Want to join our CSA? a fresh, local, weekly harvest box can be picked up from an east van porch (3238 Fleming st.) every wednesday from June 12 — 4:00 onwards.
Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) is a way of supporting your local farmer by pre-buying food boxes in March when the early season cash flow is needed to buy seeds and amendments. Members pick up a weekly vegetable box from a convenient location near Commercial and 15th (3238 Fleming St.) and get to enjoy farm fresh food harvested that morning.
18 week CSA June 12 through October 9
$450. one instalment or two. If two, second instalment due July 15th.
Over the course of 18 weeks from June 12 to October 9, the contents of our CSA share boxes will vary based on what's ready to harvest. Here's a loose example of what you can expect, weather dependant:
nettles, rhubarb, spinach, pea shoots, beets, Hakurei turnips, radishes, baby salad greens, kale, arugula, cilantro
micro green mix, lettuce, Hakurei turnips, sugar snap peas, beets, zucchini, green onions, broccoli, plums, mustard greens, bok choy, dill
lettuce, mixed greens, cherries, beans, tomatoes, zuchnini, kale, kohlrabi, fingerling potatoes, carrots, basil, squash
June 26 - October 2
lettuce, carrots, turnips, cucumbers, tomatoes, leeks, arugula, parsnips, bell peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, sugar pumpkin, honey nut butternut squash
Becoming a CSA shareholder helps support innovative alternative food systems.
Shareholders help establish food security by contributing to the viability of local mini-farming.
By withdrawing support of Big Agriculture and choosing to pre-purchase from local farmers the CSA consumer is putting sustainability back into food systems.
The CSA box will provide you with maximum nutrition, freshness, and taste at market prices.
Food miles are reduced.
Farmland is preserved.
Organic farming practices protect bees and local ecosystems.
it can expand exploration of new foods and flavours.
Taking out the middle man ensures that farmers benefit fully from the exchange and members benefit by knowing where their food comes from and how it's grown.
Buttercup Buddha is able to provide certified organic eggs at an extra cost, as well as specialty products (like cherries, figs, wild blueberries and salmon berries when in season). A monthly newsletter will inform you of these extra options at so you'll have time to let us know if you'd like to add them in.
Our Harvest Box consists of 8 - 9 different vegetables every week and always include a herb (basil, dill, cilantro, thyme, chives..) We include cooking tips to inspire you or help you try new recipes.
If you want to skip a week due to summer holidays that's fine just give us some notice so we don’t harvest for you. That said, we can’t refund you for the missed boxes, but can give you a comparable credit towards our workshops or dining events that happen throughout the year.
The agreement between Butternut Buddha and the CSA member is straightforward. You are responsible for:
picking up your share at the designated time and place. (delivery can be arranged for an added fee of 5 bucks, or more if you’re not close by.)
notifying the farm of any problems with your share within 24 hours of pickup.
arriving with a bag. We will email you what's in the box weekly, and you will serve yourself.
notifying the farm for any 'vacation holds". Acallyny missed boxes will be donated to Portland Hotel Food program.
paying the farm on time so we can buy our seeds and etc.
As a provider we are responsible for:
Having the shares ready at the time and location agreed upon at signup.
dealing with issues and concerns in a timely manner (24 - 48 hrs)
providing members with fresh, quality produce, guaranteed to be grown organically.
Please be aware, since faming involves many unpredictable natural factors, consistent quantities of harvest cannot always be guaranteed. We grow 20 percent more than CSA shareholders need in order to cover for this, and still there is the possibility of unforeseen weather issues causing production problems. This is a part of the small risk members share with the farmer, and though at this point we can't provide monetary refunds for a specific problematic harvest, we are open to discussion around trade in kind (i.e. if the tomato crop fails in early September we would replace the value of the tomatoes with either another vegetable of choice, or with free admission to one of our dining events). That said we will strive to provide a wide and pleasing variety of produce.
What Does it Cost?
$450. Paid either in one instalment or two separate of $225 each. That works out to $25.00 a box. You can pay via e-mail transfer, or paypal. E-transfers can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org