YYC Growers – 2018 Harvest Box Program

Just one of the many items you'll receive in our Harvest Box.Sweet carrots, juicy tomatoes, vibrant salad mix harvested that morning in Calgary - those are the veggies you want in your fridge! So why settle for Grocery store Produce?

The YYC Growers' Harvest Box Program gives you fresh, local, ethical veg every week at a convenient pick-up location so you can stop worrying about what's in your food, who harvested it, and whether it'll taste good!

Buy a YYC Growers' Harvest Box and get 8 or 16 weeks of Fresh vegetables grown by all your new favorite Calgary-area farmers.  2018 Week Harvest Boxes On Sale Now!

  1.  Summer Harvest Box: Weekly deliveries for 16 weeks from July 3 - Oct 20.
    Couples: $28/week | Family: $52.50/week
  2. Half Season Harvest Box: Weekly deliveries for 8 weeks from either July 3 - Aug 25 or Aug 28 to Oct 20.
    Couples: $28.75/week | Family: $56/week
  3. 2 Week Trial: Give our Harvest Box program a try for 2 weeks to see if you like it!
    Couples only: $30/week

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Green Onions, another item you'll receive on a regular basisYYC Growers' Harvest Box is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)-style program  that is unique to Calgary. We draw from 19 farm owners, who grow in and around Calgary, that produce a diverse medley of vegetables and other crops.

By drawing from 19 different farms, our customers are protected from many of the typical risks associated with CSA programs.  In addition, this system allows us to offer our customers greater variety that includes specialty items like mushrooms, honey and microgreens. This is one of the most local CSA style programs in Calgary.


Harvest Box Frequently Asked Questions

A Harvest Box is the YYC Growers' brand of CSA. CSA stands for either Community Shared Agriculture or Community Supported Agriculture. It’s a close partnership between farms and end consumers. We began calling ours Harvest Boxes because it is more telling of what you'll be getting in the box. 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

After having so much success with our Spring Pilot Program last year, we've decided to continue with our Spring Program again this season. As such we have divided our Harvest Box Program into 3 seasons which fits roughly into how many seasons Alberta seems to have Spring, Summer and Winter. Spring is 9 weeks long from May - June; Summer is 16 weeks long from July to November and Winter is November until April, so that YYC Growers spans the entire year.

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.

The Couples share is $28 per week and the Family share is $52.5 per week. There is a one time fee of $5 that helps us manage the fees associated with setting up your Farmigo account gets you a YYC Growers and Distributors bag on your first delivery.

Typical Late Summer CSA

Spring items may include: Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Kale, Honey, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Peashoots, Sunflower Shoots, Spinach, Herbs, Chard, Asparagus.

Summer Items may include all of the above plus: Beets, Parsnips, Carrots, Radish, Lettuce, Cabbage, Mustard Greens, Bok Choy, Rhubarb, Garlic, Basil, Green Onions, Arugula, Radicchio, Endive, Saskatoons, Kohlrabi, Zucchini, Winter Squash, Pumpkins, Onions, Peas, Beans, Peppers, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Turnips, Corn, Dill, Pickling Cucumbers, Horseradish, Collards, Sunchokes, Brussels Sprouts, and possibly other items as well.

For the Spring Season (9 deliveries) from May-June, expect 5 -7 items per couples share and double for the family. Item number is based on retail value so the actual number of products will vary from week to week. Summer portion (16 deliveries) will be 6-9, again item number is based on retail value so the actual number of products will vary from week to week.

An item may be 1/3 pound of salad or a single squash/cucumber/bag of tomatoes.

