The Crop Circle
Local Food Box

The Crop Circle Local Food Box is a partnership of a dozen local farms working together
to grow your next sandwich and local food security… all at once. 

The Vision

We’re building a partnership of local Sunshine Coast farms to share in crop planning, marketing, distribution, and increasing our local food supply overall. The food we grow together feeds our local communities, whether sold at retail prices or subsidized for those in need.

Building a Strong & Resilient Food System

Sourcing food from across multiple suppliers adds diversity, resilience, and strength to our food system. It provides backup food and crops when crisis hits a crop, farmer, family, or region, and it builds connections between farmers. Since we all eat, that benefits us all.

You

You get fresh food from local farms every week without having to shop. For some, it’s a prepaid grocery service. For others, it’s a weekly food subsidy without stigma.

Farmers

Farms get prepaid at the beginning of the season to scale up and grow more. It provides seed money when they need it most, to get seeds in the ground, and to invest in infrastructure.

Our planet

Your veggies are coming from down the road instead of across the globe, keeping our impact on our environment and climate to a minimum.

Resiliency

Investing in our local food system, and from a variety of producers means being able to better handle impacts of natural disasters and supply chain disruptions.

The Details

You buy your season’s groceries up front.
Farmers invest in seed, equipment and infrastructure to scale up & grow more.
In June, farmers harvest your fresh fruit and veggies every Tuesday, and they’re packed into your box the same day.
You’ll bring home fresh produce from not one, but up to 10 different farms each week (depending on the size of box you choose).

This year’s program begins on the Summer Solstice, and runs for 15 weeks.

June 21, 2022 – end of September
Pick up every Tuesday

What's in the bin?

It’s about the basics – making sure you can make a great sandwich or dinner with the most common fruits, veggies, and herbs. Expect lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, fresh potatoes, beets, peas, beans, garlic, onions… you get the idea.

Pickup

Pick up your local produce on Tuesdays from any one of our neighbourhood partner locations:

Gibsons | Persephone Brewing (1053 Stewart Rd)
Roberts Creek | One Tiny Farm (1041 Roberts Creek Rd)
Sechelt | Brickers Cider (6642 Norwest Bay Rd)

OR inquire about home delivery for a fee.

"Foodie Sampler" Option

The Coast is full of amazing local food producers, so as a bonus, choose the Sunshine Coast Foodie Sampler! Every week, for four months, you’ll get a locally crafted creation… a loaf of sourdough, organic chocolates, tart jams and jellies, fresh applesauce, savoury pierogis, hot sauce, kombucha, fresh roasted coffee beans, flatbreads, divine doughnuts… it’s different every week!

Subsidies

Our priority is accessible, healthy, local food for everyone, without stigma. Whether customers pay retail price or a subsidized amount, everyone picks up their fresh produce together.

In 2021, we provided 437 subsidized and free fresh food boxes to families, seniors, and individuals from up & down the Coast. 2021’s subsidies were made possible by Vancouver Coastal Health, Sunshine Coast Community Services Society, Sunshine Coast Association for Community and donors like you. We are honoured to be able to help you access fresh, healthy, local food. Connect with us for more info.

* Subsidies in 2022 have yet to be confirmed – seeking sponsors and funders to continue to make this possible for our community members. *

The Partners

A typical CSA has one farm growing everything. The Crop Circle Food Box is filled by a whole team of local farms and food producers, each providing just one or two things to your bin every week. Farms can share in seed purchases, crop planning, farm labour, marketing, distribution, and support. The team is growing!

Meet your 2022 team

From east to west…

  • Persephone Brewing (Langdale)
  • Farmer Dan’s Family Farm (Gibsons)
  • Gibsons Farm (Gibsons)
  • Grounded Acres Organic Farm (Gibsons)
  • Little Red Wagon Farm (Roberts Creek)
  • One Tiny Farm (One Straw Society, Roberts Creek)
  • Coastal Sun Farm (Roberts Creek)
  • Ruby’s Run Urban Farm (Downtown Sechelt)
  • The Farm (West Sechelt)
  • Brickers’ Cider (West Sechelt)
  • Heart & Sol Farm (West Sechelt)
  • And a few local back yard gardens,
    and sister fruit farms in the Okanagan!

Program development to kick start this project was made possible in 2020-21 by the Sunshine Coast Credit Union, and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Our 2022 boxes are sold out! Thank you for your support.

Get Involved

Anyone can become a member. You get perks such as local discounts and resources, and you get to contribute your valuable voice to our vision.