Weekly Vegetable Box and Salad Share Programs

 

How Does the Vegetable Box Work?

Our Old Island Market Farm offers a weekly vegetable box program with a “pay-as-you-go” format, where most CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs are paid in advance for the growing season.  This benefits you, the consumer, by not having the high initial output at the start of the season.

Here’s a synopsis of how our weekly vegetable box program operates:

  • Prior to the growing season, you’ll contact Our Old Island Market Farm with a request to receive a weekly vegetable box
  • You will initially pay your first and last vegetable box
  • Throughout the duration of the program you will be required to send and e-transfer one week in advance for the following week’s box

That’s basically it!  All we ask is you commit to an approximate 12-15 week cycle so we can plan for our market objectives (potentially more weeks depending on the growing season).

What Can I Expect?

We’ve chosen the types and varieties of vegetable to grow in our service based on past experience and demand.  During our trials for the last two years, we’ve come to know which vegetables our members would like to receive frequently and which they’d prefer to receive less often.

FREQUENT: tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, carrots, cucumbers, summer squash, onions, beans, peas, beets

SECONDARY: garlic, turnip, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, spinach, swiss chard, peppers, asian greens, eggplant

OCCASIONALLY: fennel, hot peppers, garlic scapes, sweet corn, ground cherries, kale, arugula, winter squash

We use careful consideration in putting together our weekly shares to make the offerings as diverse and enjoyable as possible:

  • we try to include a minimum of 8-12 different items per share in any given week of the season
  • aim to include lettuce in every weekly share (or spinach in the cooler seasons)
  • we try to include a variety of greens every week (perhaps two or three in the early season)
  • we try to include two or three root vegetables in every share – carrots as often as possible
  • we endeavor to add fruiting vegetables as early and often as possible and try to have herbs in every share we can

In an effort to aid in the variety and value of your weekly box, we may, on occasion, partner with other like-minded growers to provide specialty items.  We are fully transparent about that process.  Of course we know we can’t expect to please our entire membership in every share so we are receptive to member feedback and make an effort to accommodate their preferences.

How Does the Salad Share Program Work?

Our Old Island Market Farm offers a weekly salad share program with a “pay-as-you-go” format, where most CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs are paid in advance for the growing season.  This benefits you, the consumer, by not having the high initial output at the start of the season.

What Can I Expect?

What does each share include? The OOIMF salad Share features a rotating selection of fresh, nutritious greens to make a week of colorful, flavorful salads.  1- 8oz mixed microgreens salad (farm blend), 1 regular sized container of rotating selection of specialty microgreens ie: arugula, broccoli, brassicas blend, bok choy, collards, kale, mustard’s, sunflower, pea shoots, rapini etc, a bag of mixed lettuce greens, a small selection of seasonal veggies such as cherry tomatoes, radishes, baby carrots, cucumber, enough to make your salad bright and cheerful and a salad dressing (made fresh each week).  We may from time to time purchase vegetables from other like-minded farmers if our selection is not available.

That’s basically it!  All we ask is you commit to an approximate 12-15 week cycle so we can plan for our market objectives (potentially more weeks depending on the growing season).

Where Do I Receive My Vegetable Box or Salad Share?

This year we are offering two pricing options.  One is for pick up at the farm, and the other is for our current delivery area.