This list of Frequently Asked Questions is not meant to be exhaustive, and will likely continue to expand as we do.  If you have more questions for us, do not hesitate to contact us at info@arlingtongardens.ca.

A vegetable AND fruit basket – how exactly does it work?
Do you offer winter shares?
Are your vegetables sorted and washed?
Does a weekly share include everything available that week?
Do you allow “trades”?
What about vacations?
May we visit the farm?
What farm events, if any, do you have planned for partners?

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Vegetable AND fruit baskets – how exactly does it work?

We produce vegetables for our CSA shares.  We also grow berries (blueberries mostly, some black currants and occasionally strawberries, too). From mid-July, we offer blueberry pints on three or four occasions, depending plant yields.  If you are interested in larger quanities, side-orders of berries can be delivered along with your weekly CSA basket for an additional costs.  We also encourage you to come pick your own berries at the farm during high season. (FAQs)


Do you offer winter shares?

We do not yet offer winter shares. That said, we currently offer baskets for 20 weeks, ending late October.  In due course, we plan to extend our main season to 24 weeks, with an earlier start in June and an extra week (or two) in November. (FAQs)


Are your vegetables sorted and washed?

Yes, as required. We prefer to keep our dirt in our fields and out of your kitchen. We strive to offer you top-quality produce. Each week, crops are selected for peak readiness, hand-harvested, and sorted for size and quality. We do not include damaged or un-fresh veggies. Salad and cooking greens, like lettuce and spinach, are usually rinsed and bagged. Root crops – carrots, beets, potatoes, etc – are rinsed and bunched.  It is generally not necessary to wash vegetables such as tomatoes, zucchinis or melons. (FAQs)


Does a weekly share include everything available that week?

Not necessarily. We try to keep shares practical and interesting. Some examples of when an available crop may be excluded are summer squash (when several varieties mature at once – we may choose different varieties for different drop-off customers), beets (this is a very prolific crop – but some people tire of them, so we try not to offer them for a month straight), cucumbers and lettuce (two other prolific crops – where we may mix varietals and colours depending on available quantities). All of these are succession-planted throughout the summer. Other items, like beans or melons, are served during a definite window when summer (and their flavours) is at its peak. See our harvest chart to get a better idea of general availability of our produce throughout the season. (FAQs)

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Do you allow “trades”?

We determine share contents every week based on the harvest. The whole concept is to let us “share” the fruit of our labour with you, and to have you discover a broader variety of vegetables than you may otherwise select on your own.  The range of vegetables which can be grown right here in Quebec is surprisingly large.  That being said, if you hate brussels sprouts, we won’t force them on you!  We will always bring extra vegetables to allow you to trade those brussels sprouts for something else.  (FAQs)


What about vacations?

For scheduled holidays, you may arrange to either (i) have someone else take your share while you are gone or (ii) double up your shares upon your return to catch up.  Please let us know which option you prefer BEFORE you leave.  We do not refund vacation shares.  (FAQs)


May we visit the farm?

Visitors are welcome, but if you can, let us know beforehand so we can ensure someone is available to greet you.  Driving instructions and suggested cycling circuits are available here. (FAQs)


What farm events, if any, do you have planned for partners?

We celebrate the last days of summer and host a BBQ or a méchoui towards the end of the season for our partners (view our Méchoui pics). Check our website for more info later in the season. (FAQs)

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