FAQs about the 2021 Harvest Share season

Squamish is on Wednesdays, come pick up your veggies from us at the Adventure Centre (Rope Runner gravel parking lot).  Choose from either 2-5pm for “market-style” (take a minute to collect your order) or 5-6pm (pre-boxed);

or Squamish Home Delivery is available ($6/box).

 

Pemberton is on Fridays.  There is free local pick up at the Farmers Market (3-6:30pm) or Home Delivery is available ($5/box).

Full Season harvest shares for 2021 are scheduled to run weekly from

June 16th to November 3rd.

This includes a one week break at the beginning of September (so we can get all the squash, onions, and potatoes harvested on time).

So you’ll get 20 weeks of tasty fresh vegetables, fresh from the farm.  

 

Full season shares are 20 weeks of veggies.  There are 2 size options.

Click here to see photos of share sizes

Starter size (1-2 people, $580 total or $29/week)

OR

Farm size (2-4 people, $830 total or $41.50/week)

*If you’re unsure which size and it’s your first time joining a Harvest Share program, we recommend the Starter size (you can always upgrade mid-season).  Or send us an email fourbeatfarm@gmail.com if you’d like some help deciding.

 

We also offer a $20 referral credit for every new member you send our way (No limit!  Refer 4 friends, save $80.  Sweet deal.)

 

2021 Egg Shares (from Spray Creek Ranch) can be added when you sign up for your Veggie share.  Eggs are $8/dozen and there’s a weekly or bi-weekly option.

 

Flower bouquets from Valley Buds Flower Farm will be available throughout the summer!  We will let you know when they are available, usually starting in July.

We will have a suggested box for each week, and you can go with that or log into your online account to swap out items.  You’ll get a pre-season email with easy-to-follow instructions before the first delivery.

 

If you’re wanting to do a greens-only cleanse for a week, you can get only greens! If you have company coming that’s more the “meat and potatoes” type, leave out the beet greens and kohlrabi). You can also add additional veggies to your share if they are available.

If you’ve got lots of time to improvise in the kitchen and can whip up great meals with any vegetable at the drop of a hat, that’s nice for you.  Your farmers would love a dinner invite sometime. 

For the rest of us who can barely make toast some days,  your CSA membership includes:

-A pre-pickup reminder and Harvest List so you know what’s headed from the field to your fridge that week

-Recipes and new veggie ideas

-Tips for keeping things fresh

-Farm Newsletters to stay connected

We know life gets busy.  You will get a reminder email before pickup day to make your life easier.  If you can’t make it, simply send a family member, friend, or neighbour to collect your share.

If you need to miss or reschedule a pick up, as long as there is advance notice we will credit that towards adding extra items to a future week. It also makes a great gift for your house-sitter or dog-walker if you’re going on vacation for a couple of weeks. 

If your produce is not picked up on-time, we consider it a donation back to the farm and will simply eat or rehome your share (our farm mechanic always appreciates a bonus for his hard work).  In order to keep your farmers sane, our harvest schedule on track, and your produce fresh, there are no exceptions.

We try to make it as easy as possible to help the planet.

You can use whatever bags, boxes, or containers you have lying around at home to transport your produce.  Occasionally we will pre-bag or sort choice items (such as bags of arugula or tomato pints), but for the most part it’s bulk and freestyle.

We see everything from re-used clear produce bags to fabric grocery totes to clean laundry bins.  We also have a few extra bags on hand for you to use if you accidentally forget.  Whatever works for you.

*Note that we may need to adjust our packing policies for everyone’s health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.*

We know that no one wants to waste food. If you’re a first time CSA member, it might take a few weeks to adjust to eating and cooking with what’s in season.  So, even with your best intentions, there may be a few tomatoes that wind up in the compost.  And that’s OK.  It’s all part of learning to eat right from the farm.

Because you can customize your share each week and swap out items, we’ve been told that our members waste SIGNIFICANTLY less food than with a more traditional one-size-fits-all harvest box program. 

Choose your preferred payment option and payment plan when you sign up.  E-transfer is preferable. 

Your vegetable share is 100% grown by us at our certified organic farm in Pemberton. 

We source certified organic farm-fresh eggs from Tristan, Aubyn, and their son Twain who operate Spray Creek Ranch just north of Pemberton.

If we do have extras available for purchase from another farmer friend at any point, we’ll let you know where it’s coming from.  No secrets.

Life is full of questions; your food shouldn’t be.

There’s no guarantee of extra eggs being available “as needed”, so be sure to sign up for an egg share for a steady supply!

Please sign up for the pickup or delivery method that seems like a good fit. We will check in with everyone closer to the start of the harvest season and you can make changes to it then if needed.

You can transfer your share anytime mid-season if work/housing/etc changes, just find a friend or neighbour who wants to give it a try. We can’t refund deposits, because they buy seeds that are already planted for you! If you give it your best shot all summer and the harvest share system really isn’t working for you, we will refund your Fall season.

We are regularly monitoring provincial and federal public health, agricultural and food safety recommendations.  This may mean that pick up and delivery methods are adjusted in order to keep the farm running in a way that is safe and considerate for you, your family, the farm crew, and the community at large.

We are ready and willing to adapt together.  We recognize that you need us now more than ever for a supply of nutrient-dense food. Don’t worry, we will get your veggies to you.