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CSA – FAQ2018-03-05T13:41:58-04:00

CSA – Frequently Asked Questions

What is a CSA?2018-04-20T16:21:59-04:00

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture” also known as a “Farm Share”. It is the coming together of the consumer, the farmer and the land in order to support and grow sustainable agriculture in the local community. Its an organic way of integrating farming back into your life and that of the community with all its benefits.

When you sign up for a Forsythe Farms CSA share, you are supporting us as your local farmer by providing a steady income for the farm by pre-purchasing a share of the fruits and vegetables that we grow as well as helping us with planting costs. In return, you and your family are able to try new vegetables, learn to eat with the local growing season and receive fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farm.

Read our CSA Guidelines & Contract Here

What are the Benefits and Risks of joining a CSA2019-04-26T14:03:18-04:00
  • The convenience of fresh farm produce conveniently delivered near you.

  • Experience the inherent risk of farming and benefit from the bounty.

  • Enjoy a wide variety of fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, some that you may not have tried before.

  • Get adventurous with your food. We’ll give you some recipes to try.

  • Develop a close relationship between you and your local farmer

  • Satisfaction of helping the local economy

  • The fulfillment of supporting and helping the growth of local and sustainable agriculture in your community.

  • When a crop fails the Farmer will provide you with fresh produce from a neighbouring farm, who shares in sustainable local farming. You will always receive a weekly value of $30 in a variety of fresh produce.

What is a member and what do I get with my membership?2019-04-26T14:05:50-04:00

You become a member by purchasing a share of the harvest from the farm.

With your membership you’re investing in the farms growing season. You get to share in the benefits and the risks of farming. With membership it becomes your share of the seeds, plants, your share in the harvest and we do the work for you.

Members are encouraged to connect to the farm by enjoying several member benefits:

  • A box of produce delivered to a location of choice with a value of $30

  • Weekly share content updates with related recipes, storage tips and farm news.

  • Add-ons such as eggs, apple cider, tarts or preserves as you need them.

  • 5% discount on our farm market including pick your own produce. Please show your membership card at the time of purchase.

  • With your CSA membership card enjoy 1 free adult and 1 free child admission to our on-farm activities every time you visit

  • First access to our pick-your strawberry patch. Members will be notified by email.

  • Free admission for you and your family on the last Sunday of our October Festival.

  • Schedule a time to harvest from our Giving Garden to pick on behalf of someone you know who could benefit or for larger harvests donate to a local food bank.

What is Included in my Share?2019-04-26T14:12:11-04:00

View our printable example shares here. Or look at our table below.

Basic Farm Share In July

Strawberries
Fresh Raspberries
Large Head Broccoli
Bunch Carrots w/ Tops
Basket Fresh Peas
Head Romaine

In August

Fresh Niagara Peaches
Large Bell Peppers
Beefsteak Tomatoes
Strawberries
White Spanish Onion
Sweet Corn
Leaf Lettuce

In September

Honey Crisp Apples
Garlic
Green Pepper
Spaghetti Squash
Dozen Corn
Carrots
Cucumbers
Potatoes

In October

Apples
Lettuce
Cranberries
Butternut Squash
Onions
Flemish Pears
Red Pepper
Swiss Chard

How does it work?2019-04-26T13:57:02-04:00

Sign up online to have your weekly share delivered to your door starting the first week of June

  • On the first day of delivery, you will receive a black ‘Forsythe Farms CSA’ cooler bag and inside will be your first delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables.

  • On the next delivery day, and for the rest of the season, simply exchange your emplty bag  for your new delivery.

  • It’s also a good idea to put a couple of your own ice packs in the cooler bag, that way they will stay cold until you get back home.

  • The amount of fruits and vegetables you receive each week is equal to your share cost. There is an additional one time fee of $10 for the insulated bag and a weekly delivery fee for Hub locations that is over and above the share cost. Explore our Ways to Save Programs to save on your share subscription.

How Do I Pay?2019-04-10T12:09:40-04:00

The cost of your membership includes a weekly or bi-weekly box of freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. In the spirit of a CSA you pay in advance to invest in the farmer’s production costs of growing the food.

Pay in full

Whatever your choice of share (weekly, bi-weekly,), you pay the full cost up front for our CSA program season.

Pay in two installments

The first payment is due when you register. The remaining balance is due by June 7th.

Payments can be made by Email money transfer,  Credit Card or mailing in a personal cheque. If you would like to pay cash we can make arrangements to meet at one of the Farmer’s markets we attend.

Where can I Pick Up my Share and save on delivery fees?2019-04-10T12:14:52-04:00
  • Markham Farmers Market
    Saturday mornings from 8am-1pm
    (Main St. & Robinson St.)

  • Whitby Farmers Market
    Wednesdays from 9am-4pm
    (201 Brock St. South)

  • On-Farm Pick-Up -No delivery fee charged.
    Thursdays 10:30-5:30pm (1025 Cragg Rd. Greenbank)

  • The Hummingbird Hub,  Stouffville (66331  Main St.)
    Wednesdays 3:00-7:00PM and 8:00 to 8:30 PM

  • Pickering Farmers Market
    Tuesdays, 9:30 to 3:00PM

  • Hub Location

    My place of employment, community centre, gathering place…

    Please arrange with us to have your produce delivered to your employers. This options requires a minimum of 6 participants. A $2 delivery fee will be added to each share.

Do you do home delivery? –2019-04-10T12:18:15-04:00

Yes, we deliver to:

  • No~ In the past this was an option but have found the Hub locations work better in our mission of connecting people with the farm and the people who grow your food.

What happens if I forget to put out my bag on the delivery day?2017-04-20T17:23:15-04:00

If we come to deliver the vegetables and there is no bag at the door, we will leave the vegetables in a replacement ‘Forsythe Farms CSA’ bag, and place it at the doorstep. Upon the following delivery, we ask that you leave out the 2 bags for us to collect.

Bags can only be delivered to one specified address. If the member is not home to receive their share they must notify us and an arrangement can be made to work around this. Ideally members can send a friend, family member, or co-worker to one of our farmers market locations to pick up the share.

Are you Organic?2017-04-20T17:24:12-04:00

We are not certified organic, but do include some organic produce in our shares. Our own produce from the farm is grown as responsibly as possible using minimal chemical inputs and only if we needed to save the crop. Insects, diseases and weather all play a part in farming and we try to deal with them in the best way available. The produce we locally source from other Ontario growers is from farmers we know and trust. This allows us to increase the variety in your shares over and above what we grow ourselves.

Vacation Requests?2017-04-20T17:32:05-04:00

If you are unable to receive your share one week – please let one of us know and we can hold your share for you for the following week and double up when you return. You may also have a friend or relative pick up your share for you.