Community Supported Agriculture

Olde MacKenzie Farm will grow you farm-fresh naturally grown veggies for less than the cost of retail.  Our CSA subscription can provide fresh produce for a limited number of families.  We offer a wide variety of vegetables from beans to zucchini, as they become available throughout the growing year. 

What is a CSA?  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. In a CSA, farmers grow food for a predetermined group of consumers. The CSA movement is a popular one across North America.

In a CSA, share-holders/members purchase annual shares of the vegetables grown on the farm.  CSAs are a form of direct marketing of fresh vegetables based on an agreement between farmers and member families who pay in advance for a weekly delivery of fresh vegetables for the duration of the growing season.  Through CSAs, people are claiming back a connection to the production of their food. It allows farmers to be supported locally and for people to eat food grown in their own area, not shipped from across the continent.

In return, they receive shares in the farm’s bounty throughout the growing season, as well as the satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and participating directly in food production.  When you order from us, you are eating the same food we do.  With purchasing a share you are also helping with food sustainability within the area.


Benefits for CSA Members:

  • Building a relationship with the farmer
  • Increased ability to incorporate seasonal and local principles into the weekly meal plan through weekly access of produce
  • Guaranteed access to a wide variety of tasty, and local produce from Olde MacKenzie Farm.
  • Great recipes for produce that can be found on the website, on our Facebook page, and in the weekly email.
  • Being part of the solution and stewards of the land.
  • Investing in yours and your families health by reducing the exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Exposure to new foods

 

Members are more than members.

Members commit to the CSA model of food production.  This model is designed to help create stronger relationships between local farms and families.  By purchasing a share in the farms annual production, members help to cover the upfront costs of production and create a local market for the produce before and during production.  Members commit by paying for a weekly box of produce in advance.  

Members are always welcome to take a walk through the fields and see what is happening.  The best time for that is during the farm pickup.  Tours can be arranged at alternate times.  

Members are also encouraged to come and help out during planting or harvesting.  Bring the family (children welcome) and  get a tour, help out a little and have some fun while connecting with where your food comes from.


Our commitment:

We at Olde MacKenzie Farm are committed to continually improving our growing methods.  We do this to ensure the sustainability of our natural resources, long-term viability of the farm, and increase biodiversity.  We believe in providing people with food that is delicious, nutritious and ethically produced. 

The price of an Olde MacKenzie Farm full share of farm-fresh produce is $450.00 for the season (15-16 weeks from June through to Thanksgiving weekend, depending on the weather).  This averages to about $27 per week.  The share prices are meant to be an average over the full season, and can vary from week to week, especially in the beginning.  Do not worry, you will get more than your values worth before the end of the season.

A full share may be good for up to a family of 4, depending on eating habits.  

Orders are payable in three instalments.  The first instalment is the deposit of $50.00 upon becoming a member, the second amount by June 1st of $200 and the final by August 1st of $200. Post dated cheques are due with deposit.  


NSF Cheques

A charge of $40 will be applied for NSF cheques.  We don't like it any more than you do but that is the fee we are charged.  We do not charge additional fees at this time.


We accept CSA members on a first come first serve basis, and space is limited.  Half shares are available, please contact us for more information.  There is a discount for early bird registrations paid in full by the end of January of the current year.


2014 pickups:

Current pickup: Charlottetown, at the Farm Center on Thursday evening from 4:30-5:30  

Contact us for more information on a CSA share.

We are now accepting members for the 2014 season. Registrations must be in by May 15th.  

We will also offer eggs each week.  You can prepay for the full season.  Space is limited for the "egg share".  There will also be eggs available each week, but quantities are limited.  Egg shares are not yet available for the 2014 season.  The price will be set once we know the price of feed for the summer months.  One egg share is equal to one dozen eggs a week.

With the campaign earlier this year egg shares have been sold out.

 Difference from CSA and Veggie Box

The veggie box is different from the CSA.  The veggie box is based on price where the CSA is based on what is grown.  CSA members share in the risk with Olde MacKenzie Farm.  We grow a percentage of the vegetables for the CSA.  They receive a share based on what grows.  If there is a bumper crop on a particular vegetable, the CSA members will receive more.  If there is not a good crop, the members will receive less of that particular crop.  It is a shared risk.