Produce Boxes 2019-05-15T12:30:11+00:00

Southern Harvest Association Produce Boxes

– amazingly fresh and 100% local, from the producers to you.

WINTER Season commencing 1 June 2019 – orders open now.

Southern Harvest Association’s (SHA) multi-farm produce box scheme is now available for pick-up at:

  • Bungendore (NSW) – SHA Farmers Markets, Saturday 930am-12pm
  • ANU Canberra (ACT) – Fenner School, Tuesdays 5-6pm
  • Fyshwick (ACT) – Canberra City Farm, Thursday 4-6pm
  • Downer (ACT) – Downer Shops, Community Centre, Friday 430-530pm.

We are taking expressions of interest for subscribers and volunteers in additional. For us to activate a new site we need 10-15 subscribers and 1-2 volunteers. New sites include:

  • Phillip (ACT) – Banjo’s Paddock Stall at Southside Farmers Market, Sunday 10-11am
  • West Belconnen (ACT) – location TBA, Tuesdays or Sunday evening
  • Queanbeyan (NSW) – la=ocation TBA, Tuesday evening.

Our produce box scheme follows the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, and aims to, as directly as possible, connect farmers and consumers. Consumers are asked to commit to the thirteen week season and purchase in advance, a share of the farmers’ produce. They then receive fruit, vegetables and nuts as they are harvested, often the day they are harvested, each week for the season. Consumers commit to supporting farmers through the season and share the ups and downs of food production.

SHA is committed to facilitating this link between farmer and consumer by aggregating local produce, to provide greater variety to consumers, than one small farm can sustain, while expanding market opportunities for small farmers and ensuring they receive fair retail prices for their food.

The scheme is now in it’s second year and we are excited by the ongoing growth and potential and the huge variety of produce that we have seen over the past eighteen months. Subscribers have enjoyed the opportunity to sample new and often unfamiliar vegetables while learning about seasonal food production in their region. As the produce is direct from the farm it is as fresh as could be possible, and as we prioritise clean and chemical free produce, it can’t get any better.

The Winter season commences on Saturday the 1st of June at Bungendore, Tuesday 4th at ANU, Thursday 6th at Fyshwick and Friday 8th at Downer, and runs for 13 weeks. The produce costs, options listed below, are paid direct to the farmer. Southern Harvest Association is a volunteer led, not-for-profit organisation and therefore we ask consumers to directly pay the costs of administration and contribute something for the volunteers who work to facilitate the scheme. This cost is $6, of which $4 is for administration and processing and $2 is to cover the cost of produce for volunteers. For every 15 subscriptions we can provide a standard size produce box to a volunteer. Anyone, including subscribers, who can volunteer for 2-2.5 hours of packing and distribution, then get credited the cost of their box that week.

Produce options:

  • Standard box $36 – $30 of produce, usually 10 different items valued at $3 each, mostly vegetables with 1-2 items seasonal fruit;
  • Half box $21 – $15 of produce, usually 5 different items valued at $3 each, mostly vegetables with possibly 1 seasonal fruit item;
  • Extended box $45 – as for the standard box with an extra 3 items of fruit or vegetables;
  • Double box $66 – twice the standard box however, no second processing fee is charged;
  • Double Extended box $84 – a double box with a 6 item fruit and/or vegetable extension.

Added extras such as veggie staples like potatoes/onions/garlic, meat, eggs, bread, milk, cheese, pickles and preserves, honey, muesli, chai, handmade soap and shampoo bars, herbal teas, olive oil, fresh herbs and spices, nuts, and kombucha are available for order separately. Availability may vary with pick-up locations due to storage and food handling constraints.

For more information or to order your produce box, contact our produce coordinator Ruth by filling in the form below