2020 Veggie Boxes SOLD OUT!!! 

Food is an essential service, and a strong local food system is more important now than ever. Our farms are continuing with the season,  growing more food than ever to feed you, your families and our communities. We are now SOLD OUT of our Veggie Boxes but encourage you to visit our friends Choi Box or Inner City Farms.

We look forward to sharing our harvest with you!

 

Veggie What?

This is our version of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. When you join a CSA, you enter into a direct partnership with a local farm. Members buy a share of the farm’s harvest at the beginning of the season to contribute to the costs of seeds, tools, and other inputs. As members, you will be rewarded with delicious, fresh, and hyper-local produce and a strong sense of community.

You will also be supporting our children and youth programs, which base their learning and empowerment on the farms. Our farms are a place for youth to connect with food. From planting a seed to cooking a meal, we catalyze learning that students carry forward to make healthy food choices, become strong community leaders, and advocate for a more just and sustainable food system.

What comes in a weekly box?

For $20 a box, you get a weeks worth of produce: greens, root vegetables, fruits (like tomatoes and squash!) and herbs. Your Veggie Box will change with the season, containing 5-7 items and providing you with an amazing range of vegetables grown with care using organic practices. This is a chance to eat in an attuned way with our BC seasonality, and to discover new foods and cooking traditions. Our newsletter will supply you with recipes and ideas on how to prepare your veggies, as well as stories about the farm and programs. Below you’ll find a few sample boxes to get an idea of what boxes might look like from week to week.

Sample Box 1

1/2 lb Green Beans
1 Kohlrabi
1 Celery
1 Fennel
1 pound eggplant

Sample Box 2

1 Bunch Chard
1 Bunch Radishes
1 lb Summer Squash
1 bunch Beets
3 mini cabbages
1 Head Lettuce

Sample Box 3

1 lb Delicata Squash
1/3 lb Salad Mix
1 Bunch Beets
1 Bunch Carrots
1 lb Storage Onions
2 baby Fennel

Convenient Pickup Location

Every Wednesday, pick up your veggies at the Italian Cultural center from 4-8pm, where we will also be hosting a pop-up market for local community to buy vegetables.

  • Italian Cultural Centre map

For more information on pickup click here

Veggie Box FAQ

 

What do I do if I can’t pick up my box? 

If you can’t pick up your box, feel free to send a friend in your place to pick up for you. All we need is their name! 

What if I can’t make it by 7pm to pick up my box?

No problem! If you are a little late, boxes will be left in the Italian Cultural Centre’s main entrance with self-serve pickup is available until they close at 8pm. 

How many items will I get in my box per week?

5-7 items per week depending on seasonal availability. You will always receive $20 of produce every week.  

Will I get a newsletter or recipe each week before I pick up my box?

Yes! Our members only Veggie Box weekly newsletter filled with recipe ideas, photos and farm stories  will be emailed Wednesday afternoon-pick up day. 

Do you deliver?

No, we do not deliver.  Pick up will be at the Italian Cultural Centre between 4-7pm with self-serve pickup from 7-8pm.  Check out the map here.

When can I start picking up my Veggie Box?

The full season share runs for 20 weeks from June 3 – October 14

The summer season share runs for 9 weeks from July 1 – August 26

 Please note, due to the unpredictability of weather and farming, we may adjust the start and end dates by a week to make sure we are off to the best start. Don’t worry! The total value of your share will be the same.

Do you use plastic and packaging?

Yes, we do. We are trying to minimize the use of plastics on the farm and will provide options for folks to bring their own bags and pack their own items for things like salad mix, beans and potatoes. If you come during the self-serve period, items will be packed in bags where needed to ensure quantity and quality.

Is Fresh Roots organic?

Fresh Roots follows organic practices but is not Certified Organic.

Will there be a swap box for items I just don’t like?

Yes! There will be a swap box available each pick up day. You can add an item you are not in love with, or have too much of, in the box and take out an item that another member may feel the same way about! 

How can I contact you?

If something comes up and you need to get in touch with a Fresh Roots staff on the day of pickup, please call or text 778 764 0344. For less urgent matters you can email food@freshroots.ca 



Here’s what our Community has to say

Kris
I don’t have to battle the grocery store crowds to pick up fresh vegetables for dinner. Instead, I pick up my salad box program goodies at the very convenient pick up location once a week – and because everything was picked about 2 seconds ago, the taste, vitality and longevity is incomparable to grocery store offerings. Each week, the varied selection of greens, root vegetables and herbs inspire me to try new things. I’m also honoured to be a part of the mission of Fresh Roots – teaching our youth to feed themselves. I can’t wait for my 2016 box to start!

– Kris, Salad Box Member

Laura
I am truly inspired by my participation in this year’s CSA with Fresh Roots. After eating an entire seasons worth of delicious and fresh harvests, I am convinced that this is how food is meant to taste and be experienced. There is a sensibility with which the food was grown and harvested by the farmers and interns that is palpable. This added dimension of love and appreciation for the process came through the fresh food I received weekly. Knowing the values Fresh Roots upholds, I couldn’t be happier to support them.

– Laura, Salad Box Member

Robin
These salad boxes never disappoint. Our fridge is always stocked with fresh, healthy, and incredibly tasty food, with the added pleasure of variety week to week and the knowledge that we’re supporting a great program that benefits local farmers, educators, students, and the community. I would recommend this program to anyone who likes to eat really well and feel good about the food that they are buying.

– Robin, Salad Box Member


We look forward to sharing the harvest with you!