With spring just around the corner, the farm team is happy to announce the return of our organic vegetable baskets for 2018. Each year, we offer 100 baskets to our community and we make 20 available using a solidarity model to offer an affordable option as well. All the produce is grown on our very own farm, located in Senneville, at the western tip of the island of Montreal. You can find more information about our farm here and how you can get involved as well.
What is an Organic Basket?
Also known as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), the Organic Basket model was developed in an attempt to bring farmers and consumers closer together. By signing up in early in the season and paying a portion of your share in advance, you allow farmers to pay for start-up costs, seeds, material, and employee salaries. This relationship is then nurtured and nourished throughout the season as the farmers share the bounty with you, the farm partners.
Our Solidarity Baskets – Taking CSA one step further
The price of the regular basket includes an additional tax-deductible contribution that enables families and individuals with precarious incomes to access baskets at a fraction of the price. This contribution increases the accessibility of our fresh organic produce and allows us to deliver fresh organic vegetables to our Meals-on-Wheels kitchen.
In Your Basket
The veggies in our basket are certified organic and come almost exclusively from our farm in Senneville. The variety changes throughout the season, and baskets are always overflowing with freshness and diversity of produce. In order to offer a greater assortment of produce, we compliment the baskets with fruits from other organic farms, such as apples, which are clearly identified.
And like last year, the pick-up will be in a mini-market model. This allows subscribers to choose from an array of seasonal vegetables that change as the season progresses.
Sample Basket #1
- Bok Choi
- Green Onions
Sample Basket #9
- Mixed salad mix
- Summer Squash – zucchini
- Cherry Tomatoes
Sample Basket #16
- Cherry Tomatoes
Here are the details for our 2018 baskets:
- Only one size, equivalent to the large basket of 2017, will be available for weekly pick up or, new for this year: pick up every two weeks.
- Each basket will cost $34, with an included contribution to make our solidarity model possible.
- You have the possibility to take a one-week vacation credit, and receive the basket the week following the final week.
- There will be only one pick-up day: Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- The season is 21 weeks with pick-ups from mid-June to the 1st of November.
Pick up options
When: Thursday from 4 pm – 7 pm, from June 14th – November 1st
Where: Outside of Santropol Roulant, 111 Roy East
Sizes and pricing
To increase accessibility to our vegetable baskets over different income brackets, we created a solidarity model. Farm partners (those who subscribe to a regular basket) pay a little extra for their share and this surplus goes towards subsidized basket subscriptions for low-income individuals and families, specialized baskets for seniors, reduced market prices in under-served communities and increased organic produce for our meals-on-wheels program.
A tax receipt will be made out for farm partners registered for the regular baskets.
If you have any questions or would like to subscribe to the subsidized baskets, please email Nazmus at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 514-284-9335.