veggies, and especially if you're walking, cycling or taking public transit (yeah!), make sure those bags are sturdy. These veggies can be hefty.
Need to swap your delivery day or location? With 48 hours notice, you can do that by signing into your account.
WHICH SHARE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
We find that a full share is enough for a family of two adults and two kids, or two veggie loving, hungry adults.
The half shares are simply a full share, picked up 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.
SCHEDULING A VACATION
You can place a temporary hold on your share at least 48 hours before the delivery, and we will credit your account for the cost of that share for up to three deliveries per season, minus a 12% fee.
2. Click the ‘Delivery Hold’ tab. Enter a date range for when you will be away, covering Wed-Fri of each week you'll be away.
You can use your credit towards your next subscription, or to buy items from our online farm store.
PICKING UP YOUR SHARE
Each week you’ll have a three hour window (between 4pm and 7pm on Wednesdays or Thursdays) to pick up your veggies at one of our dropoff locations.
We will set out the vegetables in bins with instructions for how much you should take from each bin. You, the shareholder, need to bring enough shopping bags (hopefully cloth ones) to bring your veggies home. Usually two good-sized shopping bags or one large basket will be enough.
LESS THAN 48 HRS NOTICE?
If there's less than 48 hours before your delivery, we can't credit your account for the share.
But you may still able to move your delivery day in your on-line account. For example, if you normally pick up on Wednesday but can’t make it, you can move your pick up for that week to one of our delivery locations on Thursday.
You can also send a friend or relative to pick up your share (please tell them to bring bags!).
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR SHARE
Through our members-only Facebook group and our weekly newsletters, we'll walk you through the season with recipes and tips on how to enjoy the array of produce you will find in your box. Many of our members tell us that buying a share does (happily) push them to eat more veggies.
I FORGOT MY SHARE!
We send out an email at the start of each week to remind you that your share is coming up and to let you know what will be in your box.
But if the worst happens, we'll do what we can to get your veggies to you. Email us to arrange to pick up at another location on a later day in the week, or you can pick up at the farm.
Otherwise, since we will have already harvested and sent them out, we won't be able to credit your account.