Community Shared Agriculture -CSA- is a great way to choose to eat.
You get super fresh, healthy food, you get to participate intimately with a local farm, you save money, and you know that every week there’s a bounty of seasonal produce waiting to nourish your family, and to inspire and challenge you in the kitchen.
2017 will be Salt of the Earth’s fourth year providing our customers with a bounty of seasonal produce, and the opportunity to witness and experience a real working farm. We strive to grow an abundance of quality vegetables, to serve our clients with friendliness and flexibility, and to share the beauties and realities of a diverse, mixed farm.
What you get in your shares
CSA is fundamentally seasonal: the shares you receive week-by-week reflect the arc of the growing season, and the prolific variety of what we can produce in our climate. At the beginning of the season, it’s lots of greens, peas, radishes, baby carrots and new potatoes; come late summer, it’s juicy and sweet peppers, tomatoes and melons, ripened under the hot sun; in the fall, it’s hardy crops like kale and brussels sprouts, and rich squash and root vegetables to keep you warm in the shortening days and cooling weather.
In cropping for you, we strive for three main goals:
Usefulness – Entering our fourth season, we’ve gotten a feel for what our customers value and rely on: the staples. Carrots, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli etc. are hard not to find a use for, and so we try to make up the bulk of our shares with the classics. That being said, we’ll also keep you on your toes with some surprises – but always with helpful information and recipes!
Quality and Value – We’re building and growing a farm – our CSA members are an essential part of it: your satisfaction is our #1 priority. We want you to come back next season – not just because you want to support local farms, but because this local farm gives you the best food you can find at a price you can’t find anywhere else.
Abundance – Salt of the Earth is a productive place, as a shareholder in it, we feel our customers are entitled to that bounty. Expect to receive lots of food – we don’t want to just be on a couple of your plates, we want to be where you get all of your vegetables and to have some extra to put away in the freezer for winter.
How it works
Shares are purchased (ideally) in advance of the growing season. This secures us, the growers, with operating capital and an assured market. It secures you, the eater, with a guaranteed supply of the best food you can get. You can sign up online, and pay us with cheque, e-transfer or cash. We’re also flexible about different payment options if you’d like to spread the expense out over several months.
Once a week, you come to the farm, or the pick-up spot in your neighbourhood and get a hearty dose of seasonal vegetables. The shares are washed, pre-packed and super fresh.
This year we’re excited to announce that we are offering two seasons of CSA shares:
The Main Season runs 18 weeks
from Mid-June, to Mid-October
Our Fall/Winter Extension runs bi-weekly, over 10 weeks
from Late October, to Christmas
Main Season Share Options
The Regular Share is just that, the 8 to 10 seasonal selections of produce. It’s the core of our CSA program, and lots to fill your fridge.
It costs $550, or about $30/week
The Deluxe Share is an enhanced offering: It’s the Regular, plus herbs, special selections, offerings of bumper crops for freezing and canning, and occasionally, bouquets of cut flowers.
It costs $725, or about $40/week
Our produce is delivered by courier to three locations for pick-up on Wednesdays, from 3pm to closing. You can pick your CSA up at:
Downtown – Cooke’s Fine Foods, 61 Brock St.
Portsmouth – LSP Studio, 662 King St W
West End – Cooke’s Fine Foods, 2395 Princess St
Neighbourhood Delivery costs an additional $100 for the season, or about $5/week
Early Winter Extension
In addition to our Main Season CSA, we’re offering shares in a 10 week extension of the growing season – with crops coming both out of cold storage and resilient, hardy plants left in the field. ‘Now what’s available at that time of year?’ you might ask yourself… Quite a bit, in fact! Going over a list of potential selections, we arrived at nearly 20 different offerings to share with you!
It costs $300, or $30/week
Because in general, these crops are stable, and store well, the extension gets picked up in larger portions, every two weeks (5 times).
Home Delivery is available for an additional $50
Concisely, our Main Season options boil down to:
Regular, Farm Pick-Up – $550
Deluxe, Farm Pick-Up – $725
(delivery costing an additional $100 in both cases)
Sign up for both Main Season and Early Winter Shares and save!
Regular + Early Winter Ext. – $800 (save $50!)
Deluxe + Early Winter Ext. – $950 (save $75!)
(additional delivery fees remain the same)
Sounds good? sign up!
Morgan will be in touch with you to confirm your order!