For over 20 years, thanks to Quebec family farmers’ baskets, citizens can enjoy organic vegetables all year round.
An initiative of Équiterre, this vast network boasts more than 100 participating farms with 600 delivery points in 14 regions of Quebec. Elsewhere in Canada, organic vegetable food baskets are available in Ottawa, Ontario, and in New Brunswick.
With summer 2017 just around the corner, here are some of the advantages of partnering with a family farm.
Organic vegetable food baskets deliver variety and discovery
Six to 12 varieties of vegetables are delivered each week containing familiar veggies like carrots, onions, tomatoes and potatoes, as well as less well-known ones, such as parsnips, lovage, watermelon radish and various greens. These baskets of organic goodies are a great opportunity to discover new foods and try out delicious new recipes.
Family farmers are happy to give partners advice on how to store and cook a variety of vegetables. Équiterre posts online tasty ideas for preparing them in a variety of ways according to taste.
Furthermore, you can pick and choose the vegetables in your basket: swap the ones you’re less fond of for others you prefer. A flexible approach that avoids waste.
Flexibility and accessibility to enjoy organic vegetables
Small, medium-sized or large, every week or two weeks, the basket size and drop-off frequency are flexible. This helps meet the various appetites and budgets of families, couples and friends who share their vegetables. As well, basket deliveries can be postponed when you’re away on vacation.
Price monitoring has shown that over the past 10 years, the organic vegetables provided in the baskets cost less than those sold commercially. Many farms also offer partners an installment payment plan over the season.
Privileged relations with small producers close to home
As the deliveries progress, you get to know your family farmer and engage in rich discussions about both food and humans. You can even visit the farm. It is a nurturing way to encourage a small producer and support the sustainable food system.