Please see our sign-up page for all the available pick-up locations. Please note that some of our locations are only available for summer. sign-up page
If you are fortunate enough to have gotten a Spring Share, it begins the first week of May 2018. The standard 16 week share starts first week of July 2018.
Add-ons are the best way to round out your box. YYC Growers partners with unique businesses from Calgary to offer you products that will complement our vegetables. From eggs to coffee to cheese to granola, our Add-ons will help make every meal incredible. This season we have the following incredible Add-ons: Fruit, Eggs, Cheese, Coffee, Granola. For more information on these products click here  
Try and get a friend, family member, or neighbour to come and pick up your share in your absence. As long as they mention your account, we will be able to find it on our checklists. If you can’t find someone, then our organization takes all the leftover shares and donates them to the Alex Senior's Centre where the food goes to seniors who can’t afford fresh vegetables. The seniors thank you for the fresh food.
YYC Growers builds its Harvest Boxes from 20 farms from Okotoks to Bowden, so the likelihood of every farm being wiped our by crop failure is remote. But remember, this is still in the CSA style meaning if a crop failure happens you may not get that particular product in your box. We try our hardest to replace items and if you are indeed short some items, we try to make it up down the road so you won’t miss out on any of the value. If this worst case scenario happens, you may be without produce for a week or two until farms bounce back from said disaster. With the YYC Growers Harvest Box program, the overall idea is that the risk is decreased incredibly, like a well diversified farming portfolio. This creates strong farm camaraderie, where farms willingly help other farms, knowing support will be there when they need it.
We are pleased to have three payment plans.
  • Entire payment upfront
  • 2 equal payments, one due upon signup and the other due the following month
  • 4 equal payments, first due upon signup and then 3 more on the first of each following month.
We also have 2 payment method options, you can use a credit card through PayPal and automating payments moving forward this way. Or you can send an etransfer to info@yycgrowers.com.
This is a complicated and longer conversation than possible to answer in a FAQ, but here it goes. To operate as YYC Growers does--19 farms, urban and rural, using different growing practices; soil, aquaponic, hydroponic--it is not possible to operate as a certified organic operation. Though Our Family Farm is certified organic, and Eagle Creek is in the process of becoming certified, some of our members are precluded from being Organic either because they are Hydroponic or because they are Urban. As customers need to know how their food is grown, YYC Growers puts transparency first. We meet and travel to our member farms and would encourage you to do the same. We are happy to answer any questions you have in person too (come visit us at our Farmers' Market booths). YYC Growers also believes that soil health equals vegetable health and in turn, your health. We work hard to build soil by focusing on soil health through a variety of methods: no spray, no till, and adding organic matter. But all farms have different methods to do this. Organic is a big conversation, while we cannot say we are certified, we want you to know that our products are grown as sustainably and regeneratively as possible, with an eye and an ear towards continuous improvement.
We do allow for vacation holds. If you put a hold on your weekly share we will double up your share the next week. So you won’t necessarily get the same vegetables as the missed week but you’ll get double the value the next week.
Every one of our farms are owners in our Coop. In order to be a Coop member, you must be a producer. So please head over to our member page to get more information about all the farms you may get produce from and what they specialize in growing. Here is a complete list of our farmer owners and producers.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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Customer Testimonials

"Just a little note to tell you how much I am enjoying my Harvest Box. It’s been so delightful to have fresh vegetables on hand during this very long winter. I absolutely love the little surprises: honey, pickles, sauerkraut, crabapple jelly, to name a few. I also love the pea shoots! They are delicious and so healthy. I mix them into my tuna & egg salad sandwiches. I even brought them to work to share and one of my colleagues was excited to take some home to add to his morning smoothie! Our Farmers and ranchers need to be recognized for their hard work and dedication to provide us with nutritious food. Thank you for your hard work!"

"We love the beets, keep them coming. My wife has also fell in love with local garlic and refuses to buy anything imported. Thanks for introducing us to AB garlic, we had no idea what we were missing out on while supporting local farmers.

"The food quality has been exceptional and the level of service has been excellent. You can certainly taste the difference in local produce versus store bought produce. I highly recommend YYC Growers."

"I love our YYC Growers Box! It gave me the opportunity to easily get fresh, local produce and try new things. Some of my favourites have been the giant kohlrabi and locally made sauerkraut. Everything has been very high quality and very tasty. I've already signed up for next season's box and am excited to see what they have in store for us."

"We joined the Harvest Box program through YYC Growers in 2016. I am pleased to say that it is the best money we have ever spent on food. The variety and freshness keeps our meals exciting, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. Anna, who oversees the Ramsay pickup is fantastic, and always smiling. She knows our kids name and asks after her. This is something you don’t get anywhere else! The emphasis on quality does not go unnoticed, and they are always happy to make a change or right a wrong. The option to add eggs or coffee to the weekly pickups is also something we’ve taken advantage of. It’s so gratifying to eat and support local. I rave about our vegetable pick ups to all of our friends and I look forward to making new things. Thank you YYC Growers, we are lifers!

"I absolutely love picking up my Harvest Box every other week! I get so excited to see what I am going to get and I love all the little goodies that are added! It's been a really great way to try different brands of honey, hot sauce, preserves, etc. that I would not normally get! I also love knowing where my produce is coming from and knowing that I am supporting local, hard-working businesses! Thanks so much guys!"