Friday, July 24, 2009

2009 Fall CSA Info

Fairmeadow Farm is very excited to be growing for 130 shareholders in it’s second season of Community Supported Agriculture in 2009! Below are the most important details, and more can be found in the brochure. Members will receive a welcome package in the mail or through email before the start of the harvest season. For a brochure and application form, please email the Fairmeadow Farmer (Michelle), at the email address found at the bottom of the blog! There is still space left for the 2009 season....become a member of Fairmeadow Farm today!

The Season: In 2009 the season will run for 12 weeks, from the week of Oct 12th through the week of Dec 21st for farm members, and Oct 5th through December 14th for Toronto members. Pick-ups will be every other week (6 altogether).

The Vegetables: Members will receive a diversity of organically-grown fresh greens, root vegetables, and storage crops over the season, taking home between 10 and 14 different items each pick-up. Produce will be displayed market-style, so that you can choose which bunch of greens or winter squash looks most yummy to you, and there will also be some choice in which vegetables you’d like to take home (and the Trade Box will return this season...every pick-up day, I promise!). The full list of produce members can expect is below.
ArugulaBeetsBroccoliBrussel Sprouts
CabbageCarrotsCauliflowerCelery Root
MesclunNapa CabbageOnions
RutabagaSpinachSquashSwiss ChardTender Turnips
Winter Radish

Pick-Up Locations: Produce will be available for garden members to pick up directly at Orchard Hill Farm (near Sparta), and a small number of shares will also be delivered to Toronto (pick-up in North York). For farm pick-ups, there will be two pick-up days each week, Tuesday and Saturday. Members sign up for whichever day works better for them, and can come to the farm any time between 11am and 7pm on their pick-up day to fetch their vegetables. Toronto members get their vegetables on Saturdays (though the last pick-up is a Sunday), and can come any time between 1pm and 7pm on pick-up days.

Share Size and Pricing: There is one share size offered, which is geared to keep 2 adults who cook at home (or entertain), or a small family, nicely stocked with vegetables for two weeks. The produce is intended to last members for that time, and will store easily in the fridge, or keep well in a cool, dark spot (suggestions for keeping your vegetables happy in your house will be provided before the first pick-up!). The share price for members picking up at the farm is $250 ($260 if you choose the extended payment, see brochure), and for members in Toronto it is $325 for the season ($340 with the extended payment option).

Payment Options: One of the main reasons the CSA model was originally developed, with members paying for their shares up front, was to address the fact that most of the costs associated with growing produce are incurred early in the spring. It is for this reason that we ask and encourage members to pay the entire cost of their share up front, if they can.
If this is not possible, we offer an extended payment option. A $50 deposit is due with your application to hold your spot in the garden, along with two post-dated cheques for the balance (please see the chart on the registration form for more details).


Please mark your calendars!

Oct 13
Oct 27
Nov 10
Nov 24
Dec 8
Dec 22
Oct 17
Oct 31
Nov 14
Nov 28
Dec 12
Dec 19

Oct 10
Oct 24
Nov 7
Nov 21
Dec 5
Dec 20

Bad Weather Policy
Since the season runs from mid-October through late December, it’s very likely that at some point we’ll get sleet or snow that might make driving out to the farm or around Toronto difficult or impossible. In the event of bad weather, I will hold produce for members until the roads are clear and coming to collect your veggies is possible. So please don’t worry about driving in slippery or low-visibility conditions, and check the blog (or give me a call) on your pick-up day if you’re not sure about the weather!

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