We’re excited to be offering a taste of Alberta’s bountiful fall crops with our 8-Week Fall Harvest Box Program, which runs from August 27 to October 19. Are you unsure about joining the 8-Week Fall program? Let us help you decide! Here are 8 reasons why we think the Fall program is the right fit for you:
Reason #1: You care about your body. We know that for a lot of people, fall means an increasingly busy schedule. Summer vacation ends, kids go back to school, and everything becomes more hectic. This is no excuse to stop treating your body right! Eating local is a great way to ensure your body is getting the nutrients it needs. Since our farms grow in good soil and take measure to keep the soil healthy, you can be sure that all of the veggies in your box are packed full of amazing nutrients to give you the extra burst of energy you need in this busy time. Also, you won’t need to worry about grocery shopping for veggies, because you’ll know you have a cornucopia waiting for you at one of our many convenient pick-up locations.
Reason #2: You care about the earth. It’s never a bad time to start caring for the earth! By signing up for our Harvest Box program, you are being conscientious of the environment, and your impact on it. Since we’re a local cooperation, transporting our produce has a far smaller carbon footprint than that of the food at grocery stores. Additionally, our farms practice regenerative farming techniques, which means that they are caring for and increasing the health of the earth rather than depleting it.
Reason #3: You care about local farmers. We are a farmer-owned and farmer grown cooperative, and one of our key pillars is empowering farmers. When you support YYC Growers, you are supporting all 20 of our member farms, and are ensuring that they will be able to continue growing in future seasons. We especially appreciate the support in our fall season, as many people don’t know that our farmers are able to provide diverse crops even as the temperature drops. Just because we live in a cold climate doesn’t mean you can’t eat locally! Your support means everything to local farmers, we appreciate every single one of you.
Reason #4: Fall veggies are amazing. Just because the weather is colder doesn’t mean there aren’t as many veggies. On the contrary, our fall boxes feature everything that our summer boxes do, plus crops that thrive in the fall! Cabbages, beets, and squash are some of our customer's favorites, all of which are featured in our fall box. One of the benefits of being a cooperative is that boxes always feature a diverse collection of veggies since our farms are all working on growing different crops. You can wow your family and friends at Thanksgiving dinner with veggie dishes that can’t be beat!
Reason #5: Add-ons, add-ons, add-ons. Picture yourself on a chilly fall morning, just having woken up to frosty windows and a chilly nose. What’s the first thing you do? Make coffee, of course! You can add on coffee to your Harvest Box, and make sure you always have a supply of good, fresh coffee in the house for those frosty mornings. Our fruit share is also wonderful in the fall, as things like apples, pears, and plums come into season.
Reason #6: So many options! Do you love cheese, meat, or bread? Do you want to find a good, local source for these delicious foods? You’re in luck! You can add any of these items (and more!) to your weekly subscription so that your home is always be stocked. Both pork and beef are available for the meat share, and our cheese and bread shares always rotate what type is available at pickup. Because of our extensive add-on list, you can be sure that you always have everything you need on hand.
Reason #7: You were away for the summer, but you want a chance to eat locally. If you left for vacation this summer and missed out on our summer season, don't despair! This is your chance to eat locally into the fall, and get all the goodness of the summer program.
Reason #8: It’s not a huge commitment. If you still aren’t sure if YYC Growers is right for you, this box is a great starting point. You can try out our Harvest Box for 8 weeks, and decide afterward whether this is the right fit for you. If 8 weeks still feels like too much commitment, you can try out our 2 Week Fall Harvest Box to get a taste of Alberta’s bountiful fall crops.
If any one of these reasons resonates with you, we encourage you to sign up and try out our 8-Week Fall Harvest Box program. Alberta has so much to offer in the fall, and we would love to share it with you! To sign up and experience the best Alberta has to offer, register today.