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Nothing beats fresh-from-the-farm produce! With that in mind, NOW is the time to lock down your share of the upcoming Summer’s bounty by signing up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscription. Not only is it a great way to get your home cooking and eating in sync with the seasons, it’s also the easiest and most direct way of contributing to a sustainable local food system. AND it makes for happy farmers, which is always a good thing!
Spots will fill up (some CSA options have already sold out), so jumping on your preferred option ASAP is highly recommended. Here’s a list of subscriptions that are currently on our radar…
City Beet Farm
OPEN | ~20-week-long Summer share, June to October. Pick-up Tuesdays 4-6:30pm in Mount Pleasant, from Federal Store (2601 Quebec Street). $600 all-in for 7-10 items (~$30 worth of veg) per week, grown and harvested from the Vancouver initiative’s various East Van front and backyard farms. Payment plan available. Bonus: City Beet Farm also offers weekly (8 bouquets; $200) and bi-weekly (5 bouquets; $125) flower shares during the height of the summer (exact dates TBA). ALSO: For as little as $10, you can pay forward some good, locally grown food to someone in need by taking advantage of the ‘Veggies for a Neighbour’ option. DETAILS.
OPEN | 18-weeks-long Summer share, from mid-June to mid-October. Cropthorne’s CSA is flex to the max! Various size and price options are available – Small, Medium and Large; ranging ~$20-40 worth of Certified Organic produce per week – depending on your household’s needs. An Early Bird discount (-5%) applied to orders purchased before March 31st. Payment plans also available! Six different pick-up times to choose from (Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays; evenings or days) from multiple locations in Vancouver, Tsawwassen, or directly from the Cropthorne farm. DETAILS.
Farmers on 57th
OPEN | ~20-week-long share, mid-May to mid-October. $640 ($32 worth of urban-farm-grown veg per week) for 7-11 items per week plus an assortment of fruits when also available. Pick-up Tuesdays 3-6pm, directly from the farm (57th and Cambie). Bonus: Farmers on 57th also offers a 14-week-long weekly ($350) or bi-weekly ($185) Flower Share Option, June through September. ALSO: For as little as $10, you can pay forward some good, locally grown food to the farm’s supported housing neighbours or for distribution to community fridges and Food Runners. DETAILS.
Glen Valley Organic Farm
OPEN | 24-week-long Summer share, mid-June through November. Available as a weekly “Full Share” option including seasonal produce plus fruit (rhubarb and berries) when possible; or as a bi-weekly “Half Share” of veggies only. $564-1,128 for ~$47 per week of produce. Payment plan available. Multiple Vancouver pick-up times and locations citywide, as well as North Van, New West, Burnaby, Langley, Coquitlam, Surrey, White Rock or directly from the Glen Valley farm in Abbotsford. Bonus: Summer not soon enough? Glen Valley also offers an early-season (early May to mid-June) box that’s packed with greens. Got a thing for fresh fruit? For an additional cost ($315-630) a weekly or bi-weekly 18- or 9-week-long fruit share (July through October) from fellow farmers, Snowy Mountain Organics in Cawston, should do the trick…You can even go the extra mile by extending it through November ($44-88). DETAILS.
SIGN UP NOW FOR NOTIFICATIONS | 20-week-long Summer share, beginning in June. Pick-up on Mondays (before 3pm) from various neighbourhood drop-off locations in Vancouver and North Van, and directly from Glorious’ Aldergrove farm. Bonus: If the already established pick-up locations aren’t in your area, the option to nominate a new, more convenient location is available, with enough subscribers on board. DETAILS.
Harvest Community Foods
ONGOING | Weekly, year-round, no commitment necessary. $41 per week for enough locally sourced produce to feed two people. Order deadline every Tuesday at 3pm, for pick-up from Harvest (243 Union Street) the following Thursday between 4-7pm. Bonus: Check off other items on your grocery list (and/or give into your impulsives) by filling up your pantry with local provisions available from the online grocery store, including condiments, toiletries and beverages, plus Harvest’s in-house broths, salads and pizza dough – done and yum! DETAILS.
OPEN | 17- or 22-week-long shares. Opt for enough veg to feed a couple (6-10 items per week; $510-660) or the family-sized option (10-14 items per week; $850-1100). Pick-ups available on various days and from a myriad locations, including three Vancouver Farmers Markets around the city, and further afield in BC (North Van, Langley, Burnaby, Oliver, Penticton, Summerland, Kelowna), as well as directly from Klippers’ Marketplace & Cafe (Cawston). Bonus: Seriously love bread? Shares of focaccia and sourdough from Klippers’ own restaurant, Row Fourteen, are also available to purchase for an additional cost. DETAILS.
Salt and Harrow
OPEN | 20-week-long Summer CSA, June through November. 7-9 items per week. Pick-up from various Vancouver Farmers Market locations, as well as directly from the Salt and Harrow farms in Ladner and Tsawwassen. $600. 5% discount applied to CSAs purchased before April 1st. Payment plans available. Bonus: If you have the cashflow and forethought, you can also secure your fall and/or winter veg now, OR invest in a full year’s share (47-week-long; pick-up weekly or biweekly, depending on the time of year). DETAILS.
Sole Foods Street Farms
WAITLIST | 20-week-long share, mid-May to the beginning of October. Pick-up Wednesdays from 1-6pm. $700 ($35 worth of urban-farm-grown veg per week). Bonus: Sole Foods also offers a 10-week-long weekly (June 19th through August 21st) Flower Share Option of locally grown fresh flower bouquets from Daisy’s Blooms for an additional $285. DETAILS.
OPEN | 12-week-long “fruits only” subscription, July to late September. Full share ($240 for ~$25 worth per week) and half share ($120 for ~$12 worth per week) options available. Pick-up weekly on Saturdays from the Trout Lake Farmers Market, 8am-2pm. DETAILS.
Sweet Earth Farms
OPEN | 13-week-long Summer share, from June 15th to September 7th. Expect 6-8 veggies per week. Available as a Full Share ($910 for ~$70 worth per week) including eggs, bread, local cheese, and extras; or a Just Veggies option ($650 for ~$50 worth per week) with some extra options, as seasonally available. Payment instalment option. Pickup locations in Vancouver, New West, Langley, Surrey Abbotsford and Chilliwack; or nominate a new spot that’s more convenient. Delivery also available for an additional fee. Bonus: Check off all of the food groups on your grocery list by opting for the Heritage pork sausage add-on, $130 for ~$10 worth per week. DETAILS.
Valley Buds Flower Farm
OPEN | 14-week-long share, late-June to mid-October. $490 for ~$35 worth of fresh veg per week, locally grown by human ‘buds’, Alana Paterson and Michelle Pezel, on an “unconventional 2 acre plot” in the Squamish Valley. Pick-ups weekly, every Thursday from 12-6pm at Antisocial Skateboard Shop (2337 Main St.). Bonus: The ladies offer three different flower arrangement subscriptions! 5-week-long weekly “Early Bloomer” option (TBA when spring is sprung!), $135 for ~$27 worth of flowers per week; 6-week-long bi-weekly “Breezy Bloomer” (late-July to early-September), $168 for ~$28 worth of flowers; or, for the floral fanatic, the 12-week-long weekly “Full Bloomer” subscription (mid-July to end-of-September), $336. (ALSO: keep an eye on the Valley Buds IG feed for announcements about their flower and veg market pop-up, held weekly on the sidewalk in front of Antisocial.) DETAILS.