For 21 weeks this summer and fall, enjoy the freshest possible produce from a farmer you see each week.  

Enjoy the benefits local fare offers. Ask questions,  know whats in your tummy.

At CloverCroft we offer a traditional CSA share, and a pack-your-own-share option for people that come to the farm.   We attend two farmers markets for those that like full choice without a subscription.


Small Share: $450

21 weeks

Mid June to Mid November

6 items each week

$21 of produce each week

Great for a couple or a solo veggie lover

Large Share: $725

21 weeks

Mid June to Mid November

10 items each week

$34 of produce each week

Good for a small family or 2-3 veg addicts

Half Share: $250

21 weeks

Mid June to Mid November

6 items Bi-Weekly (11 pickups)

$21 of produce each week

Good for an average solo veggie eater


Working Share!!

Trade farm-work for a vegetable share

Connect intimately to your food

A limited number of work shares

6 hours of help harvesting each week

If interested, follow the link below



What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Shared Agriculture: In late winter members buy a share or subscription of the farms produce, paying at a time of year when we farmers badly need the capital to buy seeds and tools and soil amendments.  

Then for 21 weeks, starting in June, our members have weekly access to vegetables harvested as fresh as possible: From a farm whose growing practices they know; from a farmer they can interact with, encourage and give feedback to.  It's an avenue to connect to your food in a way that shows off the realities of growing: To partake in the ups and downs of a season, to support local food security and a farming ideology that can be sustained beyond ourselves. One which endows the next generation rather than borrowing from it.

The Benefits: A traditional CSA box is a marvellous thing. It's easily the most cost effective way to access our produce: An average weekly share offers better value than the Organic section of the grocery store, and sometimes better than the conventional produce too.  Freshness can't be understated: Because you get food directly from the farm, we can harvest it the day before or even the day of. This allows us to select varieties of vegetables that are nutrient packed and taste the best. Vegetables that come from far away sacrifice taste and nutrient load so that the produce can travel far and store well and be "ripe" when upon arrival.  The connection to your food and community encourages a local and sustainable food system. Buying a CSA share, or from a farmer at the market, gives access to nearly 6 months of fresh vegetables in your kitchen, which encourages you to eat at home, eat healthy, eat fresh, and eat local.  Your body will thank you.

Things to consider: A traditional CSA is not for everyone. For half the year, someone else is choosing what veg you bring home.  We grow a great variety here, and curate our boxes well and diversely.  Committing to a weekly pickup can be inconvenient for some families. Missed weeks can feel like a loss of value, unless you have a backup friend or family member who can take your share while you're away (which is a wonderful way to share the love).  To truly benefit from a CSA share, you'll be a versatile cook, who likes most vegetables, and can make the weekly commitment. 

Click here to learn more about the CSA/Subscription style of farming. 

 

Your Options with CloverCroft Farm:

The Pre-Packed CloverCroft CSA is available already boxed at our farmers markets (Trinity Bellwoods, Toronto - Tuesday PM), as well as Toronto drop sites (listed below) in Etobicoke, and Cabbagetown.  Members Picking up at the farm market stand are offered one trade from the market table. 

Market Style CSA! For those that want it all:  Picking-up at the farm comes with one fantastic benefit: You get to choose your share each week.  Most CSA’s which decide which vegetables will be in your share each week.  Not so at the farm or Kitchener pickups on Thursday nights. 

On Thursday picking up each week for CloverCroft farm members means seeing everything laid out like a farmers market and choosing what you want.  If you don't like onions: don't take them.  If you've never eaten bok choi, or orange cauliflower: give it a try, or don't. Take extra carrots instead.  

Farmers Markets:  If a subscription doesn't fit your lifestyle, joining us at the farmers market is an amazing way to support the farm.  

Toronto: Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market.  Tuesday Afternoon from 3pm to 7pm.  Dundas & Shaw, north west end of the park.  May 16 to Oct 31

Cambridge: Preston Towne Farmers Market.  Thursday Morning from 9am to 2pm.  King and Argyle, Central Park.  June to October.


