Round The Bend Farm FAQS (Frequently Asked Questions)

We are really excited about this new way of offering our vegetables to people.  

We’ve been growing vegetables on our farm, for our on farm market, for the past 30 years-so the growing side we know!   During the upcoming months, we’re working out the pertinent details.

Here is a list of the frequently asked questions about our CSA program. If you have any additional questions or comments about our CSA program please do contact us here

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Why would I participate in a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program?

Being a part of a Food Share Program is a great way to eat fresh, seasonal food. It allows you to know where your food comes from, how it is grown and as such supports your local farmers.  Being health conscious you can enjoys cooking meals using healthy farm fresh vegetables and fruits.  As the produce contained within the box is fresh from the fields, it is important that you refrigerate it to maintain maximum freshness.  We will provide tips and tricks for storage, as well as great recipes to explore and try on our website!

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Do you offer family shares, half shares and personal shares?

Yes, we do.

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How much is in one share?

We will have 7-12 different items in each share per week:  a family share would be good for an average family of 4-5 people or a veggie loving couple and the half/mid share quantity of vegetables suits 2-3 people and the personal size is good for single person,a couple or if you have young children who do not consume a lot of vegetables.  

If you start with one size and as the season progresses it is either too much or too little, there is no problem to change the size of bin you receive.

As we progress through the 22 weeks, and get into a full summer growing season and in the Fall, there will be more items in the share than in the Spring. Each week will contain an interesting variety of known and maybe some, new to you, fresh vegetables and fruits. As a member you will receive a weekly newsletter that includes recipes for the produce.

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What will be in my share box?

The vegetables that we have grown for years, as well as a selection of additional ones, will be offered for home delivery.  Fresh vegetables and fruits will be added as they become seasonally available depending on the growing and weather conditions.  Below is a sample of what could be available throughout the season.

Starting in the Spring: asparagus, peas, green onions, radishes, English cucumbers, tomatoes, rhubarb. 

During the summer: beans, beets, carrots, beefsteak heritage tomatoes and yellow and red cherry tomatoes, green onions, romaine lettuce, spanish onions, sweet corn, potatoes, English cucumbers, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini. Fruits available are: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, apples, plums, peaches, nectarines, pears, watermelon, and cantaloupe

Including the vegetables listed above the Fall also brings: root crops, cabbages, brussel sprouts, turnips, kale, leeks, celery, cooking onions, parsnips, winter squash and pumpkins.

Even though this is an extensive list- items may still be added as the season progresses-it all depends on the growing conditions. We strive to give you the best quality vegetables and fruits possible.

Check out our growing chart to see when produce is available and when.

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Can I pick which items I receive?

Sorry, no. Round The Bend Farm is a working farm. We grow everything in its season and pick it at its best. The share is a balanced mix of what the farm has available in the fields on that particular week.  We hope you will enjoy getting surprised each week, and enjoy trying things you might otherwise not have tried.                                                               

If you have an allergy to a particular vegetable or fruit, please let us know and it will not be placed in your box.

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How will I know what to expect in the boxes each week?

If you wish to know the contents each week, we will be sending out a weekly email on Tuesdays. This will allow you to properly plan for any other non-local produce needs.

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Where is the produce grown for the Food Share Program?

The produce for our Food Share Program is grown at Round The Bend Farm and by other farmers we know that share our farming (methodology) practices.  

We have farm friends in the Niagara Region that grow wonderful fruits for us like peaches and nectarines.

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How do I pick-up my weekly Food Share?

This year there are 2 ways to get your food share box:
Home Delivery:  
Schomberg, Newmarket, Aurora and surrounding areas: Wednesday afternoon delivery. 

Maple, Nobleton, Woodbridge, Kleinberg, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Thornhill and surrounding areas: delivery Thursday afternoon.  

This year we are delivering to the Bradford, Bond Head area-- day of week to be determined.

Our intention is to cover an area from Hwy 9 to Steeles Ave. and from Hwy 27 to Yonge St.

