How it works: Honey Beet Farm’s veggie boxes use the CSA model. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This is a model used by many small-scale farms around the world. Community members buy a share from the farmer at the start of the season, then receive a weekly box of vegetables for a set number of weeks, picked up weekly from one of several pickup locations. This unique set up has numerous benefits for both the customers and the farmer. Customers receive the freshest, hyper-local produce from a source they know and trust. Farmers get the security of a regular customer base, and income at the start of the season, when it is often needed most.
By buying a share at the start of the season, members share in both the benefits and risks of farming. That means that members will benefit from bumper crops and surpluses, but are also asked to understand that there are always some challenges that differ year to year. These include weather, insect and animal pests, plant diseases, water problems, etc.. While Honey Beet Farm is committed to using all of our skills and experience to mitigate these problems, members are asked to be aware of the risks, and accept them with understanding if they do become an issue.
Before signing up, members will be asked to read through the Honey Beet Membership Agreement and to sign it along with the farmer. This way we can make sure we are all on the same page.
What you get: A large box will contain at least 7 different seasonal vegetables. A small share will look similar but may omit a few items, or have smaller portions. A small share is a nice amount of vegetables of 1-2 people, or perhaps a supplement to vegetables purchased elsewhere. A large share is a better choice for families or hungry vegetarians. A Honey Beet Farm CSA share consists of 20 weekly boxes, from early June until mid-October. The beauty of the CSA model is that no two boxes are alike. The Contents of the box will change with the season. It is a great way to reconnect with seasonal eating and discover new favorites! In addition to vegetables, you get the satisfaction of knowing precisely where your food comes from, and who grew it.
Here are some examples of what a box might look like:
Early box: beets, salad mix, green onions, snow peas, radishes, kale, herbs
Mid box: carrots, cauliflower, head lettuce, onions, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, herbs, edible flowers.
Late box: beans, cabbage, carrots, tomatoes, squash, corn, apples, garlic, herbs.
What it costs:
A large Honey Beet CSA share costs $30.00 per week. This is paid in a one-time payment of $600 at the start of the season, or 5 monthly payments of $120.
A small Honey Beet CSA share costs $25.00 per week. This is paid in a one-time payment of $500 at the start of the season, or 5 monthly payments of $100.
While the cost is $30.00 or $25.00 per week, we will always aim for a bit more! This is one of the many benefits of CSA membership.
Accessible, healthy food is important. If money is a concern please get in touch. We are open to discussing alternative arrangements. This could take the form of paying in smaller instalments or volunteering some labour in exchange for a lower price.
SIGN UP: To sign up, or for more information, please fill in the form below