Membership Autumn/Winter 2024

 

Become part of our CSA family. Your funding will allow our farm to provide nutrient-dense, ethically-grown food for our community. Your membership means you will be able to pick up our fresh produce every fortnight from one of our pickup points around the Blue Mountain, Oatley, Stanmore and Parramatta areas.

 

Add local options to your order?

Like all of you, I’m sure, we are finding the damage to small businesses hard to see. The following are some businesses from my area that have been hit particularly hard and I feel we as a community (CSA) could also help support them. We, more than ever, aim to help strengthen our local economies and build a more resilient food system. Subscriptions or orders to these businesses will be offered for people picking up from our Oatley and Parramatta pickup points

Your membership means you will be able to pick up your share of the fresh produce every fortnight from one of our pickup points around the Blue Mountains, Oatley, Ryde and Stanmore areas. Season starts in October however there are limited memberships available. FAQs

What period of time (start/finish dates) does the membership cover?

How many deliveries will be made during the membership period?

The first pickups will be:

  • For Stanmore, Parramatta and Oatley on Wednesday the 1st of May. The Spring/Summer. Membership will last for 7 deliveries finishing on the 24th of July.
  • Lawson and Blackheath is on Wednesday the 24th of April. The Autumn/Winter Membership will last for 7 deliveries finishing on the 1st of Aug.
Delivery is every fortnight.
How long does a year membership go for?
A year membership covers 3 seasons as we stop deliveries for 2 months in the winter. So you get a total of 21 boxes.

What happens if I am sick or can't pick up my box?

If people are not able to collect their box, we can donate it to someone of their choice. As the produce is specifically grown for them it must be harvested that week.
How long does the produce generally stay fresh if stored appropriately?  All produce is picked the previous day or that morning so you can expect it to be much fresher than store bought produce. Shelf life depends on appropriate storage, weather during harvest, type of vegetable (leafy greens have a shorter shelf life for example, a zucchini could last up to a month in the fridge) and how quickly it is refrigerated. Our chosen varieties are grown for flavour and nutritional density as opposed to shelf life. We also allow our produce to ripen on the plant which increases nutritional value and taste. We choose this over harvesting early for easier transportation.

People who live alone who want to participate – would the couples box be too much for one person? One person can get through a couples' box, we recommend juicing and eating the produce raw. One customer told me he lost 7kg after a season as a result of eating more veg and not having room for junk food. Are the vegetables organic? We grow all our veggies to the organic standard but at this stage to not pay for certification. We prefer to put our energy into free open days and workshops for our members so we can explain why we farm the way we farm. After coming to the farm to talk with us I’m sure you will see that our dedication to growing the best food in the most environmentally conscious way goes beyond any certification. At what point do subscribers know what to expect in their fortnightly box (eg a week before or a day before?) Due to the erratic nature of farming, we try not to make exact claims as to what people will get before harvest day but we will let them know which crops are likely to be ready. Most people find this more engaging and we hope builds understanding of what it means to farm.

  What the difference is between a couples and a family membership?
Family membership usually gets about 30% more in the box and occasionally extra different products.

Pickup locations with links to maps:

Additional information

Membership Options

Year Couples Membership, Year Family Membership, Autumn/Winter Couples Membership, Autumn/Winter Family Membership

Pickup Location

Lyttleton Stores (Lawson), Oatley, Stanmore, Parramatta, Blackheath

FAQs

What period of time (start/finish dates) does the membership cover?

Your Membership covers the period stated in the the membership you’ve purchased.

How many deliveries will be made during the membership period?

The first pickups will be:

  • For Stanmore, Parramatta and Oatley on Wednesday the 19th of Oct. The Spring/Summer. Membership will last for 7 deliveries finishing on the 11th of January.

 

  • Lawson is on Friday the 14th of Oct. The Autumn/Winter Membership will last for 7 deliveries finishing on the 5th of January.
Delivery is every fortnight.
How long does a year membership go for?
A year membership covers 3 seasons as we stop deliveries for 2 months in the winter. So you get a total of 21 boxes.
What happens if I am sick or can’t pick up my box?

If people are not able to collect their box, we can donate it to someone of their choice. As the produce is specifically grown for them it must be harvested that week.

How long does the produce generally stay fresh if stored appropriately?

All produce is picked the previous day or that morning so you can expect it to be much fresher than store bought produce. Shelf life depends on appropriate storage, weather during harvest, type of vegetable (leafy greens have a shorter shelf life for example, a zucchini could last up to a month in the fridge) and how quickly it is refrigerated. Our chosen varieties are grown for flavour and nutritional density as opposed to shelf life. We also allow our produce to ripen on the plant which increases nutritional value and taste. We choose this over harvesting early for easier transportation.

People who live alone who want to participate – would the couples box be too much for one person?

One person can get through a couples’ box, we recommend juicing and eating the produce raw. One customer told me he lost 7kg after a season as a result of eating more veg and not having room for junk food.

At what point do subscribers know what to expect in their fortnightly box (eg a week before or a day before?)

Due to the erratic nature of farming, we try not to make exact claims as to what people will get before harvest day but we will let them know which crops are likely to be ready. Most people find this more engaging and we hope builds understanding of what it means to farm.

What the difference is between a couples and a family membership?
Family membership usually gets about 30% more in the box and occasionally extra different products.
Pickup locations with links to maps:

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What is a CSA? 

WHAT IS A CSA?

Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network, or association of individuals, who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

CSA members, or subscribers, pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they periodically receive shares of produce. In addition to produce, some CSA services may include additional farm products like honey, eggs, dairy, fruit, flowers and meat. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs.

Read more about CSA on Wikipedia

 

What We Need & What You Get

All funds raised are used to take the farm to the next level of production so that we can provide more members with quality fortnightly boxes of produce that replace their normal fresh food shopping. The Bilpin farm is perfect for growing your delicious, household veggies while the Mt Tomah farm has well-established berries, figs and nut trees.

Most importantly, a CSA is an opportunity for you to be part of the farm and get to know who is growing your food. I hope you will be part of the farm for years to come as we grow and improve together.