Being a farm member is like having a top notch vegetable garden in your backyard without having to worry about doing the work, or as our members often tell us,
"It's like Christmas every week!"
You know you'll be craving something green when the snow melts! We've got you covered. This early Spring Extension membership begins several weeks before the Standard Share so you don't need to wait until July for fresh vegetables. Expect a foundation of salad greens with early appearances from cucumbers, snap peas, and broccolini.
4 weekly boxes of $20 value during the month of June
2-4 farmer selected products each week
Full access to our Community Kitchen
Standard Share members are the backbone of our farm, so we fill their boxes with the best selection of produce our fields have to offer. Members can expect regular portions of staples like carrots, tomatoes, salad greens, and cucumbers, with occasional portions of less common crops such as salad turnips, broccolini, or parsnips. See our Products page for a full list of crops.
12 weekly boxes of $35 value from July to September
5-8 farmer selected products each week
1 optional vacation week of your choice
Full access to our Community Kitchen
Stock up your pantry with homegrown vegetables just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving. The Fall Extension is one final box with larger portions of crops that can be stored easily in your fridge or at room temperature. Look forward to beautiful strings of onions, bunches of garlic, winter squash, and bulk bags of carrots, potatoes, and beets to start off your winter.
1 box of $100 value distributed the first week of October.
6-9 farmer selected products, most in larger quantities
Full access to our Community Kitchen
Memberships are sold on a first come first served basis until sell out or the deadline of March 31.
Registration begins January 1 for returning members and February 1 for new members.
Members commit to the farm at the start of the year and receive weekly deliveries of fresh local produce during the summer. This partnership benefits the farm and its members. As a member, you benefit from receiving super fresh, locally grown produce of the highest quality, and as farmers, we benefit from being able to minimize waste and maximize efficiency thanks to the secured market for the food we grow. Read on to learn more, and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about the farm.
Home Delivery and Pick-Up Membership Privileges
Memberships come with different perks depending on the location of your home in Saskatoon. If you live within our delivery area, we will deliver your produce right to your home at no extra cost. Our delivery area is currently limited to the core areas of Nutana, Buena Vista, Riversdale, King George, and Holiday Park. Here is a larger MAP of the delivery area shown below. We cannot offer home delivery to every area of the city because we do all of our farm work by bike and this commitment comes with some limits. If you live outside of our delivery area, you will need to come to our home in Riversdale to pick up your produce once a week, but in exchange for that extra effort, you can enjoy some additional customization. We setup a mini market at our home for our pick-up members which makes it possible to trade items in your share and/or purchase additional items to better match the unique preferences of your household.
Our delivery area is highlighted in red.
This is our pick up station stocked with produce for members.
When are shares delivered / picked up?
On Wednesdays, all member produce is distributed between 5:00pm and 8:00pm. We make all of our home deliveries during these hours and notify members by text message when deliveries have been completed. We also make sure that the pick up station is stocked by 5:00pm for those members who are picking up their produce. On Saturdays, our pick up station is open from 9:00am to 12:00p, and home delivery is not offered.
Standard Share membership includes 12 boxes of farm produce from the start of July to the end of September. The length of season can be extended with the Spring Extension and/or Fall Extension options. This year, we are also experimenting with a one week break in the middle of the season for farmer wellness. Otherwise, the pick-ups and deliveries will be weekly. Click the button below to see the full schedule.
Optional Vacation Week
The vacation week option gives you the chance to take a week off from your delivery or pick up at any point in the season as long as you inform us at least 1 week in advance. If you choose to take advantage of this option, we will add one additional delivery / pick-up to the end of your schedule so you still receive the same value of food for the season.
Your membership will give you full access to our Community Kitchen. This is a private online area where members can support each other in making the best use of their farm produce. You can ask questions, post recipes, and even help other members by sharing some of your favourite kitchen tools or techniques. Of course, we will be present in the Community Kitchen right along side you, and to start off, we have loaded it up with a bank of recipes that each incorporate multiple vegetables from the farm.
