If you are interested in joining the farm and enjoy the CSA please let me know?
Community Shared Agriculture
Would like to ask you to join us Broadview Farm in growing fresh naturally grown Produce, Herbs and Small Fruits.
Therefore we are offering A CSA to those that wish to share in the enjoyment of eating the fruits of the labor of the many different and interesting things we have been blessed with to eat. I believe in growing the best of the old, along with the best of what new that there is in this world to be eaten.
I have discovered how nice fresh Herbs are to cook with and have been building a collection of different herbs. That would come along with the vegetables and fruits when they are in season.
Broadview Farm - Roy Beck
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A little bit about us Broadview Farm. We moved here to central Alberta in 2001 an bought an old farm the house was built in 1922 sometime after that a large barn was built. Those that have lived in this house have made some charges from what it once was, but the first one that built this place named it Broadview Farm. Therefore that is why it has the name that it has.
From the time I was able to decide what I wanted to do I have been growing things. My grant parents on both sides had something to do with Agriculture and maybe that is some reason that I have had the interest in Agriculture.
One of my bothers won me my first greenhouse when I was 12 years old. Then was able to get two years of collage in Horticulture. Ran a business of caring for lawns and doing landscaping for some years. Spent some years working for a company then had it with having to clock into and out of work each day and went back to work for myself. Those that wish to buy what I have been able to grow for us all to make life just that much better. Spice of life, is much better enjoying many different things to eat.
The produce is grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides along with no GMO seeds.
Only thing that is polluting on this Farm are what is used to haul what is grown to the market.
I believe in keeping things small, therefore able give you old fashion serve and the best produce that can grown.
Why should I join this CSA
Most CSA that I have looked into I have not wanted anything to do with. They are sold on the standpoint that you the consumer should support the farmer to just to keep the farmer farming. To me that is not fair thing to do on either side, the farmer or the consumer.
The product that you are going to receive has a value. So, at the end of the season you need to get what you are happy with for what you have paid for months ahead of receiving the goods. Later I with set out what the prices is on what is being grown and sold.
Some time ago I was an Organic Farmer these days I do not wish to loss the money that it cost to get a piece of paper that says are Organic. Therefore it is said to be natural which is being grown the same way as it was when money was going to buy a paper that does not change the product you will be eating.
The product is being grown with the use of compost. There is no pest sprays or herbicides used on the farm. Picked fresh and store if needed in a way to keep it and clean and fresh until you eat it. Back when I was in College learning about Grown keeping and Horticulture. We when and visited many Golf crosses and was told that you first needed to learn to be a Golfer before you could work on caring for the Golf Cross. To me the same thing goes with growing food, you first need to learn how to cook. In order to know when it should be picked, then you need to know how it is going to be used, and what size and why the cook would want it as it should be
The weather plays a big part each year as to when things are planted and when things are ready to be harvested. So, to set a date as to when things will be ready cannot be done without knowing what the weather is going to be before it happens. On that point the same thing goes as to when the freeze is going to happen at the end of the season.
Most years the safe time to plant is the end of May or the first week of June. There are things as green onions and spinach that in most years come before the rest of the gardening is planted. So other than carrots from the year before and the spinach and Green onions the crops are not ready before sometime in July. The end of the season most years end in September or before depending on Jack frost visit to the farm.
This year if the weather is willing I hope to plant things sooner. Therefore the start time could start sooner if the weather lets it happen. Would improve the chances of getting some of the things that are not that always able to get matured.
The full price would be $600.00 that would get you 11 weeks of food or that comes out to $55.00 of products a week. If that looks to be too much product you could buy a half for $350.00 or $27.50 of product a week. The fees in full would need to be paid before the pick-ups would start. If this looks like too much for your one family then find a friend, and the two of you can split it, between the two of you together.
As to pick up of the product I am in Camrose on Thursday night at the Farmers Market. If you are in Edmonton a place would need to be found that the customers could meet up with me for the pick-up, on a day that would work with those that are joining the farm. Would need to work all of these details out after knowing who have join with us. Please go to how this may work to get more thoughts of how to work the pick-ups!
