CSA!

Many thanks to all our 2014 CSA customers for your support, you helped make our first farming year a success, and we are very appreciative.

In a continued effort to find the best marketing model for our farm, we will not be running a CSA program in 2015. Instead we will be selling our produce this summer at the Kentville Farmer’s Market, along with our soap and body products. We hope some of our customers will be able to visit from time to time and we look forward to making new friends and customers at the Market this year. Thank you for supporting local!

imageWhat is CSA?!?

CSA stand for Community Supported (or Shared) Agriculture. It’s kind of like crowd source funding for farmers but you get stuff as a result. The premise is simple – a farmer sells CSA shares at the beginning of the production season and then members of the CSA get deliveries of whatever is fresh and available each week. Each CSA is as unique as the farm that offers it, varying in price, products, and duration.

Tipsy Toad Grove is offering its first CSA program in 2014. We are starting small with only 10 member shares available. This will allow us to grow a wide variety of fruits, herbs and veggies in smaller quantities so we can get a feel for what really works well on the new property that we’re farming. Our CSA will also include fresh free range eggs when available, goat milk products such as our wonderful soaps, and preserves.

How Does it Work?

Each CSA share will cost $400 and you will get 18 weeks of delivery, beginning around the end of May. That works out to $22 a week. The contents of your CSA box will vary from week to week as produce becomes ready to harvest. Your box may also contain fresh free-range eggs or goat milk products as available. Boxes will be delivered to a central pick up spot in Halifax once a week and members will be notified of the time and place.

What are the Benefits?

  • Tipsy Toad Grove products are guaranteed to be free of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Our happy pastured animals provide the stuff that makes our produce grow, and we promise to use only organically-approved methods of pest control. Our eggs and goat milk products come from animals who enjoy real grass and the freedom to move… critters living the way they’re meant to.
  • You’ll receive a surprise box every week. Participating in a CSA is an easy way to ensure that you’re eating the freshest food at the time it’s locally in season. That’s good for you and for the planet. We ripen on the vine, not in a truck driving across the continent.
  • Support local farmers (that’s us!) and pump money into the local economy. You’ll be able to ask us how things are grown, what varieties we produce, and you’ll have a real connection to your food.
  • Learn how to cook and enjoy produce you may never have experienced before. We’ll update our website frequently with cooking suggestions and recipes for the items in your box.
  • Members are always welcome to visit and see firsthand how great fresh food is produced on our farm.

What Can I Expect?

  • Each box will give you some of whatever we have each week – a combination of some or all of vegetables, fruits, eggs, goat milk products,herbs, and preserves . Some weeks may be a little sparse but others will be abundant, based on the growing season. You can expect your box to grow as the season does.
  • Weekly delivery at a central location in Halifax. Another delivery stop somewhere around Windsor or Mount Uniacke may be added, depending on the location of our members.
  • Meats and poultry are not included with this CSA, however we will be offering first booking options to our CSA members as these products become available. The cost for these items is extra, and based on production and market costs.

What if I go on vacation or move? Can I pay weekly instead of up front?

Your CSA share is more than a produce purchase – it’s a show of support for a healthy local food production system and it helps us to offer good clean food at a reasonable price. CSA  membership fees are collected at the beginning of the season to  help with start-up costs at the time of the year when most farmers are counting their pennies (well, maybe nickles now that pennies are obsolete). If you have to miss a week or two, we’d appreciate it if you could try to find a friend who’d take over the share that you can’t enjoy. We will not be able to offer refunds on any portion of the share that you are unable to use, so we would encourage you to try and find someone willing to purchase your remaining weeks from you.

What if I don’t like some of the items in my box?

One of the joys of a CSA box is the opportunity to try new and sometimes interesting things. As a former veggie hater I can tell you first hand that having fresh produce makes a world of difference to how tasty it can be. That said, not everyone likes everything. We will keep our website stocked with yummy ideas for the items you receive, but if you just can’t stand to look a potato in the eye, try to swap for another item with someone at pick up.

Sign me up – I want to support ethical and sustainable local food production!

We are offering 10 CSA shares for 2014 on a first come first serve basis. Email us now to put your name on the reservation list. Payments will be due in full no later than February 10, 2014. We accept payment by cheque or Paypal. When you request a CSA reservation we will send you a link to our signup sheet. When we receive your request we will let you know if we have a share available for you, and if not, your position on the wait list.

Please email Sue@tipsytoadgrove.com if you have any questions.

 

The Registration Form is now available. Please note, the CSA shares have been fully reserved for 2014 so unless your share has been confirmed, please contact us before filling out a form.

Download the CSA registration form here

 

 

4 thoughts on “CSA!

  1. Anne Ritter says:

    If it’s not too late please sign us up for this please! Yay!

  2. Judy Earle says:

    Wonderful idea wish I lived in NS so I could take advantage of this .

  3. Hi Sue, I’m pretty sure you said your CSA shares were sold, but in case one comes up could you put us on your waitlist? thanks and best of luck! Frances

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