A weekly surcharge of $7.00(HST included) is added.

Farm Pick-up: 
Weekly pick-up at the farm @ 16225 Jane St. 
Pick-up days: Fri. 12-6pm and Sat 9-5pm. No delivery charge.

We are also offering Thursday afternoon for pick up as well, spaces need to be booked.

Please contact us if your area is not on this list as we are receiving requests for home delivery in other areas and can let you know if that may happen.

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How do I sign up?

You can sign up in several ways.  The traditional way is to print out the registration form and mail it with your cheque to the address listed. 

If you give us a call, we fill out a form for you and payment can be made by credit card over the phone. 

You can email the registration form, or drop it by the farm.

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What will the Food Share Program cost?

The 2017 season costs are:

$30/week for a full vegetable share 
$34/week for a full share and eggs

 
$22/week  for a half share
$24.25/ week for a half share with half dozen eggs. 

$18/week totals for a personal share

$20.25/week for a personal share withhalf dozen eggs

 

If you wish to have home delivery, please add $7.50(HST included)/week.

The program runs for 22 weeks.

There is a $15 deposit start up cost that covers the cost of the 2 plastic re-usable vegetable bin.

To start the season: we give you a full bin, when you pick or we deliver the next week’s produce we’ll give you another full bin and pick up last week’s empty bin, and the cycle continues until end of season. If you forget to put your empty bin out or forget to bring your bin back, you will not be issued another one until the previous one is returned. You will still receive your vegetables but, you must provide your own bags or box.

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Is there tax on top of the price of my share?

No.  There is no tax on fresh food products and the prices listed are the price for the full season. 

There is HST included in delivery.

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How do I pay for my Food Share?

To help us, as farmers, this is a pre-paid program where you can pay for the entire season up front upon registration and take a 5% discount of the total purchase value, or pay the first half of the season upon registration and the remainder of the season’s payment is due by July 30, 2017.

Payment can be made at the farm (or over the phone) with Visa or Mastercard. 

Debit payments can be made at the farm.  Please call before you come, we are often busy in the fields and hard to find!

We also accept cash or cheques payable to “Round The Bend Farm."

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What happens if we go on vacation or need a break?

If you're planning to be out of town for vacation or would like a break and do not require your food share, tell us at least 7 days(earlier is better) in advance to when your vacation starts.  

the math will be done only on the weeks that you receive the bin.  You will not be billed for vacation time that is booked. If you miss a week or do not give proper notice you will be billed for that week.  This works even if you do not know when you will be away when you register.  

Please arrange an alternate person (ie: friend/family) to pick up that weeks produce.   At your discretion they can purchase that weeks produce off you or you can gift it to them.   Or, on your behalf, we can donate it to a local family in need.  
 
We also accept cash or cheques payable to “Round The Bend Farm". 

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What if I can no longer receive my food share box?

The food share program is prepaid early in the season.  Each person is counted on to take the share of the harvest for which they've paid. 

No refunds can be given because your share is already seeded, planted, being weeded, watered and cared for until it is ready for you. 

We suggest you give your box to a neighbour or friend or have us deliver it to the nearest food bank.

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Can members visit the farm?

Yes!  At Round The Bend Farm we welcome visitors.  Starting the Mother's Day Saturday we are open Mon. to Fri. 9-6 pm and Sat. 9-5 pm. All CSA members are invited to visit the farm, free of charge, as a thank you for supporting the farm. Stop by the market, let them know you are here, ask for some greens to feed the animals, play in the mazes or just enjoy the outdoors.

We sell our produce in our farm market and also have many other products available.   

Check out our website to see what’s happening on the farm.

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How can I contact Round The Bend Farm about the Food Share Program?

You can phone us @ 905-727-0023 and talk to either Brian or Sue and if we are not in please leave us a message and we will call you back. 

Or, you can email us at sue.rtbf@gmail.com    

If you are in the neighbourhood, feel free to stop by during our business hours and, if we are not out in the fields, you can talk to us in person.