CSA Information

What is a CSA?

Community-supported/shared agriculture (CSA) is an alternative model of purchasing local farm products. CSA members pay at the beginning of the growing season for a share, and in return, receive a weekly harvest box, typically equalling a set value per week.

CSA programs offer an opportunity for you, the customer, to support your local urban farmer by providing economic support at the beginning of the season, when there are many expenses and few sources of revenue for a farmer. CSA members also share in the ups and downs of farming, and usually become some of the most steadfast supporters of their farmer.

What are the benefits for members?

Depending on the farm, CSA members will receive a weekly harvest box for 16-22 weeks during the spring/summer/fall – each farm chooses the start and end dates of their program. Shares vary from $16-$37 per week (payable at the beginning of the season), and amounts vary from enough for one person to enough to feed a family of four. Prices are usually reflective of what you would pay at market, minus a 5-10% discount or more.
It is important to choose your CSA program based on your needs:

  • Where is the pickup location? Is it convenient? Or is a delivery option necessary for you?
  • What day is the pickup? Are you available on that day? It may be difficult to get your veggies if you aren’t able to pick up at the same time each week.
  • How big of a box do you want? How many veggies do you eat in your family?
  • What kind of products do you want? While most CSA programs are mixed veggies, some are mainly salad greens, and others offer add-ons such as eggs, meat, flowers, canned goods.

Where are CSA pick up locations?

Note: Categorizations below are loosely based on where farms are primarily situated but many farms have aspects of their operations in many different parts of Vancouver / Metro Vancouver. If you are an urban farm in Metro Vancouver and would like to be listed here, contact us.

East Vancouver

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Pick Up: Home on the Range Organics, Italian Cultural Centre, Main Street Farmers Market, Norquay Park

Inner City Farms
Pick Up: Luppolo Brewing Company (Strathcona)

City Beet Farm
Pick Up: Riley Park neighbourhood (The Mighty Oak)

Shady Acre Farm
Pick Up: Callister Brewing Company (Strathcona), Collingwood

Sole Food Farms
Pick Up: Main Street

Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School
Pick Up: Main Street Farmers Market, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market

Food Pedalers
Microgreens and wheatgrass orders delivered to Union Market (Strathcona), home delivery options available

Cropthorne Farm
Pick Up: Main Street Farmers Market

Earth Apple Farm
Pick Up: Pasture to Plate (Commercial Drive), Trout Lake Farmers Market, Riley Park TBD

Sweet Digz Farm
Pick Up: Mount Pleasant, Strathcona, Commercial, Hastings-Sunrise
 

Westside

Frisch Farms
Produce grown in Kitsilano and Dunbar, CSA delivered to your door

UBC Farm
Pick up: UBC Farm

Cropthorne Farm
Pick Up: Kitsilano Farmers Market

Sweet Digz Farm
Kitsilano (Balaclava & 5th)

 

South Vancouver

Farmers on 57th
Veggie boxes + flower share available
Pick Up: Marpole/Oakridge & Fairview Slopes

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society
Pick Up: David Thompson Secondary

Shady Acre Farm
Pick Up: Dogwood Organic Brewing Company (near Knight Street bridge)
 

Downtown Vancouver

Shady Acre Farm
Pick up: Canada Place underground parking, Wednesday afternoons 4:30-5:00pm

Earthwise Society
Pick up: Chill Winston (3 Alexander Street, Gastown), Fridays

 

Metro Vancouver

Zaklan Heritage Farm
13278 84th ave Surrey
Pick-up Thursdays @ New West Farmer’s market, or Friday evening / Saturday during on-farm market

The Sharing Farm
Pick Up: 2771 Westminster Hwy., Richmond

Tsawwassen First Nation Farm School
Pick up: KPU Richmond, KPU Surrey, TFN Farm

Hastings Creek Farm
Pick up: Lynn Valley in North Vancouver, delivery options available

Earth Apple Farm
Pick up: Port Moody, Langley

Earthwise Society
Pick up: Boundary Bay

Cropthorne Farm
Pick Up: Tsawwassen, Ladner

Sweet Digz Farm
Richmond (home delivery available within Richmond)

 

Delivery

Sky Harvest
Microgreens delivery through Spud

Food Pedalers
Microgreens and wheatgrass delivery

Frisch Farms
Produce CSA delivered to your door