What if I go on vacation or will be away and can’t pick up my vegetables?
Our CSA program is very flexible. It's ok to miss a CSA pick up if you know you will be away, on vacation, etc. You just need to let us know via email, at least 2 days in advance, before we harvest your vegetables.
We have LOTS of options:
-Have a friend/neighbour pick up on your behalf (they just give your name at pick up).
-Double up on one of your regularly scheduled pick up days and take two baskets.
-Schedule a basket pick up at any of our other CSA locations/days.
-Schedule a basket pick up at any of the farmers' markets that we serve across the city.
-We can provide you with $35 credit for our CSA+ add-on store for each missed basket.
-Take (1) of our winter season baskets (starts right after summer season is over at end of Oct. Continues every other week for a total of 3 baskets).
We do not offer refunds for baskets you forget to pick up (since we have harvested your veg already). Email us in advance and we'll make sure we work something out!
What if I don’t/can’t eat a certain vegetable?
At all of our CSA pick ups we have a “Trades Bin” where members can swap out one of their items for another item in the bin. This bin will be managed by our staff and we ask that you make a swap before you unpack your vegetables.
What do I need to bring to pick up my basket?
We aim to provide a PACKAGING FREE basket each week. So we ask that you bring your own reusable bags or a cooler to pack your items into. For any loose items such as salad greens we will provide a scale and tongs to weigh out (currently on hold for 2021, cut greens will be pre-packed). A packaging free basket has greatly helped to reduce our plastic consumption!
How much will my CSA basket feed?
We find the vegetables feed 1-2 adults who cook frequently or a family of 3-4 over a two week period. Larger families who eat a big quantity of veg might consider buying two shares, purchase extra vegetables from our store or request a second basket on occasion (just email us in advance or order through our add-on store). We also have some single members who split a share with a friend, which is a great idea if you think it will be too much for you. On our How Does It Work page we have photos of all the baskets in one season so you can see exactly what members received.
Can I add on extra veggies or other stuff like eggs?
In 2020 we launched our CSA+ online store where you can purchase add-ons such as vegetables from our farm (seasonal items, special items with limited quantities, bulk priced items, seedlings in the spring and flowers) as well as locally produced products (eggs, cheese, honey, syrup, coffee, chocolate, preserves, mushrooms and more). The store is curated with products from small businesses, many are from your local farmers' market. Add-on items are purchased in advance and your order is picked up with your vegetable basket.
What types of vegetables do you grow?
We grow over 50 different types of vegetables and each year try out a few new items, just for fun! In recent years our new items were: purple merlot napa cabbage, buttercup squash, honeynut squash, iceburg lettuce and lunchbox sweet peppers. Always NO SPRAY, grown organically!
Some of the items we grow regularly are: salad mix, potatoes, asparagus, rhubarb, peppers, carrots, beets, cauliflower, basil, tomatoes, eggplants, cabbage, napa cabbage, bok choi, kale, rainbow chard, onions, leeks, broccoli, butternut squash, delicata squash, zucchini, jerusalem artichokes, radish, green onion, parsley, spinach, lettuce, arugula, and many, many more.
We occasionally include an item from a neighbouring farm (organic) if there is something special that we don't grow, to ensure our members have a good variety in each basket.
How will I know what to do with all these veggies? Especially ones I've never tried?
--> When you receive your email with the list of veggies in your basket, we provide:
- storage tips to help your veg last as a long as possible
- tailored recipes for the items in the basket
- other ideas for what to do (how to prep, pickling, freezing, or other ways to prepare)
--> We also have a private Facebook group where our members regularly share recipes and tips. We encourage our new members to post in the group and ask for help if they are stuck with what to do with a particular item! It's a wonderful space for members to get to know each other.
--> In 2021 we introduced a virtual cooking class series, free for our members. The class featured an item from your basket and a unique way to cook with it.
I’m already a CSA member and have a friend/neighbour who wants to join. I heard you offer a referral bonus?
We love referrals! In fact, we reward our members with a special gift. In 2021 we provided members $10 coupon per referral, for any purchase in our online store. When your referral signs up, just have them mention your full name and we'll keep track. Spread the word! No limit on how many referrals you provide.
I'd love for my house/restaurant/cafe to be a new pick location, is that possible?
Thanks for offering! We would love to expand our delivery range to other parts of Toronto, or even to other cities (between Uxbridge and Toronto, ideally) if we have enough members to support a new location. Contact us if you are interested!