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Frequently Asked Questions
You may have questions about how a weekly food basket program works. We’ve tried to put together all the answers you may need. If you still have questions, please email Alana@clearwaterfarms.ca.
Will I receive a basket each week?
Yes. During the term of the basket program that you sign up for, your weekly basket will be delivered to either the pick-up site that you selected, or to your home if you requested home delivery service.
How do I plan my regular shopping so I don’t double up on items you may give me?
No later than three days before your delivery day each week, we will send you an email with a specific description of the contents of your weekly basket. You will also be given a link to our marketplace of weekly specials that you can choose to add to your order.
What kinds of fruit and vegetables will I get each week?
We will gather together a large range of seasonal fruits and vegetables for your eating pleasure. Everything from radishes, peas, beans, heirloom tomatoes, fingerling potatoes & butternut squash…. as well as apples, strawberries, peaches, and lots in between. We make sure to put a good variety in your basket.
I don’t want 5 pounds of kale each week
Don’t worry! We know a large amount of one type of produce can be overwhelming. We aim to provide you with 9-12 different items in your box each week. We’ve made a special effort this year to diversify our offerings so that you can experience new and exciting produce each week.
What if I don’t like eggplant (or beans or peppers)
It is not possible for us to make individual substitutions to the basic weekly basket. However, any particular item will only be a small part of any individual basket, and only for 2-3 weeks throughout a season.
Where do I pick up my weekly basket?
You will pick up your weekly basket at the location that you select during Step 3 of your initial sign-up process. This year, we will offer over 10 sites from Toronto, to Lake Simcoe to Georgian Bay, and this number will only grow. We have also added the option to manage your weekly pick ups from your My Account page. Simply click on My Account, and then PickUp Location. You will see a list of the weeks you have subscribed for and you can change your pick up location from week to week to make it more convenient for you.
What if I can’t pick up my basket on a particular week?
There are a number of ways you can manage this.
- You can choose to send a friend/family member to pick up on your behalf: Go to My Account, choose Gift Your Basket and enter the details for the person you are gifting your basket to.
- You can pick up your order at another one of our pick-up locations: Go to My Account, choose Pick Up Location and then choose the week and pick up location for your desired change. NOTE: GTA deliveries will be done on Wednesdays and York Region and Georgian Bay area deliveries will be done on Fridays.
- You can donate your weekly basket to our community charity that will ensure that the food gets to someone who needs it. Go to My Account, choose Gift Your Basket and check the box that says “Donate to York Region Food Network”
Can I get extra beans/tomatoes/squash?
Yes! You will get a weekly email from us several days before your pick up day that describes exactly what will be in your weekly basket. This email will also describe weekly specials that are available for purchase via our online marketplace. These will include forested pork/bacon/ham, free range eggs, specialty mushrooms, etc. Assuming you place your order online 36 hours before your delivery day, we will pack your additional items for delivery with your weekly basket.
How do I pay?
We prefer that you place your order(s) online using Visa or Mastercard. However, there is also the option to pay by e-transfer and cheque for the 32 Week or 24 Week sessions only. Weekly add-on purchases must be paid for online using a credit card.
I’m worried I won’t be able to make use of everything you send me!
We know that getting a regular weekly delivery of the garden’s bounty can be overwhelming. We will include recipes each week for cooking with the contents of your box, tips for storing it properly, and ideas to preserve your harvest. Our “Recipes” tab on the website will become a store for relevant recipes over time so that you have access to recipes sourced from the ClearWater community.