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Announcing DELTA Farm Roots CSA Veggie Box brought to you by Fresh Roots

We are excited to share that we will be offering a 12 – week CSA Veggie Box in DELTA this summer! Our new Delta Field Lead, Jack (back from his role as last year’s Market Lead), is spreading compost and starting & planting seeds getting the Farm Roots schoolyard farm ready to share delicious ultra-locally grown produce with folks in the Delta area.

Cost
Each week, you’ll receive an average of $22.50 worth of veggies. (12 weeks x $22.5/week = $270)

Pickup Hours
2 pm-6:00 pm (passive pick up until 6:30 pm) every Wednesday from June 17th -September 2nd

Location
Farm Roots Mini School, Delta, BC 

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We’re Still Farming~A Fresh Roots COVID-19 Update

Dear Fresh Roots Community,

Like many of you, we are closely following COVID-19 developments and taking steps to keep our team and all those we work with healthy. We hope you and yours are safe and well during this time. We wanted to share what’s happening here at Fresh Roots.

Most importantly, our team is working to ensure our farms will be growing more rather than less food this season to feed you, your families and our community. Food is an essential service and a strong local food system is more important now than ever.

Signing up for a Fresh Roots Veggie Box is a great way to access weekly, hyper-local produce! Sign up today or inquire to see how you could buy a Veggie Box to be donated, email food@freshroots.ca to learn more.

With the announcement of indefinite school closures, we’ve suspended all of our school-based programming, including field trips and field classes until school reopens. This also includes the LunchLAB program we run in partnership with Growing Chefs!. We happily look forward to re-scheduling these programs once safe to do so.

At this time we are planning on running our summer SOYL youth leadership and empowerment program and kids camps as planned. Youth registration for SOYL is open until the end of April at: https://freshroots.ca/get-involved/soyl/ and camp registration is ongoing at: https://freshroots.ca/education/camp/.

We continue to monitor the situation and recommendations by the health authorities and will communicate any further adaptations and plans to Fresh Roots programs to you all as the situation develops. The safety of our community comes first. We have communicated to our partners that we are here to help support the kids, youth and families in our communities through these challenging times.

We are also working creatively to look into how we can support distance learning for classes and families. Maybe a virtual farm tour for your kids or class? A “meet a farmer or chef” program? Lesson plans you can use or share? We’d love any suggestions you may have! Follow us on social media to learn about upcoming online resources, tools, and program ideas.

We greatly appreciate all the support our community has given to ensure the continued success of Fresh Roots – thank you!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at info@freshroots.ca or by phone at 778-764-0DIG (0344).

With a fistful of hopeful sunshine,

Alexa and the Fresh Roots team

 

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Why become a Fresh Roots Veggie Box Subscriber this summer?

  • Do you get a little thrill when you bite into a freshly picked, ultra-local carrot?
  • Is the idea of creating urban spaces for learning, sharing and connecting something that excites you and makes your heart grow a size or two?

  • How about being part of a community that values good food and knowing exactly (seriously, you can meet them!) who planted, grew and harvested your delicious veggies?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, Fresh Roots Veggie Box just might be for you!

Hey wait! What exactly is a Veggie Box?

It’s our take on Community Supported Agriculture or CSA. Simply put, a CSA is a group whose members receive a share of food from a local farm’s weekly harvest in exchange for an investment at the beginning of the growing season. This investment helps farmers purchase seeds, tools, and other farm-y things to set everyone up for a successful growing season.

Why choose the Fresh Roots Veggie Box?

Hyper-fresh, locally grown seasonal produce!

THE number one reason for becoming a Fresh Roots Veggie box member is access to the best produce our Schoolyard Market Gardens have to offer.  For $20/ week members experience farm-to-table food in real-time.  Think just harvested leafy greens, radishes with just the littlest bit of dirt still clinging to the root and the intoxicating waft of fresh herbs.  Home made pesto anyone?

Support Schoolyard Farms

By becoming a Fresh Roots Veggie Box member you are joining a local community of engaged food lovers who support the work we do including:

  • growing lots of high-quality, Good Food on school grounds
  • training, supporting  and fostering self-confidence in local youth
  • hands on (those hands get pretty dirty!) outdoor learning with teachers and kids to help bring textbooks to life.

Surprise! Learn about new veggies

You’ll often end up with something you normally wouldn’t have on your grocery list. The Fresh Roots Veggie Box has a way of nudging you out of your comfort zone in the nicest possible way.  Don’t worry! We are here to support you with recipes, suggestions and tips and tricks about how to prepare your new favourite veggies found in our weekly newsletter, along with insider updates, upcoming events, what’s happening on the farms, and special programming.

Fresh Roots is helping folks make healthy food choices, transforming urban spaces and creating strong community leaders and advocates for a just and sustainable food system. Now that’s what you call value-added produce!

Support Vancouver Schoolyard Farms! Sign up today and eat fresh, ultra-local veggies all summer long.

Click here to learn more about the Fresh Roots Veggie Box 

“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

 

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Salad Boxes Are Coming.

It’s been a long winter. If I measure the nutritional gap in my diet between last Salad Box received, 2015 season, and First Salad Box to be received, 2016 season, it’s been a capital “W” Winter, in the Game-of-Thrones-ish sense of the word. Last summer and well into the fall, I was the amazed recipient of more vegetables than I could name or consume. I had no idea what the end of that bounty would do to me.

The cold months came, and I went to the grocery store–just like always–but instead of skipping the produce aisle, secure in the knowledge that I had more than enough socked away at home, I ventured in. The contents were disturbing. I scowled at the wilted greens, recoiled from the alarmingly flexible carrots.

Who grew these things? No one I know on a first name basis, that’s for sure. So, I abstained. I just couldn’t face it. There were weeks on end when my grocery shopping could most accurately be described as “beige”. The hike in food prices certainly didn’t help. They say the falling Canadian dollar has something to do with it, raising the cost of all those wintertime California imports. If ever there was a time to be thankful for locally grown produce, this is it.

Meanwhile, the seeds are germinating. This year, I’m sure I’ll be just as wide-eyed when I open my box as ever, but I’ll be twice as grateful. I’ll eat what’s in season. I’ll eat what’s local. I’ll preserve more, and plan some winter crops of my own, and next year won’t be quite as beige.

 

– Melissa

 

(Winter food-blues got you making Game of Thrones references too?  You can still sign up for a salad box!  Check out our three different options, here.)