First things first: What is a CSA Bouquet?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. The idea behind a CSA is that you purchase a set number of weeks of flowers in advance and receive a share of my harvest. Investing ahead of time allows me to invest in seeds, compost and all the other inputs that guarantee that you will get to enjoy a variety of the most unique varieties of fresh and beautiful PEI-grown flowers through the upcoming growing season. When the weather warms up and things begin to bloom you know you can look forward to receiving a fresh bouquet of locally grown flowers every week to brighten up your home or business! I am no doubt biased, but a gorgeous bouquet of flowers on your table or desk is a guaranteed smile every time you look at them.
I offer both 6 and 12 week subscription options, and am happy to have you space pickup out over the summer or pick up your bouquets every week for the total number of weeks. And if you are on vacation one week just let me know in advance and we can put your bouquet on hold for a week. In other words, you have options! I have traditionally arranged my CSA bouquets in re-usable mason jars to reduce waste, but in 2019 I will also be offering brown paper sleeves if that is more convenient for you. Your weekly bouquet can be picked up from my home studio in Charlottetown on one of my pickup days (details will go out by email, but this is generally Tuesdays and Thursdays) or from my booth at the Saturday Charlottetown Farmers’ Market. This reduces the cost of delivery and makes sure that your flowers are in excellent condition when you receive them. If you take care of your bouquet by snipping the ends of the stems and changing the water in your vase every couple of days your bouquet should last 7-10 days.
This season I have two Community Supported Agriculture membership options in addition to individual bouquet orders, which I take on an ongoing basis:
Once your order has been placed you will receive an email to let you know when you can expect your first flower pickup to be available and when and where you can pick it up. Members are responsible for picking up their own bouquets at one of the pickup locations in Charlottetown during the designated pickup times. Members will be reimbursed at a rate of $16/week for Island Summer shares and $18/week for Island Summer & Edible Flower shares in the event that the crop is damaged by unpredictable weather or the season shortened by an early frost.
As always, if a multi-week commitment is too much but you would still like to order flowers occasionally I am happy to take individual orders for pickup or delivery at (902) 213 9719 or redrootsflowers(at)gmail.com. Deliveries are only available in Charlottetown, Stratford and Cornwall, and are accompanied by a $10 delivery fee. My flowers will also be available at the Saturday Charlottetown Farmers’ Market (dates will be announced in the spring). I cannot wait to help you create a beautiful arrangement with the freshest, highest quality blooms that I have in the field!