Registration for the 2019 CSA/Veggie Box Program is now open!
The 2019 Spring/Summer CSA will run for 15 weeks. As a member you will receive a box of our freshest vegetables once per week, at a preset price, for 15 weeks. Your vegetable prices are locked in as our thanks for supporting your favourite veggie producers. You can find more information on proposed veggie box contents below.
Start date: Friday June 14 // End date: Wednesday September 25
Shares that include an in-town pick-up include an extra transport fee.
Are you interested in becoming a member of our CSA program?
Please read carefully through this page before you decide to join us so you are fully informed about our CSA program. Registration will be open until March 15th, or until we sell out. We encourage you to sign up as soon as you can, as shares sell fast!
Sign up here to pay with cash, cheque or etransfer or go shopping with your credit card here (please note credit card payments will incur a $5 fee for service, splitting the fee with Merville Organics)
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture
When you become a CSA member, you sign up and pre-pay for 15 weeks of produce (June 14 to Sept 25 2019) from our four local farms. Each week, we pack up a share of freshly harvested produce and distribute it to our members. As a member, you can choose to pick up your weekly share at Green Arrow Farm on Fridays, in Courtenay on Tuesdays & Campbell River on Wednesdays.
A CSA is a local, farm-based distribution system for organic produce – it’s all about increasing community access to high-quality, locally grown produce. And it’s about strengthening the connection between eaters and farmers.
CSA members pledge to support local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Shares are purchased in the winter and early spring. Once harvesting begins, from June to September, members receive weekly shares of fresh, in-season produce from the farms.
Please read our CSA policy below to decide whether it is the right fit for you to join. If you have any questions, we’d love to chat with you. Drop us a line at: email@example.com
Weekly share contents
Our goal is to offer 6-8 different veggies each week, totaling an average value of $28. In general we try to include a bag of salad greens, a bunch of cooking greens, a bunch of root veggies, a bunch of herbs and round it out with a diversity of other seasonal veggies. We will occasionally bring in produce from other local organic growers this year to increase weekly variety.
Value or variety lost in one week (due to crop failures or weather or pest issues) will be made up in future weeks.
Lock in prices now:
The prices of vegetables is expected to rise according to this Dalhousie Study. As a member you lock in your prices now and will not be subject to the fluctuations coming. The same cannot be said for folks who buy at market, we offer this only to our CSA customers
Member only recipe section! You will learn how to use everything from beet tops to potato water… nothing will go to waste. This will come to you as a weekly blog into your email box.
Grocery Planning List:
Along with recipes and stories from the field you will recieve a list of anticipated harvest items a few days before your box pick up time. This will help facilitate any additional shopping you may need to do for the week
Because we are a coop of four farms we have the ability to ensure lots of choices each week. We grow a diversity of crops for you to enjoys
We are passionate about our veggies, but we understand that sometimes you just don’t want another clove of garlic, or you really have an aversion to turnips (even after trying all the turnip recipes we have) so we are offering a swap box. This gives you an opportunity to swap out an item you don’t need that week for another. This allows people who need extra garlic to swap their radishes and those who are planning a big kale and radish salad to trade in their garlic!
We run a referral program. For each new person you refer who signs up for our CSA program you will receive a $10 market credit which can be used at the Merville Organics stand at the CV Farmer’s Markets! A new member is anyone who was not a member of our previous CSA program. To receive your credits the person who you refer MUST provide us with your contact information. You do not have to be a CSA member to take advantage of our referral program, so if you love what we do but can’t commit for this year you’ll get a little bonus from us for promoting our program.
Your recommendation is the highest compliment we could receive as we strive to ensure you get the freshest, highest quality organic produce we can provide.
Merville Organics 2018 CSA Policy
2019 CSA season length & dates
This year, we are offering a Spring/Summer CSA season of 15 weeks from Friday June 14 until Wednesday September 25
We host CSA pick-ups at the centrally located Green Arrow Farm, Courtenay and Campbell River.
The value of shares will average out at $28 worth of produce/week. Because CSA members share in the risks and benefits of farming, value lost in one week’s share will be made up in future weeks. Shares delivered to our pick-up locations in Campbell River include a fuel surcharge for the season to help us get your vegetables to a convenient location.
Shares picked up at Green Arrow Farm on Fridays cost: $420
Shares picked up in Courtenay cost: $450
Shares picked up in Campbell River on Wednesdays cost: $450
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
You can purchase your share in a few ways: cash, cheque, e-transfer using the Registration Form or with your credit card in our online store, here.
Share pick-up locations
Shares are picked up once a week by members at their chosen pick-up location. Pick-up days are Wednesday or Friday. Currently we have confirmed the following locations for share pick-up:
- Green Arrow Farm (3282 Piercy Rd, Courtenay) Friday
- Courtenay (TBA: Likely Wachaiy) Tuesday
- Campbell River (TBA: Likely Fishermans Wharf) Wednesday
Picking Up Your Order
If you miss your pick up due to unforeseen circumstances, don’t worry, we’ll hold onto it for you at Kloverdalen Farm (5109 Island Hwy N, Courtenay) for two days after your missed pick-up.
We ask that CSA members commit to reading email messages from us. It’s important that we have an efficient way of getting in touch if there are any changes to your pick-up location or time. It’s also important to us that you know a bit about what’s happening at our farms every week. It’s good to stay connected!
If you are going on vacation, please drop us a line to let us know when you will be away at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide you a market credit for a missed week as long as we are informed at least one week in advance.
All shares include a non-refundable deposit of $50. If you are unhappy with the CSA program and wish for a refund, we will reimburse you for the remaining weeks of shares minus the non-refundable deposit.
Summary of CSA Member Responsibilities
As a CSA Member, I understand that:
- I share in the risk as well as the benefits of farming, and by purchasing a share, I commit to supporting local farms through good times and hard times.
- I assume full responsibility for picking up my share and will communicate with Merville Organics by emailing email@example.com at least 1 week prior to my pick up if I will be away, OR I will arrange for someone else to pick up my share.
- Amounts and variety of vegetables in weekly shares will fluctuate, depending on the season, and the effects of weather.
- I am responsible for staying informed about updates and changes by reading weekly email sent by Merville Organics