A Growing Concern Farm is a small hobby farm located inland from Chester, NS, focusing mainly on fresh produce in a form to the public as a “CSA”, produce for restaurant supply and farm raised eggs from happy chickens with names.
CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture allows a member to purchase a membership which will result in a box of fresh produce each week, all growing season long. The risk is shared, meaning that if something didn’t grow well, that will be reflected in the weekly share. Likewise, when something does well, members will reap the benefits.
Members can expect to receive a box or basket of produce beginning around June 15th and ending early October. The fresh produce at A Growing Concern Farm is grown without the use of harmful herbicides or pesticides* and is picked at its peak of ripeness and ideal size. (no baseball bat zucchini!!!) There is a wide variety of produce being planted which will hopefully produce tomatoes, tomatillo, beets, swiss chard, spinach, bush beans, zucchini, parsnip, radish, lettuce, leeks, peas, cilantro, parsley, chives, turnip, kale, shallots, onions, garlic, summer savory, dill, potatoes, pole beans, jerusalem artichokes, carrots, melons, squash, kohlrabi, celeriac, cucumbers, oregano, thyme, mint, basil, sage, rosemary, bee balm, cut flowers and more. Items chosen for the weekly basket will depend on what is ripe and available at that time. Remember, availability of items and quantities is all up to mother nature.
Produce will be spray free* but should be washed before eating. Expect a little bit of dirt on root vegetables and a few small holes in leafy vegetables. Expect too, superior taste and freshness. Last year, our members found that their produce stayed fresh for days, even weeks, longer than what they had purchased from the store.
Here is what you could expect in a typical box for each time frame:
|1 qt of peas||3 zucchini||3 zucchini|
|1 bag of lettuce||sm bag of beans||2-3 tomatoes|
|1 bag of greens||1 bag of greens||1 bunch of carrots|
|1 bunch of beets||1 pt cherry tomatoes||1-2 lb potatoes|
|2-3 types of herbs||2-3 tomatoes||1-2 winter squash|
|2-3 cucumbers||1 bunch parsnip|
|1-2 bulbs of garlic||2 types of herbs|
|2 types of herbs|
These items are only examples….. basically expect 4-7 items plus a couple of types of herbs each week.
A Growing Concern Farm also sells eggs. This year they will not be included in the CSA but are available for purchase for an additional $3.50 per dozen. The chickens are fed a diet of grains and greens. They are grown without the use of hormones or antibiotics. They do not free range on our property because of hawks and other predators and garden invasion but they do have a large, outdoor enclosure that is covered with bird netting. The chickens are able to go inside and outside when they please for 9 months of the year and when the weather is decent for the remaining 3 months.
The cost of one annual share for this year will be $400. This includes a basket of produce weekly for about 15+ weeks. You may also choose to add the egg option for a total of $435 to receive a dozen eggs about every second week. We are not offering any half shares or substitution of items but if there are allergies or items you do not eat please let us know and we will omit them from your box. If you are going to be away for a week during the summer, it is your responsibility to arrange for a friend or neighbor take the basket for you or it can be skipped. A share is designed for a couple or a small family. Please save and return the empty boxes so they can be reused. Delivery and pick up is to be arranged in the near future. There are no refunds or cancellations.
If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 50% deposit due May 1st and remaining 50% due June 15th. Cash, check or E-transfer accepted.
*”Spray free” and “grown without the use of pesticides” has been adhered to thus far but A Growing Concern Farm reserves the right to spray vegetable oil, alcohol, chrysanthemum pyrethins and other natural biological controls.