MEMBERSHIPS

This part of our farm is about you and it is the most meaningful part of our work as farmers.  We get excited about helping people make good food choices because the positive impacts of these choices extend far beyond the dinner table.  When you eat fresh sustainably grown food, you improve your own health and the health of your community.  Sometimes, we just need a little encouragement to head down the right path.  Our memberships offer just that with regular deliveries of fresh produce and accompanying recipes to support you all summer long.  

 

How do memberships work?

Members commit to the farm at the start of the year and receive 15 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, organically grown food that is conveniently delivered to your door (for those within our delivery area), and as farmers, we appreciate being able to minimize waste and maximize efficiency thanks to the secured market for the food we grow.  Memberships become available to the public in January and are sold on a first come first served basis.  Read on to learn more and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any membership questions.

Above is an example of one week of the Standard Share.  Scroll down to see all of the other boxes from the 2016 season. 

STARTER KIT

Price: $ 375

 

Are you new to vegetables or too busy to cook?  A Starter Kit membership might be a good place to begin.  This membership focuses on crops that are very familiar and easy to prepare such as salad mix, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers. With a little less variety and very manageable quantities, we hope this membership will help you make a smooth transition into the wonderful world of fresh local food!   

 

This membership includes:

 

  • 15 weekly boxes of $25 value from July to the start of October.

 

  • 4-7 farmer selected products each week

 

  • 1 optional vacation week

 

  • Crop selection limited to our 15 most familiar crops.

 

 

 

STANDARD SHARE

Price: $ 525

 

Standard Share members are the backbone of our farm, so we make it our priority to fill their boxes with the best variety of produce our fields have to offer.  The weekly recipes we provide for our members will be based on the contents of this box. Standard Share members can expect a healthy dose of our most popular crops with a sprinking of fresh herbs and more unique greens to add some flare and flavour to their menu. 

 

This membership includes:

 

  • 15 weekly boxes of $35 value from July to the start of October.

 

  • 6-9 farmer selected products each week

 

  • 1 optional vacation week

 

  • Crop selection includes all 30 of our farm crops.

 

BACKYARD BOUNTY

Price: $ 675

 

Backyard Bounty members enjoy the same diversity of products offered in the Standard Share AND additional bulk items.  These memberships are appropriate for larger families, veggie lovers, juicing, and even some preserving.  In exchange for your willingness to share in the farm's bounty, we have discounted this share by 10%.  For an initial investment of $675, you will receive $750 of food throughout the season.

 

 

This membership includes:

 

  • 15 weekly boxes of $50 value from July to the start of October.

 

  • All Standard Share products plus additional bulk items that will vary each week.

 

  • 1 optional vacation week

 

  • Crop selection includes all 30 of our farm crops.

MEMBERSHIP DETAILS

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.

Optional Vacation Week  

After a successful trial season in 2016, the vacation week option is back.  The vacation week 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 of this 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.

Membership Deadline and Payment

Memberships will be available until March 31, 2017 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.  Memberships are open to the public in January.  New members can claim a spot of their own as soon as they sign up and pay for their membership in full.  Returning members have the first chance to snatch up 2017 memberships beginning in December and can hold their spot with a $50 non-refundable deposit with the remainder of their payment due by March 31, 2017.  If the remaining balance is not paid by this date, that spot will be made available to a new member.   All membership payments are non-refundable.

I loved our vegetable pick up days - the vegetables were always so beautifully presented and It was a great balance of having a wonderful surprise but also having that option to trade something you know you wouldn't use or didn't like. Thank you so much for growing our vegetables!

Marcelline and Brad Zimmer

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MEMBER REVIEWS

 

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This produce is the most beautiful produce you could possibly find.  Everything is beautiful. Not only that, but it is healthier for you, the local economy, and the environment too. I'm so glad I signed up for this and I will be signing up again for the 2017 summer.  After two seasons we continue to be very appreciative that we are able to benefit from supporting an urban farm . . . the model aligns with our core values around health, environmental sustainability and community based business.

Gord Androsoff

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I am a huge fan of Chain Reaction Farm.  I was thoroughly impressed with the quality and selection of produce, and felt it was excellent value for the price.  I never felt burdened by items that I didn't want to use.  The home delivery system is awesome.  Jared and Rachel do a great job of staying connected to their members. Their newsletter did a fantastic job of describing what would arrive that day, and offered great tips and recipes for using it. I would highly recommend a membership.

Susan Jorgensen

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

When are shares delivered / picked up?

All member produce is distributed on Wednesday evenings between 6:00pm and 9:00pm.  (Note:  We may be shifting this time slot a little earlier to better accommodate pick ups right after work.  We are consulting members about this possibility in our January newsletter and will update this information based on their responses.)  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 6:00pm for those members who are picking up their produce.  These hours may shift a little earlier as the days shorten and temperatures drop in late September and October. 

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 garrantee 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 $525, you are guarranteed $525 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 easily managed by one or two adults who eat vegetables regularly and we will support you with weekly recipes that incorporate multiple items from the box.  Below are some examples of the Standard Share box contents from 2016 which have a total value of $35 per week.  We define the value of each item in the box in our member newsletter each week during the harvest season.  

Week 1 Delivery

 

Lettuce mix - 250g bag

Radishes - 500g bunch

Garlic Scapes - bunch of 12

Spinach - 200g bag

Cucumbers - bag of 5

Sunflower Microgreens - 125g bag

Snap Peas - 350g bag

 

 

Week 8 Delivery

Cucumbers - bunch of 3 

Summer Squash - bunch of 3

Hardneck Garlic - 1 head

Parsley - 50g bag

Rainbow Chard - 400g bunch

Sweet Bell Peppers - 2 fruit

Rainbow Carrots - 700g bag

San Marzano Tomatoes - 500g bag

 

 

Week 15 Delivery

 

Salad Mix - 200g bag

Thyme - 30g bag

Brassica Blend Microgreens - 75g

Banana Potatoes - 900g bag

Nantes Carrots - 700g bag

Parsnips - 900g bag

Ailsa Craig Onion

 

 

Here are all of the Standard Share boxes for the 2016 season.  Our regular season lasts for 15 weeks, but there are 16 weeks of produce shown because the collection includes the final make up week for those members who used their vacation week option during the summer.  If you are curious about the specific varieties of crops we are planning to grow, visit our Products page.  We revise our crop selection each year in January and share this openly.

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