How do 2018 garden shares work?
A garden share at Indian Creek Orchard Garden is lot like the CSA’s we all hear so much about these days. When you reserve your garden share in advance, you are partnering with and supporting a local farm, strengthening your communities food resiliance, and assuring yourself of freshest healthiest produce available. Your weekly share is picked fresh to order either the day before or the day of.
We recently heard one shareholder describe it to a friend like this. “You reserve your garden share and pay for it at the beginning of the year, then they (us) do all the soil preparation, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting for you. Then you just show up once a week to pick up your food and eat it.”
By reserving your share, we know exactly how much to grow and exactly when to harvest it so that it can go directly to you without having to sit in storage or be transported long distances. This means we can grow the varieties that taste best, rather than the varieties that store and ship well.
Our main pick-up location is at the farm, but we also have drop-off locations in Almonte and Carleton Place for those unable to make it to the farm. If you are able to pick your share up at the farm, you will be able to choose from the week’s entire harvest what varieties from each category go into your share (The type of lettuce, greens, roots, tomatoes peppers etc). We offer farm pick-up on Wednesdays from 2-7pm and on Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm.
For those of you not able to make it to the farm we also have three convenient drop off locations; Dandelion foods in Almonte, The Granary in Carleton Place, and 250 Lett Street (across from the War Museum) in Ottawa. Our Almonte pick-up will take place on Wednesday’s from 4-7pm and our Carleton Place and Ottawa pick-up will be on Thursday’s from from 4-7pm.
When do I reserve a farm share?
In 2017, our farm shares had completely sold out by March 7th. Please bear in mind that we are a small farm and that there are a limited number of shares available on a strictly first come first serve basis. If you are serious about a garden share you can reserve your share with a deposit and pay the rest later, so reserve it now.
How do I reserve my farm share?
Your share for 2018 is reserved when we receive your $100 deposit or when you pay for your share in full. You can do this online using credit card/paypal, or send us an Interac email transfer, or you can stop by the farm with cash or a cheque, or you can mail us a cheque. Regardless of how you choose to pay, your reservation must be filled out online, as all our records are managed electronically. Please note, there are no refunds of deposits after March 21, 2018 for any reason.
When is the rest of my payment due?
Most garden share payments are due by May 26th. However if you have selected a full season share (18 weeks) you also have the option of splitting your balance owing into two equal payments. The first half being due on May 26th and the remaining balance being due by August 1st. Payments for extended shares are due by October 1, 2018. Your deposit is of course deducted from your balance owing.
Late payments/ Abandoned shares?
Timely payments are your responsibility. We will send you an email reminder two weeks before your payments are due. If payment is not received by the due date we will attempt to contact you one time using the phone number you provided with your reservation, if you provided one. If payment is not received one week after the due date, we will assume the share has been abandoned and it will be offered to the next person on our waiting list. We do not offer refunds or credits for abandoned shares.
Call us at (613) 914-7444 if you have any questions.
Can I reschedule my share?
With proper notice we will gladly give you a make-up share or accommodate alternative pick-up arrangments. If you need to miss a week or or prefer to pick-up at the farm instead, please provide notice using our online form no later than noon Tuesday of the week that is affected. Earlier notice is appreciated. You can access our form here.
A full season share may reschedule up to two weeks, a short season share may reschedule one week. There are no alternative arrangements available for extended shares. There is no credit, refund or make-up for unclaimed, forgotten or missed shares without proper notice.
Please note: we send reminder emails for all scheduled pick-ups (but not for weeks that are re-scheduled, those you must keep track of for yourself).
When do I pick up my share
When you pick-up your share depends upon where you choose to pick-up your share. We offer a number of pick-up locations. Choose one location for the entire season.
When are 2018 shares ready
Full season: June 13 through to October 10
Short season: June 27 though to Sept 26
Extended Season: October 17 through to November 28th
What to expect when you pick-up your share
We try very hard to minimize the use of packaging, whenever possible we use elastic bands or nothing at all. Please bring your own reusable bags with you to your pick-up location. We do not provide them. In most cases we bunch, bag or crate your vegetables in the field when harvesting. With roots we sometimes hose them off afterwards to remove as much of the dirt as possible. We often remove voluminous greens from roots to economize overnight cooler and transportation space. You will need to wash all your vegetables before eating them. However, with greens, we recommend that you wash them immediately before you eat them. They will store much longer this way. Your vegetables are usually harvested the day before or the day of your pick-up. We rarely store vegetables longer than overnight. Everything in your share will be fresh.