The On The Move Wagon Loaded Up with CSA Boxes
As many of you know, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative socio-economic local food distribution model – where both the consumer and farmer share in the risks and the rewards of the growing season. This prepaid 20 week membership provides you with a unique and abundant opportunity to access local organic produce at very affordable prices. For just 20 or 30 dollars a week, you are able to feed your family all of the produce they will need.
Timeline: May 26 – October 6, 2012
Pick-Up Day: Saturdays between 8am – 3pm
Location: On The Move Organics Juice Bar – Second floor of the Western Fair Market 900 King St. (Confederation Building).
Options: Regular Share
Feeds family of 4-6
10-14 items of what is seasonally available
Feeds family of 2-4
7-10 items of what is seasonally available
To secure a box for the season, please bring a deposit of 10% of your desired share ($60 for the regular share, $40 for the medium share) to On the Move Organics at the Western Fair Market by Saturday, May 19. The remainder is due on the day of your first pickup, Saturday, May 26.
If you prefer, there is an installment option available. However, there is an additional $25 charge, which brings the regular share to $625 for the season, and $425 for the medium share. Again, to secure your box, bring your deposit of $60 or $40 to On the Move Organics at the Western Fair Market by Saturday, May 19th. Please bring post-dated cheques for the remaining difference on the day of your first pickup, Saturday May 26 according to the following schedule:
5 equal payments of $113 dated for May, 26, June 16, July 14, August 12, and September 16.
5 equal payments of $77 dated for May, 26, June 16, July 14, August 12, and September 16.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What happens if I don’t pick up my box?
At the end of each Saturday, we bring all uncollected boxes to the Unity Project, an emergency shelter and transitional housing option in the heart of Old East. There your box of goodies becomes hearty meals for residents.
2) What happens if I go on vacation?
Have a neighbour or friend pick up your box. Sometimes two families will split a box and coordinate their vacations on alternating weeks so that someone is always available to collect the box. If you aren’t able to make alternative arrangements, you can bask in the warm feeling of knowing that your weekly box has been turned into magnificent meals at the Unity Project.
3) What sort of produce can I expect to receive?
The contents of your CSA box will vary with the seasons. Early spring is the time for asparagus, spring lettuce, tender young spinach, and rhubarb. In the heart of summer, the box will be full of the heat loving plants of tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers. As fall approaches, the hardier cold loving crops like kale, swiss chard, and beets make their appearance, along with root crops. Interspersed throughout are delightful local surprises that last year included gooseberries, maple syrup, elderberries, and bergamot. It’s the makings of a local feast in a box every week!
4) Will I know what is in the box ahead of time?
In short, no. Mervin and his family harvest the produce as it ripens and comes ready and just before filling your boxes. So, each week is a new surprise!
5) Is the produce organic?
Absolutely. Everything that fills your box is 100% certified organic!
6) Will you deliver my box?
Unfortunately, we can’t. Our delivery and market schedule prevents us from delivering the box. Just think of how much fun it is to come to the market every Saturday and pick up all of your other weekly food needs at one time!