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.

Find our updated 2019 CSA information below!

Our referral program: For every one of your referrals that signs up for a share you will receive 5% back on the cost of your own share! The 5% can be used either as a credit towards some of our other farm products or given as a cash credit.

 

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 3 and 7pm. We will be creating a Peterborough pick up location for our Peterborough area customers in 2019. The Peterborough pick up will be on Wednesdays between 4 and 6:30pm (location TBA). 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?

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 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 slicing tomatoes instead of cherry tomatoes.

 

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 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

Vacation Option: If you will be away for summer holidays we have the option of being able to choose up to 2 weeks you will not be able to pick up your share. Please advise us at the time of registration if you would like this option and we will adjust your cost accordingly. We ask for some advance notice of which weeks you will be away.

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 link below to view and print our registration form.

If you have any other questions please let us know!

Click here to download our vegetable CSA Info & registration form

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