About Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) In its purest form, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes essentially that community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and rewards of food production. Members of the farm purchase a share in advance—usually in Spring—committing to the farm for the season, which helps to cover the initial annual costs of the farm operation at a time when farmers have very little farming income. In return, members receive boxes of the farm’s produce or other products throughout the growing season, as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land and knowing where their food comes from. Typically, once harvesting begins, members receive a weekly box of food— generally vegetables, but some may include or offer separately fruits, cheeses, eggs, meats, poultry, flowers, or herbs. Pickup sites are often located at a member’s house, local businesses or churches, at a farmers’ market, or at the farm; some farms offer home delivery to some areas. Most farms create a newsletter that accompanies each delivery with notes about farm activities, descriptions of what’s in the box, cooking tips and recipes. Many farms also create opportunities for their members and families to visit the farm and participate in farm events. The usual CSA season in the greater Chicago area runs from June through mid-October, but some CSAs operate nearly year-round. Farms offer a diversity of share
options including extended season shares, multiple share types and sizes, and payment plans to accommodate households on a tight budget. CSA farmers tend to be small scale farms that use farming methods that produce high quality while reducing the impact of agriculture on the environment. Your CSA box will change with the seasons. In late spring and early summer, a vegetable CSA will feature cool-weather crops such as kale, Asian greens, lettuce, asparagus, and radishes. As it warms up, the summer veggies come in, such as tomatoes, beans, bell peppers, zucchini, potatoes, and cucumbers. Cooler fall temperatures bring the roots and winter storage veggies such as onions, butternut squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes, as well as broccoli, greens, and more. Many farms list what they grow on their websites.
Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food
For the Band of Farmers CSA growers and producers, CSA is much more than just a weekly delivery of food; it is a mutually beneficial relationship. They are the growers or producers of all or the vast majority of their box contents. While they might collaborate with other local farmers to add value to their shares by offering occasional specialty items, Band of Farmers members are the primary producers of their CSA members’ food. It means that as a member of a Band of Farmers CSA farm you truly know your farmer. Your dollars are going directly to your farmer for their farm products. Your box is not amassed from throughout the region or country, but rather a delicious box containing the bounty of your farm, picked, washed and prepared by your farmer, for you.
About Band of Farmers Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition is a coalition of CSA farms serving the greater Chicago area. Begun in 2014 and borrowing heavily from the groundbreaking work of FairShare CSA Coalition in Madison, WI, Band of Farmers joined forces primarily to collaborate on educating consumers about local foods in general and the CSA model in particular.
That creativity translated into the first annual Farmer Talent Show in 2013 with Julia McDonald of Peasants’ Plot (now Julia On The Farm) and Jody Osmund of Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm, at the helm. Together with a dozen or so farms who had met at farmers’ markets or in beginning farmer classes dubbed “Band of Farmers,” they set out with the mission to spread the word about supporting small farms through CSA. This collaboration led to plans for a CSA coalition. Working with FamilyFarmed, they created a CSA Pavilion at the 2014 Good Food Festival held in March at the UIC Forum. The participating farms capped off a long day by performing that night in the second annual Band of Farmers Talent Show at The Hideout in Chicago.
As the local foods movement has gained momentum over the last decade, the number of farms serving the Chicago area has grown, and more of them have chosen to market directly to consumers through the CSA model. That’s all to the good, and there are plenty of potential shareholders for CSAs in the region; Band of Farmers is created to collectively reach out to them.
With the realization that these labor-intensive events were too difficult for even a dedicated troupe of farmers, it was decided to formalize a relationship with Illinois Stewardship Alliance to create a coalition of CSA farms that serve the greater Chicago area. That coalition—which retains the Band of Farmers name—became operational just in time for marketing the 2015 season.
What’s in a name?
Those operating within the CSA model are small-scale farmers and tend to be both creative and collaborative.
Table of Contents
What is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)?
