Community Shared Agriculture Program / Vegetable Produce Box
Three Forks Farms offers an opportunity to get the best local food all season long. It is our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. It is a fifteen week organic vegetable box program that provides you with the freshest produce from our farm every week in the summer. The box is designed for an active family of three to four people. This box would also work for a couple that cooks that majority of their meals at home. You can expect anywhere from seven to thirteen items in you box every week. Early season, the box is smaller, mid season is the bonanza time and late season the box gets a little smaller again.
The CSA starting June 26th and finishing on October 2nd , just in time for thanksgiving meal. The pick location for Sudbury will be at the Adele Samson Centre at 10 York Street, Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30pm, or On-Farm on Wednesdays at 719 Sutcliffe Road in Warren from 4pm to 5:30pm
The cost of the program is $475 which works out to $31.66 of produce per week averaged out over the whole season. As a CSA member you are a priority customer based on your commitment to our farm this season. We will be growing crops just for our CSA members and you get bonus produce when the season is bountiful.
When you come to the CSA pick up on Wednesdays, you will get to select your choice produce, taking what you like, and trading with other members for products less or more desired. We want you to be able to take the food that you will eat and not be overwhelmed by food that will just take up space in your fridge and end up in the compost. You should get the most from your community shared farm program.
You also receive a weekly newsletter that will give updates on how things are going the farm, what to expect in the box and recipe ideas.
Why CSA’s are important
CSA’s were originally developed as a way to have a shared commitment between the eaters and the farmers. Farming is a costly and risky business, as there is rarely confirmed markets for the products that are grown. Each farmer starts a season weighing the risks and making strong estimates on what will sell at all their markets. The CSA program reduces risks for farmers by knowing in advance how much product to produce and when it will be sold. In addition, the CSA members share the seasonal risk with the farmer, so if the season is bountiful then they share the bounty, when there is a poor crop the CSA members receive less. This risk sharing is a fair way to produce food for communities that benefit everyone.
What do we grow on the farm
Orange and Mult-coloured carrots
and a whole lot more
Three Forks Farms also produces one thousand pastured chickens. Although the chickens are not part of the program. We’re going to offer a 8% discount on pre-ordered whole chickens to all CSA customers. Our first batch of chickens will be ready at end of June, second batch will be ready in early August, and last batch will be ready in time for Thanksgiving.
In terms of payment. You either pay all at once or in two installments of $237.50. The first payment reserves your spot in the program and the second payment is required by May 15th to confirm your membership.
Weekly Pick up and Missed Boxes
We ask that the customers bring their own box or bags when picking their CSA share. The pick up time is between 4:00pm & 5:30pm every Wednesday from June 26th to October 2nd.
A box not picked up is considered a lost box. We need to make this rule for logistical reasons. We have limited refrigeration on the farm and we cannot hold missed boxes, nor can we track up collected boxes from multiple members. If it looks like you’re going to miss a pick up, we suggest asking a family member or friend to pick up in your place. Just e-mail us or text us to let us know that we can expect someone else in your place. If you plan for extended holidays, we recommend that you come and purchase from us as a market customer to ensure that you get the best value for your dollar.