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Planning Ahead in a CSA

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Being part of a CSA was a very new idea to me when I started at Taproot Farms in 2011 and to be honest, I really had no idea what to do with all of the food that we received.

Now, two and half years later my family and I have found a system that works well for us. I thought I would share a few of the things that have made being part of the CSA very enjoyable, other than getting lots of yummy veggies each week.

The big thing with us (my fiance, Nathan and I) is planning. This was not a concept I really associated with food and meal prep. Now our weekly routine involves looking online on Sunday to see what is going to be in the shares. You would think working on the farm we may get the upper hand and more time to prepare for what is coming in the following weeks share but honestly, I really enjoy being part of the CSA and look online just like every other member to see what is coming in the shares. At this time I also search through the add ons and see what is available just in case something jumps out at me that I would like to order.

After I know what is coming in the shares, I take a look in the fridge, pantry and freezer to evaluate what we already have in the house that will work with the veggies to create meals for the following week. Once I have done this I start to formulate a meal plan.

A few things I take into consideration when making our weekly meal plan is:

  1. When we will get out share (farm team members usually pick up their shares on Thursday at the farm)

  2. If there are any events taking place this week which will involve having guests to our house for a meal or us going somewhere else for a meal (one less meal to plan)

  3. How long some veggies are going to last. If they do not keep a long time such as sprouts I should plan to use them up within the week they are received but something like onions will keep until the following week for use as well as be used within the present week

Once I have seven suppers planned (Monday to Sunday) I plan a couple larger lunches such as a stew or chili that I can take with me to work for a couple days. I actually do not plan each meal for certain nights as I am sure would work better for some families. With us sometimes we are not in the mood to have a certain meal so we leave that part a little less planned. We know that certain meals need to happen before Thursday and certain meals can happen after share pick up.

Another thing that has really helped us get the most out of our share, as I know some days you just do not feel like chopping up all of those veggies or peeling that turnip, we do as much prep work as we can Thursday night when the share comes into our kitchen. Doing it all in one evening can seem like a lot but I already know it needs to get done and I usually do a lot of it while I cook supper. By now we already have our meals planned so I know how I need the veggies prepared.

Here are a few examples of how I stored my veggies from last week. Some veggies, such as onions and potatoes, are just put in a bowl on my counter because I know that I will use them within a week or two . I also keep an eye on these things to make sure they do not start to spoil. If they do, I make sure we make a meal that will use them up.

If you have any helpful tips that has made being part of the CSA a more enjoyable experience please let us know.

Take care,

Falicia



What is a TapRoot Self-Serve Location?

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

Quick Jump:

PICKUP FROM THE TAPROOT TEAM:

This means a TapRoot staff member will distribute your share and check you off of the list.  You just need to show up in the allotted time frame with your returned share box and a smile!

Monday

  • Hawthorn Elementary School
  • St. Peter's Anglican Church
  • St. Mark's Anglican Church

Tuesday

  • 2021 Brunswick Street
  • Edgewood/Oxford United Church 
  • 58 Frederick's Avenue, Fairview/Clayton Park

Wednesday

  • Cornerstone Wesleyan Church 

Thursday

  • Hammonds Plains Farmer's Market 
  • Spryfield YWCA

Friday

  • Berwick
  • Auburn
  • Kingston

Saturday

  • Eastern Passage
  • George P. Vanier Junior High School
  • Prospect Road Community Centre

SELF-SERVE LOCATIONS

At self-serve locations, you need to show up at the pickup spot within the allotted time frame, with your return box, and do the following:

  • Find your share and check yourself off the list
  • Confirm you have all of the correct shares and any add-ons and leave any returned boxes folded flat. Please be mindful not to leave any litter.

At the locations there is a host. The host is a volunteer and not a TapRoot staff member. Our hosts are generous with their space and time but do not know any details about your account or any other farm business. Please do not leave payments with the host.

Tuesday

  • Seaport Farmers Market, Noggins Booth
  • The Loop
  • The Grainery

Wednesday

  • Mosaic Market
  • 59 Douglas Drive, Bedford
  • 68 Saratoga Drive, Lower Sackville
  • First Lake Early Learning Centre
  • Noggins Corner Farm
  • TapRoot Farms

Thursday

  • Seaport Farmer's Market

Friday

  • TapRoot Farms

How to identify your TapRoot Share:

  • Please double-check to be sure you have the correct box--look inside to see if it is fruit or vegetables
  • Meat shares and Full Monty meat portions will be clearly marked
  • Please do not take any items out of boxes, as it will make someone else miss out

How to check yourself off of the list:

At each delivery location, there is a list that looks like the one above.  Your name will be on the list for the location you are registered for.  Only the required shares are dropped off at each location, so if you take the wrong share it means that someone else will miss out on their share for the week. 

