Root Radical Community Shared Agriculture (CSA): Fresh, local, seasonal produce from the Kingston area

Registration

The 2017 growing season is underway and the CSA is full for this year.

If you'd like to be on our contact list for 2018 CSA membership click here or keep reading to learn more about vegetable CSA membership at Root Radical.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Emily.

How it works

We sell the vegetables that we produce through the CSA model. Our CSA members receive a weekly share of the produce taken from our diverse two acre organic garden and our 2300 sq. ft. organic greenhouse.

The vegetables are distributed once per week over the 24 week season from approximately early June until mid-November. The exact start date and length of season depends on the spring and fall weather.

One of our vegetable shares is sized to suit most veggie-loving households but households who like to eat a lot of vegetables and preserve some for winter may want to purchase two shares.

If you are concerned about one share being too much food for your household, you can purchase a half share and pick up every second week. You are also very welcome to find a friend and split a full share.

The quantity of vegetables in a given week varies with what the season provides, with the largest amounts distributed in August and September. For a better idea of what is in a share, please read "Share Examples" below.

The vegetables are picked up on either Tuesday or Friday evenings. Most of our members pick up their vegetables in downtown Kingston. We also have farm pick up option for Howe Island residents and we have pick up points in the east and west end of Kingston.

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Share cost

Full Share is $600 for 24 pickups.

Half Share is $348 for 12 pickups.

Double Share is $1152 for 24 pickups.

The cost of the share represents the cost of growing the vegetables organically and includes a modest income for the farmer. As a member of the CSA, you will receive a financial report at the end of the year.

We offer a sliding scale (+/- $5 per pick up) to allow greater participation from people with lower incomes. When registering you will have access to our "Sliding Scale Guidelines" to help you with your decision of how much to pay for your share.

If the share price is unaffordable to your household, you can choose to reduce your share price by up to $5/pick up. And/or you can select the monthly payment plan which allows you to pay a deposit when registering and then make 5 additional monthly payments over the course of the growing season when you are actually eating the vegetables. Or if you prefer, you can design another payment plan that suits your household.

Alternatively, if you can afford it and would like to help make local organic food more accessible to people with lower incomes and/or contribute to a better income for your farmer, you can add to your share price up to $5 per pickup.

Share Examples

The following share examples from a selection of weeks from the 2016 season are provided to help give you an idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that, each season provides different growing conditions and the boxes can look quite different from year to year.

June 14 – Week 2

• 120g Spinach
• 140g Baby Leaf Lettuce or Mixed Mustard Greens
• 160g Baby Kale
• 1 bunch Green Onions
• 1 head Lettuce
• 1 large Bok Choy
• 1 Spring Turnip (with tops)
• A few sprigs each of Sage, Oregano and Parsley

July 15 – Week 7

• ½ pint of Cherry Tomatoes
• 1 large Cucumber
• 295g Green Beans
• 1 medium Summer Squash and Zucchini
• 6 Carrots
• 1 head Lettuce
• 5 Beets
• 2 sprigs Basil
• 1 bunch Kale
• 1 small handful Parsley

August 16 – Week 11

• ¾ quart Cherry Tomatoes
• 1 quart Tomatoes
• 170g Green or Yellow Beans
• 4 Sweet Peppers
• 1 large Zucchini or Summer Squash
• 135g Baby Leaf Lettuce
• 2 large Sweet Onions
• 5 Carrots
• 4 sprigs Basil
• 1 small bunch of Cilantro
• 1 small bulb Fennel
• 1 or 2 Hot Peppers (optional)

September 16 – Week 16

• 1 pint mixed Tomatoes
• 1 bunch Broccoli
• 135g Yellow Beans
• 2 medium Zucchini or Summer Squash
• 140g Baby Leaf Lettuce
• 2 large Sweet Onions
• 5 Carrots
• 1 bunch Basil
• 1 Napa Cabbage
• 130g Mixed Mustard Green
• 1 handful Thyme
• 1 or 2 Hot Peppers (optional)

October 14 – Week 20

• ½ pint mixed Tomatoes
• 140g Spinach
• 3 Yellow Onions
• 1 quart Potatoes
• 140g Baby Kale
• 2 Green Peppers
• 8 Carrots
• 1 Butternut Squash
• 180g Arugula
• 2 sprigs Rosemary
• 1 small Watermelon

November 15 – Week 24

• 17 Carrots
• 3 Red Onions
• 2 quarts Potatoes
• 4 Parsnips
• 4 Leeks
• 150g Arugula
• 1 bunch Kale
• 1 handful Thyme
• 2 Watermelon Radishes

Extras

For more information about other farm products from our farm click on "Extras".

Contact

Follow this link to sign up for a CSA share.

If you have any questions about membership or you are having any difficulty with the commitment form, please contact Emily.