Harvest Box

Thanks again Vancouver! Our 2019 Veggie Box Program is sold out. Put your name on the waitlist and we will be in touch when a harvest share becomes available.

If you are interested in our Flowers Only Program, we have just a couple shares left for the 2019 season! Sign up now for Weekly or Bi-Weekly Flowers.

What is a CSA?

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a change to the status quo grounded in a commitment between eaters and growers towards a more sustainable and equitable food system. CSA members are an integral part of the farm supporting us in our commitment to sustainability, fairness, community building and education.

We grow a wide variety of vegetables to ensure crop success and support a diverse life-sustaining ecosystem. We employ organic growing techniques to fill your boxes each week with the freshest and tastiest food and flowers you can find. For 20 weeks June through mid-October you get a weekly box of veggies, your share of the harvest.

Check out our blog for more reasons why the CSA model is good for farmers, eaters & our food system.

The Veggie Box & Flower Option

From late May until mid-October you will be provided a WEEKLY box of freshly harvested, seasonal produce. The contents of the harvest box varies from week to week, with a selection of 7-11 items each week. Each week you can count on receiving leafy greens, a root and/or fruit (ie. tomato, zucchini, eggplant), and a herb at an average weekly value of $30.

The Full Harvest Share works differently for different folks! We have singleton vegans who can munch the whole box up themselves. Some of our members share their share, and don’t buy produce elsewhere the whole summer long. Some folks finish their share by the weekend and visit the farmers’ market for more. People find friends, colleagues and family to share their share with, if they think it’s too much for just themselves. For best value, and to reduce food waste we provide a weekly harvest newsletter with tips on how to get the most out of your harvest box.

We grow tried, tested and true varieties that grow well in our climate: Sugar Snap Peas, Baby Salad Greens, Arugula, Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach, Mizuna, Tah Tsai, Pac Choi, Chinese Cabbage, Gai Lan, Radishes, Daikon, Kohlrahbi, Broccolini, Rutabaga, Turnips, Beets, Carrots, Beans, Tomatoes, Eggplant, Peppers, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Winter Squash, Onions, Potatoes, Bulb Fennel, Garlic, Leeks, Scallions. Herbs: Mint, Basil, Dill, Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, Thyme, Oregano, Chives.

To see photos of the weekly harvest shares check out our Instagram account.

Weekly or bi-weekly bouquets of beautiful cut flowers are also available alongside your veggie box, or just on their own. Beautiful on your kitchen table, or to give to a special someone.

  • Full Harvest Share: $600= Avg $30 value for 20 weeks
  • Weekly Flowers: $270 for 18 weeks
  • Bi-Weekly Flowers: $135 for 9 weeks

An initial deposit or payment in full reserves your share, with balance of payment (in 2-3 installments) due by the first pick-up day. We will arrange a customized payment plan that suit your needs. If you are able to pay all at once we certainly do appreciate that, as it keeps our administrative costs lower.

Pick-up

Pick-up of weekly shares are Tuesdays, 3-6pm at the Farm, near 57th & Cambie, Vancouver. There is also an on-farm self-serve pick-up option if you can’t make it before 6pm. We are at 780 West 57th Avenue on the western lawns of George Pearson Centre, accessible via Heather Street.

For folks not able to make it to the farm we have 10 spaces available at a second pick-up location on Tuesdays, 4-7pm at Faculty Brewing, Ontario & 2nd Ave for an additional fee of $25 for the whole season.

Home delivery is available within the Cambie Corridor, for an additional fee of $25 for the whole season. To be eligible for home delivery you need to be able to provide a shady, accessible yet protected location.

What if you are going away, or can’t pick up one week?

We will have 1 extra week of harvest at the end of the season, for people that missed a week & gave us 24 hours notice to put their share of the week’s harvest on hold. This assures the harvest does not go to waste.

If you are away for an extended period, offer your share to family or friends that can pick up while you are away. They’ll love you for it & it provides us the continuous community support we need to keep doing what we do the whole season through.

Zero-waste option

We work with our CSA members to reduce our use of plastic packaging as much as possible. Most items we bunch in the field with rubber elastics or twist ties, which can be returned for reuse.

Our weekly salad or braising green mixes, and a number of other items do need to be bagged. Our Zero-Waste bag option is reliant on the commitment of CSA members to return machine washed reusable produce bags to us each and every week, so we have a rotating stock of clean reusable bags for all. Produce is bagged directly into machine washed bags at the farm and taken home by members to air-tight containers in the fridge: think large food storage tubs. Even better if the containers are transparent so you can easily see what you have in the fridge. Even better if you can donate machine washable bags to the program & repurpose containers already kicking around your place.

If you can bring back clean, machine-washed bags each week, and are equipped with air-tight food storage containers to assure the utmost quality of your farm fresh veggies, please sign up for the zero-waste option.

Our Farm Community in the City

We encourage you to visit the farm. Farmers are on site Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9am-3pm March-October. And Tuesdays 3-6pm June-mid-October. Get to know us! We are your neighbours & a wealth of ecological gardening & garden-fresh eating knowledge.

Tuesday afternoons, harvest share pick-up days, we enjoy warm afternoons in the sun. Kids visit the slide, pick raspberries and maybe visit the farmers in the field. You have a chat with your farmers. Or you grab your grub and rush home to cook up your fresh veg for din dins.

We host an annual potluck where we dine al fresco at the market garden. CSA members are welcome to join in on the field work whenever their schedule permits. We sometimes host work parties even. To see past activities check out our blog.

To Join

Love Flowers? Join our Flowers Only Program. We have just a couple shares left for the 2019 season! Sign up now for Weekly or Bi-Weekly Flowers.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our Veggie CSA, put your name on the waitlist and we will be in touch when a harvest share becomes available.

Contact

Karen, karen@farmerson57th.ca, 778-997-3609. Always happy to chat!

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