5 Changes for the 2019 CSA Season
As we grow, learn, and adapt, changes are inevitable! Here are a few that we’ve implemented for the 2019 season…
1. We’ve decided to increase the CSA price from $325 to $350 (with an early-bird discount option).
We’ve kept the price the same for 3 years while a few of our costs have slowly crept up, so we feel $350 is a very fair deal for the amount of produce we offer throughout the summer.
If the $25 increase puts you off, all you need to do is sign up and pay for the CSA a bit earlier. There will be early bird pricing of $325 (same as last year’s share) available until March 1st.
Most of our big expenses come a few months before we actually make it into the garden (Christmas holidays usually involve eggnog and pouring over seed catalogues), so we’re hoping the discount is enough to convince you to sign up early.
2. We have added a second CSA pick-up location in Winnipeg.
You can now pick up your CSA on Fridays 12-5 at the River Heights Farmers Market at the River Heights Corydon Community Centre (370 Grosvenor Ave)!
We hope this is a more convenient time and location for some people. Also of note, we’re asking that folks pick one location to pick up veggies and stick with it throughout the season. We love accommodating as much as possible, but it was really difficult to keep track of some of the location changes last year. Buying a gift card might be the best option for folks who want to switch back and forth between South Osborne and River Heights to pick up, which brings us to our next change…
3. We are now offering Gift Cards in any amount.
We are introducing gift cards for the 2019 growing season. The gift cards can be used at our Natural Collective CSA Market Stand at any of the farmers’ markets we attend.
Gift cards are a great way to shop cash-free at the farmers’ market, and a nice way to top up your CSA share if you have a larger household. They also make a great gift to friends, family, and self!
To encourage you to try these gift cards and reward you for your commitment to Natural Collective CSA, we will add an additional 20% to your gift card when you order before June 1, 2019 (CSA members are always eligible for the additional 20% when purchasing a gift card). So for example, when you spend $100 we’ll send you a gift card valued at $120.
4. We are able to accept credit card payments for your 2019 CSA box or Gift Card purchase.
We are excited to announce that we are now using Square to allow for processing credit cards, both online and onsite at our farmers’ market stands. This makes purchasing your 2019 CSA fast and easy!
Click here to visit our square site and start shopping.
5. We are offering an optional artisan bread add-on to our CSAs.
We’ve partnered with Hildegard’s Bakery to offer some optional add-ons to our CSA this year! Stay tuned for a separate blog post for further info!