Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program 

Get fresh greens – 365 days a year. 

ABOUT OUR CSA PROGRAM

At Abbey Gardens, we can now provide you fresh produce – no matter the season – with our on-site hydroponic growing system,
The Growcer. It can produce up to 230 lbs. of veggies weekly in a soil-less, controlled environment, ensuring consistent
yields and supreme products.

Did you know? Half the greens we grow will be made available to members of the public – people like you! – while the rest
will be distributed to restaurants in the Haliburton Highlands. This supports our mission of sustainability and will increase
awareness and access to local food and innovative technologies.

 

HOW IT WORKS

As a CSA member, you will receive one head/bunch of each type of green and a selection of fresh herbs every week.

It’s easy to become a member – here’s how!

1. Sign up for a one-, two-, or three-month membership online. The cost is $48 a month (equal to $12 per week). Just add
the number of months you’d like to your cart.

2. Pick up your food on Fridays at The Food Hub.

3. When it’s time to renew, we’ll send you a renewal notice near the end of month, so you don’t miss out on the harvest.

THIS SEASON’S PRODUCTS 

The following veggies and herbs will be included:

Wildfire Lettuce

Classic butter crunch style lettuce; mainly green with touches of vibrant red leaf lettuce, great for salad mixes. Includes green oakleaf, red oakleaf, green romaine, red romaine, and red leaf lettuces.

Teddy Dill

Productive slow-bolting dill with full, dense leaf shape. Compact spirals of thick leaflets surround each stem, unlike in most dill varieties, which have finer and more delicate leaves.

Winterbor Kale

Standard green curly kale. The ruffled blue-green leaves have an attractive curl.

Giant of Italy Parsley

Huge leaves with great flavour. Dark green, flat leaves with strong stems. Use leaves for garnishes, salads, and cooking.

Basil, Genovese

Nicely cupped, medium-green leaves. Excellent for adding Italian flavor to dishes, and more delicate visually than chopped, full-size basil leaves.

Emperor Spinach

Upright, dark green leaves with long stems are great for bunching. A moderate growth rate makes Emperor a good choice for spring and fall plantings.

Santo Cilantro

Santo is a slow-bolting selection grown for its leaves. Like the leaves and seeds, the flowers are also edible.

Common Questions

“What if I don’t think I’ll use a weekly share?”

That’s ok! Find a friend to split your share or we can arrange to have the excess veggies donated to local food banks.

“Can you tell me more about The Growcer?”

The Growcer is an industrial-grade hydroponic fresh leafy green production system housed inside a 40-foot insulated shipping
container. It’s Arctic-grade system is professionally engineered to be rugged and industrial grade. It functions between
-52 and 35 degrees Celsius. For more information, visit www.thegrowcer.ca.

OUR FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS 

We wish to acknowledge the Haliburton County Development Corporation, the Laidlaw family, and private investors for making this project possible. 

 

Experimenting for future

We are also experimenting with these varieties. Let us know what you think we should introduce! Email heather@abbeygardens.ca.

Win Win Choi

This white-stem, vase-shaped pac choi is bulky and uniform. 10-12″ tall. Similar to Joi Choi, just a little smaller and more compact.

Dragoon Romaine

Compact and uniform. Leaves are thick and have an excellent, crisp texture. Heads are very dense, hold well in the field, and can be attractively marketed with mini red romaines. Bolting and tipburn tolerant.

Truchas Romaine

Dark red mini romaine.
The compact, mini heads are dark red even in the North. Plants avg. 6–8″ in height and fill out nicely.

Arugula

The standard salad arugula.
Long, dark, lobed leaves are suitable for salad mix or bunching.

Monte Carlo Romaine

Unique growth habit with savoyed leaves. Very attractive, uniform plants that are extra dark green. Creamy centres with great flavour.

Sylvetta Arugula

Wild arugula.
Also known as wild rocket. Compared to salad arugula, Sylvetta is slower growing, about half the height, and has yellow flowers. The leaves are also more deeply lobed with a more pungent flavor. Popular with chefs.