CSA Member Pickup Etiquette

  • PLEASE FOLD DOWN YOUR SHARE BOX and return your boxes as soon as possible.  If you do not know how to fold down your share box, there is a handy video here: http://youtu.be/RudAClfhYa0
  • Make sure your boxes are stacked neatly in the space provided
  • Please be courteous & friendly to the TapRoot team member and/or hosts, and other CSA members at the location
  • If something is missing at your pickup, please let us know. If you are picking up from a TapRoot team member, let them know. If you pick up from a self-serve location, please email csa@taprootfarms.ca or 902-582-3799
  • Ensure that you do not leave any veggie debris or garbage at the pickup location

Thank you so much for supporting the farm. :) If you have any other questions, please let us know!

 



How to check what is due on your account and make a payment

Posted on by Patricia Bishop

How to check what is due on your account:

First you will need to log in to your Harvest Hand account (Click here for more details on how to log in)

  • Log in to your Harvest Hand account
  • Go to "Make Payment" on the right, or above that it will show a balance if anything is due
  • Once in the screen for "Make Payment" you can hold your mouse over [?] beside the invoices that are due to see what they are for.

How to Make a Payment:

Paying with cash or cheque
Put your payment in an envelope with the name that your account is under, the date, and what the payment is for (the more info, the better)

  • If you are at a self-serve location, please mail the cheque(s) to: 1736 Church Street  Port Williams, NS  B0P 1T0. Do not give your payment to the location host. They are not responsible for payments. 
  • At certain locations you can give cheques or cash directly to the TapRoot team member (Please click here to check which type of location you are registered for.)
     

Royal Bank customers
Simply add TapRoot Farms to your bills list and use your customer number as your account number. 
 

Email transfer

  • Send to: info@taprootfarms.ca
  • Please indicate in the message the name the account is under
  • Please use the password: taproot (Our bookkeeper spends a lot of extra of time trying to guess people's passwords. Please make it simple for her. :) ) 
     

Online payment through HarvestHand:

  • Check off the invoices you would like to pay, or enter the amount you would like to pay in the box provided
  • You will be redirected to Paypal to complete the payment.  If you do not have a Paypal account you can log on as a guest with a credit card



How to tell us you are going to be away

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The CSA goes year-round, with 2 weeks off at Christmas.  If you are going to miss a week of delivery, we prefer that you find someone to pick up your share, or let us know by adding on a "Donation Week".

If someone is picking up your share, it is important that you make sure they know the name your account is under, and the hours and location of the pickup, as well as any other relevant information.  You may want to share our "Member Responsibilities" webpage with them so that they are aware.  You DO NOT need to let the farm know, but it is okay to do so if you wish.

How to Add on a Donation Week:

The donation week is basically just like an add on.  It needs to be added on within the week that it is happening, by no later than 8 am on the day of delivery (noon Friday if you pick up Saturday).  It does not subtract the value of your share from your account.  If you miss a week, you are missing that weeks' value, please be aware.

Where do shares get donated?

Click here to see all the great places we support!

Other options if you are going to be away:

  • Occasionally you can reschedule delivery to another location that we deliver to.  This is best done in advance as much as possible.  If you miss a pick up, we will not reschedule your delivery, as we have already done our part (delivering your share) once.  At least 48 hours notice is required to redirect a share delivery.


How to Purchase Add ons

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Add ons are additional items from the farm and other local producers that you can order to come with your share on any given week.  There are things like maple syrup, honey, camelina oil, apple cider vinegar, fresh and preserved vegetables and fruits, and much more.  The best way to see what is available is to view the list each week.  Here is how you do that:

  • When you are logged in to your Harvest Hand account, go to the "My Shares" (the screen that pops up when you log in, or select "My Shares" from the top menu bar)
  • Below what is coming in your shares for the week are a bunch of different categories and all the items we currently have available. 
  • Select the item you would like to order by adjusting the quantity in the box provided:

  • Once you have selected all of the items you would like to order, go to the bottom of the screen to select your method of payment and to place the order, like so:

  • Once the order is placed, it takes you to the invoice view, which looks like this:

Deadline for Ordering Add ons:

  • For Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday members, the deadline for ordering add ons is by 8 am on the day of delivery
  • For Saturday members, the deadline for ordering add ons is by Friday at noon.