Welcome to The Sparrows Keep at Quaker Oaks Farm!
Already know you want to join? Don’t delay, and get in touch!
Unsure what a CSA is? Or curious what the program looks like at The Sparrows Keep?
Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, is the formation of a personal relationship, between the farmer, and the consumer.
A CSA member pays for a entire seasons worth of vegetables before the season starts. This enables the farmer to make seed purchases, perform equipment repair, purchase supplies, and make a accurate plan to ensure a bountiful year!
By becoming a member, you are entitled to a weekly share of the garden. But you can’t have the good, without the bad. This includes a share of any crop failures. While we give everything to make every crop a success, every now and then they don’t succeed. But remember, a failure one place, usually heralds a bounty in another!
The great part of being a member, is the connection you make with the food you eat. If you opt in for the working share, that connection is deepened as you learn how the different vegetables grow, and what it takes to harvest them!
It is a great learning experience for all ages, regardless if you join as a regular member, or a working share member!
The share breakdown:
There are three types of shares to choose from, the full season, the cottage share, and the salad share.
Full Season is 16 weeks, starting June 23rd to Thanksgiving. This share costs $550
Cottage Share is 11 weeks, starting June 23rd to Labour Day. This share costs $385
Salad Share is a smaller offering. It is built around a bag of our delicious mixed salad greens, and 2-3 salad type veggies! You can purchase this for either the full season, or just for the summer. It will be $15/week
If you want a more hands on experience, and $35 off the cost of a share, think about signing up for our working share! (working share is 5 hours, split into two, 2.5 hour sessions. Kids more than welcome!)
Whats in our harvest box!?
Our Full season/Cottage share is enough vegetables for 2 people who like their vegetables, or a family with small children. We aim to have between 7 and 12 different vegetables every week, depending on the time of the season, and how the weather has been cooperating.
How do I get my veggies?
Every Friday your share will be harvested fresh, and available for pick up at the farm from 11:00am-4:00pm. Can’t pick up on Friday? Don’t worry! You can pick up on Saturday too from 11:00am-2:00pm!
If you are unable to make it to the farm, we are also offering a Wednesday afternoon Orillia drop off (Location to be determined). There is a delivery fee of $5 per week associated with this option.
What else is included in with my subscription?
We have also teamed up with Cook With What You Have, a searchable collection of 900+ recipes at your fingertips 24/7. When you sign up for our vegetable share, you will receive a access code that will grant you access to the recipe collection, and other useful tips and tricks to help you use up all those veggies! This is a $49.99(USD)/year value!
Other member benefits include access to the barn yard, and garden tours. These can be set up with prior notice, and all are welcome
Please feel free to send us a message for more information, as well as payment options, on our CSA program!