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Community Supported Agriculture

Prairie Gardens is happy to announce the return of our CSA program in 2016!  You can share in our garden harvest with a family membership in our Community Supported Agriculture Program!  Support a local farm, enjoy local produce, and share in our farm life.  

Join our CSA & eat local, healthy, sustain-ably grown,  gourmet produce all summer!  And have fun from Easter to Christmas – learning about growing food at the farm for about a $1 a day!

Welcome to Prairie Gardens, an historic 35 acre local farm, country store, and agri-tourism destination in Bon Accord, AB. Established in 1956, we are nestled in scenic Sturgeon County, growing on the best black topsoil in the country.  Our farm grows a wide variety of vegetables, berries, edible flowers and gourmet herbs using natural holistic methods. We’re  located just 25 minutes north of Edmonton on 97 St.

What is a CSA farm? CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and boy, do we love our CSA Shareholders. Like many small farms, we rely on the support of our CSA Shareholders. As a thank-you for supporting us, you’ll receive a weekly box – bursting with freshly harvested produce – including a rare selection of naturally grown greens, gourmet vegetables and heirloom tomatoes. You’ll also receive our weekly newsletter, recipes for the produce your receive each week, and an invitation to learn how to grow your own food in our garden by participating in our on-farm workshops and potlucks, sharing in the learning and becoming  part of our farming community.

Our CSA is a way for us to be able to grow healthy food for our community, while ensuring that we can also earn a living wage and steward healthy soil for generations to come. We aim to work together with our members to grow and distribute high-quality, produce full of the vital nutrients and minerals we need to live rich, full lives. We grow an incredible varietyof gourmet vegetables. Vegetables – including gourmet and braising greens, beans, peas, gourmet potatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, onions, lettuce, mustard greens, arugula, and fresh herbs. We also grow both heirloom, and unique heritage varietals, all non-GMO. We hope to be able to surprise and delight you, and share in our bounty with you.

We provide our CSA shareholder members with the freshest (picked that day) and most delicious direct-from-the-field produce. Our goal is to be your ultimate resource for farm to fork edibles, unique countryside events, field trips for all ages, and on-farm festivals.  We offer on-farm harvest basket pick-up on Sundays (perfect for families), with a complimentary Annual Season’s Pass to all of our on-farm festivals, from Easter, through Halloween and Christmas, or a city distribution site in the downtown area.

Are you ready to become Prairie Gardens’ Farm CSA Shareholder?

The Break Down:
Our CSA offers shares for a 16-week season starting mid-May and ending mid-September, with bonus Halloween Pumpkins and a Christmas winter CSA basket.  A family CSA share can feed up to five family members for approximately just $1.00 per person per day ($675 for the season). We also offer a  Couples share, which works out to 2/3 of a full share for just $25 per couple per week ($400 for the season).

The full payment is due when signing up for the CSA. It is important to sign up for your share as early as possible in the season for two reasons: to reserve your CSA share, as shares are limited, and to help your farmers absorb the initial expenses in the beginning the season.

16 weeks of Good Farm Food Baskets!  The Distribution Schedule runs monthly for May & June;  weekly from July through September.  The season starts in April with a U-Plant Container Workshop at the greenhouses.  There’s a special Pumpkin Pickup date for Halloween, and a Christmas Bonus Basket in December for a total of 16 good farm food baskets through the season.

Here’s what you’ll get in your good farm food boxes -from spring to fall:

  • May – A Herb/ Veggie planter for your back step to enjoy all summer
  • June – Spring greens and winter onions, salad fixings, edible flowers, dried peas and selected herbs.
  • July – there’s many types of greens, from bok choi to komatsuna, strawberries, salad fixin’s, beets and peas.
  • August and September, your baskets will overflow with abundance –  large assortments and quantities of vegetables, baby potatoes, zucchini, carrots, greens,  cabbage, mustard greens, tatsoi and beans.
  • September, you will enjoy sweet corn, winter squash, pumpkins, Brussels sprouts, root vegetables, and several varieties of exotic potatoes.

There is an important concept woven into the CSA model that takes the arrangement beyond just buying vegetables. That is the notion of shared risk: in a CSA, members pay up front for the whole season and the farmers do their best to provide an abundant box of produce each week.  Weather and mother nature play a role in the arrangement. Bumper crop years mean abundance is shared.  Drought means that the risk is shared.  This past season, we offered many varieties of greens – even with the drought, & plenty of potatoes, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers.  The peas, beans, beets, and carrots were late – but eventually lovely.  Sadly, the parsnips never did germinate!

Kid Friendly! The kids will love coming to the farm to learn about how their food grows, as you will also receive a guest pass to attend our summer festivals! What a great way to spend quality time with the kids!  During the summer, enjoy the Kids Fun Zone, a Petting Farm and Mazes to run and play in!

What Are Families Saying About our CSA program?   It’s 5 Stars!  Awesome experience for the whole family being part of the CSA program last summer – will be having some greens, squash and potatoes as part of our xmas dinner :) Thanks to Tam for being a ‘Woman of Vision’ and wishing all the folks at Prairie Gardens a happy holiday season! Betty Hahn Sidor 

“Just last night, my 7 year old Job says that “I sure miss Tam – you know- the farmer.”  We all feel that Prairie Garden’s CSA program was the best part of the year that we lived in Bon Accord. Thanks so much for the wonderful food and the memories!” Tammi, Gage, Jaceb, Caleb, Job and Thane :)

On The Farm Families who choose weekly pick-up at Prairie Gardens can explore the farm & gardens, enjoy a visit with our farm animals and enjoy some active family time at our Kids FunZone.  It’s just like going to Grandma & Grandpas farm when you were a kid for some fresh air and sunshine!

Work Share & Hands On Learning We’d like to offer you the opportunity to experience being a farmer, with one Transplanting, Weeding or Harvest Day & One Distribution date, if you can volunteer to help out on the farm is some way. This is your work share. It is not required, but a wonderful option!

Limited Registration of only 100 families!   Produce Box Pick up Locations / Times:

  • Farm Pick-up at Prairie Gardens Sunday Afternoons from 12pm – 6pm.
  • City locations:  RGE RD Restaurant Mondays from  5-7pm (corner of 123 St & 106 Ave (Please note – there are extra city delivery costs – Add: $100 -approx. $6.70/week).

A Season of Farm Fun – Important Dates

  • Hop! Easter Fest in March 10am – 5pm- Included in Annual Pass for CSA Members (Pick up Annual Passes (Please check our Events Listings – there’s workshops, farm festivals and cooking classes)
  • Welcome Potluck Lunch & CSA Plant-Your-Own Herb & Veggie Planter Workshop at Farm on Sunday mid April 11:30 am – 3:00 pm  (Lunch from 12noon – 1pm) Planting 1:30-4pm
  • May   CSA Herb Planter Pick-Up at the Farm – Sunday May 29/ City Monday May 30
  •  June Harvest Basket Pickup Mid June
  • Weekly Good Farm Box Pick-ups Begin – First week of July (Mark your calendars)
  • Last Weekly Pickup:  Mid September
  • Halloween Pumpkins last weekend of October
  • Christmas Bonus Box P/U At Farm Christmas Fest – (Squash, Potatoes, Surprizes) Last Pickup of the Year!