Fall CSA 2018
What is our CSA about?
Community Shared Agriculture provides a unique and valuable relationship between the consumer and the farmer. Purchasing a CSA seasonal subscription at the beginning of farmings season, consumers support their farmers by helping cover the costs of growing. In return, the farmer provides a share of the harvest each week — a diverse selection of the freshest, organic produce available.
Both the consumer and the farmer share the risk of the growing season. The size of each week's share is determined by seasonal changes and in part by the growing conditions of the season.
Does a CSA share fit my cooking lifestyle?
Likely good fit
Tips that a produce shares will work well for you and your family are: you are ready to cook, ready to put energy into food preparation and learning, ready for surprises, open to produce unknowns, open to exposure to new produce, engaged in eating seasonally, open and/or excited about trying new recipes, Value having fresh & local & organic produce, want to be part of the local food movement and be involved with a farm and farmer.
Probably need to reconsider not a fit….yet
Like consistent and predictable produce, don’t like cooking, rely on convenience and fast foods, don’t eat produce much, too busy to cook, need the convenience of the grocery store for your schedule, go out to eat all the time, not interested in seasonal produce.
How much food do I receive each week?
The intent of the produce share is to provide adequate produce for a household for 1 week. Depending on eating habits a share could provide for a household of 1 to 4 people. We also don’t want to provide too much produce that leads to excessive waste (or compost).
What if a share is too much produce for me?
No problem! Share with a friend or neighbour. This could mean alternating weeks or splitting each share. We ask that a “point person” for each share manages these details - thanks for understanding that we are busy farming and will not be able to manage this for you.
What Produce Can I expect to receive weekly?
Each week produce will change depending on crop availability and seasonal changes. The produce will be an array of produce that grow seasonally and summer seasons will have greater variety than winter months.
A sample week could include
Week 1 example: Garlic, onions, potatoes, salad mix, squash, beets, Tomatoes, Lettuce Head
Week 2 Example: Garlic, Leeks, Kale, SquAsh, Spinach, Salad Turnip, Peppers, Tomatoes
What if I join and realize Produce shares don’t fit my lifestyle?
If you find this style of produce doesn’t work for you or your family you will need to complete the block already paid for and you can opt out of the Fall CSA by providing us 1 weeks notice before the next payment date. This will allow us to open registration to another individual or family interested in the CSA fall offering.
How Do you Register for our Fall CSA 2018?
First! Continue reading to be informed about if this program is a good fit for you
Next, contact us at [email protected] or send us a facebook message. Thanks R & D
Fall CSA begins Sept 1st 2018 and ends Nov 30th 2018 totaling 13 weeks
Location and Hours of Produce Share Pick Up
Location: Paradise Valley Produce Farm 3959 B Padgett Rd. Powell River
Hours: 3pm to 7pm every Tuesday
What about Holidays?
Holiday Produce Share Pick UP
For the Thanksgiving holiday there will be two pick up options provided to accommodate the holiday schedule.
Thursday Oct 4th 3pm to 7pm and Oct 6th 3pm to 7pm.
Please notify us which date you will be picking up on.
What if I am away for my Produce Share Pick Up?
If you are away on holiday, work or for other circumstances there will be two options available.
Firstly, you can arrange for your bin to be picked up by someone else on your behalf.
Secondly, we can provide one hold for your bin and need to be notified 4 days in advance at the latest.
Each week every share member will receive at least $30 value of seasonal produce with a discount of 10% off market price (so actually a minimum of $33 value of produce).
Each month’s payment will be the sum of $30 x weeks per month. Sept and Nov will cost $120 each month for four weeks and Oct will $15o for 5 weeks
Payment is set in 3 payment blocks each representing 1 month of shares being Sept 1st, Oct 1st, and Nov 1st.
Payment will be due the 1st of every month in order to secure receiving a produce share. If payment is late or not completed produce shares will be withheld.
Payment can be made by e-transfer, cash or cheque to Paradise Valley Produce
Refunds or Cancellation
Once payment has been received there will be no refund or cancellation available for each block.
If there is significant damage to all our crops available for a block of Produce shares and our farm is unable to deliver our product we will cancel the remainder of the season and provide reimbursement for the weeks canceled.
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