I’ve mentioned the CSA I belong to many times and I’ve also been eagerly awaiting the start of the summer season – which began last week. I’m sure many people who live in the USA and some Canadians on the west coast are able to enjoy fresh local vegetables all year round, but the growing season in Montreal runs from about May to October.
There are a ton of CSA farms that serve the Montreal area, but the reason we chose La Ferme Cadet-Roussel was because the drop-off location was about a block from our apartment. It doesn’t hurt that the family patriarch, Jean Roussel, was born in France to a family that was already practicing organic and biodynamic farming.
Last year I wanted to make lists of what we received each week and try to compare our CSA to other CSAs in Montreal and other cities. This would be not only to see if my CSA was competitive with the others in terms of price, but also to compare the variety of products that we were getting those of other CSAs. I never followed through on this idea, but this year is different:
WEEK #1 (June 28 2007):
2 pints strawberries
1 bunch radishes
2 large zucchini
1 bag dried speckled kidney beans
2 Boston lettuce
large bag of snow peas
1 dozen eggs (purchased – $4)
WEEK #2(July 5 2007):
bunch of purple kale
bunch of garlic scapes
bunch of snap peas
bag of peas in pods
bunch of basil
bunch of chives
1head of purple curly lettuce
1head of chicory or some other weird lettuce
1 small head of green boston lettuce
3 red tomatoes (hydroponic)
1 yellow tomato (hydroponic)
Our CSA offers 3 sizes of baskets: small, medium , and large. We chose the medium basket which cost us $567.00 for the season. That’s in Canadian dollars, which is approximately USD$540.00. We get 19 deliveries, which puts each basket at just under CAD$30.00. The amount of produce will increase as the growing season progresses, so what we get now is (hopefully) not a fair representation of what we’ll be getting 4 weeks from now. So far we’re pretty happy with it and we’re working hard to eat it all.
Breakfast yesterday was a scramble (I prefer the scramble to the omelet) made with kale and garlic scapes. Last night we grilled a marinated tofu and a nice assortment of vegetables.
Let us know what you get in your CSA box, and I’ll also try to get lists and prices form other Montreal CSAs and list the results here.