Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sneak Peak at our new Local Good Food Box Program!



 * * * New & Improved for 2012 * * *
Monthly Local Good Food Box!

Orders Not Being Accepted Until DECEMBER 1st, 2011!


Welcome Back!

We are back and we are bigger and better than ever! You will notice several changes from the 'one box fits all' Local Good Food Box Program. Please read through the Page Index and see the changes in policy and in options. After hours of consultations with friends around the province, this is the direction we have chosen to take based on best-practices. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Steve Green directly at localgoodfoodbox@yahoo.ca

Page Index
The Guiding PrinciplesThe Fine PrintThe Veggie & Fruit BoxesThe Meat Share BoxesThe Meat Share PricesThe Pantry BoxThe Monthly 'Spotlight on Local' Vendor
The Guiding Principles
  • Everyone has a right to fresh, locally grown, healthy food. Everyone.
  • Everyone has a right to access affordable fresh produce.
  • All produce and products in the WECSA Local Good Food Box will be locally sourced.
  • There will be no 'Food Terminal' shipped or trucked in from long distances. 
  • Produce classed as 'seconds', 'expiring', or destined for free food destined for food banks will not be included in this Local Good Food Box.
  • While there is a place for Food Banks in a society, they exist only as a 'band-aid' solution and are not a sustainable solution.
  • Food Security and Sovereignty should be cultivated in all communities. Local Good Food Box participants are expected to know their food and their farmers.
  • Complete transparency in our food system is a must. Large food processors, farms, corporations and grocery stores are not concerned about our food security or whether we like our food. They are only concerned about the legality of what they are producing and whether they are maximizing their profits.
  • The WECSA Local Good Food box is an alternative to 'one stop shopping' and Big Box/Big Industry.
  • Producers and growers of food should be paid a premium, fair, and living wage for their time and dedication to bring us organic and natural produce. All efforts will be made to pay the producers of this food exactly what the farmer feels will sustain their farming operation.
The Fine Print
  • This is a Local Good Food Box. This is not the grocery store. You won't always get what you want. If you don't want it, trade it or give it away.
  • The fruits and vegetables that will be rotated through the boxes will represent what is available locally either fresh from a field or greenhouse, a micro-green operation, or in cold storage. If you want a fresh field tomato in February, go to the grocery store.
  • The produce we purchase will be bought at a fair and living wage for the farmer or producer to continue the operation. If you are looking for the 'cheapest' food or 'free' food, this is not the program for you. It is our belief that less of a better quality food is better than cheaper, mass produced, less nutritious food that does not pay the local farmer a premium for their time and effort.
  • All Local Good Food Boxes will be pre-ordered prior to pick up. Each 15th of the Month will be the cut off date. All orders will be paid for ahead of time by PAYPAL, EMAIL Transfer to localgoodfoodbox @ yahoo (dot) ca , or CASH/CHEQUE at the previous month's Pick Up date. No exceptions.
  • Local Good Food Boxes that are not picked up on the day of Pick Up will be donated to families in need. If you cannot arrange for someone to pick up your boxes for you, they will not be stored overnight. 
  • If you feel like you know someone who needs a Local Good Food Box but cannot afford it, you are welcome to purchase it for them. You will be responsible to pick up and deliver the items.
  • The amount of produce in your box will be governed by weight or quantity to ensure everyone receives an equal amount.
  • Please bring your own grocery bin, hamper, box, cloth grocery bags. None will be provided.

The Veggie & Fruit Boxes
       The $20 Veggie Box - Geared to 1-2 people
    The $40 Veggie Box - Geared to 3-4 people
    * No Substitutions*

The Meat Share Boxes (NEW!)


            Meet Our Very Own Butcher!


Butcher Jamie Waldron, a Harrow native, returns to the region from his title as Head Butcher at Cumbrae’s Dundas, one of the most highly regarded butcher shops in North America to spearhead this most unique opportunity for  Windsor/Essex County. His craft is led by the vision of getting the consumer the best our area has to offer - from sourcing the animals to offering the consumer the choicest cuts for maximum flavour and enjoyment. 


The Beef Share
  • The share of cattle that you've purchased was reared in the most caring manner,
  • from the pasture straight to your plate, at Shawn Morris Farms in Comber, ON.
  • Great butchering ensures that the whole animal is used to it’s fullest potential.
  • Also there are cuts that you may not be so familiar with included in your package.
  • We take the time to seam muscles that would normally go into the mince bin.
  • “Second” cuts such as flat iron, flank, bavette, and short ribs will all find their way into your custom package.
  • Shares will be divided up with an even mix of premium roasts, premium steaks
  • (tenderloin, NY strip, ribeyes), ‘second’ steaks (bavette, flat iron, skirt, etc.), slow roasts, stew beef, beef stock, and mince. Cuts of beef click here.
  • Liver, heart, tongue and stock bones are available on request.
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.

The Pork Share
  • Wagner Orchards are raising our Berkshire pigs on their farm in Essex County.
  • These animals enjoy the good life; eating a natural diet, free from growth promoting hormones or antibiotics.
  • Berkshire pork, prized for juiciness, flavour and tenderness, is pink-hued and heavily marbled. Its high fat content makes it suitable for long cooking and high temperature cooking.
  • Shares will be divided up with an even mix of roasts, chops, smoked bacon,
  • sausage, mince, as well as offal cuts if desired (head, trotters, liver). A selection
  • of sausages will be made on a rotating basis and at the time of your order you will be able to choose increments of your liking.
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.

 


The Lamb Share
  • Ewe Dell Family Farms in Woodslee, ON began as a modest 30 ewe farm. 
  • The operation has grown to include a flock of 4,000 and includes a modern, government inspected abattoir, which was specifically designed to process sheep.
  • Our lamb is allowed a setting up period of 7 days to ensure the meat has properly aged for tenderness and flavour.
  • Shares will be sold in ½ lamb boxes. Each 20lb lamb share will contain 1 rack, 4 loin chops, 2 sirloin chops, 2 shanks, 1 leg roast, 4 shoulder chops, stewing lamb and mince.
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.
The Chicken Share
  • Our naturally fed and raised chickens are air chilled and come from Fenwood Farms in Ancaster, ON. 
  • They are cage free and barn raised.
  • Chicken shares are sold at a minimum of 2 birds per order, with the ability to add on singles thereafter. The chickens weigh approx 4-6lbs ea. 
  • We are happy to prepare the birds into 9 cuts if desired (2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 drums, 2 wings, 1
  • neck & back).
  • All shares come with recipe cards and are vacuumed sealed and labeled, for your convenience.
The Meat Share Prices



Shawn Morris Farms Beef 
20lbs (approx) $155.00


Wagner Orchards Berkshire Pork
20lbs (approx) $165.00


Ewe Dell Farms Lamb
20lbs (approx) $185.00


Fenwood Farms Natural Chicken
Minimum 2 chicken order (approx 4-6lbs) @ 3.99/lb
Each chicken thereafter (approx 4-6lbs) @ $3.79/lb


The Monthly 'Spotlight on Local' Vendor

Each month WECSA will invite a select vendor from the Windsor Essex region to set up shop at our Pick Up location (999 Drouillard Road) for a meet and greet, and to see and purchase their products. Stay tuned for January's Vendor! Find their Profile and Links Here! Local Good Food Box customers will be able to purchase items from these vendors.



VOTE 
WITH YOUR FOOD DOLLARS
BUY LOCAL!

localgoodfoodbox @ yahoo.ca


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