Winter 2022 Update
In 2020, COVID-19 made the opening of the Mabou Farmers’ Market uncertain. And this presented us with an exciting new opportunity: our inaugural CSA!* Our CSA memberships sold out in a flash (thank you wonderful community!) and for the next two seasons, we provided our members with delicious, seasonal produce, straight from our gardens, every weekend.
While we absolutely loved these two seasons, we've made the decision not to offer our CSA in 2022.
We'll be at the farmers' market on Sundays again this season and we have some exciting plans taking shape for special events on the farm too. If you'd like us to let you know about our on-farm events in 2022, sign up for our occasional email updates here.
Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all of our fabulous 2020 and 2021 CSA members. We are beyond grateful to live in a community that is so supportive of local food production and we're looking forward to staying connected this season and beyond!
*Check out this article to read more about how we - and other farmers in Cape Breton - adapted to COVID-19.
If you're curious to learn about how our CSA worked the past two seasons, scroll down and read more.
About the Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Model
One of the things that we have always loved the most about selling at the farmers’ market is the direct connection we have to our customers - and in 2020-2021 our CSA allowed us to continue building those relationships.
CSA is an alternative model for food access and distribution where the customer is directly linked to the farm. The customer (or “CSA member”) purchases “shares” in the harvest, paying at the beginning of the season and receiving a portion of the harvest over the course of the season; thus sharing in both the risk and bounty of food production.
Many CSAs are presented in the form of a weekly basket, selected and packed by the farmer, and made up of a selection of seasonal vegetables. Membership in our CSA has looked a little bit different.
To learn more about the Patchwood Farm CSA please explore the Frequently Asked Questions listed below.
Patchwood Farm CSA: FAQs
The Patchwood Farm CSA is all about great produce, direct connection, and flexibility. Here's how it has worked:
- CSA members purchase a "share" of the harvest before the season begins (either a "small" or "regular" size);
- their membership comes in the form of a "farm tab" that they can spend with us throughout the season;
- this farm tab includes a 10% bonus as a thank you to CSA members;
- pick ups take place every weekend on the farm (Saturdays) and at the Mabou Farmers' Market (Sundays);
- at the pick ups, members choose from a wide variety of fresh vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and more;
- the value of their week's selection is totalled and subtracted from their farm tab;
- the model offers the flexibility in choice (members choose the produce and quantities that work for them each week) and in schedule (there's no weekly participation commitment; members pick up on the weeks that work for their schedule);
- our CSA season runs for 15 weeks: from July to October;
- at farm pick ups, members are welcome to explore the gardens, ask questions, and get to know their farmers and the place their food is coming from!
Please feel free to explore the other tabs for more detailed answers to frequently asked questions.