Sweet carrots, juicy tomatoes, delicious root crops like potatoes, beets, parsnips and yes, even Turnips, grown in and around Calgary - those are the veggies you want in your fridge! So why settle for Grocery store Produce? The YYC Growers' Winter Harvest Box CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) Program gives you fresh, local, ethical veg every second week at a convenient pick-up locations throughout the city so you can stop worrying about what's in your food, who harvested it, and whether it'll taste good! 14 Week (bi-weekly) Harvest Boxes are On Sale Buy a YYC Growers' Harvest Box and 14 baskets every second week of Fresh vegetables grown by all your favorite local farmers.
YYC Growers' Harvest Box is a unique CSA program to Calgary. We draw from 18 farm owners, who grow in and around Calgary, that produce a diverse medley of vegetables. By drawing from 18 different farms, our customers are protected from typical risks associated with CSA programs. In addition, this system means the YYC Growers’ Harvest Box offers customers much more variety than they would typically get in a box program. This is one of the most local CSA style programs in Calgary.
Winter Harvest Box FAQ
CSA stands for either Community Shared Agriculture or Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a close partnership between farms and end consumers. The Alberta Department of Agriculture defines it as this:
Community Supported Agriculture or Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a community of individuals or families who support a chosen farm and its family. Each individual or family purchases, in advance, a share, called a subscription, of the year’s crop. Thus, the customers become virtual partners or ‘co-producers’ in the farm, sharing risk and reward with the farm family. Throughout the growing season, each week subscribing member receives equal shares of the freshly harvested food from the farmer.Alberta Agriculture
The YYC Grower’s Harvest Box is a subscription based program. Preseason payment means farms can cover up front basic costs needed for a growing season like seed, irrigation and labour. It's a commitment on both the farm side as well as the customer side.
There is only one size of winter share. It is $25 a week. The entire season will cost you $350 + a $5 signup fee.
Winter items may include: Beets, Parsnips, Potatoes, Carrots, Radish, Lettuce, Cabbage, Mustard Greens, Bok Choy, Garlic, Basil, Frozen Saskatoons, Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Onions, Turnips, Horseradish, Collards, Sunchokes, Honey, Preserves, Microgreens, Basil, Mushrooms, Kale, Chard, Spinach, Tomatoes, Cucumbers
Remember that this is Alberta and farming is hard here. Some of the crops may not work out so don't be too disappointed if something is missed. We may be able to throw in a few extra things like preserves and basil salt.
Because the winter shares are a bit trickier, we only guarantee 5-6 items a week. We try to give you a little more than we would in the summer because the shares are bi-weekly. So you'll be getting a larger bag of potatoes for instance.
This year we have a lot of winter choices. All pickup times are approximately 4-7pm.Tuesdays
- Ramsay - The Commons
- Aspen/West Springs - Blue Door
- Bowness - Leaf & Lyre
- Beltline - Last Best Brewing
- Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers Market
- Airdrie - Social Supper
- Market on Macleod - Shirley's Greenhouse
- Bridgeland - Baya Rica Cafe
- Marda Loop - Forage Foods
Other locations maybe announced at a later date
First deliveries are the week of October 24 all the way to April 26. 14 deliveries in total every second week.
Fruit Share with Walkers Own Produce for 5 weeks only. This will take you to the end of December. The fruit share is $15 a week (total of $75) and will consist of Apples, Pears, Fruit Plum, Walnuts, Dried Cherries, Dried Other things, Cherry Juice, Apple Juice, Apple Chips and other things.
Coffee Share with Devil's Head Coffee, available in Dark, Medium and Light roast as well as Decaf. The price is lower now at $10.50 a week for a half pound or $20.00 a week for a full pound of their locally roasted coffee.
Grain-ola Share with fellow cooperative, The Grain Exchange. This share includes a 1lb bag of artisinal, hand-crafted granola for the first 5 weeks of the Harvest Box program, with a possible extension. This granola is crafted with Alberta grown oats, oat flour and buckwheat and includes unique ingredients each week. $10/bag for 5 weeks.
Egg Share with Calico Farms. You'll receive 1 dozen eggs per share, laid by "happy hens". Please note that these eggs are NOT organic but their feed is all Alberta-based and made at a local feed mill. $6.50/dozen.
Cheese Share though Springbank Cheese Co - Marda Loop. Shawn McDonald of Springbank Cheese will curate a bi-weekly selection of fine artisan cheeses, including product from the following dairies: Sylvan Star Cheese Company, Latin Foods Inc., Winding Roads Artisan Cheese, Fairwinds Farm, Kootenay Alpine Cheese Company, as well as some smaller vendors that YYC Growers will source from directly. The Cheese Share is $20 a week and runs for 11 weeks ($220 total).
- Entire payment upfront
- 2 equal payments, one due upon signup and the other due the following month
- Supporting Local Economy. With you supporting local farms and local business, you are in turn helping local economy. You've heard it all about how instead of helping some CEO get a new vacation home, you're helping our farmers pay for dance lessons for a daughter, extra infrastructure on the farm, etc.
- Sequestering carbon. Well, you are aren't directly doing it but in purchasing our harvest box you are enabling us to eliminate carbon by increasing soil health.
- Fresh food. For the most part, everything that is in your box was harvested the day before you receive it. Not a week before like a lot of food that comes from California or Mexico.
- Great value in local produce. If you are used to shopping at farmers markets you'll realize that local/organic vegetables aren't cheap. Our program makes it more affordable and convenient.
- Convenience. There is no shopping that happens, you just show up with your bag, fill up your bag with your share of produce and go home. No wandering around (except if you want to shop further at our farmers market locations, which we encourage), or even money changing hands.
- Selection. Sure, some people may not like parsnips or mushrooms so we've come up with a way to allow some selection while still allowing us to grow our large selection of vegetables for you. It's called a Trade Bin. You'll be allowed to trade up to two items each week in the trade bin.
- Education. You'll learn what can be grown in Calgary, when it can be grown and we will also help you with what to do with some of those stranger items. Haven't had a Kohlrabi or Salsify before? Don't worry, we always provide a recipe in the weekly email that goes out.
- Community building. Not only will you be rubbing elbows with the people who grow your amazing food, you'll also meet others at the pickup site and other social gatherings throughout the year that share your ethical values.