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FAQ

What is CSA?

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an alternative, locally based model for sustainable agriculture and food distribution. Once harvesting begins, members receive shares of produce and additional products including eggs, baked goods, dry goods, preserves, honey, and maple syrup on a weekly basis during the summer/fall season, and on a bi-weekly basis during the winter/spring season.

How is Mount Wolfe Farm’s CSA different?

The majority of CSA farms offer vegetable shares during the growing season, whereas MWF provides year-round service that includes foodstuffs from local producers to fill out more of your family’s grocery needs beyond vegetables. Using ecological and regenerative farm applications, we produce over 35 types of vegetables and herbs as well as free-range meat chickens at our farm.

What does a Full Share membership provide?

The Full Share membership gives you access to food beginning in mid-June and carrying through until the next June. The foods you’ll receive include:

  • Fresh summer/fall vegetables and herbs, available for approximately 22 weeks
  • Fresh and cold-storage winter/spring vegetables available for approximately 14 to 18 weeks, weather dependent
  • Fruit, including apples, pears, peaches, strawberries, available fresh in season
  • A dozen free-range eggs every second week all year round
  • A weekly selection of breads all year round
  • A collection of maple syrup, honey, preserves, dry soups and flour all year round

What is a Work Share membership?

Every year, Mount Wolfe Farm offers a limited number of work shares. The Work Share membership provides the same food as the Full Share membership, but at a reduced price. We offer this price break in exchange for a commitment from you to help our farm manager. This could include general farm labour, trail maintenance, preserving foods, or helping out at the Bolton Farmer’s Market. Each person involved in your workshare membership, i.e., family, friends or co-workers, counts towards required volunteer time. For example, if three people volunteer for two hours, you have contributed six hours toward your obligation. 

What if I can’t make my volunteer shift for the Work Share membership?

Shifts are coordinated between the Workshare participants and our farmer manager Sarah. They are scheduled to fit the busy lives of the Work Share participants and the production needs of the farm. There will be a total number of hours that are agreed upon at the beginning of the season. If you are unable to make a volunteer shift, then let us know in advance, and we can make accommodations to make up for the lost time. If circumstances change drastically and participants are no longer able to honour their workshare agreement, participants can ‘buy out’ their hours to bring the remaining balance up to the Full Share Membership price and continue with regular pickups.  

What is a Chicken Share?

We offer Chicken Shares to as an add-on item to all types of memberships as well as non-CSA members. You will receive five 4–7 pound free-range, non-GMO fed, whole chickens that have been processed at an inspected facility and stored in freezers at the farm for pick-up. The cost of the Chicken Share is $130. 

Is a Chicken Share the only way to buy your Chicken?

No. Chicken is available whole and in pieces on a price-per-pound basis. You can buy chicken on pick-up day, arrange to come to the farm on another day, or at our booth at the Bolton Farmers Market. Non-Chicken Share chicken from Autumn 2017 is available while supplies last. Chicken Price List 2017

What is the term of the membership?

The membership term begins with the first CSA pickup of the growing season, anticipated to be mid-June, and continues for a year until the following June.

What happens if I want to join mid-season?

If you join, for example, on October 8, 2018, then your membership will run from then until October 7, 2019.

What are the payment options?

Mount Wolfe Farm accepts cash, cheques and e-transfers. Payments can be made in annual or quarterly installments for both the Full Share and Work Share memberships, and annual or bi-annual payments for the Half Share. The Chicken Share is offered as a one-time payment. For pricing, please visit the Join Us page. Send us an email at info@mountwolfefarm.ca or call 647-335-8897  to sign up.

When do I pick up my food?

Pick-up is currently on Fridays between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. If this window doesn’t work for you on a given week, then contact us to see if we can make other arrangements. During the summer and fall (mid-June to October), when the market gardens are bountiful, pick-up at the farm is weekly. During the winter–spring season (November through May), however, pick-up is bi-weekly. Mount Wolfe Farm reserves the right to change the pickup times to respond to daylight hours, our member’s pick-up patterns, and/or sufficient member feedback. We will always give our members advance notice of pick-up window changes.   

How does the pick-up work?

On pick-up day, produce and foodstuffs will be available market-style, with each share’s quantities clearly marked on a blackboard. Members are free to choose what they want to take and, at times of abundance, will be encouraged to take extra home for canning, etc. There are set amounts for the value-added items, but we’d be happy to special-order extra quantities for you. Prices will vary depending on the time of year and the item.

What if I’m away for a week and can't use my share?

For logistical reasons, your weekly share must be picked up on the allotted day. If you’re unable to make that week’s pick-up, we suggest coordinating with a friend or family member. If you want your share packed-up for you to collect the weekend, please give us advance notice upon receipt of the weekly email. Please note we are instituting a pack-up fee for 2018. If you do not collect your share on pick-up day or arrange with us in the aforementioned ways, we’ll donate that pickup’s share to the Caledon Parent Child Center and/or The Exchange. Learn more about the Exchange here, and the CP-CC here.

What if I don't know what to do with something in my CSA share?

Part of what sets the CSA experience apart from grocery shopping is the wonderful new produce you’ll encounter in addition to your old favorites. Some of the new/unusual foods you might encounter in your basket include: Kohlrabi, Black Spanish Storage Radishes, Rutabaga, Nettles, Fiddleheads, Culinary Herbs, Radicchio, Tomatillos,  and more.

Our Motto: fear not the Kohlrabi! Just ask and we’ll provide you with preparation information and recipes, as well as what’s included in the weekly email and the shared Google Drive of recipes you’ll have access to use/contribute to with your membership.

Can I share my membership with friends and family?

Of course. Anyone/any group of people can buy a membership and divide it however they see fit. 

What else do I have access to with a MWF CSA share?

So much more than food! Members can not only visit the farm on pick-up days and share in a sense of growing community with other members, but arrange with us to come anytime and enjoy the trails. We hold Open Farm days in Spring and Autumn, for guided tours of the gardens, trails, and numerous fun seasonal activities. For Open Farm dates and other exciting news stay tuned to social media platforms like our Facebook page and Instagram feed. 

Do you have animals?

Yes, During the summer months we have chickens in the fields, a 10 minute trail-walk from the farmhouse. At this time we do not have any other animals on the farm.