Here at Eastport Organics we grow a wide variety of vegetables. The CSA subscription is a way for our regular customers to ensure they have a steady supply of organic, pesticide / fungicide / herbicide & GMO-free fresh local vegetables. The CSA subscriptions also help us financially through the first part of our season with seed costs, heating and lighting as well as labour costs (a lot goes into getting that food to your plate).
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is a system of farming that has been around the US and Europe for about twenty years. A CSA system has the customer pay the farmer up front for produce that will be delivered over the growing season, and was developed primarily to assist small farms in the distribution of income throughout the year. By paying up front the customer is entering into a contract with the farmer, and taking on some of the risk. The customer trusts the farmer that the food will be there throughout season, and is helping out with early season cash flow. As with all forms of farming, there are inherent risks involved in small-scale market farming. Poor weather, insect outbreaks and labour issues can all contribute to a poor harvest just as good weather, healthy crops and willing helpers can lead to a bountiful harvest. The CSA helps the farmer mitigate the risks of a poor year, as well as share the benefits of the good years.
In our CSA we aim for 11 bi-weekly offerings of vegetables made throughout the season (roughly between mid-June and late October), with each bi-weekly delivery containing a mixture of salad greens, fresh herbs and other seasonal produce made ready for customers in easy to store bundles. Each full share will be enough for two people for a two week period.
How does it work?
We have a bi-weekly delivery system that see’s customers receive their share either through a local distributor or, directly from our delivery truck. We will also make the orders available for on-farm pick-up at our farm stand located next to the Heritage Centre in Eastport.
Custom packages, direct order & payment options
We offer custom CSA packages for our local areas seasonal residents as well as an online order system for local people as well as those in the central region. We can set-up 'pay as you go' billing via a credit card also. Contact us for further details on all these options, plus more including volunteer time in trade for food.