CSAs (in Montreal)
Hi folks, second attempt at this. I'm wondering if anyone in Montreal would have advice/tips/recommendations on CSAs or organic food basket coops that they've participated in in the city. My family and I are looking to sign up/buy a share in the spring and would love to have a discussion with someone who has first-hand experience with the local options.
PS: If you've bought your meat direct, I'd love to hear about that too.
There's already been discussions on CH about CSA, like this one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/373943... you can check it out to get you started. As Alixium pointed out, drop off locations are key in picking a farm. They all have different veggies and basket sizes, and many have web sites (see links from the Equiterre site) to help you compare and see what suits your needs.
For my part, I've been with Potager Samson for the past 2 years, and am pretty satisfied. I get between 10 and 13 different veggies / herbs / fruits per week, and can buy eggs too. Despite the lousy summer, the quality was good. Lettuces did not keep as long, but that's about it. Tomatoes are much better this year!!
I rarely buy veggies elsewhere, as it takes us a week to eat everything. It would be fine for a family of 4 that buys some other veggies as a complement. We do miss some items (mushrooms, potatoes (only once in the basket), asparagus...) and do pick up a few things once in a while.
I am with Potager Samson as well. First year. We are very satisfied. We (2 adults) split the basket with another couple since 1 basket for us is too much.
There has been variety, but I must admit, we did get bored of lettuce. Luckily they offer an exchange box, so you can exchange items that don't excite you for other items available.
We have had to purchase other items (lemons, avocados, limes, asparagus, mushrooms), but generally speaking, we have enough veggies from the basket to last us a week (even more).
I've been really happy with my CSA this summer-- it's Les Jardins d'Ambroisie. But I don't think that they do a winter/spring share.