What is Community Shared Agriculture?Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) is a way for farmers and customers to come together that shares some of the risk that comes with growing sensitive crops like fruits and vegetables in Manitoba. While the farmers commit to doing everything they can to provide a wide range of fresh produce to the customer, the latter commits to taking a certain amount of fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis. It's a relationship built on mutual trust.
At la Ferme Cenerini Farms, we grow a wide range of crops that we hope to supply to our valued customers. These include both vegetables and fruits. But our specialties are sweet corn, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, beets, onions, potatoes, squash and pumpkins. We have planted many apple trees and we are expanding our production of garlic so these are crops that we plan to have in greater abundance in the future.
What do weekly shares look like?
Customers can either sign up for a full-share, which is what a household of 4 or 5 might eat over the course of a week, or a half-share, which might more closely correspond to a couple's needs.
Here is a typical full-share might look like from the start to the end of the season.
Half-shares will represent, needless to say, roughly half of the amounts listed above. There may be slightly less variety as well in the half-share baskets.
|It is possible that, because
of inclement weather (too much rain, for example), there may be weeks where
less produce is available to be picked. On the other hand, when a wide variety
of crops are available in late summer, we may provide a little extra in the
baskets. In other words, the lists above are a guide to which we will stick as
closely as possible but there may be some week-to-week variation in amounts and
Additional ordersCustomers who want larger amounts for freezing or canning can discuss their needs with us in person when they pick up their orders (see "Pick-up" below). We will have larger quantities of pickling cukes, corn, tomatoes (both regular and romas), beets, potatoes (in bags) and basil for pesto. We also plan to make "salsa boxes" available with everything you need for this seasonal delight (tomatoes, peppers and onions).
You can check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rfarm2u for updates.