Cedar Down Farm grows a diversity of organic veggies for a nearly year-round CSA. We have 3 distinct share seasons: Summer, Winter and Spring. Members registration for any combination of shares at the time of registration.
Summer members receive a weekly share of freshly picked, seasonal vegetables. The veggies are harvested the day before or the morning of your pick-up and brought to one of our drop-off sites for members to pick up.
In the winter, crisp, colourful winter crops and greens make up bi-weekly shares from November to March. We store all of our own hearty crops like potatoes, carrots, squash and much more and bring them to you throughout the winter. Scroll down for more information!
Our early spring shares are made up of the freshest, tender greens picked from our hoophouses right when you are beginning to crave them most! We begin harvesting beautiful fresh greens and other cold loving veggies in April for 4-5 early shares to get you through until summer begins!
Click HERE to see some samples of what our various seasonal shares look like throughout the season.
The Summer Share is 20 weeks long, beginning mid-June and running to the end of October.
- The drop off is farmers market style – though the content of each week’s share is chosen by the farmers (and the weather!), the veggies are displayed in bulk so you can choose the lettuce or bunch of carrots that appeals to you. Most items are “tradeable” meaning you can swap one for another depending on your taste.
- Members bring their own bags and containers to bring their food home in.
- Each week, members receive a farm newsletter, updating them on
farm goings-on and sharing recipes, info and stories.
Our winter CSA share is made up of farm-grown storage and late-season crops to keep you going through the winter. Winter crops from the farm are flavourful and crisp, colourful and nutritious. Our winter share runs for 9 bi-weekly pickups from early November until early March.
Some of the veggies in the winter share include:
Potatoes, carrots, leeks, beets, parsnip, celeriac, squash, onions, garlic, napa cabbage, green and purple cabbage, kohlrabi, cauliflower, spinach, lettuces, bok choy, endive, kale and collard greens.
Early Spring Share!
Just when you’re starting to really crave fresh, garden produce, our early greens share serves up crisp lettuce and spinach, crunchy radishes and bok choy, kale, chard and other cold-hearty greens from our greenhouses. The share consists of 4 weeks of weekly deliveries beginning in mid-April of lovely fresh greens just when you’re wanting them most.
We deliver summer shares to the following 3 locations. Spring and winter shares are delivered to Hanover and Guelph only.
|Time||Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm||Thursdays 5-7pm||Wednesdays 4-6pm|
|Location||Launch Pad Youth Centre, 612 10th St. Hanover||The Guelph Youth Music Centre, 75 Cardigan St. Guelph||2018 location is to be determined.|
Share Sizes and Prices 2018
One of the great things about the CSA model is that farmers receive much-needed income at the beginning of the season when most of our costs are incurred. Therefore, we encourage members who are able to pay as much as possible of the of their shares as early as possible in the year. However, you may also pay in installments.
For summer and winter, we have two share sizes to choose from:
For a couple or a veggie lovin’ individual
- Hanover – $565
- Guelph/Port Elgin – $575
- Hanover – $350
- Guelph – $360
Suits a family of four or a veggie-lovin’ couple
- Hanover – $850
- Guelph/Port Elgin – $860
- Hanover – $525
- Guelph – $535
Our spring share is offered in one size only. In 2018 the spring share is $70 ($80 in Guelph/Port Elgin) for 4-5 weeks of deliveries.
Our “Community Shares” Program:
Our goal is to make nutritious, high quality food available to everyone but we understand that the price of shares can be prohibitive for some members of our community. Through the generous donations of our members, we are able to offer reduced priced shares – up to half price – to members who need the subsidy. Get in touch with us for more info!
Cedar Down also works with local community service organizations and donates up to 2000lbs per year of produce to their food distribution initiative. Our produce can be found at Chalmers Community Services Centre in Guelph and through the Light on Main Street free lunch and the Salvation Army in Hanover.