Community Shared Agriculture

What happens when 10 urban farms across the Metro Vancouver Region come together to share resources, knowledge, skills and experience? Well besides delicious local food, CITY FARMS CO-OP happens! With farmers from Vancouver, Richmond, Delta, Burnaby and Langely, City Farms Co-op provides a range of produce, flowers and other edibles that Rocky Mountain Flatbread just had to get their hands on. Although City-Farms Co-op has a weekly presence at Trout Lake Farmer’s Market, Rocky Mountain Flatbread decided on another route to ensure we had the best ingredients available to make our Farmer’s Market dishes as seasonal and tasty as possible. So, with the help of City Farms Co-op coordinator Emi, we signed on for a weekly CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) delivery.

What is a CSA you ask? As put by City Farms Co-op themselves a CSA is when “customers buy a “share” of the farms harvest at the beginning of the season which provides the farmer with the capital they need for purchasing seeds, equipment soil amendments, etc. In return, customers receive a weekly box which typically contains produce but may also contain other farm products such as honey, meat, eggs, flowers etc.”

Wednesdays are now a day Rocky Mountain Flatbread looks forward to – opening our CSA box to see what colours and textures will make this week’s flatbreads and pastas come alive. CSA is so simple. It makes so much sense. And the fresh, seasonal, local food not only tastes amazing but is packed with nutrients normally lost in the 80% of Canadian produce that is picked unripe and transported to our supermarkets from various countries. If you are interesting in signing up for a CSA or just want to learn more: http://www.cityfarmscoop.ca

ImageEmi dropping off our CSA box to Gary Rocky Mountain Flatbread Main Street

ImageEmi and Yummy Yards volunteers trellising tomato plants

ImageI tagged along with the Yummy Yards crew to get my hands dirty and came home with these gorgeous veggies

ImageTrout Lake Farmer’s Market

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