CSA Farm Listings
About Band of Farmers
Factors to Consider When Choosing a CSA Farm
How to Use This Guide
Create a CSA Pick-Up Site
Quick Find Product and Farm Guide
CSA Farm Locations Map
CSA Delivery Zones
Our Supporting Members and Media Partners
Seasons of CSA Shares
Band of Farmers Member Farms (By Number)
Credits and Acknowledgments Cover Art: Julia McDonald ~ Design/Layout/Interior Art: John Beske ~ Coordinator: Robin Schirmer Band of Farmers 2017 Governing Board Members: Holly Hughes, Donna Lehrer, Cliff McConville, Jen Miller, Jody Osmund, James Pirovano, Chris Prchal, Renee Randall, Lindsay Record, Tom Rosenfeld Band of Farmers: The Chicagoland CSA Coalition ~ www.bandoffarmers.org ~ email@example.com ~ 872.239.4CSA (4272)
How to Use This Guide Find a Farm. Band of Farmers member CSA farms are listed (and numbered) alphabetically beginning on page 6. An alphabetical/numeric list is also on the back cover, and you’ll find the farms’ locations on the Map on pages 1213. Each farm’s listing shows the colored symbols (right) that correspond to the Products, Seasons, and Delivery Areas pertaining to that farm. Find a Product. Use the Quick Find Guide below. The Green symbols represent products available in the farm’s CSA box, while the Orange symbols represent products offered for purchase as add-ons to CSA members.
Green: Orange: Purple: CSA product Add-on product Delivery zone
CL Find a Delivery Area. Use the Purple symbols and the map on page 5 to identify the general areas where the farms deliver their CSA shares. Find CSA Seasons. On page 5, the Blue symbols represent the seasons that each farm offers CSA shares. Once you’ve used these aids to hone in on the CSA farms that interest you, go to each farm’s website for specific information.
This symbol in a farm listing indicates that some or all of that farm's products are USDA Certified Organic.
Quick Find Product and Farm Guide Products Available in CSA Box
Products Available as Add-Ons
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Meat includes pork, beef, lamb, goat
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Poultry includes chicken, turkey, duck
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Dairy includes milk, cheese, yogurt
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Value-added Items 12, 15, 29, 46 incl. jam, salsa, etc.
for canning, preserving, freezing
Meat includes pork, 6, 10, 13, 26, 38, 41, 44, 45, beef, lamb, goat 47, 48 Poultry includes
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chicken, turkey, duck
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On-Farm products available for pick-up at the farm;
directions and instructions vary by farm
Chicago North Side includes Old Town, Edgewater, Logan Square, Galewood, Sauganash, Lakeview, Rogers Park, etc.
Chicago South Side includes Pilsen, Hyde Park, Midway, Beverly, Bridgeport, Pullman, Chatham, Bronzeville, etc.
Chicago Loop includes West Loop, South Loop, River North, Streeterville, Gold Coast, River West, etc.
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North Shore Suburbs includes Evanston, Lake Forest,
Northbrook, Highland Park, Skokie, Waukegan, Libertyville, etc. 2, 11, 13, 14, 18, 19, 24, 29, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 42, 43, 49
Northwest Suburbs includes Park Ridge, Palatine, Lake Zurich, Elgin, Marengo, Barrington, Schaumburg, Itasca, etc.
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Near West Suburbs includes Oak Park, Brookfield, LaGrange, Hillside, Franklin Park, Schiller Park, Westchester, Berwyn, etc.
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Far West Suburbs includes Naperville, Lombard, Hinsdale,
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Wheaton, Aurora, Downers Grove, Geneva, Yorkville, etc.
South Suburbs includes Bolingbrook, Oak Lawn, Palos Park, Homewood, Kankakee, Orland Park, Joliet, Calumet City, etc.
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Rockford Area includes Belvidere, Poplar Grove, Pecatonica, Rockford, Rockton, Roscoe, Loves Park, Machesney Park, etc.
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Southern Wisconsin includes Beloit, Janesville, Monroe,
Madison, Mineral Point, Milwaukee, Racine, Lake Geneva, etc.
Northwest Indiana includes Valparaiso, Gary, Hammond, Portage, Michigan City, etc.
