1. What about Chickens and Eggs?
A word about my chickens. Chickens are purchased in March from Minor Bros. in Pelham. The chickens are housed in mobile chicken coops. The chicken coop is sheltered and opens to an outdoor enclosure. The benefits of the mobile coop are that chickens receive fresh grass and natural protein every day along with fresh air and sunshine. Not only does this method produce one of the best eggs in Niagara, it also reduces my feed costs considerably. You will notice and taste the difference in a free-range egg.
2. What kinds of produce will my share contain?
Shares contain a variety of different fruits and vegetables, changing throughout the growing season. The produce in your CSA basket will be freshly picked within 2 – 4 hours of pick up, with a few exceptions (ie. squash, potatoes, etc.).
Here is what a share has looked like:
week 3: rhubarb, sugarsnap peas, sage, thyme, radishes, green onions, garlic scapes, oregano, pak choy
week 6: turnips, green onions, swiss chard, romaine lettuce, lavender, basil, oregano, dill, kale, garlic, red leaf lettuce, simpson elite lettuce
week 18: raspberries, peppers, arugula, radishes, potatoes, rosemary, basil, thyme, swiss chard, apples, pears, green beans, garlic, kale, tomatoes, butternut squash, leeks
3. How big is a share?
One share should supply enough fresh vegetables each week for a group or family of 4 with occasional fruit (raspberries, apples, pears).
4. What about when we go on vacation?
Shareholders only need to call ahead to inform Victor of the cancellation. Weeks missed while on vacation are not reimbursed. You are welcome to invite a friend or neighbour to collect and enjoy your share when you are gone.
5. Is this farm certified organic?
Vegetables are grown totally pesticide free however my farm is not certified organic. Fruit trees are closely monitored for pest and disease problems and pesticides are applied when necessary. I have refused to spray my sweet corn which may result in some extra unwanted protein, that is, the European corn borer, which poses no health threat, is clearly visible and easily removed (unless you’re the squeamish type). Farming practices like growing cover crops, applying compost, and mulching, continuously improves our soil. Better soil means healthier crops with less insect & disease pressures. We also use row covers to protect plants from damaging pests.
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