CSA Farms

2020 CSA Shares Available NOW in the Ottawa Region

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Please see the list below to find the best Community Shared Agriculture or CSA share for you. Note this list will be continually updated. Last updated June 25, 2020.

Arc Acres

      • Grass-fed beef and pastured pork CSA shares available in varying sizes
      • Pick-up at either the Lansdowne Farmers’ Market or at the farm in Manotick
      • Intensive rotational grazing and permaculture techniques are used
      • For more information, click here

Bramble Lea Farm

      • Customizable, pick-your-own veggie CSA boxes are available (June-Oct.)
      • Pick up at the Beechwood Market in Ottawa or at the farm for those in Athens/Brockville
      • No fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides are used
      • For more information, click here

Fair Sun Farm

      • Weekly or bi-weekly spring (May-June) and summer (June-Oct.) organic veggie CSA shares available with the option to add eggs for an additional cost
      • Pick up locations in Kemptville, Barrhaven, Brockville, Spencerville, Ottawa and Dunrobin, click here for complete details
      • For more information, click here

Ferme Aux Solstices

      • 15-week CSA shares of organic veggies available in 3 sizes (July-Oct.)
      • Pick-up at the farm in Namur or in Gatineau (25-C, boul. du Plateau or 325, boul. Greber) or le Marche du Vieux-Hull
      • For more information, click here

Ferme La Machine

      • CSA veggie shares still available with optional add-ons such as herbs, extra greens, eggs and spicy peppers for an additional cost
      • Pick-up at the farm in Mulgrave-et-Derry or at either Buckingham (1390 route 309) or Ottawa (117 Nepean Street) or request a pick-up in your area
      • No-till methods are used and most of the work is done by hand
      • For more information, click here

Forefathers Farm

      • Weekly and bi-weekly CSA shares of veggies (June-Oct.) with optional add-ons such as eggs and meat for an additional cost
      • Pick up locations in Smiths Falls, Franktown, Carleton Place, Kanata
      • Animals live free-ranged without hormones or antibiotics
      • For more information, click here

Foster Family Farm

      • CSA veggie and egg shares available (July-Oct.), eggs are included in the box at no extra cost
      • Multiple pick up locations in Ottawa, Barrhaven, Stittsville, click here for a complete list
      • For more information, click here

Grazing Days

      • Grass-fed beef, pastured pork and pastured chicken CSA boxes available on an on-going basis
      • Home delivery right to your door for those in the Ottawa/ Gatineau area
      • Intensive rotational grazing techniques are used; pigs receive protein-rich whey that is an usuable output for local cheese producers; vegetable waste from the farm Rooted Oak is fed to the pigs; pigs also receive spent grains that is an usuable output from a local brewer
      • For more information, click here

Jambican Studio Gardens

      • CSA shares from July to October. Each box contains a mix of greens, roots, herbs and little extras such as hot sauce, dry beans, cut flowers, herb salts
      • Delivery options ranging from group pick ups, market pick ups, on-farm pick ups and home delivery
      • For more information, click here

Main Street Urban Farm

      • Weekly veggie summer (May-Oct.) and winter (Nov.-Apr.) veggie CSA shares available with optional add-ons of dinners, ferments or sprouts for an extra cost
      • Home delivery by bicycle for those in delivery area (see here)
      • Workshare alternative options for CSA shares
      • For more information, click here

Monarch Acres

      • Full and half CSA shares of pork and chicken (or just pork) with the option to add-on more pork cuts for an additional price
      • Home delivery on two occasions: one in December and the other in March
      • Rotational grazing techniques are used. Antibiotic and hormone free. Focus on pasture-raised heritage pork
      • For more information, click here

Our Farm

      • Weekly (available in two sizes) or bi-weekly veggie CSA boxes (June-Oct.)
      • Pickup at the farm (3772 Torbolton Ridge Road)
      • For more information, click here

