2017 Vegetable Selection

Time for some mid-Winter anticipation! We like to support small, local seed grower’s like Greta’s Organic Gardens located in South Ottawa on River Road, as well as Terra Edibles, and Homestead Organics (for seed potatoes) but we’ll go as far as getting sweet potato slips shipped in from Vesey’s in PEI . Before you scroll down to the seasonality chart for all the different vegetables we’ve ordered, we think you’ll enjoy reading about just how many varieties of veggies we hope to bring to your tables this year!

We’ll have:

  • a mix of green, yellow and purple beans
  • five different varieties of beets
  • three different varieties of broccoli
  • two different varieties of brussel sprouts
  • three different varieties of cabbage
  • four different varieties of carrots
  • one variety of celery
  • one variety of collard greens
  • three different varieties of cucumber
  • three different varieties of eggplant
  • herbs such as basil (five different varieties), chives, cilantro and parsley
  • three different varieties of kale
  • four different varieties of head lettuce
  • a mesclun mix of loose salad greens
  • two different varieties of slicing onions, as well as green (also known as bunching) onions
  • three different varieties of peas
  • two different varieties of sweet peppers
  • three different varieties of potatoes
  • two different varieties of radishes
  • one variety of rutabaga
  • three different varieties of summer squash (one patty pan, one yellow crookneck, and one zucchini)
  • three different varieties of winter squash (acorn, butternut and spaghetti squashes)
  • one variety of sweet potato
  • one variety of swiss chard
  • an uncountable number of heirloom tomato varieties, including beefsteak, paste and cherry tomatoes
  • one variety of turnips

That’s 37 different kinds of vegetables and herbs we’ll be growing for you this year!

The Harvest Chart below is not all-inclusive and should only be used as a guide, not a guarantee. For example, if Mother Nature co-operates, then we will probably be filling June shares with some mix of beets, green onions, lettuce, radishes, beans and peas. As you can see from the chart, the season starts off relatively slowly with some smaller-sized vegetables harvested first, then we start moving into the hotter season where a much greater number of veggies start ripening and the variety in the CSA bins will increase sometimes almost to over-flowing, and finally the fall season will arrive with bulkier storage vegetables such as turnips, rutabagas, and winter squashes taking centre stage.

The part about Mother Nature co-operating is key, though. Some weeks you will have more veggies in your bins, some weeks you will have less, so by no means whatsoever is this a guarantee on the number of vegetables that will be in your bin during any given month of the CSA season.

veggie bin distribution 1