We are now signing up for the 2018 season!
If you are wondering what a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) refers to, read here.
Four Beat Farm’s CSA program features bi-weekly, market-style pick-ups in Squamish through the summer and fall harvest season on Wednesdays from 3pm-5:30pm and is priced at $580. There is also a “Fall Harvest” option for those who want to support the farm but are on a budget or out of town in the summer months, which is $390.
What does this mean?
Four Beat Farm will bring fresh Pemberton vegetables to Squamish every second Wednesday. The first pick-up is scheduled for July 25th and the last one for October 31st for a total harvest season of 16 weeks. The final pickup includes an extra helping of storage crops to keep your fridge well-stocked right into November.
As a CSA member, you are responsible for coming to the pick-up point in Squamish (address TBA) between 3pm and 5:30pm to collect your share, no exceptions. If you miss a pickup, 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). A reminder will be sent out before each pick-up. If you cannot make it, feel free to send a friend or neighbour.
We know that this day or time or place may not work for everyone, and some of our members have worked around this by encouraging a friend or neighbour to join as well to be able to trade off on picking up our produce, which we have been told is worth the extra effort.
At the pick-up, there will be a list of items that make up a share. For example, “Take up to 2lb of carrots” or “Broccoli or Cauliflower, take your pick”. With a market-style set-up, there are opportunities to try new things and trade out for favourites within the listed guidelines. It also one way of minimizing food waste, as there is no sense in taking home more than you know you will eat. By bringing reuseable bags and containers, there is minimal disposable packaging involved which simply makes sense.
A CSA share is designed to feed a household of 2-3 people. Each pick-up is intended to last for two weeks. If you are two people who enjoy cooking with vegetables, a family of four with a range of tastes, or an individual who loves juicing and canning for the winter, it should work out about right. Remember that joining the CSA may mean discovering new vegetables and ways of eating. It’s all part of the experience, and your farmer will do her best to share tips and tricks that go with what’s in season.
Payment for a CSA share is made in two installments, the first half when you sign up to reserve your share and the remainder by September 1st, payable by cash, cheque, or e-transfer.
It is recommended that you sign up early to avoid disappointment as there are a limited number of spots.
If you are interested in joining the CSA but this payment schedule or methods do not work for you, do not hesitate to get in touch and suggest an alternative. Community Supported Agriculture is about supporting each other to live well in this place and to thrive, and Four Beat Farm is committed to working to make that happen.
It is important to re-iterate that, just like in life, there are no guarantees in farming. Have no doubt that your farmer has detailed and well-thought out plans to provide every member with dozens of different vegetables in appropriate quantities on a regular basis, and that as your farmer she has every intention of working very hard to see this through. The rain clouds, the slugs, and other organic forces will likely try to present alternatives. This may mean a bumper crop of broccoli with no turnips to be found. There will be no refunds given on CSA memberships.
*New for this season, as a CSA member you will receive a 5% discount on any farm produce from our stall at the Pemberton Farmer’s market, which starts in early June and runs every Friday from 3pm-6:30pm.
Ready for some tasty seasonal eats and to invest in the future of farming?
Fill out the CSA Sign Up form and send it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail to 8456 Pemberton Meadows Road, Pemberton BC V0N2L2.