Do you know where your food comes from? Canada’s Capital Greenbelt is home to farms that produce a tantalizing bounty of local produce and, with a community-supported agriculture (CSA) membership, it’s now easier than ever to eat fresh and local food all summer long.
What is a CSA and how does it work?
A CSA is a partnership between you and the farmer of your choice. Every CSA is unique, but, in general, you pay a one-time fee prior to the start of the growing season, which gives the farmer financial security and start-up capital. In return, you receive a weekly or biweekly food basket (delivered, or that you can pick up directly at the farm or at a given location near you) for the duration of the growing season. Now that’s a win-win situation!
Meet the Greenbelt farmers
Hoping for fresh fruits? Vegetables? Eggs? Meat? Honey? Take your pick, the Greenbelt has it all!
Urban Edge Farm
2170 Anderson Road
A 12-hectare (30-acre) farm nestled in the heart of the Capital Greenbelt, featuring organically grown fresh vegetables, herbs, free-range chicken eggs and a market stand in the summer. CSA members can choose from a variety of produce when they pick up their basket.
- What? Fresh vegetables, herbs, free-range chicken eggs and kombucha
- When? Weekly baskets, July until September (10 baskets)
- How much? Small ($150), medium ($200) or large ($300)
- Where? Pick up at the farm on Friday evenings
Sign up before May 1, 2019. For details, or to place an order, email email@example.com.
Beetbox Cooperative Farm
230 Davidson’s Side Road
An urban vegetable farm serving West Ottawa and growing out of the Greenbelt in Nepean. This worker-owned cooperative provides fresh produce that is certified local organic by Pro-Cert. Get your dose of quality veg with the VegBox CSA program. If you pick your box at the farm, be sure to visit with the chickens, walk around the farm or take a stroll to the Ottawa River.
- What? A wide variety of veggies to choose from, along with staples and artisanal veggies
- When? Weekly or biweekly boxes, June until October (9 or 18 boxes)
- How much? Biweekly standard ($345) or large ($465) | Weekly standard ($635) or large ($875)
- Where? Pick up at the farm on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm) or at a location in Kanata North or Hintonburg.
Sign up before June 15, 2019, or before the program sells out. For details or to place an order, visit https://beetbox.ca/vegbox.
4777 Ridge Road
Enjoy a weekly selection of flavourful, organic fruits and vegetables, courtesy of Ekoroot Farm. Nestled near Mer Bleue, Ekoroot offers a flexible selection of community-supported agriculture subscriptions and pickup options.
- What? Poultry, eggs, certified organic vegetables, fruit, flowers
- When? Biweekly boxes, starting in June (10 boxes), whole chicken pre-order for spring
- How much? One format ($300) or $30 each week
- Where? Pick up at the farm on the agreed-upon date and time. Free delivery to Blackburn Hamlet.
To inquire and sign up for the 2019 season, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.ekorootfarm.com.
Gees Bees Honey Company
538 River Road
By purchasing your share of a beehive at the start of the season, you will not only receive a year’s supply of local raw honey (twelve 500-gram jars), you will also be helping pollinate Ottawa. Satisfy your sweet tooth year-round and, when you come to pick up your honey at harvest time, you will also be invited to meet your bees, and learn about the honey harvest.
- What? Twelve 500-gram honey jars
- When? At harvest time in September
- How much? $159
- Where? Pick up at the farm, at Camelot Golf and Country Club (Cumberland), or at Wesley Clover Parks (Kanata)
To sign up, visit https://www.geesbees.ca/ottawa-hiveshare.
Mike’s Garden Harvest
436 River Road
Receive a bountiful bouquet of fresh, local fruits and vegetables every week with Mike’s Garden Harvest. The vegetables are organically grown in naturally enriched soil, without chemicals, artificial fertilizer or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). The farm offers several flexible options for community-supported agriculture, bringing the taste of the Greenbelt right to your doorstep.
- What? Greens, vegetables, fruit
- When? Weekly boxes, June to October (15 boxes)
- How much? Mike’s FULL (delivery included): $480, Mike’s MAX (delivery included): $900, Mike’s HALF (no delivery): $290, Mike’s FLEX (no delivery): $160
- Where? Pick up at the farm or delivery on Thursdays
Fun fact: Last year, Mike’s Garden Harvest sent 680 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of potatoes to help Iqualuit fire relief.
To sign up, visit https://www.mikesgardenharvest.com.
Note: Products and activities may change, depending on the season. To find out more, contact the farm directly.
The NCC recognizes the importance of agriculture as food needs grow, while land and soil are becoming increasingly scarce. That’s why we are developing a strategy to integrate food and agriculture into the planning of the Capital. Learn more here.