ENJOY 18 WEEKS OF FARM FRESH ORGANIC FOOD
GET 1 WEEK FREE! SIGN UP BEFORE FEB. 28!
WHY THYME SAVER CSA?
TWO SIZES AVAVILABLE
Small CSA Share$452.00 – $485.00
A weekly small box of certified organic vegetables picked fresh from our farm. Learn more from our THYME SAVER CSA page.
Purchase your CSA in FULL before February 28th and SAVE $23 on your membership! Who doesn’t love a free week?! Discount does not apply to Installment Payments
Large CSA Share$735.00 – $795.00
A weekly large box of certified organic vegetables picked fresh from our farm. Learn more from our THYME SAVER CSA page.
Purchase your CSA in FULL before February 28th and SAVE $40 on your membership! Who doesn’t love a free week?! Discount does not apply to Installment Payments
Early Bird Discount! Get 1 week FREE
when purchased in full before Feb 28, 2020
Hi, I'm Farmer Matt!
Do you know our farmer?
The problem so many people face is that they have no idea where their food comes from or how it was grown. It has been too easy to lose touch with our local food systems for far too long, but we have a plan.
Our Thyme Saver CSA has become much more than a weekly box of vegetables. We realize now that our CSA bridges the gap between field to fork and farmer to consumer. It has brought together you and many others with a common goal; sustainable, local and nutrient-dense food. I am proud to help lead this community supporting our farm to eat better and live a healthier life. Doubt it? Try it for a season! You’ll become friends with your farmer and learn how your food was grown; it will change the way your family eats!
We do our best to have 8-12 items per box each week. Our goal is at least…
The rest of the box is made up with…
Fruits have been limited in recent years, however, we look to improve this again in 2020. The number and quantity of each item depends on your chosen box size. We attempt to make each week’s box different through detailed planning of different cultivars to ripen in successions. Check our INSTAGRAM for photos of each box or Download our FREE HARVEST GUIDE to see what crops are in season!
Quality: The items in the boxes are grown on-farm, harvested as close to delivery as possible and picked at their peak. We have invested heavily to upgrade our post-harvest area to ensure we meet food-safety regulations.
Convenience: Members will receive a weekly box pre-assembled with our seasonal vegetables over 18 weeks! Pickups are available in Nelson, Castlegar and from the farm on the weekends. Your box will be accompanied by a weekly email newsletter with recipe ideas and news about the farm.
Community: Connect with other members through our private Members Only Facebook Group as well as special events. Share recipe ideas, schedule delivery pickups and make friends with others who share the same interest in local agriculture and food!
Save Money: Pay less for your produce than you would at market. Almost every year, the average value of products exceeds the price of the box.
Events: Every year we offer a member’s exclusive tour to connect with your food. Learn where and how we grow the great items you eat each week.
CSA member’s increase their fruit and vegetable consumption. Scientific studies and our members can vouch for this theory! The deliveries each week increase your convenience to the freshest, local products, making it easier for you to use in your everyday meals.
These studies also noted that CSA members and their families continue to consume healthier diets even after the season is over! They call it a behaviour change, we say its a “veg-education”!! CSA members become creative with new recipes and ideas to utilize each weeks box and different products they would typically not purchase, improving their skills an knowledge in the kitchen. These attributes are not just beneficial to you, but also for your family! Join our public CSA Discussion Facebook Group to ask questions and interact with previous members and your farmer on everything CSA.
Check our our 3 Tips & Tricks for Making the Most of My CSA Box! We created these tips based on previous member feedback to help you master the weekly box.
You are making a pledge to support the farm. By becoming a member you share the risks and challenges that constantly exist when growing food. You understand that quantities and timing of harvest may be affected by adverse weather conditions or events.
Participate in our online community! Together we have the ability to overcome problems that are difficult when faced alone. Share recipes, plan carpooling or box pickups and create connections using our private Members Only Facebook Group. Never seen that veggie before or don’t know how to cook it; ask! Physically participating is important too! We will be sharing details on upcoming events for our farm and local agriculture community and always love the support and turn out.
Picking up your box is your most important responsibility! Boxes are to be picked up either from the farm or at the specific pickup location within the specified time period. We understand people may go on vacation during our growing season and be unable to pick up their box. The best option is to have fiend or other member pick up your box on your behalf. If given enough notice, we can store your box for a few days at the farm if you are out of town for the weekend and can’t find someone else to pick up! If you miss your weekly pickup without previous notification, your share will be donated to a local charity (Nelson Hospice, Nelson Food Cupboard, etc.) without a credit. We may give a credit amount for a week if missed for emergency situations.
We will grow food that is free from synthetic chemicals, nutritionally dense, and safe to eat. Linden Lane Farms adheres to BC and Canadian National Organic standards, using organic, sustainable and traditional methods to plant, cultivate, and harvest food; and to control disease and insects.To ensure your commitment to food safety, Linden Lane Farms is working towards becoming the first Canada Gap certified produce packing facility in the Central Kootenays.