CSA Share Locations

At the Farm (Near Ayr/Paris)

Thursdays, 330pm to 730pm

285 Ayr Road, Paris ON, N3L 3E2

Market Style, Full Choice

 

Toronto: Trinity Bellwoods Farmers Market

Dundas & Shaw, north west end of the park

Tuesday Afternoon from 3pm to 7pm

Pre-packed box,  1 trade from market stand

Kitchener/Waterloo

First Mennonite Church, 800 King St. E, Kitchener ON, N2G 2M6

Thursday Evenings, 5pm to 730pm

Market Style, Full Choice

Cambridge: Preston Towne Market

Thursdays, 9am to 2pm

Central Park, King and Argyle. Preston

Pre-packed box,  1 trade from market stand

 

 

Toronto Box Drop-Sites:

CSA Pre-packed box, no trades available. Unsupervised

Cabbagetown: Salt & Tobacco, 521 Parliament. Tuesdays, 5pm to 630pm.

Etobicoke: Islington United Church, 25 Burnhamthorpe. Tuesdays, after 130pm

 

 


2016 Large Share

Salad Turnips, Thumbelina Carrots, MultiColour Beans

2016 Paris Market at Wincey Mills

As your farmer I commit to:

  • grow healthy food: we choose nutrient-dense flavour-rich varieties
  • meet or exceed requirements of Canadian Organic Standards
  • meet or exceed public health and safety guidelines 
  • be transparent around farm revenue, pricing strategy, etc.
  • answer your questions
  • nurture your connection to food, and to our community

As a member you commit to:

  • pick up each week at predetermined times
  • make arrangements for a missed week (see below
  • bring your own bags (or egg cartons for egg-shares)
  • ask questions, educate yourselves
  • give constructive feedback; help us grow 
  • visit, see how we grow
  • Engage in the farm.  Join us at a potluck, or member event.  If you're game: volunteer

 

Missed Weeks: 

Its summer and fall:  I fully expect that you may be going away at some point.  If you won't be able to collect your veg one week, you have several options, please just let us know ahead by text or email:

  • take twice the amount the next week
  • take double the week prior and bring it with you on vacation
  • send a friend or family member to collect for you instead  
  • donate to the local food bank: check out COMMUNITY GIVING 

+ missed / forgotten pickups of pre-packed shares will be donated to the food bank that is closest to that pickup location +


Some of the veggies you can expect (hopefully)

Early (June/July) 

  • Spinach
  • Green Onions
  • Garlic Scapes
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Arugula
  • Swiss Chard
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce 
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Spicy Mixed Greens
  • Salad Turnips
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Seasonal Herbs

Mid (August/September)

  • Head Lettuce
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Spicy Mixed Greens
  • Kale
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Swiss Chard
  • Onions
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Peppers
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Zucchini
  • Seasonal Herbs

Late (October/November)

  • Potatoes
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Winter Squash
  • Radish
  • Spinach
  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Swiss Chard
  • Mixed Baby Greens
  • Spicy Mixed Greens
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Turnip
  • Broccoli
  • Seasonal Herbs

Some realities of CSA's and Growing for Market: 

  • A farming season can be unpredictable: crop failures are always a risk.  So are hailstorms.  A CSA/Market Garden can mitigate this risk by growing a wide variety of veggies for you:  "The eggplants all died?!?! Well that is indeed a tragedy. But wait, check out how big the peppers are this year!"  Joining a CSA lets you connect with how food truly is subject to nature, in a way that can't be covered up by switching farms or countries of origin [and increasing the price] the way the grocery store can. 
  • Common feedback for a CSA share is that their produce can become repetitive.  "More Kohlrabi?!"   We curate our box realistically based on what most people like to eat.  While salad greens and carrots and potatoes appear regularly, uncommon veg just gets a guest appearance once or twice.  Members who pickup at the farm includes the added bonus of full choice of all our produce: Your share size dictates how many items you may take each week, and you can build your own share from there.  
  • We will grow a wide variety of vegetables, pretty darn well, but not at a masters level.  Monoculturalists focus on one thing, and they can grow a kick-butt looking carrot, but they have to focus on a carrot that looks nice and ships well to a broad market.  At CloverCroft's scale we can't compete with that kind of specialized growing equipment, scale, and packaging. Instead we compete by knowing that our produce makes it your fridge fast, usually the same day it's picked.  Since freshness is guaranteed, I can focus on growing a tastier and more nutritious product for you, though it may not always look like it. 

A caveat: 2017 is our third season. We're very excited about this and have been dreaming about growing food for a community for years.  We've learned a lot so far, and feel comfortable growing food.  Two seasons in, I'm still quite terrified, but also still very enthusiastic coming off of our successful first two seasons, and working through a really difficult drought.  I still expect there to be hiccups along the way.  My hope is that we can grow together through the harder times this year and that you as my members can help me out with frequent [and hopefully diplomatic] feedback.