Update as of 9/30 – Sold Out! Thanks for your interest and stay tuned for next year!
The Tinka Orchard CSA still has quite a few late varieties of spray-free, “cleaner than organic” Okanagan apples available for order, so long as there is sufficient interest to warrant a trip down.
Varieties available include Jonagold, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Newtowns, Ambrosia, Granny Smith, Cox Orange, Gold Blush.
As Farmer Al doesn’t have large quantitities of single varieties, he’d prefer if folks order mixed apples so that he can give you a sampling of different varieties.
If you’re interested in ordering extra apples, they’re $2/lb. Please fill out the form here to sumbit your interest by Saturday, October 3rd, and if there is sufficient interest, we’ll confirm the details with you. Please share with friends and families if you like!
Tentative delivery date is October 7th for pickup in East Vancouver
Thank you for supporting our small orchard!
We apologize for the delay in getting our CSA up and running this year – we’ve had a new addition to our CSA family – Kristi’s baby boy Gavin was born May 15th, so that threw a wrench in season opening preparations. We’re back on track now though, and happy to announce that shares are available!
Details are on the How Does It Work? page. Share types and prices are the same as last year. Returning members from last season will have priority until July 15th, 2015.
Once you’re ready to sign up, you can do so here.
To secure your share, please send payment as detailed at the completion of the form. Once we receive and process your payment, we will send you an email confirmation.
Thank you and we look forward to having you on board for the 2015 season!
-Farmer Al, Kristi, and Jana
Just a quick update that we’re working on getting the details of the 2015 season sorted and ready…. stay tuned! We’re looking forward to another great season of yummy local orchard fruit!
Our first delivery has come and gone – we hope you are enjoying your fruit!
Once again, my family was lucky enough to be in the Okanagan during Happy Farmer Al’s first harvest of yellow plums. What a phenomenal fruit year this is – Al had almost double the amount of yellow plums needed for the CSA!
Al had some help picking, but all pickers used soft gloves to minimize bruising of the fruit. For the yellow plums in particular, even the slightest pressure during picking will cause fingerprint bruises on the light colored fruit the next day. You may have noticed some bruises despite the care we took.
Soft gloves help protect against bruising
Farmer Al, picking plums
Packed boxes ready for delivery
After picking, we carefully weighed, packed, and culled any unsatisfactory fruit. Culled fruit was either too small for Al’s standards, or had some spoilage or serious insect damage. Fruit fly stings are quite characteristic, and will cause the fruit to spoil. On the other hand, leaf roller insect damage forms a patch of scabby skin that is purely cosmetic and causes no damage to the fruit. You probably saw some of these in your delivery.
Fruit Fly Damage
Leaf Roller Scab
Also, this first pickup, members got a small handful of Peach Plums to sample (it’s an “off” year for the Peach Plum tree this year, which bears a heavy crop every other year). You may have noticed splits in the blossom end, and perhaps an insect visitor in the split. Peach plums are particularly prone to this, and without using sprays or pesticides, is the small price we pay for healthy organic fruit!
Blossom end split in Peach plum
At last we’ve worked out the details of the 2014 season. You can read all about the details over at the “How It Works” page. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
As before, returning members will have priority until June 1st, after which we’ll open up remaining shares to our waitlist.
It’s shaping up to be a fabulous season in the orchard, as these blossom photos taken earlier this spring show full well.
We hope to have you join us this year!
Happy New Year, and Lunar New Year!
Snowdrops in the orchard, spring 2011.
It has been a while since we last posted, but just wanted to let everyone know that we are looking forward to our 2014 season, and will post membership details later in the spring. We’re likely to be making some changes to the share structure, and once we work out the details will post them here as well as letting our members know via email. A big thanks to all of you who supported us last year. We’re so appreciative of our community of members who make this whole venture possible.
Hope you had a restful winter and are looking forward to spring!
Well, by now our members should be enjoying the first, succulent yellow and peach plums of the season. Our family was lucky enough to be in the Okanagan and stopped by Al’s orchard to “help” with the harvest. Thanks to hubby Ben for the great photos.
Yellow plums hang heavy on the tree
Farmer Al, ready for picking and explaining the process
Fruit of Al’s labours
My daughter Sarika helps sweep out the boxes, while Al’s wife Mary carefully weighs and packs the fruit.
Yum! The best part.
We had a lot of fun and hope that our members enjoy the fruit as much as we enjoyed growing and harvesting it.
As some of you perhaps noticed, the Peach Plums are prone to blossom end splits, which in some cases are large enough for a small insect to crawl in. So, if you got a surprise, opened a plum and found some small ants, or in rare cases an earwig, please accept it as the price we pay for using no chemical sprays.
Re. the second delivery:
We anticipate that it will happen around the end of August or early September, and it will be a large one, consisting of Early Italian prune plums, Yakima plums, Bradshaw plums, Bartlett pears and some early apples. We will keep you posted over the coming weeks. In the meantime – enjoy your plums!