Membership Deadline and Payment
Memberships will be available until March 31, 2020 or until they are sold out. The number of memberships we can offer is determined by the amount of work we are able to do and the amount of land we have available. Therefore, there are only a limited number available and they will be sold on a first come first served basis. Membership registration begins on January 1st for returning members to renew their memberships, and we open up the doors to new members beginning February 1st. Payment is required to register and all payments are non-refundable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is a farm membership right for you?
Honestly, we believe the membership model is the only civilized way to operate a vegetable farm, but that doesn't mean it's a good fit for everyone. Thanks to our years of experience, we have a pretty good idea of the type of person who will be a good fit. To help you out, we’ve identified the 5 questions you should ask to figure out if a farm membership is right for you. If there is any doubt in your mind, just take the quiz.
Do I get my own box?
You sure do! When you join our farm, we will build a custom wood box that will be yours for the season. If you are a delivery member, this box will live on your front porch or other sheltered location on your property, ready to receive each week's delivery. If you are a pick up member, we will clearly label your box with your name and keep it at our home pick up station so that we can keep refilling it with your weekly share of the harvest.
What happens if I need to miss a week?
You have two options. If you notify us at least 1 week in advance, we will cancel your box for the week you are away and add one more week to the end of your season. All members can take 1 of these vacation weeks per season if they choose. A fun alternative to this is to share your box with a friend or neighbour. We can even deliver to a different household for you as long as they are within our delivery area. This is a great way to spread a little joy in the world!
How much food will I receive?
We plan carefully for the growing season accounting for crop life cycles, planting densities, and expected yields, but we do not know what nature has in store for us each year. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the exact quantity you will receive of each crop. What we can promise is that we will honour the initial investment each member has made in our farm by returning to them that same value in produce. That means if you invest in a Standard Share for $420, you are guaranteed $420 of farm produce. As insurance, we plant a little extra of each crop so in the case that one crop does not perform as expected, we can increase the amount we deliver of another better performing crop. We recognize that this model of agriculture requires some flexibility for all of us, but with this type of cooperation, we can create a more sustainable food system that results in stronger relationships, a vibrant local economy, and healthier people.
What will an average box look like?
The box contents will vary throughout the season, but we aim to keep the quantity of food consistent so you are not overwhelmed with too much food one week and lacking food another week. The quantities in one Standard Share should be comfortably managed by one or two adults who eat vegetables regularly and we will support you in the online Community Kitchen with tips for using your produce and recipes that incorporate multiple items from the box. Below are some examples of the Standard Share box contents from a past year. Each box has a value of $35 and we define the quantity and value of each item in the box in our member newsletter each week during the harvest season.
"This was our first summer of membership and we loved the variety of fresh, local vegetables! Since there are only two people in our household we opted for the Starter Kit to ensure we didn't get too much produce. This was the perfect size for us to keep up. Most of the produce was very easy to pack into my lunch and take to work. The ability to switch out certain produce during pick up also allowed extra flexibility to ensure everything was eaten. The variety of produce also re-introduced me to some vegetables that I remember being on my Grandma's table (think parsnips and leeks!) and I loved being able to pull from her recipes to prepare food for my family."
"We enjoyed the great taste of fresh produce. We used the recipes about half of the time and this gave us a new experience of cooking and creating a new meal together. The recipes were extremely helpful and a welcome touch so that we used our vegetables and did not have food go to waste."
"This was our first year and we felt it was well worth it, we bought almost no veggies in the store all summer long, ate only tasty organic stuff and got a few different crops to cook with was a fun challenge."
"Our farm share was shared between 3 family members living in 3 locations. We cannot often share meals but sharing the veggies and the dishes we made each week gave us the essence of family meals. Freshness, from good farming practices, made even snacking on raw carrots so delicious that it was something to talk about with each other!"