We will ensure your box is packaged with the freshest produce. We will also attempt to respond timely to any member inquiries into the farm and their membership.
STEP 1: CHOOSE YOUR BOX SIZE
CSA WEEKLY PICK UP LOCATIONS
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE
CSA programs were created for the mutual commitment between a farm and a community of supporters. It links people directly with their source of food, providing them with the freshest, sustainable products while giving farmers a source of income at their time of highest expense (early spring). CSA members also receive special insight into the farm, events and sales from their farm.
Can I choose what's in my box each week?
At this point in time, we are unable to offer completely customized CSA boxes. Currently, boxes are seasonal and vary each week. We do our best to offer a variety of produce that is suitable for weekly meals. The program is able to accommodate medical allergies if notified in advance.
Do I have to purchase a container for the box program?
Linden Lane Farms’ provides members with two CSA Rubbermaid totes. These Rubbermaids are labelled and numbered specifically for each CSA member. The two totes are to be rotated weekly; pick up full tote while dropping off the empty tote. If we do not receive our empty tote, your next week’s produce will come in a bag. We do clean the totes periodically, but we rely on our members to keep them clean over the course of the season as we are busy growing your food.
Where are the weekly pickup locations?
We offer delivery into Castlegar (Sundays) and Nelson (Saturdays) and pick up for Slocan Valley residents from the Farm (Sundays). Please be aware of the pickup location’s set time as we are unable to wait around for late pickups.
If you are interested, we require a minimum number of members per week to evaluate new pickup locations depending on the distance from the farm. We are also looking at midweek deliveries to drop off Hubs, please contact us for more information.
How can I change my pickup location?
If you would like to change your pick up location, please contact us via email. We will do the best to accommodate.
How do I sign up for a membership?
We have switched to online sign ups! Please follow the instructions on the FARM SHOP page and checkout. We will email you with a confirmation of your membership after payment.
We also have a paper signup form for people that prefer a physical method. These can be scanned and emailed back to us, and we will add you manually into the program.
Can I volunteer for CSA credit?
Our CSA model was set up to help provide the farm with funds to purchase supplies and seeds early in the season. Although we appreciate the enthusiasm to work on the farm, we require the financial assistance to get the farm started off in the spring. We are unable to give out credit for volunteering towards your CSA membership.
Do you offer home delivery?
We currently are unable to accommodate for home deliveries. We are looking into this feature for future seasons if interest continues!
How can I reduce the amount of plastic per week?
To keep certain products at top quality, we use plastic bags. Over the course of the season, members might find themselves with a lot of empty bags. We are unable to reuse these bags due to food safety regulations. We are encouraging members this year to purchase reusable plastic containers (Tupperware) for items such as baby salad greens, broccoli florets, beans, and cherry tomatoes. These containers must be labelled with the member’s name, kept clean and sanitary by members, and placed clean into empty totes upon return (this lets us fill them up for the next week’s box). Long English Cucumbers will always be wrapped for quality.
What happens when I cannot pick up my box?
Boxes that are not picked up will be donated to a local charity within 24 hours. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are unable to make it due to an emergency. If you are planning a summer vacation and will be missing a pickup or multiple pickups, we ask you to make arrangements with friends or family to pick up your box or donate it to charity. No value will be refunded for missed pick up with the exception of emergencies. Please let us know your plans as soon as possible!
How do I pay?
Full Payment must be received before Feb 28th at 11:59pm PST for discounts to apply. Full payments after this date will be subject to program availability and do not receive the discount. We now offer an Installment Payment Plan: three partial payments due on February 28th, March 31st and April 30th, for the total cost of membership! We currently accept Cash, Cheque, or Email Money Transfer.
CASH: All cash payments must be done in person.
CHEQUES: Cheques must be signed to “Linden Lane Farms” and can be mailed to 4163 View Ridge Road, Bonnington, BC V0G-2G3. Please let us know if you are mailing in your payment.
EMT: Email money transfers must be made to “firstname.lastname@example.org”. Please send a separate email regarding your password for the transfer.
CREDIT CARD: We are able to securely process all major credit cards. All CSA credit card purchases will be subject to a service charge (Smalls $10 and Larges $20) to balance additional cost with offering the credit card service. We will only accept credit card information from the website and by phone.
Do you offer mid-season refunds?
In the CSA model, members are seen as active farm partners, sharing the risks and rewards of the harvest. Should you choose to cancel your subscription, we cannot offer a refund for shares already paid for once the season has started in May. The CSA partnership sustains our farm, individual members, and the community at large. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding our refund policy.
How do I add eggs to my box?
This is a top priority! We are still focusing on vegetable production. At this point, we do not have enough hens to produce eggs for all of our members. We are working on developing a system to incorporate our grandparents livestock production. If we do have extra eggs, you will be able to add them to your box by responding to the weekly emails. We also accept clean, used plastic and pulp egg cartons at any pickup.