STRATFORD, Ont. — If you’re a fan of lauded Ontario cheesemaker Ruth Klahsen’s handcrafted, artisanal, Monforte Dairy cheeses, and didn’t get a chance to buy into last year’s Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) subscription offering, you’re in luck; it has been extended.
To date, more than 725 people have purchased a subscription, raising more than $335,000 toward building a new Monforte Dairy in Stratford, Ont. The goal is to raise $500,000.
Subscriptions entail a prepayment in return for future delivery of cheese. There are three subscription plans to choose from — $200 ($250 value), $500 ($750 value) or $1,000 ($1,500 value). Cheeses will be made available over five years when the new dairy opens. Subscribers can select vouchers to redeem at farmers’s markets or have baskets delivered twice a year.
Purchasing CSA subscriptions helps establish a business model that should spearhead meaningful growth in micro-production, making it a more viable way of life for farmers and shepherds while providing consumers with higher quality products.
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