An OceanGrown Heirloom CSA is coming to Toronto

February 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Featured, Health Articles

Photo: My Tartelette

We were so excited to hear that an OceanGrown Heirloom CSA is coming to the GTA in spring 2011!

What is a CSA?

Standing for Community Supported Agriculture, a CSA is an arrangement where a group of people purchase shares in a farmer’s yield. The farmer tends to it and then delivers the produce weekly.

The advantages of a CSA for farmers:

  • They are is paid upfront for the season (in deposits) and do not have to worry about sales – only on producing the best crop possible
  • They can obtain input from shareholders on what they want to eat, so it’s easy to modify supply based on demand
The advantages of a CSA for consumers:

  • They can meet the farmer and knows exactly where their food is coming from
  • They can influence what is grown since they are shareholders
  • They are supporting their local farming community
  • They are participating in a more sustainable way of eating

Photo: Cannelle et Vanille

New Wave Organics (+1-519-492-2990) is a Guelph-based CSA which will be growing heirloom produce with OceanSolution, which is a type of water that contains 90 trace minerals.

Food that is grown with OceanSolution is highly superior to even regular organic produce because it is packed with almost all of the possible trace minerals your body needs. The colour, texture, and flavour are also greatly enhanced.

Photo: Cannelle et Vanille

Below is the list that they will produce – if there are certain vegetables you want them to grow, let them know and they’ll do their best to grow it!
  • Beets – 3 varieties delivered with the tops
  • Beans – green, yellow, purple
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cucumbers
  • Carrots – orange & purple
  • Herbs – dill, parsley, basil, oregano, mint
  • Lettuce – romaine, leaf, bib/butterhead
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Onions – bulb & green
  • Peas – snap & snow
  • Peppers – hot varieties
  • Potatoes – white & red
  • Radishes – delivered with tops on
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard
  • Tomatoes – red & yellow
  • Turnip
  • Watermelon – mini
  • Cantaloupe
  • Zucchini
  • Winter Squash
  • Wheatgrass & Sprouts

Wild food:

  • Wild Elderberries
  • Wild Hops
  • Wild Lamb’s Quarters
  • Wild Pigweed
  • Wild Arugula
  • Wild Dandelion
  • Wild Mustard Greens
  • Wild Purslane
  • Wild Nettle
  • Wild Horsetail

Stewart, Farmer at New Wave Organics

Shares will go on sale next month. The House of Verona doesn’t take a commission – we just fully support what these fine folks are doing.

Upcoming Retreats

We’ve bought the first share of the CSA and will begin integrating their produce onto our spring & summertime menu.

Our spring retreats are filling up and early-bird deadlines for reduced rates are approaching:

Call 1-800-252-2826 or email to reserve a spot.

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