Home Delivery products delivered
Shipping products delivered by USPS
directly to your home; delivery areas vary by farm or private courier, e.g., FedEx
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Seasons of CSA Shares Season Summer
Oct to Dec
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All Grass Farms
Dundee, IL 847-387-3568 allgrassfarms.com All Grass Farms is a diversified “pasture farm” providing our Chicago-area customers with 100% grass-fed beef, raw Guernsey milk, free-range turkeys, chickens and eggs, and pasture-raised pork. We also grow about ten acres of organically-raised vegetables and raw local honey. Growing the highest quality, nutrient-dense “clean food” possible is our goal. All of our livestock are raised humanely, outdoors on pasture in a sustainable environment that mimics their natural living conditions. Our pigs’ and chickens’ pasture forage is supplemented with Certified Organic, non-GMO feeds. We offer a fulldiet CSA (meat, eggs, dairy, vegetables) as well as meatonly and vegetable-only CSA options.
Caledonia, IL 815-389-2746 angelicorganics.com We have been a CSA farm since 1990. Our lifelong head farmer John Peterson was the subject of the feature length film, "The Real Dirt on Farmer John." Our farm also produced Farmer John's Cookbook:The Real Dirt on Vegetables. Our partner non-profit organization, Angelic Organics Learning Center, offers educational programs and hosts thousands of people on the farm each year.
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Artisan Harvest Farm
Chicago, IL 847-971-3092 aviumflowers.com
Leland, IL 630-549-1211 artisanharvestfarm.com
We are excited to partner with you to ensure you love your CSA. We offer two sizes of Produce Shares as well as Egg Shares—delivered right to your door! Our produce is grown on a beautiful farm that has been in our family since 1873 using non-GMO seeds, without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers because we like the fact that our son can eat veggies straight off the vine. We utilize sustainable techniques such as crop rotation and soil enrichment via natural fertilizers (thank you, chickens). We are also proud to be Animal Welfare Approved!
Avium is Chicago's flower farm; committed to operating fully within the city limits of Chicago. We are focused on growing blooms and foliage, including native perennials and herbs, and using sustainable growing methods. Inspired by the vision on which Chicago was founded, urbs in horto, and conservation of the natural world, we hope to provide an escape to the wilderness within our urban landscape—a secret garden that inspires the continued passion for agricultural and botanical studies, that encourages our connection to the earth and the resources we consume, and to experience gratitude for beauty, aesthetics and mindful living every day.
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Big Rock Organics at Lamb of God Farm Big Rock, IL 331-254-0334 bigrockorganics.com
Poplar Grove, IL 815-494-1251 beavercreekgardens.com Our mission is to produce locally grown, healthy food for local consumption reducing our carbon footprint. We harvest our own seeds, grow our inputs and do everything possible to cycle what our partner, Mother Nature, gives us. We have been providing food locally since 1999. We use many heirloom varieties and only organically approved pest and weed management systems. Feel free to visit our farm to see how, where and who your food comes from.
The Lehrer family has farmed for 17 years on an historic farm property first settled in the 1840’s. The soils are pristine, having never been touched by pesticides or insecticides. We offer a “boutique” CSA experience by offering many creative shares, e.g., Culinary Share—three full meals with a bushel of vegetables; Paleo Share—adding eggs, nuts, and grains, Half and Full Veggie Shares. We also offer the ultimate in flexibility, including week-by-week memberships and some home delivery. We raise Cheviot sheep and offer classes (like spinning, canning and cheese-making) and plenty of opportunities to share life on the farm.
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The heart of your
Sugar Beet is a cooperatively-owned neighborhood market in Oak Park.
local foods community. Your source for sustainable, healthy foods from local farmers and producers.
Open to all!
812 W Madison Oak Park, IL 60302 708-948-7656 We accept ebt/Link
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Bobâ€™s fresh & local
Morris, IL 815-941-1544 braygrovefarm.com
Elmhurst, IL 630-290-6738 bobsfreshandlocal.com
Bobâ€™s fresh & local offers a vegetable CSA serving our members in the West and Northwest suburbs of Chicago. We begin our harvest season in mid-June and continue through the end of October. In addition to the vegetable CSA we offer free range eggs and Thanksgiving turkeys as well. Our close proximity to Chicago offers us a unique opportunity to reconnect with our common agricultural heritage. Members can come out and visit a working farm; along with the vegetable production the farm has a dairy herd, beef cattle, and goats for a truly unique experience.
