CSA


Community Supported Agriculture provides a deeper connection to your food and your farmers


First Pick CSA

Our CSA is full for 2022, thank-you!

4 – 6 items

Your weekly supply of our freshest organic vegetables, suitable for 1-2 people.

8 – 12 items

Double the veg and more selection, including limited harvest crops like asparagus & fennel.

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Purchase farm credit at the beginning of the season. Come by the market and shop when it suits you.

Our First Pick CSA is our weekly offering from an ever evolving medley of what’s fresh and new in season. We select an assortment of our best vegetables for you each week, and have them put aside so there’s no need to rush to the farmers’ market for the opening bell! First Pick shares come in 2 sizes, Nourish (4-6 items) and Plenty (8-12 items). There’s three pickup locations to choose from:

Kispiox Valley FRIDAYS

WoodGrain Farm Farmstand
490 Swan Rd Kispiox Valley
Fridays 3 – 6

Smithers SATURDAYS

B.V. Farmers’ Market
Hwy 16 & Main St Smithers
Saturdays 8:30 – 11:30

Hazeltons SUNDAYS

Hazelton Farmers’ Market
Hwy 16 & 62 New Hazelton
Sundays 10 – 1

2022 CSA Season | runs for 17 weekends from June 3-5 through September 23-25

2022 CSA Rates | $408 Nourish Share ($24/week) | $816 Plenty Share ($48/week)

May ‘Lettuce Lovers’ add-on | +$72 ($18/week)

For those who can’t get enough spring greens, this is a smaller-sized share for the 4 weekends in May (May 6-8 through May 27-29).

If this is your first time signing up for our CSA, please fully read our FAQ first.


Farm Credit

We appreciate that a traditional weekly CSA program is not for everyone, so we offer pay-up-front farm credit for those who would like to participate, but who want complete flexibility.

Buying farm credit offers a deeper level of support and connection to our farm similar to our CSA: it’s your commitment to purchasing a share of the harvest all season long, and provides funds upfront when our costs are at their highest and income at its lowest.

It’s simple – purchase farm credit, and then pick out what you want at the markets when you want it. Your credit never expires, and can also be used to order bulk vegetables on our online farmstand. As with our First Pick CSA, you get a 5% discount on bulk storage veg orders (with minimum $400 farm credit purchase)

Sign up is easy, farm credits are available in any amount you choose, and make great gifts for family and friends.

First Pick CSA FAQ

What is a CSA?  Standing for Community Supported Agriculture, a CSA is a mutually beneficial commitment between customer and farmer, where the farmer commits to growing a weekly share of vegetables for a customer who has committed to purchase them upfront, simple as that.

Why a CSA?  As farmers, we strive to be able to earn an honest living while keeping a healthy balance between providing the care and attention this living farm ecosystem demands, and finding some time for other projects and pursuits.

Growing food for small communities is tough work, we have to keep diverse and grow a bit-of-a-lot of things, rather than a more efficient lot-of-a-bit of things, and we have to reach out further to find enough of a market for our harvests.  A CSA provides surety at the outset, relieving some of the inherent uncertainties in market gardening for small communities, and provides a level of stability for we four farmers earning at least a portion of our livelihoods in the garden.

What’s the benefit to the shareholder?  CSA shareholders receive first pick!  Never miss out on those first harvests of spinach or broccoli that disappear so quickly at the farmers’ market, our best crops each week will be freshly harvested and selected for you in your share.  At pickup your share is already packed and paid for, just grab and go!

What’s the benefit to the farmer?  Certainty!  In crop planning, harvesting and cash flow. Farmers’ market sales are highly speculative and uncertain, after all the work that goes into growing our vegetables each week we harvest in the hope that enough customers will turn out to buy them, because what goes unsold at the end of a market is a loss to our business. But the success of each market is very much dependent on such vagaries of the weather, holidays, other events in town, etc.  A CSA replaces this reliance on hope with certainty on harvest day.

What’s in my share?  Our best pick of certified organic vegetables each week, revolving throughout the season as new crops come on to ensure maximum variety and peak quality and flavour.  Here’s a taste of the 4-6 items you may find in your Nourish Share each week:

  • Spring:  Spinach, Arugula, Lettuce, Radish, Greens mix, Strawberries, Kale, Chard, Rhubarb, Broccolini, Snap peas
  • Summer:  Tomatoes, Basil, Peppers, Carrots, Beets, Cucumbers, Kale/Chard, Zucchini, Dill, Delicata, Beans, Garlic, Onions, New potatoes, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Broccoli, Fresh herbs, Raspberries
  • Fall:  Tomatoes, Peppers, Cucumbers, Carrots, Beets, Kale/Chard, Zucchini, Winter squash, Beans, Garlic, Onions, Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes, Fresh herbs, Greens, Parsnips

How many people will a share feed?  Depends on how much you love your organic vegetables!  A Nourish Share is about a paper shopping bag’s worth, and a reasonable amount for a single person or a couple.  If you are a larger family or really love your fresh veg, consider a Plenty Share.  You can also gift or donate the bounty of a share!

When is the 2022 CSA season?  Weekly from June through September, there will be 17 weekly shares.

Where and when do I pickup my share?  Your choice when you sign up, either at the farm in the Kispiox Valley on Fridays between 3-6, at the BV Farmers’ Market in Smithers Saturdays 8:30 – 11:30, or at the Hazelton Farmers’ Market Sundays between 10-1.

What if I can’t pickup my share one week?  You can gift or sell those weeks to a friend or neighbour, who are welcome to pick up your share on your behalf.  It is your responsibility to make arrangements to have someone pick up your share (so that we can go about the business of growing the food).

What if I don’t get my share picked up?  This is where the mutual commitment part of a CSA comes into play, your share of vegetables were grown and harvested just for you, and you are responsible for making sure they are eaten and enjoyed! If we do not hear from you and your share does not get picked up, we will donate your share.

Can I make substitutions in my share? CSA programs operate on a ‘Farmer’s Choice’ basis. Shareholders put trust in their farmers to select the best, freshest, in-season crops each week and provide maximum variety throughout the CSA season. That being said, we will do our best to accommodate any preferences you may have and are happy to exchange a non-preferred item for a similar valued item based on availability.

Is my share of the harvest guaranteed?  Yes, with the caveat being to the extent that anything can be guaranteed down on the farm!  Your share of any given crop is proportional to the amount harvested; in the event of a crop failure the risk is shared with the shareholders.  However, we are a diverse market garden with over 10 years under our belt, and a lean year in one crop usually means a bounty in other crops.  We guarantee there will be on average at least $24 worth of our best vegetables each week in your Nourish Share; if some weeks are on the lean side we will make it up in subsequent harvests.  And if we have a bumper season, our shareholders will share in the bounty above and beyond the guaranteed amount.

The CSA season ends in the fall, then what will I eat?  Our CSA shareholders receive 5% off orders of our bulk vegetables while supplies last, see woodgrain.ca/vegetables. Order early for the best selection.

 

Community Supported Agriculture is a direct customer/farmer relationship akin to a shareholder agreement. Purchasing a share at the beginning of the season is an investment in the farm, and CSA shareholders receive a share of the harvest every week throughout the season for their commitment. This allows farms to plan the growing season with more certainty, and give shareholders first pick of the freshest, highest-quality produce harvested. CSA programs are a great way to build communities around local food!

We’d love to be your farmers this season!
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