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How does CSA work?

During the season, June through October, members meet at pre-determined pick-up locations to receive that week’s share of the harvest. Members are asked to bring their own bags or boxes to take home their vegetables which helps us to cut back on waste. In addition, we provide you with recipes and cooking tips to keep you inspired in the kitchen, as well as newsletters to keep you informed of what’s happening on the farm. Members can sign up for a full share of 18 weeks, or a half share of 9 weeks, picked up every other week.

How much does it cost?

Full Share (Weekly) CSA

  • 18 weeks mid-June through mid-October - $550

Half Share (Bi-weekly) CSA

  • 9 weeks picked up every other week from mid-June through mid-October - $300

Fall CSA

  • 4 bi-weekly pick-ups of our fall season harvest in November and December - $150

The fall veggies will consist of seasonal hardy veggies (such as storage crops) as well as some more tender veggies and greens from our greenhouse.

Combo Summer and Fall CSA

Save when purchasing a summer and fall CSA together before June 30th!

  • Weekly summer + fall CSA - 22 weeks $690 (save $10)
  • Bi-weekly summer + fall CSA - 13 weeks  $445  (save $5)    

How do I pay?

The Farmigo software sign-up process will take you to a payment section where you will be provided with payment options.

Members can pay all at once, or in 3 installments. The first intallment should be made at the time of sign-up and the final intsallment should be dated no later than June 30th. CSA shares must be paid-in-full by June 30th. Please let us know if you would like to make alternative payment arrangements, we are very flexible and understanding. 

Payments may be made through PayPal online, check or e-mail money transfer though on-line banking sent to csa@rootsdown.ca. Though PayPal is the most convenient and automatically updates your account, it does cost us the most money and so the e-mail transfer is preferable to this.

We have a limited number of work-shares available. Those interested in this option need to commit to one full day a week of moderate farm work during the season. In exchange, they receive a full CSA share as well as extra veggies for canning. Please contact us for more details.

Where can I pick-up? 

At this time we do not anticipate changing our pick-up locations other than those taking place at Farmers' markets in Ottawa. We are committed to offering safe, contactless pick-up locations in these neighbourhoods. The details will need to be finalised closer to the date of the first pick-up, when we will know the specifics of any Covid-19 restrictions in place. As a last resort, we will offer delivery if pick-up locations will no longer be available. 

How many people does each share feed?

This depends on each household’s weekly eating habits. For vegetarians who cook all of their own meals, they may go through a share in a few days. Others comment on how well the veggies keep and that it takes them a while to get through everything. Many people who are unsure will often start off with a half-share and can bump up to a full share later in the season if they like. To help gauge how the CSA would suit your household’s needs, please see our projected list of weekly CSA boxes. You may also visit our Facebook page to view the pictures of each weekly share over the past few years.

What if I’m away and can't pick-up my veggies?

Many people will have a friend or family member pick-up their veggies for them when they are away. This makes a great gift for your house-sitter! However we understand it can be disappointing to miss receiving your veggies. Full-share CSA members may double-up to make-up their scheduled delivery hold and bi-weekly CSA members may either double-up on a pick-up day or schedule a make-up pick-up date on a week that they would normally have off. All make-up shares are scheduled as close as possible to the delivery hold week.

We are currently using a web based softmare system called "Farmigo" to help us to manage our CSA program. Through this, CSA members can also manage their own accounts and put their delivery on hold in anticipation of a vacation. Full CSA members have the option of doing this twice in the 18 week season and half-csa share individuals have the option of doing this once. 

Now, sometime’s life gets in the way of picking up your share. We completely understand. We will hold your share in our cooler at the farm, where you can stop by and pick it up. Missed shares are held until Monday of the following week, at which point they are donated to Loving Spoonful.