Rochon Garden

      • Full share, half share and flex share CSAs available for 2020 (May-Oct.), one-time sampler options available. Add-on items such as eggs, sheep cheese, and honey can be added for an extra cost
      • Home delivery for an additional cost that covers a reusable box swapped at each delivery or pick up at one of 11 locations, no deliveries to appartments
      • For more information, click here

Rock-N-Horse Farm

      • Short season (July-Sept.) and long season (June-Oct.) CSA shares available. Farm Harvest Shares (year-long) are also available that include veggies, eggs, meat, bread and sweets/preserves
      • Pick up at the farm (1281 Rae Road, Almonte)
      • No pesticides, no insecticides and no chemical fertilizers
      • For more information, click here

Roots Down

      • Weekly and bi-weekly summer veggie CSA shares (June-Oct.) and fall CSA shares (Nov.-Dec.)
      • Pick up in Kingston (Downtown, West-end, North-end) or at the Ganonoque Farmers’ Market, Ottawa Farmers’ Market or Brockville Farmers’ Market
      • Limited work-shares are available as well: one full day of work a week can be exchanged for a full CSA share
      • For more information, click here

Whitsend Market Garden

      • Organic veggie CSA shares are available with the option to add on
        honey, mushrooms, and pork for an extra cost
      • Home delivery for those in Alta Vista, Old Ottawa South, Centretown, Centrepointe, Trend-Alrington, Briargreen, Craig Henry, Barrhaven and Kanata South (with possibility of Lanark and Stittsville)
      • Produce is delivered through a cotton tote bag that is swapped out and refilled each week
      • For more information, click here

 Farms that are sold out of CSA shares this season:

Community Shared Agriculture

What is CSA?

Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) (sometimes called Community Supported Agriculture) is an approach to growing and purchasing food that has farmers and eaters working cooperatively. In a CSA, the farmer grows food for a predetermined group of eaters. Eaters enter into an agreement of purchase with the grower prior to the start of the season. The farmer gains a guaranteed market, and the consumer gains high quality, fresh food as it becomes available. CSA farms usually offer weekly delivery or pick-up of vegetables and/or meat. Sometimes CSAs can also include flowers, fruits, herbs and eggs. The eater-farmer relationship is strengthened through the increased involvement of eaters volunteering on the farm.

Food Box programs are a variation of the CSA structure. The Food Box differs in that the eater need not necessarily commit for an entire season, the payment is usually due on a week by week basis and the eater can often make more choices of what goes into the box.

Please visit our Buy Local Grow Local Food Guide that shows all local CSAs and Food Box Programs that deliver into Ottawa.

Becoming a CSA Volunteer

Just Food has been working alongside a collection of CSA and food box farmers in the Ottawa area. Many of these farms are either certified organic or use organic principles in their farming practices. In our gatherings with these farmers, one of the points raised is there is not great awareness in the city of what farm life consists of. As the number of family farms continue to dwindle, there is a need for people to understand how to be/become a farmer.

Just Food is looking for people who are interested in volunteering on a farm in this region. There are many learning opportunities that these farms could provide if paired with people that have the energy and interest to work alongside them for some days, weeks or a season.

If you…

  • Are a hard worker
  • Are interested in growing food and the CSA farm model
  • Are interested in gaining practical hands-on skills
  • Would like a change of scenery from the cityscape to the country
  • Can handle getting dirty
  • Would like to support small-scale farmers through sharing your labour
  • Have transportation to and from the farm
  • Are willing to commit to an agreed upon schedule with the farmer (could be three hours once a week for the season, or could be for several full days during the hayingseason, etc.

…then contact us to learn more or become a CSA volunteer.

Each farm operates differently and farmers will take it upon themselves to organize how the exchange will work. We will provide you with a list of farms that are interested in hosting volunteers and you are asked to make arrangements yourself with the farmers.

The amount of labour that goes into a season of growing is often much more intensive than many of us can imagine. With your help, farmers will be able to lighten their load a little and you will gain valuable experience in your life — one that may lead to a long career in GROWING!