Registration for the 2014-15 Season (deliveries starting March 31, 2014) is open! Go to http://taprootfarms.ca/shares/register to sign up!
There are three size options:
Entree Veggie Share:
Appetizer Veggie Share:
Each week we will provide you with a share of the vegetables that are ripe and ready to eat from the farm. We offer a wide range of veggies. A list of what you can expect during the year can be found in the "CSA" section of the webpage.
We strive to provide you with as much certified organic produce as possible. You do also get transition to organic, spray free and non organic veggies on occasion. The farm is increasing the number of acres we have in certified organic production each year, growing more and more spray free and working hard to build the soil's ability to grow wonderful vegetables for your family.
You can review the contents of our shares from the past years by checking out the "Shares" section of the website (at the bottom there is a button to select previous weeks).
The shares prices are meant to be an average over the entire season. This means that sometimes in the winter the value may be a bit less and in the summer a bit higher, balancing out overall. We very much appreciate the commitment to keeping our farm in year-round production and keeping our staff in full year employment.
Entree Fruit Share:
Appetizer Fruit Share:
TapRoot and Noggins Corner Farm partner to bring you a year-long fruit share. This share will consist of mostly non organic fruit.
TapRoot has been growing more and more fruit and Noggins has a long history of fruit production. It is also all in the family as Patricia from TapRoot is the daughter of Andrew from Noggins.
TapRoot & Noggins as well as other farms are able to offer various fruit including: peaches, pears, plums, sweet cherries, raspberries, blueberries, arctic kiwi, over 50 varieties of apples, dried and frozen fruit, fruit juices, and fruit preserves in the fruit share.
You can expect lots of apples year-round.
$37.50 every two weeks
We are entering our fourth year offering the meat share. Deliveries of meat will be bi-weekly starting April 1st 2014 to March 28th 2015, for a total of 25 shares.
You will receive a variety of meats. Included in every share will be chicken, either whole, half or pieced. Pork, in an assortment of cuts, will also fill a large portion of the shares. You will also receive beef, rabbit, duck, lamb, goat and a free range turkey at Thanksgiving. Cuts will include chops, ground, stew meat, roasts, sausages, steaks and smoked meats, including bacon and ham. Depending on availability we will source meat products from other local farmers.
We're not there yet, but with your support our goal in the next few years is:
To grow or source all GMO-free grain for all the animals on the farm
To use as much of the animal as possible
To provide the highest quality meats and cuts for you to enjoy
To produce healthy, happy animals every time
Symbiotic Relationship of animals on the farm
The animals we grow on the farm provide us with the nutrients and fertility to grow healthy vegetables. We are able to use the pigs to cultivate the fields for us, as the natural instinct of pigs is to dig up the earth with their powerful noses in search of nutritious roots. The sheep and beef will be on a rotational grazing routine, on land that is at rest from growing vegetables. Vegetables that don't meet our standards of marketability are recycled back into the farm as food for the pigs and chickens.
Egg Share - Full Share (1 dozen)
Egg Share - Half Share (1/2 Dozen)
The hens at TapRoot spend time outside nearly all day; they are let out of their house first thing in the morning and closed up after dark. The hens are fed certified organic grain that comes from Barnyard Organics in PEI.
Flowers have a very real place on a farm, in our forests, our yards, and our homes. Flowers encourage biodiversity and help balance an ecosystem. Flowers play important roles in the success of farms, particularly when farming organically. We are excited about the prospect of growing and providing affordable and local flowers on a regular basis.
In 2014, we are collecting a $10.00 per year administration fee from each CSA member who registers after Feb. 1, 2014. We want to be as transparent as possible about this, so what this fee helps to pay for is:
We really appreciate payments in full. There is a significant administration cost incurred for the farm with other payment options. We recognize that payments in full are not possible for everyone, so we also offer the option to pay in 4 equal payments or monthly. We greatly appreciate post dated cheques (less bank fees); however, payments via PayPal are happily accepted. *It is important to note that we are not set up to do automatic payments via Paypal, and so you will need to log in each time your payment is due.*
Upon registration, please be sure to send all post dated cheques to:
1736 Church St.
Port Williams, NS
A charge of $30 will be applied to your account for NSF cheques. We don't like it any more than you do but it takes us time to deal with and we incur the NSF fee from the bank, so we need to recoup these cost.
If you change your mind and find the CSA is not working out for you or your family there are a few options:
Refunds may be issued until September 1st, 2014. By September we have planted, weeded, and in some cases harvested and are beginning to store crops for the Winter/early Spring shares, so if you leave the CSA after September it is very costly for us. As we share the season and the realities with you, your commitment is critical to our ability to carry on into the next year.
Please read over all of the details, ask questions and discuss joining the CSA with your family prior to registration to be sure you are committed. Get your family excited about eating locally and in season!