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KNOW YOUR FARMER, BUY LOCAL
When Locally Germinated was founded in 2011 it was the only farm in the area to use the innovative food business model called Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA, to bring ecologically-grown food to the Windsor-Essex Chatham-Kent area. Since then other similar businesses have sprouted up to supply our community’s pent-up demand for local and ecologically-conscious food. Within this new climate we started to search inwards, to go back to our roots and to our core values. Our farm’s vision can best be summed up with this quote from a favourite CBC Radio show, “The Vinyl Cafe” ~ “We may not be big, but we’re small” ~ (Wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vinyl_Cafe#Dave_and_Morley_Stories)
What’s your story?
We want to be a sustainable, small-scale, permaculture-based, community farm that most closely mimics a home garden. Our produce may look imperfect at times but it will be the freshest, most flavourful veggies you can have outside of your own backyard. Enjoy the benefits of a home garden without the work! You can’t get fresher food unless you grow it yourself (which is a wonderful thing to do, if you can!) Many people say that once they go delicious they can’t go back. Every veggie is harvested by hand and the use of machinery for planting and preparing the soil is minimal. We adhere to strict organic growing principles. Everything is done by our inter-generational farming family, one employee, and our work-share farm friends. We gain incredible satisfaction from knowing the people and families who eat the food we grow. Find out more on our About page.
How does it work?
You put down a $200 deposit for our CSA before the season begins and once a week you receive a share of our fresh seasonal produce. The season is 20 weeks long – beginning in early June and ending in late October. We are competitively priced – the majority of our produce is the same price as non-organic grocery store fare. You bring your own bag or box so that we can continue to reduce our use of plastic bags. A CSA is the perfect way to see where and how your food is grown and to put a face to your farmer.
What produce can I expect?
A complete list can be found on the What We Grow page.
- In the first few weeks you will have Peas, Lettuce, Radishes, Scallions, Chard, and Kale.
- By July you’ll also be enjoying Tomatoes, Sweet Peppers, Beans, Garlic, Eggplant, Summer Squash, Broccoli, Cabbage, Radnips, and Beets.
- In September we add Melons, Winter Squash, and Kohlrabi.
- In October Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, and Carrots join in the party.
- Throughout the season we will have also have off-farm items such as mushrooms, mini-cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes, fresh herbs, pickled preserves, local honey, and more.
Why do you require a deposit before the season starts?
Your deposit provides us with the necessary resources to purchase seeds, soil, greenhouse supplies, compost, tools, row cover (for season extension), and to pay employees before the growing season begins. Early payments allow us to plan out our crops to avoid unnecessary food waste, and provides us with a secure and stable market for our produce. Seeds are planted indoors as early as February and transplanted outside in late March. An early deposit is a commitment you make not only to our farm but to yourself.
What are the share options and the cost?
Your initial investment is a $200 non-refundable deposit and can be paid in cash, by cheque, by email money transfer, or by credit card (major companies). We cannot hold your spot without a deposit. Space is limited and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Your $200 deposit is deducted from the total share cost. The balance of the full share cost is due on the 1st week of the CSA season, payment plans are available.
Basic Share: a traditional CSA share of pre-packaged produce. Seasonal veggies are chosen weekly by the farmer but you can also let us know what veggies you hate or love. This is the most economical share option and is the only option available for home delivery. Pick up weekly at our Wednesday Farm Market (tentatively running from 3:30 pm to 6 pm) or get Home Delivery for a $5 weekly fee (this is billed at the end of the season to reflect actual weeks delivered). Choose either the FULL weekly share for $500 ($25/wk for 20 weeks) or the half, bi-weekly share for $250 ($25/wk for 10 weeks).
Farmer’s Market Share: allows for complete control of the veggies you receive each week.. Shares start at $200 and you decide how much more you want to add. For example, $300 total for 2 people, $400 total for 2 veggie lovers, or $500 total for a family of 4. Members have told us that they appreciate not having to think about carrying cash when they come to our Farm Market. Unused credit does not roll over to the next season but does allow you to miss a week or two and to stock up on extra veggies when you need to.
We encourage you to purchase a larger share and to take advantage of our in-season produce by preserving it. Make your locally-grown, organic produce last longer – you’ll be glad you did once Winter comes! This blog provides tips for easy to difficult methods of food preservation – canning, dehydrating, freezing, and fermenting.
Where are your pickup locations?
- Terre Tremblay Farm is located at 20600 Morris Rd (Canal St West), Lakeshore (outside the town of Tilbury), only 30 minutes from Windsor. Farm Market and CSA pickup on Wednesdays from 3:30 pm to 6 pm.
- Home delivery is now available! Local only – Tilbury, Comber, Stoney Point, and other small communities within a 15 minute drive from Tilbury. Home delivery will be on Wednesday afternoons.
What are the benefits of joining your CSA?
- Garden to plate freshness: grocery store fare is harvested up to 2 weeks before arriving at the store versus our produce which is picked no more than 1 day in advance. Our beets are often being washed up right before being packed up for deliveries!
- Money saved on organic vegetables – our prices are 20% lower than organic produce in grocery stores.
- Exclusive member benefits: a members-only table for specific veggies and products (such as sweet corn + celery); flexibility and direct communication with your farmer; not having to carry cash each week (many members told us this was a big draw to the program); returning members get priority spaces for the following season.
- Knowing you are feeding your family sustainably-grown, healthy, DELICIOUS, nutrient-dense foods.
- The chance to be more in tune with the local climate by learning to eat seasonally and reducing your food miles. (See also wikipedia.)
- Supporting local, ecological farmers encourages more farmers to go this route.
- Knowing that your food dollars are staying in your community and are supporting ecologically-conscious farming while not contributing to environmental degradation; reduction of food waste.
- A blog that is updated regularly with recipes and farm life as well as an active Facebook community.
- On-farm members get to see our farm in action, visit our free-range pastured chickens, and participate in farm activities and tours in our child-friendly atmosphere.
- Supporting farmers who train and guide others in growing their own food gardens, independently and through farm groups such as the NFU-O and the EFAO; helping the community create their own food independence through foraging tours.
- The opportunity to try new vegetables and to be creative in the kitchen – who knows what new favourite dish or veggie you will discover!
How else can I become involved?
We offer a work-share program for those who prefer to volunteer in exchange for veggies + to get experience with gardening. Work-share is also available to paid members who want to supplement their weekly veggies, save money on their share, or who want to spend a lovely morning on our farm. Work is generally limited to harvesting but can include other jobs if you want to contribute in other ways. While you will need to be fairly able-bodied and able to stand being in the heat this is volunteer work so we create a relaxed atmosphere. Children are welcome.
Preference will be given to those who can commit to volunteering every week of the 20 week season and to those who have some vegetable growing experience. Available times are Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings during our harvest times. Accommodations can be made for other days of the week, please contact if interested. For a minimum of 3 hrs per week you will receive a bag of veggies worth $20.
How do I find out more?
To register for our weekly baskets or to get more information send us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org . This blog is a fantastic resource, you can see what produce we have offered and how our program has worked for the last 5 seasons as well as search for recipes and information on individual veggies. Signing up to our blog is easy and ‘liking’ our Facebook page means you will find out about exciting new things we are offering in 2017 including farm tours, foraging walks, our farm market, work bees, canning parties, and more!
From our farm to you,
Blessings for a delicious, colourful, beautiful, and abundant 2017!