Items to be grown and sold
1. Beans $7.50 lb
2. Beets $4.50 to $6.50 a bunch
3. Beet greens $5.50 bag
4. Bunching onions $4.00
5. Carrots Rainbow $6.00 all Orange $6.50 small ones $4.00
6. Corn $2.50 a ear
7. Herbs $2.50 a bag
8. Leeks $4.00 a lb
9. Lettuce $5.00 a bag
10. Onions $3.50 a lb
10.b Green Onions $4.00 bunch
11. Parsnips $3.00 a lb
12. Peas Shell $9.50 a lb
12.b Peas Snap & Snow $11.50 a lb
13. Raspberries $4.00 cup
14. Rhubarb $4.00 a lb
15. Spinach $6.00 a bag
16. Summer Squash $3.00 a lb
17. Swiss Chard $5.00 a bag or 3 bags for $12.50
18. Potatoes $2.50 a lb
19. Fingerling Potatoes $3.00 a lb
20. Radishes $2.00 a bunch
21. Perpetual Spinach $5.00 a bag
Some other things may be added to this list depending on the given year and the weather that may or may not work with us to get them matured.
The prices are open to maybe change as the prices of produce and berries at times, do have prices that do change for many reasons. They are stated to give you some ideal as to what we charge for what is grown.
How this may work
How things would or will work is somewhat up to those that join Broadview Farm.
· One way would be to pick-up the goods at either the Camrose Farmer Market if was going to be in Camrose on Thursday night. Or at the Farm in Sedgewick. As, it is right now I may not be in any other Farmer's Market other than Camrose on Thursday night.
· If there was a group of people that join in some other place like Edmonton, then would need a place there for those to pick-up the goods there.
· If those that joined had some other way to work the picking up of the goods. Please voice your idea and we can see if it could be worked.
As to what goods would be in the pick-up.
· Most CSA that I have seen you just get what you are given each time you pick-up the goods.
· I have heard those that have had CSA that they get tired of some of what they are given.
· Now I cannot say that this won’t happen, but I would be willing to give those that join some say in what they get. There is only so much harvested each time, therefore there is only so much to be sold. This is the limit on how much you would be able to choice what you are getting each week.
· With having those that join, therefore it would help with how much would need to try to grow, of what is grown. The rest is out of your hands as to what the weather does to the crop.
· Each week I could post what we should have that week. You could give me your wish list as to what you would like to receive in your pick-up for that week. Depending on the crop, and those that have their wish into me, I would do my best to choice what would be in your pick-up for that week.
· Depending on if you have a full or half join of the Farm this would limit or could limit how much you receive. Now if you where gone for a week or wanted less than what you had paid for. With some limit to it you could decide to put what you could have had to what could be have later in the season, like more corn on the Cob or much later potatoes for the winter.
· We do need to keep it simply as much as we can. But at the same time work it to match the wishes of those that join the Farm!
Weather would be willing to work with us will be making some hay! Will have more than I need if anyone is interested?
Brown sugar pack 3 cups
All-purpose flour 2 cups
Old Fashion Oats 2 cups
Margarine or butter ¾ cup soften*
Chop rhubarb 2 ¼ lbs
In a large mixing bowl mix the Brown sugar, flour, oats, and butter together.
Heat oven to 375° F. Use an oval pan, 12”x11”x2”. Make a layer of the sugar, flour, oats, and butter mixture into a crust on the bottom and sides of the pan. After filling the pan with the rhubarb put the rest of the mixture over the rhubarb. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes or until the rhubarb is tender*. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whip cream.
*Use a small sauce pan and melt the margarine or butter until soft but do not let it boil.
*To keep from burning the mixture half way through the cooking time cover with a sheet of aluminum foil.
*The rhubarb can be fresh or frozen.
This recipe is from the kitchen of Roy Beck owners of Broadview Farm, Sedgewick, Alberta