Friday, April 2, 2010

CSA - What is a Farm Share?

In addition to our regular market garden we also offer shares. It's a fantastic way to participate in the '100 mile diet' and to re-connect to your local growers, like us!

What is CSA? It stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is basically a way for farmers to get to know their customers and sell their produce at it's peak of freshness and for customers to meet local farmers and share in the bounty of the farm through fresh produce delivered to their door for 20 weeks.

At HumbleBee farm we're a small family operation so we concentrate on producing healthy and delicious fresh produce first for ourselves and our share holders, and secondly for our customers at the Farmers Market. We offer full shares and half shares. A full share entitles you to 20 weeks of our delicious, naturally grown produce, delivered right to your door. A full share is $400 and you are purchasing $20 of produce per week delivered to your door. We plant crops in season and we also grow salading for most of the year so there will always be a good variety of produce that's fresh and tasty including berries, herbs, fruits and vegetables. We can even help with recipes! Yummy!

As a benefit to our share holders we will be having a harvest festival at the farm this fall for you all to come see us, pet the animals, give us your suggestions for next year, and to enjoy a BBQ with us. Did I mention there will be time to go pick your own pumpkin for free from our patch? We'll also have lots of winter storage veggies available for purchase too so you can stock up and plan your canning and bottling.

During the main growing season we will have a booth at the Qualicum Beach Farmers Market every Saturday morning and we'd love to see you! If there's anything in particular you're looking for ie. pickling cucumbers, tomatoes for canning etc. Just let us know and we will try to accommodate you. You can make an appointment to come by the farm and collect fresh produce Monday to Friday. We are closed on Sundays.

Eggs shares are available for $100 for the 20 weeks, this includes 1 dozen free range naturally raised heritage eggs per week with your food basket and an additional free-range roasting chicken that's oven ready. Just wait till you taste a fresh healthy chicken, they're so tender and moist and the flavour is out of this world!

Whole oven-ready roasting chickens are available fresh twice per year and frozen year-round for $4 per pound. Naturally raised outside on pasture and government inspected, our chickens are DELICIOUS!!

Turkeys will be available fresh for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A $20 deposit is required to reserve a turkey and they sell out fast so please order early and let us know the size you require. We raise both Bronze heritage turkeys and white. If you have a preference let us know. Bronze taste a little more 'turkeyish' and are on average smaller. Our whites can reach upwards of 45 lbs but are usually between 25 and 35 lbs. That means lots of food for a large family gathering and some scrumptious left-overs.

Does any of this make you hungry? Would you like to know more about or natural growing methods (no chemicals or pesticides) or our selection of veggies for 2010? Would your family like a full share this year? We have 9 available as of April 2nd so please let us know fast!

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