CSA and Produce


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We have been growing produce for many years and when we moved to the farm it was on the top of the list to work up an area for a vegetable garden. We have continued to expand our vegetable market garden over the years and introduced a CSA program in 2015. You can also find us at summer Farmers Markets on the weekends with a variety of our produce.

For 2018 we are offering our Vegetable and Deluxe shares in the small and large sizes, but also our newest size, the mini share! The mini share is a great size option for people living on their own or families who are looking to just supplement part of their diet with some local food.

Also new for 2018 is the introduction of our referral program! For every one of your referrals that signs up for a share you will receive 5% back on your own share!

Below is information on both our vegetable CSA and our deluxe CSA. Please contact us with any questions!

 

What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a program where you are paying a farmer to grow your food. This way you know who and where your fresh produce is coming from. You pick up your share weekly at the farm.

 

When does the program begin and how long does is run for?

The shares will begin around mid to late June and run for 15 weeks total.

 

Where and when do we pick up our shares?

Shares are picked up from our farm on Wednesday afternoons, between 4 – 6:30 pm. We will consider a drop off location for shares if there are enough people in that certain area to warrant it. Our farm is located at 541 Glamorgan Rd, Pontypool, ON L0A 1K0.

 

What kinds of produce can we expect in our shares?

We grow a variety of produce and herbs to send home each week.

Vegetables we grow include: Peas, beans, beets, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, kohlrabi, kale, swiss chard, spinach, variety of salad mixes and lettuce, leeks, cabbage, parsnips, radish, fennel, cucumbers, zucchini, winter squash and more.

Herbs we grow include: Parsley, dill, basil, cilantro, sage, rosemary, thyme, chives and more.

 

What vegetables are ready at certain times throughout the growing season?

Different vegetables and herbs are ready at different times of the growing season, below is what vegetables are ready during each month you receive your shares.

JUNE: kale, spinach, swiss chard, lettuce, salad mix, green onions, herbs, radishes, kohlrabi

JULY – AUGUST: beets, carrots, green onions, onions, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, spinach, garlic scapes, garlic, kohlrabi, new potatoes, peas, beans, radish, cabbage, cucumbers, turnip, tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, zucchini, fennel, celery, eggplant, turnip

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER: tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, beets, winter radish, winter squash, parsnips, greens, lettuce, onions, potatoes, carrots, beets, lettuce, kale, swiss chard, spinach, salad mix, turnip, garlic

 

Do we get a choice in what vegetables go into our weekly share?

We do realize there are certain vegetables that certain people may not like, we do our best to offer a large variety of produce to satisfy everyone. We have decided to allow people to choose between certain produce including greens and herbs. This way, for example, you can choose to take kale home instead of spinach or take a mix of the two.

 

What is contained in an average vegetable CSA share?

Below is an example of an average share you would receive in July:

Beans, cabbage, garlic, greens of your choice, herbs of your choice, mixed leaf lettuce, onion, sugar snap peas, sweet peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, new potatoes.

 

What is contained in an average Puddleduck Deluxe share?

Below is an example of an average share you would receive in July, on week where part your syrup and honey are also given out. The amounts of meat, eggs, vegetables, syrup and honey vary depending on which size of share you have purchased. Please contact us for our info page for more detailed information.

Slicing tomatoes, yellow beans, potatoes, beets, spinach, mixed leaf lettuce, parsley, zucchini, garlic

Hamburger, 1/2 chicken, bacon, ham

Eggs

1 litre syrup and 1 kg wildflower honey

Bouquet of sunflowers (optional)

Bonus product – local goat cheese (optional)

Is our produce Certified Organic?

We do not have organic certification, but we grow all of our produce without the use of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemical fertilizers. We also do our best to grow in a sustainable way that gives back to the earth what we are taking out. We accomplish this by adding compost, manure from our livestock and using cover crops which protects the soil when it is bare and adds in organic matter. We also support the natural beneficial insects, such as honeybees and other pollinating insects, lady beetles, earthworms, among others, by creating natural habitats for them and planting plants that attract them.

Why buy local?

We feel it is so important to know where your food comes from, how it is grown and how far it had to travel to get to your plate. When you buy local you help cut down on emissions from having food trucked from many miles away. Food that is grown locally is also able to ripen on the plant so that you are receiving produce that is at its freshest and nutritionally its healthiest. It also creates a real connection between the consumer and producer, brings communities together, helps support local farming families and keeps revenue within the local economy.

How much does it cost?

We offer three different sizes for both the vegetable and deluxe shares:

Vegetable Shares

MINI – New for 2018! – this size is great for a single person or family looking to supplement part of their diet with local produce. The cost for this share is $180.00

SMALL – this size is great for a family of 2 or a single veggie loving adult. The cost for this share is $375.00

LARGE – this size is great for a family of 4 or 2 veggie loving adults. The cost for this share is $525.00

Deluxe Shares

MINI – New for 2018! – this size is great for a single person or family looking to supplement part of their diet with local food. The base cost is $553.50.

SMALL – this is a great size for 1 – 3 people. The base cost for this share is $1122.00

LARGE – this is a great size for 4 – 6 people. The base cost for this share is $1719.00.

The deluxe shares come with the options of flower bouquets and/or bonus products. See the downloadable information sheets below for all the price details.

How is payment made for a share?

Payment for your share can be made in one payment or up to 3 installments, we accept cash, cheque and e-transfer. Cheques should be made out to Puddleduck Farm and mailed or dropped off to the farm. Use the links below to view and print the different CSA packages and registration forms.

Vegetable CSA:
Click Here for the Vegetable CSA Information And Registration Form

Deluxe CSA:
Click Here for the Deluxe CSA Information And Registration Form

Right click on the above link and choose “save target as…” to download the PDF files.