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.
2. What are the benefits of signing up for a CSA vegetable subscription?
- You get fresh, local, sustainably grown produce
- You eat with the season and get what is best in season
- It’s convenient. We provide FREE home delivery (within the City of Salmon Arm, Enderby and Armstrong)
- It is safer. This is a farm to table service, with very few hands touching your produce (like 1 or 2 hands total)
- You are provided with a new cardboard delivery box on a weekly basis
- You receive $45 plus, worth of sustainably grown produce for $40
- 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 and 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. An added benefit for our CSA customers is that you will have first pick on additional weekly produce. We will open our online store to our CSA customers at 9am on Monday- Noon Monday, at which time it opens up the all our customers.
5. 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
6. Can you tell me about shipping & subscriptions?
Delivery to Salmon Arm in on Tuesdays, typically mid-morning, within the City of Salmon Arm. We must be able to drop off outside a house (preferably in a shady spot in the event you are not home) or to a front desk.
Every bouquet is wrapped and dropped off in a fresh bucket of water to maintain freshness. We ask that you return the previous weeks bucket to us and we will drop off the next bouquet in a new fresh bucket.
There are no rain checks on the bouquets- for example if you go on vacation or away, please arrange for someone to come to your house to pick up your bouquet so that they can enjoy it.
An email is sent out one week prior to your subscription starting as a reminder.
Please note that is you are ordering a full season subscription, that there is a 4 week break between the Spring and Summer Subscription and a one week break between the Summer and Fall subscription. These breaks allow us to catch up on all our succession plantings to ensure we have a continuous supply of various gorgeous flowers all season long!
Payment is due to secure your subscription as we have a limited amount of subscriptions available and they sell out fast. Prices are plus taxes. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or e-transfer. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or e-transfer. Let me know if/which option you are interested in and I’ll email you an invoice.
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.