SUMMER CSA


What’s a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture is a mutually-beneficial relationship between a  small farm and a local community who receive the food the farm produces. It's  a way for eaters and small farmers to form a partnership, together helping to build a locally-based sustainable food system, and allowing for a quality of food unavailable anywhere else.  This model is growing in popularity around the world.

Our number one goal is to continually improve the quality of our produce, and we specialize in growing a wide variety of salad ingredients week-after-week, all season long.  Among the offerings are unique varieties of lettuce, mesclun salad mixes, arugula, radishes, carrots, cucumbers and  tomatoes. There’s always something fresh in your basket for a great salad. Your produce is harvested fresh each week, often within hours of delivery, and we wash, pack, and chill it with care. We eat what we grow, and view our customers as an extension of our family farm.

Our CSA customers tell us that one of the things they appreciate  most about a CSA  is that it has had a very positive impact on meal planning and improving their diets. We grow a wide range of vegetables, many of which are unavailable anywhere else. You will likely get to try vegetables you have never had before.

Fresh vegetables for nutrition, value and health
When you combine a great selection of the freshly-picked, seasonal organic vegetables, tasty, nutritious meals are easy!
Our vegetables are delivered to you within hours of harvest, ensuring the highest level of nutrition.  We love sharing recipes and cooking tips to help you make the most of your CSA,  and our Market Variety option adds even more healthy options to your weekly meals.

What's Local-Organic?
We believe that healthy, nutritious food is best grown in our own community by local families without the use of chemicals. We grow using organic and bio-dynamic methods, meaning that we practice the old-fashioned type of farming which fosters healthy, living soil.  However, growing organically means accepting that our CSA is a shared-risk proposition. Depending on the weather, pests and other factors, we can have some crops fail, or we might have lower than expected yields. But because we grow a wide range of crops, we have always had a great selection for our customers throughout every season.

Since starting the farm, we have built over a quarter acre of greenhouses, which helps to insure better tomato and cucumber crops, even in wet years. They also allow for early produce, when most gardens are just getting going. 


We grow Russian red garlic, an heirloom variety with
amazing flavour and great keeping ability.
We never use chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides on our crops. We think that knowing with certainty that the food we eat is safe from any kind of chemical contamination is important. The benefits to the soil, water, and wildlife make it that much better.

We fertilize only with natural sources, which includes compost, naturally-occurring minerals, and cover crops. Natural soil amendments create a healthy environment for microscopic life and worms which are instrumental to building and maintaining a fertile soil. A fertile soil then leads to tasty and nutrient-dense vegetables.

What are Heirloom vegetables?
Many of the vegetables we grow are referred to as ‘heirloom’ or ‘heritage’ varieties.
Heirloom crops are grown from seeds which have been passed down for generations, and offer a great variety of tastes you won’t find at the supermarket. Industrial farming has narrowed down the crops that are grown based on criteria such as shelf-life and yield. But a world of variety exists outside of the narrow list of crops that are grown commercially.

What else can I get from Hoople Creek Farm?
Our CSA includes a weekly 'Market Variety' online store , which provides a selection of organic and holistic foods produced in our region. Eastern Ontario has many great organic farmers, bakers and beekeepers. With a decade of attending the best farmers' markets in our region, we have had the privilege to get to know many of these producers. We're proud to be be able to offer some of their products with our CSA.

What do you grow?
We grow a wide range of vegetables, herbs and specialty salad greens, and we aim to provide as much variety as possible throughout the entire growing season.  Please consult our Vegetable Calendar  for a rough idea of when different vegetables become available. A selection of greens is usually in your basket every week.

What if there’s something I don’t like?
Although we prepare your box based on what’s in season, our CSA shares can be tailored to your individual tastes.  We encourage our customers to try everything at least once, however our CSA offers a choice of selections during most of the growing year.

How do you price your boxes?
The value of our CSA boxes is based on our farmers’ market prices, ensuring competitive pricing.  In the part of the season when there is less produce available, baskets might be a little smaller, and larger at the height of the season to make up the difference. We strive to grow the highest quality produce possible, and sell for a fair price. As a small-scale organic farm using our own and local labour, what we offer is different than the supermarket offerings produced by industrial agriculture.

Value vs. price
Moving to a diet with more fresh vegetables is one of the best things you can do for your health. But because produce begins to lose it's nutrient value from the moment it's harvested, cheap imported produce is not a great value. Something harvested in California or Mexico, whether organic or not, has lost much of it's nutrients by the time it arrives at the supermarket.

Online store and managing your account
Joining our CSA also gives you access to our online store each week, where you can order extra veggies when you need them, or for canning and freezing. By logging into your account from our website, you can manage your account, including setting vacation dates.


Availability, Delivery  & Payment
Our CSA program runs for 18 weeks from June to October. Depending on the weather, we also offer a season extension option to get a selection of early or later crops which is available separately.

Region Served
Our CSA serves Cornwall, Long Sault, Ingleside and Morrrisburg. We offer convenient pickup locations and a home delivery option in the Riverdale neighbourhood of Cornwall. We offer up to 2 vacation holds during the season, which can be made up later in the season. This can also come in handy for those who wish to have a home garden as well. Simply put your CSA on hold during the weeks when your garden is at it's peak, but enjoy the variety and long season of our market gardens and greenhouses.



2017 CSA basket options:

  • Couple Basket: $30 of farm fresh veggies once a week
  • Family Basket: $40 of farm fresh veggies once a week 
  • Bi-weekly basket: $30 of farm fresh veggies every other week

Example baskets 
Here are some examples of what a Couple basket would contain at different times of the year:
 
 
June
1 bag Arugula
1 bunch radishes
1 bunch Swiss chard
1 head pak choi
1 bunch parsley
1 head romaine lettuce
1 bunch green onions
1 bunch green garlic


August
1 head lettuce
3 red tomatoes
1 pint cherry tomatoes
3-4 zucchini
3 sweet peppers
1 bunch carrots
1 bunch sweet onions
1 head of garlic
1 quart green beans


October
1-2 winter squash
1 head lettuce
1 head cabbage
1 bunch carrots
1 bunch beets
1 bunch leeks
1 bunch kale
2 heads of garlic
1 red onion

Vacation holds
CSA members are eligible to use up to 2 vacation holds during the season.  Whether you are planning on being away, or if it is during the peak of your own backyard garden season, you can put your CSA on hold.  You will need to register your hold by logging into your account on our website at least one week prior to the delivery date. You can make up your vacation weeks by adding extra produce to your basket later in the season, or you can choose to donate your basket to charity.

Shared commitment
As CSA farmers, we commit to using our knowledge, time, infrastructure and energy to deliver the highest quality of produce we can to your table for an entire season.  As a CSA customer your commitment to our farm carries benefits, and also responsibilities. We ask that you read and be comfortable with our CSA Contract before signing-up.

We offer installment plans, and payment by check, credit card, Paypal or Interac e-transfer.
Don’t delay, we have limited spaces to fill this season, so sign up today!

We look forward to growing for you and your family.


Questions?
Get in touch with us:
(613) 537-8871




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