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We are a 10-acre, family-run vegetable farm approximately 65 miles Southwest of Chicago. Our guiding principles at Bray Grove Farm are to live and work in ways that allow nature to inform our decisionmaking and to educate others on the benefits of smallscale, equine-based agriculture in the modern world. We utilize organic methods and alternative tillage techniques, which preserve soil fertility through a carefully scheduled rotation of produce and cover crops. Hand labor using simple agricultural tools and a team of gentle and loving draft mules provides all our farm's motive power needs, from the planting through cultivation and harvesting.
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Brian and Karen Severson are the fifth generation on their small family farm, where they grow organic and nonGMO grains. Unhappy with the introduction of GMO's, Brian experimented with organic methods, producing their first Certified Organic sweet corn in 2007. They've since added oats, various food corns, wheat, popcorn, peas, soybeans, and buckwheat, often heirloom varieties, and they save their own seeds whenever possible. With the addition of a stone grist mill and other equipment, the Seversons not only grow but also clean and process these grains into various flours, rolled oats, and meals. Their unique Winter CSA provides a sampling of these grain products with plenty of recipes.
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9 10 Broad Branch Farm Wyoming, IL 309-231-9290 broadbranchfarm.com
Broad Branch Farm is a diverse, pasture-based, organically managed vegetable and livestock farm in North Central Illinois. Brian and Anita Poeppel, along with their three children, are passionate about growing food using no chemicals, no GMO's, no synthetic inputs, and no antibiotics or growth hormones. They raise vegetables, pastured laying hens for eggs, pastured chicken, pastured pork and grass-fed, grass-finished beef. CSA shares are available for vegetables, eggs, and meat, as well as custom shares for maximum flexibility. Bi-weekly delivery (including home delivery) is available to Naperville June through November, and ask about year-round ordering.
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what childhood is supposed to look like Fantastic food and outdoor adventure. Electronic screens are replaced with outdoor adventure. Campers help run the farm, with daily animal chores. Campers harvest and cook meals together from scratch. Curiosity is encouraged. It’s all led by guides who are experts in safety and fun. Growing Great Kids - A one-week sleep away summer camp 100 miles from Chicago
Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA
Chicago Honey Co-op Chicago, IL 773-848-2246 chicagohoneycoop.com
Ottawa, IL 815-431-9544 chicagomeatcsa.com
Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm—Beth and Jody Osmund. More than a decade ago Beth and her husband Jody left corporate jobs in Chicago to start Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm in Ottawa, Illinois. CSA shares and farmers’ markets are cornerstones of their marketing plan. They deliver delicious pork, beef, chicken, and eggs to Chicago and the suburbs and offer convenient on-farm pick-up. Education is an integral part of their mission. From how to cook the meat they deliver to the broad social implications of sustainable farming, each interaction is an opportunity to teach.
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We are an Agricultural Producer Co-op with 50 beehives located in Chicago. Our hives are treatment free with no residual toxic chemicals from any source. Our CSA is often called a "market CSA" in that members join before our market season (August to October) for a set fee and spend down their balance by picking up our honey and other products from our market stands at Green City Market and Logan Square Farmers Market. Check out our online store to find the range of products we offer that we can hold for CSA members at the markets.
10 13 Dierks Farms Grass-Fed Beef Ava, IL 618-559-9301 dierksfarms.com
Dierks Farms, in Southern Illinois, was founded on grass-fed and grass-finished beef even before the health benefits were known. Today, we believe in grass-fed/ grass-finished because it benefits our family, our animals, our customers, and our environment. Our farming practices are centered around the humane treatment of our animals. They are raised on grass that is rotated on a regular basis, and are never fed grain or given antibiotics or steroids. Our farm has received Soil and Water Farm Family of the Year, which shows that our environmental farming spans throughout our farming practices. Don't take our word for it, try our meat for yourself! You'll love the taste and your body will love the health benefits.
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Berrien Center, MI 269-815-3370 earthfirstfarms.com Earth First Farms is a Certified Organic fruit and vegetable farm in Southwest Michigan. We offer an apple-only CSA that includes 6 different varieties of apples, delivered to drop spots in the Chicago area throughout the fall.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a CSA Farm All of the farms in the Band of Farmers follow the basic CSA model, grow a wide variety of sustainably grown or Certified Organic vegetables and/or humanely raised meats. Beyond these similarities, each CSA farm has characteristics which are uniquely their own. Consider which of those is important to you.
