Veggie Lovers’ Club

Registration for our 2018 program will open to 2017 members first in February 2018.  Any additional spaces we have available will open to our mailing list only on Thursday, March 1!

Please feel free to check out the details of our 2017 program (below), and email us at sales@brownsugarproduce.com if you have any questions or comments!


 

Veggie Lovers’ Club 2017 Summer & Fall Session

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Do you love fresh & beautiful local produce, grown with care on a family-run farm?

If you’re a Veggie Lover, consider becoming a part of our 2017 Summer Session Veggie Lovers’ Club and receive weekly bags of seasonal farm fresh bounty for 16 weeks from July until mid-October.  Early in the season the bags will contain lots of greens, and later in the season it will shift to storage vegetables. We will do our best to ensure that you get a good sampling of all of the many veggies we produce on the farm throughout the season.

Membership Guide

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We encourage members to bookmark this page and refer to it first when you have questions to save us time answering emails.  If you don’t find the answer to your question, send us an email and we will make sure it gets included in the guide!

Each week you will receive a bag of seasonally available produce from the farm, carefully selected by your farmers. A weekly newsletter will keep you updated on the farm and farmers and provide you with recipe ideas and cooking & storage tips. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you can interact with the farm and see what we’re up to.
We will be able to share with you on our website blog what will be in your weekly bag a few days prior to delivery to help you with meal planning & grocery shopping.

At the pickup location we are able to offer a small selection of additional veggies for purchase each week. We also plan to accommodate some custom ordering (in addition to the weekly bag) of certain items for our Club members as well.

How it Works:
There are 2 different options you can sign up for:14040183_1223065764391050_531903289632269476_n
16 Week Veggie Lovers’ Club Bag
$400.00/16 weeks (July 4 – Oct. 17)

24 Week Veggie Lovers’ Club Bag 
$600.00/24 weeks (July 4 – Dec. 12)
More space may open in the 24-week program in the fall, depending on harvest. 

Each week the contents of your bag will average $24 of fresh farm produce. The program includes a $1/week admin fee (included in the total price) which pays for 2 reuseable bags that you will keep at the end of the program, and helps to cover some of our admin time & costs (writing weekly newsletters, responding to emails, printing recipes, etc).

You are welcome to sign up for 2 bags, which means you’ll have twice as much produce to work with each week!  Please email us if you would like this option.

Pickup location:img_5539
Stanley Park, 14th Street and Lorne Ave. downtown Brandon, Tuesdays between 4:30 – 6 pm

Payment:
We do not require you to pay in advance, though we do require that the $20 deposit be paid prior to June 1 so we can confirm your enrollment in the program. Please see below for payment installment information.

We encourage you to help save us admin time in the summer and provide us with post-dated cheques for the duration of the program when you send in your deposit, or at the first delivery. Last year we offered weekly payment as an option, but we found collecting it each week to be a burden and so we can no longer offer that.

Payment can be made in full, or in 2 or 3 installments:

16 Week Option:momtericanola
$20 deposit PLUS one payment of $380, due July 4
OR
$20 deposit PLUS two payments of $190, due July 4 and September 5
OR
$20 deposit PLUS three payments of $127, due July 4, August 1, September 5

24 Week Option:
$20 deposit PLUS one payment of $580, due July 4
OR
$20 deposit PLUS two payments of $290, due July 4 and September 5
OR
$20 deposit PLUS three payments of $194, due July 4, August 1, September 5

We are happy to discuss other payment options if none of these work for you.
Please make cheques payable to Brown Sugar Produce and mail to: Site 520 Box 40 RR5 Brandon Manitoba R7A 5Y5. We are also able to accept Email Money Transfer. Please use the sales@brownsugarproduce.com email address and if the answer to your security question isn’t obvious, include it in a separate email.  If you are planning to make your program payments via EMT, please let us know if you plan to pay in 1, 2, or 3 installments so that we can remind you appropriately.
Contact us if you need to make other arrangements to get us the program payment.

