The CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a way of supporting local farmers and getting seasonable, organic, local produce at the same time! The concept of a food partnership originated in 1960s Japan, where it was called Teikei ("food with the farmer's face on it"). Farms need to pay for start up costs at the beginning of the season (i.e. in the winter, when they are considering how much to grow, what seeds to use, etc.), and people want healthy and yummy vegetables once they are grown. For this reason, consumers buy a "share" of the next growing season in advance and receive it in weekly installments. That way, the farmers get their financial inputs ahead of time, and the basketholders get their baskets weekly during the harvest season. Being part of a CSA program will connect you to your community and your food like you've never been connected before.
The two farms that we work with are Les Jardins Carya (full baskets) and Les Jardins de la Resistance (half baskets).
The CSA program through McGill Farmers Market is entering its fifth year, and we are pleased to offer even more baskets. You will be able to choose below from a full size option (8-10 different types of items) or a half* size option (5-6 different types of items*). We have a limited number of each (30 full size, 35 half size), so sign up early! Sign ups open in mid-october for summer and fall 2015 sessions
* Please note that a "half size" basket is not literally half the size of a full size basket. The difference will vary from week to week.
There are two sessions: Summer and Fall, and you may sign up for either, or both.
FULL - $25/week x 8 weeks = $200 PER SESSION
HALF - $15/week x 8 weeks = $120 PER SESSION
Example of a full-size basket (summer 2012):
1 bok choi
1 bunch of basil
1 bunch of parsley
1 green onion
1 bunch of chard
1 bunch of beets
1 bunch of carrots
1 bag of beans
1 bunch of swiss chard
1 bunch of red onions
If you have any more questions about our CSA program, shoot us an email at mcgillfarmersmarket [at] gmail [dot] com. We'd love to hear from you!