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.
We have exciting CSA changes for 2019! We have partnered with an online platform to help us manage our shares and to offer our customers even more options! Read more below about what a CSA share is all about and details about our program.
Click the link to get to our sign up page! Puddleduck Farm CSA sign up page
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 June 19 for our Wednesday pick up at the farm and runs for 15 weeks.
The shares will begin June 22 for our Saturday pick up at the Peterborough Farmers Market and runs for 15 weeks.
Where and when do we pick up our shares?
Shares are picked up from our farm on Wednesday afternoons, between 3 and 7pm and at the Saturday Peterborough Farmers Market at the Morrow Building from 7am – 1pm. 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, lettuce, leeks, cabbage, eggplant, radish, arugula, 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, green onions, herbs, radishes, kohlrabi, peas
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?
Yes! When you sign up you will have the option of setting preferences on the veggies that we offer. So if there is a vegetable that we offer that you really don’t like, you can set your preferences so that you will never receive it in your shares. Plus you will receive a weekly email with what produce you will be receiving in your share and will have the option to swap out certain items, if you would prefer double of something or still have a veggie left over and don’t want it again yet.
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.
How is our produce grown?
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?
MINI – 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
How is payment made for a share?
Payment for your share can be paid in full or using our payment plan, we accept credit card, cash, cheque and e-transfer. Cheques should be made out to Puddleduck Farm and mailed or dropped off to the farm.
Find the link to our sign up page here!
If you have any other questions please let us know!