Yes, we can-- enjoy a bountiful harvest all year! Join us to share in the local harvest and preserve fresh local fruit and vegetables with us while supporting Farmer Members of the WEFC. A Community Supported Orchard share means you are supporting farmers who get a guaranteed market and a fair rate. It means you get access to a wide variety of local fruit all year long as well as the opportunity to practice your canning and preserving with a skilled and supportive group of committed canners with the space, equipment, and ingredients to can enough to fill your pantry.
How does it work?
Every two weeks (for a total of 8 sessions), our producers will bring your share of their harvest to the community cannery. Members will get together to preserve the fruit, and take home their share — 5 - 10 pounds of fruit per session, 4-8 jars. Shareholders get the fruit, recipe, ingredients, access to WEFC's Community Kitchen and water-bath canning equipment, and expert assistance. You supply your labour, your appetite, and a fee of $300 plus a $50 jar fee (pay-what-you-can options exist, see below, and jar fee will be reimbursed if you bring your own jars). By the end of the season your cost per jar usually works out to about $3.50.
Cannery Sessions will run from 6:00 to 9:00 on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and 1:00 to 4:00 Saturday afternoons. You should sign up for the weekday you most prefer, but you will be allowed to shift from day to day (with prior approval) as your schedule dictates throughout the season. The WEFC's Community Kitchen is located at our Food Hub on Queen street West, just steps West of Dufferin street. The store will be open during the sessions, so it's a great opportunity to do some Co-op shopping as well.
The amounts and fruits will vary depending on the harvest, so your larder will reflect the climate. 2016 has been a very mild winter, and we anticipate good quantities of most things. Crops include rhubarb, asparagus, strawberries, plums, nectarines, peaches, cherries, pears, apples, prunes, grapes, tomatoes, beets, and possibly apricots, red onions, okra and jalapeno peppers. Shares are limited so don’t delay!
How do I sign up?
Sign up and pay online or pay via debit or credit at WEFC (1229 Queen St. West) at least 2 days prior to the first session on Thurs June 2. Please register for the event that clearly indicates the weekday you expect to attend most often. If registrations for one of the weekdays are filling up we may email you asking if anyone can move to one of the other nights.
Availability & Accessibility
Shares are first come, first serve and initially only 36 shares will be sold this season. If interest is high, we will add extra streams of sessions on alternate weeks. Shareholders are permitted to split shares, as long as they can have 1 person attending each session. You may find a friend to split your shares with, and alternate attending sessions. WEFC strives to be inclusive, so if you would like to participate but need financial assistance in order to do so, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss pay-what-you-can options.
The 8 sessions run from 6 pm to 9 pm and are tentatively scheduled for: May 31, June 02 & 04; June 14, 16, & 18; June 28, 30, & July 02; July 12, 14, & 16; July 26, 28, & 30; Aug 09, 11, & 13; Aug 23, 25, & 27; Sept 06, 08, & 10 (subject to change as the season develops!).
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