CSA stands for community-supported agriculture. CSA programs connect communities with their local farmers. Prior to the growing season, community members in Ottawa & Gatineau pay a subscription to our farm in exchange for a weekly or bi-weekly box of fresh vegetables.
CSA members play a central role in our farm. By joining our CSA, you are directly supporting us in our mission to grow tasty, nutrient-dense food using regenerative organic farming practices.
Memberships are paid in the off-season, which helps us buy our seeds, compost, and the tools that we use every day on the farm. In return for your support, you will receive a diverse box of seasonal vegetables each week throughout the growing season.
What you get
10 or 18 baskets of certified organic vegetables over 20 weeks from June to October.
An average of $31.50 worth of vegetables per basket (usually 8 items).
Two weeks of vacation are included in full-time subscriptions.
Ability to switch pick-up locations and move pick-up dates around to fit your summer schedule.
A weekly newsletter with recipe ideas, storage tips, and stories from the farm.
Payment can be made in 3 installments.
*As a member of our CSA program, you will be asked to contribute 18$ (+ tax) to the Family Farmers Network, a collective marketing tool for farmers in Quebec.
Why should I join a CSA program?There are so many reasons to join a CSA: Eat seasonally without having to think about it. Incorporate more diversity into your diet and feel inspired in the kitchen. Higher quality, better tasting and longer lasting vegetables than what you find in the grocery store. Support farmers directly in our mission to steward land and nourrish our community. Build a relationship with us - the people who grow your food - and where it comes from.
How do I receive my vegetables?Every week, members pick up their share at their designated pick-up location. Most of the vegetables in your share are selected by us, but you usually get to choose two during the pick-up. You'll bring a reusable bag or box with you to the pick-up. After checking in with us, you will move around the tables set up to and grab your veggies.
What can I expect in terms of vegetables each week?The CSA invites you to eat seasonally so the contents of your weekly basket will vary depending on the month. We try to strike a balance every week, and usually include a mix of salad greens, root vegetables, fruiting vegetables, alliums and herbs. There will always be some familiar favourites like carrots, tomatoes, lettuce, onions and garlic. You will also discover a few new vegetable varieties to try throughout the season, like purple napa cabbage, black cherry tomatoes, and delicata squash. Our goal is to inspire you to cook more and be more connected to eating seasonally. Usually, you receive between 7 and 8 different vegetables.
What are some examples of typical baskets?Mid June: 5 oz of arugula 1 bunch of radishes 3 Lebanese cucumbers 1 bag of spinach 1 bunch of beets 1 bunch of bok choy OR curly kale 1 bunch cilantro OR green onions Late August: 1 pint cherry tomatoes 1 pint slicing tomatoes 1 pint of green beans 1 bunch of carrots OR beets 5 oz of spring mix 1 small green cabbage 1 bunch thai basil OR dill Early October: 1 delicata squash 5 oz of spring mix 1 bunch hakurei turnips OR gem lettuce 1 bunch of celery OR napa cabbage 1 bunch of carrots 1 bunch of broccolini 1 quart of onions 2 heads of garlic
Can I move my delivery dates around if I'm away?Yes! After you sign up, you will have access to your delivery calendar. You can use this calendar to move your delivery dates around as needed. Two weeks of absences are accounted for in full time memberships. For half-time memberships, you will have a lot more flexibility. Your calendar will be set up with a delivery every two weeks, but you can change it to suit your needs.
Are all of your vegetables certified organic?Yes! We are certified organic through Ecocert. This means that we farm without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Beyond our organic certification, we practice agroecology on the farm. Agroecology is a holistic approach to food production that uses—and creates—social, cultural, economic and environmental knowledge to promote food sovereignty, social justice, economic sustainability, and healthy agricultural ecosystems.
"The Larkspur CSA was a highlight of my year. For the first time, I felt connected to my food. Thanks to Larkspur I ate vegetables that were in season and got to try a number of new vegetables and recipes. Delicata squash, daikon and radicchio are some of my new favourites. Alix and Doug are so generous with their knowledge and I loved hearing updates from the farm. Alix and Doug are committed to sustainability and food justice and I'm really excited to be a part of what they're doing in a small way." - Portia Larlee
"This was our first year trying a CSA share and we are very happy we did. The quality of the vegetables and herbs grown at Larkspur farm was excellent and the freshness was like nothing you would ever get at a supermarket. We enjoyed everything we got, but some highlights were the tomatoes that were so sweet and juicy, and the beautiful mixed greens that would stay crisp and delicious for over a week (on the rare occasion they lasted that long). Knowing the produce was all grown organically was really important to us too. We can't wait for next summer!" - Kathi & Lee