Delivered to Your Door: This spring, Red House Honey begins offering CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) baskets of garden produce delivered fresh every week. You own a share in our CSA operation by purchasing your veggie basket in advance via credit card, Interac e-transfer or cash. This is a tried-and-true method used by CSA farms everywhere.
Your pre-payment (1) helps us confirm your spot, order our seeds and begin our planning and growing processes (2) helps us get the plants in the ground and nourish them and (3) ensures we can water, nurture, weed and harvest the organically-grown veggies which will soon be on your table.
We offer a small basket for $200, as some households have only two people, and may eat out, or not prepare meals each day. The larger basket, at $300, contains approximately twice as much produce, for a family of four or so people, who would eat in and prepare meals more often. Add $50 to $80 to your order if you would like duck or chicken eggs delivered every other week (5 deliveries).
Reserve and Pay Now Small basket $200 Large basket $300 Due Feb. 2018. Thirty spots available.
Consists of nine deliveries June-September. Features a selection of organically-grown veggies, honey, non-GMO seeds, herbs, eggs and other locally-grown goodies.
We will contact you via email, and at that time we will need your name, email address, street address and which basket you would like to receive. Payment must be made in advance. We accept payment via cash or credit card (in person only), cheque or Interac e-transfer. Cheques can be sent to Box 358, Cardinal Post Office, Cardinal, ON K0E 1E0. Details on how to pay by Interact e-Transfer will be specified in the reply email you receive when signing up. We must receive your payment in order to reserve your spot, and before you receive any deliveries. You will receive a second e-mail confirming that payment has been made; delivery information will follow.
Picking Up Your Veggies
As a CSA member, you commit to picking up your vegetables from the same, pre-determined location each week. This may be your own home or a neighbours if you are part of our hub system. If you cannot make the set day and time, you must have someone else pick up your vegetables for that week, or to lose your share for that week. Pickup locations are not flexible once they have been chosen, unless you ask us to drop off at a location already on our delivery list. If you will be away on vacation or do not wish to take delivery of your basket, notify us in advance. We cannot refund money for undelivered baskets.
We pick your produce right before delivery. We try to ensure food is fresh and that all containers are clean. On hot summer days, some produce may wilt. Putting flowers and stemmed vegetables into some warm water can help. The shock of vegetables placed in a warm vehicle, then being put into a cold fridge can also hasten wilting. Transfer items out of plastic bags a.s.a.p; paper bags are kinder to produce.
YES, YOU NEED TO HAVE A COOLER: If you don’t have one, go to Canadian Tire and buy a styrofoam beer cooler for $5. Make sure to put ice packs or frozen yogurt container or water bottle into your cooler. Place your cooler in the same spot each week, preferably in a shady, cool spot–and tell us where to find it! Make sure your cooler is large enough to hold the veggie box AND its contents!
We will begin filling your baskets hopefully before the end of June, weather permitting. Please note that the weather, pests and our own landscape and soil play a big part in what we can grow and when it will be ready. We do not have greenhouses nor do we use pesticides, herbicides or growth enhancers other than fish emulsion, kelp and organic manure. Crops are not all ready at once; you may get the same type of vegetable a few times in a row, then not get it again. We do not to grow root vegetables which take a lot of space and too much time to mature, or broccoli, celery and cauliflower which require coddling and are subject to pests.
Occasionally products may come from neighbouring organic farms, grown by people we know and trust. Crop failures can mean some items are not offered at all. We cannot offer you a choice of vegetables, but if you have a strong aversion to or preference for certain products, we will try to accommodate this as much as possible.
PRODUCTS AVAILABLE vary depending upon what is in season & may include:
organic duck or chicken eggs: ($5-$8 extra; specify at time of order)
one jar of small or large honey per month: (140g jar/ small order; 250g jar/large order)
fresh flowers: late July-Sept. asparagus, rhubarb:June
apples: September cucumbers: July/Aug carrots, beets: Aug
mint, oregano: June-Sept basil, cilantro/cardamom: June-Aug.
summer savoury, tomatoes, green beans, oregano, lemon balm, bunching onions: June-Sept
bunching onions June-Aug kale/curly kale June-Sept
garlic and garlic scapes July-Sept. (limited)
Non-GMO seed packets (year round) herbs and herbal tea packets (year round)
In order for the service to work efficiently, clients will be organized into neighbourhood pods where possible. Ideally, a pod is a neighbourhood comprising approximately 2-3 streets that are very close to each other. We prefer that one person’s household act as a hub—or distribution centre— within that pod so we can drop off the veggies for 4-5 households at one location. Drop off your cooler the night before and we will fill them. Swing by your volunteer pod leader’s house at the end of the day and pick up your goodies. We will contact you if it is feasible to organize you and your neighbours into a pod; kindly indicate if you would like to act as a pod leader or be part of a pod.
Tell your neighbours and recruit people on your street to become part of our great program. Great value, local, organically-grown products delivered to your door every week. What could be better?