About Our Farm
Milkweed Meadows Farm is an ecologically-minded family farm in the Napanee river valley, north west of Kingston, ON. Rolling fields and a maple-sugar bush surround our quaint 1850s farm-house, and a collection of barns and outbuildings house our sugar shack, wood-shop, and chickens.
The rich soils of the river valley support a wide variety of crops, and with a little bit of natural fertilizer and TLC, our gardens produce an immense bounty, greatly exceeding our family's needs. Through the 'Community Supported Agriculture' (CSA) model, we are happy to share this bounty with others.
We believe that the future of healthy, ecologically-minded, and affordable food production requires a return to small-scale and sustainable farming practices. The CSA model eliminates the “middle-man”, enabling community-members to directly fund their own food production and support a local, healthy, sustainable food system.
In exchange for supporting the efforts of our farm, in the form of a pre-season financial commitment, you will receive a weekly share of the harvest from mid-June until early November.
The Harvest and Shares
Eating locally means experiencing the growing season. This season we will be growing over 30 different varieties of fruits and vegetables, brought to you when they are at their best. Ensuring you receive the freshest and most nutritious produce possible.
In the early weeks of summer shares will be smaller but, fresh greens, beans and peas will be plentiful. As the season changes, the colours, tastes and textures of your garden share will too. By mid-summer, shares will grow with the abundance of healthy garden favourites, like tomatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, potatoes, and cucumbers. Late-summer and early fall will bring the hearty bounty of the squash, corn and pumpkins.
For our CSA members, we are committed to:
• providing high quality, naturally grown vegetables, delivered to a convenient urban location.
• sharing regular newsletters, tips and recipes for storing and using the produce.
• creating opportunities for members to become more involved through events held at the farm.
Each week you’ll receive a newsletter including updates on the farm and recipes we think you’ll enjoy with the produce you’re getting that week. We will also ask for your feedback to help grow our farm together. In addition to the newsletter our Facebook page will have lots information through the seasons. Find us at 'Milkweed Meadows Farm'.
Our shares are sized for the average family or veggie loving couple. Half shares are also available for smaller households.
• Full shares are offered at $500 for our 20 week season and half shares are $275 for the same 20 week season.
• Payment can be made all at once or in two installments. A financial commitment of half is due by March 31st, 2016 and the remainder by May 31st, 2016. Payment methods include; cash, e-transfer or cheque.
• Shares can be picked up on Wednesday between 4:30-6:00pm at King’s Town School, 66 Rideau Street, Kingston. Shares for Sydenham customers can pick up their shares on Wednesday between 3:00-4:00pm at the Township Office parking lot.
• This year we are happy to announce a new perk for vacationing members. For up to two weeks you can choose to gift your share to a friend at no extra cost! We want to make sure your share is enjoyed, even if you’re not home. We need 2 weeks’ notice along with your friend's contact information to accommodate each gift week.
• Shares that aren’t collected or gifted will be donated to a local charity.
Our Farming Practices
We see ourselves as stewards of our beautiful farm land and for this reason we use only natural growing practices.
• Healthy soils mean healthy crops, and healthy crops mean healthy people. We strive to achieve the richest soils possible by using compost and biologically based soil amendments as identified through annual soil testing.
• We use only high-quality, untreated seeds, obtained from the William Dam seed company, our own seed-saving practices, and reliable local sources.
• Our pest management techniques begin with the selection of a diverse range of crops, and strategic garden planning. We carefully cover susceptible crops during their early days. Next we manually remove bugs or as a last resort use biologically based treatments.
• Rain is collected from our big barn roofs to use during critical times when rainfall is less than what the plants require.
• All weeds on our farm are manually removed by hoe, tiller or hand, and no herbicides are ever used.
We look forward to growing with you!
Milkweed Meadows is an ecologically minded family farm located in the Napanee
river valley north of Kingston.