FAQs about the Harvest Share Season

For 2021 Main Season (mid-June to early November), see current info at https://csa.farmigo.com/join/fourbeatfarm/2021fullseason

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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. You can make changes throughout the season as needed to suit your schedule, we just ask for a few days notice.

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.

 

Your Harvest Share membership includes:

 

-A weekly selection of quality produce grown at our farm
(stick with the “Farmer’s Choice” or swap for your favourites; your pick)

-Recipes and new veggie ideas

-Farm Newsletters to stay connected

Plus, a $20 credit for extra veggies every time you refer a new member

Remember, it’s more than just a box of veggies. 
Like we explained here, it really is a commitment between you and your farmer

 

 

REGARDING COVID-19: 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.

 

OK, ready for a real farm-to-fridge experience?

Click here to sign up!

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