Wray Creek Farm

Frequently asked questions regarding our CSA 

What can I expect in my box every week?

As a shareholder in the bounty of the farm you receive a selection of what the farm is currently producing. During the summer we mighthave: beans, beets, carrots, cucumber, cherry and slicing tomatoes, sweet peppers, spinach, corn, red and green cabbage, broccoli, kale, romaine and butterhead lettuce, spring mix lettuce, chard, cauliflower, zucchini, onions, garlic, 3 types of potatoes, and probably a few more things I cannot remember right now. We choose and pack a box for you with a broad range of about 8 to 10 different vegetables, every week it's like Christmas, you never know what you will get, but you know it will be great!

What is your pricing based on?

Our pricing is based on current farmers market pricing which is usually less than organic produce in the grocery stores and we deliver right to your door.

I have heard most CSA programs charge for the entire summer up front in early spring to give the farmer the money needed to produce the vegetables, is that the way you do it?

No, because we have started out small and are gradually building the business, we do not find it necessary for you to pay everything up front. We collect for the month’s deliveries on the first delivery of the month by check or eTransfer or whatever works for you.

How about if I go on vacation or want to cancel?

No sweat, just let us know at least a few days prior and we will take you off the list for that week and give you a credit to use next month. As your mother used to say “It’s all about you!” And if for any reason you find you do not want to continue, (like you stop eating altogether!) just let us know and we will, regretfully, remove you from our deliveries.

How many people can I expect to feed from my vegetables?

The box is designed to feed a family of about 4 and, while it would change from week to week depending on what we are harvesting at the moment, might consist of: 2 lbs of potatoes, 1 bunch of carrots, 1 bunch of spinach, 2 lbs of tomatoes (slicing or cherry), 1/2 lb of sweet peppers, 2 lbs of onions, 1 zucchini, and a cabbage (red or green)

What if I really don't care for one vegetable, can I swap it for something else?

The philosophy of the CSA system is that the shareholders eat what is produced by the farm, just like we do. Sometimes we are challenged to find recipes that we like. As shareholders I commit to supply you first with the best of the farm produce and the rest goes to the farm markets we attend at North Saanich and James Bay, but the flip-side of that is that you don't always get to pick exactly what you want. Having said all that I realize you ultimately have to be happy with what you receive so we have decided on this option. You get to pick one vegetable that you decline to receive and one that you particularly like and we will work with that. Hopefully that will work for both of us.

Will your veggies always come locally from Victoria or will there be produce from other parts as well?

For the time being everything you receive in your box will come from our farm, period. In the future I may add items from other farms, especially items that I don't grow like flowers, or tree fruits like apples or plums, or baking, etc but they would always be local and this would always be done in consultation with you.

What is your delivery area?

We will deliver wherever it makes economic sense to do so. Last year we delivered from Central Saanich to Oak Bay and if we can achieve a critical mass from other more outlying communities we would be happy to deliver there too.

I think this box is too big for us, do you have a smaller offering?

Right now, due to processing and delivery costs this is the only size box we offer but if enough people are interested in a smaller box you may be able to twist my arm. So please let me know and I will gauge support.

How would the delivery work?

I feel the best day and time to deliver would be Thursday afternoon. This would allow me to pick for you on Thursday morning before our regular pick on Friday for Saturday markets thereby giving you the premier produce. And you would also have it in plenty of time to anticipate your culinary and gastronomic adventures on the weekend!

As for the mechanics of the delivery I realize that you might not be home when I deliver but I do not feel this is a problem. I will pack your produce in a covered Rubbermaid container and I can leave it where you decide is most appropriate for you. I would suggest some cool, shady spot like a carport or covered porch, everything will be fine for a few hours. If someone will be home all the better.

Can I visit your farm?

Absolutely. This is your food and you are welcome to come and have a look and ask any questions you may have. Show your kids where carrots come from.