Welcome to Arcadia Discount Organics Food Club (CSA). We are an local Organic farm located near South River, Ontario. As we are commencing our 2019 Season as of June 1, 2019, we are offering Memberships to residents within Toronto and surrounding GTA. Get bigger baskets, bigger discounts, free delivery, not to mention, fresher produce with us!
What you get with your Membership:
An example of our typical Basket (25% bigger than our competitor baskets):
|You will be able to customize your basket for each delivery from a variety of fresh produce available. In addition to list above, will we also be growing cauliflower, eggplant, cabbage, melon, onion, peas, pumpkin, beets and many varieties of live herbs.|
How to Get Started:
Use the PayPal button below to purchase a Membership, or click here for other forms of payment.
2019 Food Club Membership: June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2020 ($1200.00 + HST)
What is a CSA?
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a way for consumers to buy local, seasonal produce directly from a farmer in their community. It is basically a farm share. A farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Local consumers buy a share into the farm – they support this year’s crop with money up front for a membership, and in exchange, they will receive a box of local, fresh, and seasonal produce directly from the farm that is not thousands of kilometers away driven long distance from another country.
Community & Economy
CSAs help the local farmers in several ways. Since CSA subscriptions are generally marketed in January/February, the farmers get to spend their time in the fields during the growing season, instead of trying to generate business or sitting at a farmers market. The payment early in the season also helps them fund the crops that year – from seeds to improvements to the soil to new equipment. Local farmers are small business owners. Spending money with a local business instead of at a big box retailer or chain keeps more of those dollars in your own community. Supporting local businesses does really matter. It is a way of living mindfully, supporting sustainable businesses, voting with your dollars, being an active participant in your own life.
Back to Basics: Family
CSAs are an amazing opportunity to get kids involved in their “food chain” – they get to meet the farmers, ask questions, learn about new vegetables and fruits, touch, see, and smell, learn colors and tastes, and more. The more they are invested in their food, getting to pick it up, help in the kitchen, meet the farmers, the more likely they will be to actually eat the stuff. Farms usually sponsor a couple “open house” events throughout the year for their CSA subscribers, which is a great chance to get to visit the farm, meet more of the workers, and see what else is growing. It’s a fun and educational family outing too. The kids love running around the fields, seeing the farm animals, and spending time in the sun.
Seasonal & Environmental
If you’ve ever eaten a strawberry picked at the peak of its season, still warm from the early summer sun, then you know the wonderful, intoxicating deliciousness of seasonal produce. Contrast that: if you’ve ever been tempted to buy a strawberry from the grocery store in December, you remember what a bland, flavorless disappointment it was. There really is a difference when you eat produce in season.
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