1. What is a CSA Vegetable Subscription?

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”, and is a direct way to link growers with eaters. CSA members invest in their local farm at the beginning of the season in anticipation of the harvest to come. By paying for a full season of produce in the spring, members are providing income to farms to off-set early season start-up costs.
In addition, this direct exchange from member to grower cuts out the “middleman”, which ensures that the grower can make a fair wage for their work while providing highly nutritious delicious food to their members in a manner that stewards the land.

CSA is a locally-based approach to agriculture and food distribution that fosters food security, and most importantly builds relationships within the community. 

For our Terms and Conditions regarding our CSA subscriptions please click here.

2. What are the benefits of signing up for a CSA vegetable subscription?

    1. You get fresh, local, sustainably grown produce
    2. You eat with the season and get what is best in season
    3. It’s convenient. We provide limited numbers of FREE home delivery (within the City of Salmon Arm, Enderby and Armstrong), a central pick up location in Salmon Arm (details to follow) or on farm pick up. All CSA subscriptions are done on Tuesdays.
    4. It is safer. This is a farm to table service, with very few hands touching your produce (like 1 or 2 hands total)
    5. You are provided with a new cardboard delivery box on a weekly basis
    6. You are supporting your local farmer

 

3. Do I get to choose what I get on a weekly basis? 

The farmer chooses what goes into your box on a weekly basis to ensure you get what is best in season. We will provide a variety of produce and we aim to include salad greens, roots (eg: radishes, carrots, beets etc…) and herbs in every box. 

4. What if I want to add more items to my order?

We do have an option for adding addition items to your order through our online ordering system run by Localline.ca. If you are interested in this, please let us know and we will sign you up. We update our online localline store at 9am on Monday.

5. Can you tell me about shipping, delivery & pickups? 

 Please see our Shipping and Delivery page.

 

6. Why should I buy local flowers?

Did you know that most of the flowers that you buy in the grocery store are imported from South America, Europe and Africa! I didn’t know this until I started flower farming.

What happens when you switch to buying local flowers? You create local jobs by providing a living wage for your local farmer, keep your money in the local community economy, support local agriculture, create biodiversity and make a lovely home form your local bees. You also help to preserve farm land, minimize the environmental impact from the typical long, complex transportation of imported flowers. Best of all, you get fresher, long lasting flowers that smell the way your grandma’s flowers used to smell! In the same way that a strawberry purchased at your local farmers market tastes like an actual strawberry, local flowers smell great and since they have been picked at the optimal time and sent very little time in transit, they last a lot longer than your typical grocery flowers.

It also feels good and is good for your soul!

Wherever possible, we buy local too!

Want to find our more? Visit localflowers.org and slowflowers.com

 

7. How do I take care of my cut flowers at home?

When you get home, recut all the stems with a sharp knife (or scissors in a pinch).

Remove any leaves that will be below the water line, as they make the water dirty and prevent the stems from sucking up more water.

Place flowers into cool, fresh water in a clean vase (it should be clean enough that you would drink out of it).

For the longest “vase life”, keep flowers in a cool area of your home, out of direct sunlight. Change the water every 2-3 days, and recut the stems. If your flowers came with flower food/powder, follow the package instructions- this really is food for your flowers.

Most fresh, local flowers should last a week or more. 

 

Have another question? We'd love to hear them, send us an email at jessica@littlefloragem.com