Some other things you need to knowimg_5989

Don’t Forget!
We won’t forget about you, so we encourage you to set appropriate reminders for each delivery to remember to pick up your bag. If you miss a pickup due to forgetting, you will still owe for that delivery! This is because we will have done our part getting the produce ready for you and delivered it.

Missing a Week
If you are going to be away for one of the pickup dates, consider asking a friend, family member, or co-worker to pick it up for you. If you need to skip delivery for a week, let us know by Monday noon at the latest and we can provide credit towards market purchases (or a double bag week) in the future. If you do not let us know in advance your payment will still be due for that week.  In cases or illness or emergency, please contact us as soon as you are able.

General CSA FAQs:

How many people will my bag feed?
This is by far the most frequently asked question when people are signing up for a CSA, 14192666_764249690381054_7129792673333794689_nand it’s one of the hardest to answer. Consider how many veggies you would need to purchase at the Farmer’s Market to last you a week. This bag is an average $24/week value, and so is by no means meant to feed a family for an entire week. If you are vegan/vegetarian or simply eat a lot of veggies, the bag may only last you 2 – 3 meals. If you only cook at home occasionally or have a small household it may be enough for a week. The size of the bag allows you to supplement with other purchases at the Farmer’s Market, our small market at the pickup location, or grocery store. There is also the option to sign up for 2 weekly bags if you know 1 is not going to be enough.

But what if I don’t like something?
The idea of a regular veggie subscription is to make things easier for us farmers by allowing us to plan in advance what will be needed each week and grow it to order. As a Veggie Lover, it’s a great way to eat the best of the season and to occasionally try something new. It’s important to be open minded with farm fresh vegetables: sometimes, a bad childhood experience can spoil a person on a veggie, but often when they try it fresh from the farm with a different preparation they can end up loving it (e.g. boiled spinach is simply a crime against spinach!). That being said, we all have different tastes and so if there’s something you just can’t stomach, consider sharing it with a grateful friend, family member, or neighbour.14102307_1233759439988349_7846732469731190144_n
At this point we can’t accommodate any substitutions in the Veggie Lovers’ Club. In the case of an allergy or food intolerance, please contact us prior to signing up and we will let you know if it’s something we can work with.

Am I taking on any risk?
With our CSA we don’t expect our customers to share any of the risk, other than the reality of farming in the sense that not every crop works out every year. For example, 2016 was a year where the majority of tomatoes in the province got blight. We escaped the blight with our high tunnel and the lion’s share of those tomatoes did go to our members, despite the demand at market being ridiculously high. Since you choose to commit to the farm, we do our best to make sure our members get treated well.
In the event of a single crop failure we will fill in with something else, and it is not out of the question that we may fill gaps by buying from other suppliers who meet our production standards (we will let you know if we ever decide to do this).  The biggest production issue we currently face is that most summers we get hail. This may result in your produce looking sub-par for a week or longer, but we will always be transparent and let you know what is going on.

Click Here to read the Membership Agreement

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What last year’s members had to say:
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the weekly newsletters; what to do with the veggies that are in the bag for that week, recipes, etc… . I grew up on a farm and there is truly not a better place to be. All of the hard work is certainly appreciated and am so glad I have got to enjoy all the “fruits” of everyone’s hard labour.”

“I really enjoyed everything about the Veggie Lovers’ Club. I thought there was a really good variety of vegetables and I really enjoyed all of the information (storage tips, recipes, farm info) on the blog each week. I feel like a learned a lot in addition to getting to eat locally grown produce. Thank you for all of your hard work and providing this opportunity to the community.”

“Loved being a part of the Veggie Club – awesome food and awesome people- exciting to see what’s in the bag each week !!! Tks”

13934891_1210818058949154_4359878265279582325_n“Loved every bag of vegetables through the 16 Week CSA. I love the reusable bags that we got to keep in the end, the recipe cards, the variety of vegetables we got – and most of all, the care and commitment to the quality of the product and the delight of the customer!”
“I was very pleased with the experience. The veggies were delicious and I liked having the opportunity to try things I wouldn’t normally try.”

 

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