“Direct selling of local products is at the heart of today’s renaissance of non-industrial-scale farming. The work we do as farmers addresses a need felt by a growing number of people who want to support and get to know local producers.”
-JM Fortier, The Market Gardener
As Local as it gets
We sell vegetables in two farmers market streams, with the hope of landing in three total streams in 2019. Friday nights from May – September you’ll find us at the Yarrow Farm Market from 5-8p, where we sell our produce and offer direct pickup of CSA boxes. This market holds a special place in our heart, as it was the very first market we ever sold anything at (4 years ago, during the germination period of our farm). Now starting its 5th year, the pace allows for time to meet and know our customers by name and by preference. Oh, by the way: the market is literally right next to the farm. Bring a beer and we’ll sneak out back to check out the fields.
Survival as a Business
While it’s important to maintain a local presence, we still have a need to tap into well established revenue streams, which is why we also sell in the Coquitlam Farmers Market on Sundays mornings from 9a-1p from the beginning of May through the end of October. This market is flush with a community of supporters who show up every week to get their hands on product that is still very local (market is less than 75km from our farm). Driving to sustainable markets is essential to our survival as a business, and we’re so thankful that this is still close enough to be worth our drive.
This year we join the Abbotsford Farm and Country Market on Saturdays from 9-1, May through October.
Community Supported Agriculture
If markets are the foundation of the farm, our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program represents the soil which holds the nutrients in place for crops to grow. The CSA program brings the farm to life in the spring as bills pile up during startup. Planning for seeds, developing a rotation schedule, ordering compost, making repairs, and business growth doesn’t happen while the days are hot and the crops grow quickly. We need those days to focus on the fields. These expensive endeavours happen while agrarians rest and restore their bodies. The CSA members, using their chequebooks, say to us as farmers:
We believe in local food.
We believe in you.
Before a single crop is sown, the CSA members put their support behind our farm and get us off the ground in a way that doesn’t cost us more money. For those of you already CSA members, thank you.
To learn more about our CSA, please look over this document.