Farm Location. CSA farms serving the greater Chicago
area are located throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan. Consider how often you want to be involved in on-farm activities and how far you would be willing to drive.
Farm Size. Some CSA farms have small operations with
fewer than 10 families enrolled while others are large and feed more than 1,000. Within these size categories there are those farms that grow exclusively for their CSA members and other farms that do CSA along with selling at farmers' markets, stores, restaurants, etc.
Price of Share. Don’t select your CSA farm based solely on price; that’s like comparing apples to oranges (or carrots to cucumbers, if you will). Each farm has different season lengths, crops, share sizes, etc. Becoming a CSA member can save you money on high quality, organically grown food, but consider the wider CSA experience of community, connectedness and education rather than just a commodity—priceless!
Length of Season. A typical Midwest CSA produce
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farm delivers its CSA shares from June to October, but our members’ seasons for produce range from 12 weeks to 42 weeks—and everything in between. Some farms use season-extending devices such as hoop houses and focus in the cooler months on winter storage crops and farmprocessed products such as canned tomatoes, frozen squash, etc. Farms that offer meat CSAs typically deliver their shares year-round.
11 Pick-Up/Delivery Options. Most CSA farms have pick-
up sites in the greater Chicago area where their shares are dropped off, while some offer home delivery or shipping. Consider how important it is to you to have a pick-up site located near your home, school, or work, or to have products arrive directly to your home. If there’s no pick-up site or delivery option where you live or work, consider starting one!
Delivery Day and Time. The days and times for obtaining your CSA varies. Some CSA members prefer getting their shares at the end of the week or the weekend so they can supplement their share at the farmers' market, others prefer to cook up a storm on all week long! Be sure to note the pickup time range; is it a time frame you can consistently meet? Types of Food. Most CSA farms offer a wide variety of
seasonal produce, while others offer meat, eggs, fruits, or a combination. Some offer specialty items—like flowers, cheese, syrup, etc.—either included in the share or available for purchase as add-ons.
Farming Practices. All the Band of Farmers farms are small-scale and/or family farms; some are Certified Organic, in transition to certification, or have received approval from another agency or organization. There is also a wide spectrum of mechanization levels between farms. View the farms’ profiles on our website to see how each farm engages with their environment. Opportunities for Involvement. Few CSA farms
Edgewood Farm Organics\
Princeton, IL 406-599-8421 edgewoodfarmcollective.com We are a six-acre Certified Organic vegetable farm located in North Central Illinois. We grow over 30 types of vegetables and serve our communities through CSA, farmers' market and wholesale accounts. Our vegetable acres are surrounded by flourishing reestablished prairie land and Certified Organic grain production. Our farm is passionate about continuing to grow the essential connection between conservation and agriculture. Our farm and barn provide a unique and memorable venue for outdoor or indoor weddings.
require work from their members, but many welcome this kind of involvement. Most farms organize one or more on-farm events each season and some farms encourage their members to “drop in” (with notice, please!). Become familiar with opportunities through your farm and the expectations for participation.
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Communication with Farmers. One of the core
tenets of CSA is to connect farm members with farms and farmers. Farms offer a variety of ways to keep in touch with the farmers through on-farm activities, newsletters, recipes, blogs, community event presence and more. Beyond that, you should feel free to contact your farmer about both good and bad experiences.
Foxtrot Farm is a new USDA Certified Organic farm located just 30 miles West of Chicago in St. Charles, Illinois. We grow produce that is a world apart from what you’ll find in the grocery store. Our crop list is filled with rare heirloom and open pollinated varieties of your favorite fruits and vegetables like vibrant purple carrots, tender baby savoy cabbage, or new blue potatoes. Each of the 115 varieties we grow have been hand-selected for practicality in the kitchen, unparalleled nutritional content, or an innovative quality that will put a new spin on time-tested recipes.
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Create a CSA Pickup Site IOWA Where You Live or Work With dozens of CSA farms serving the greater Chicagoland area, there ought to be one that delivers near you, right? It doesn't necessarily work out that wayâ€”but it can! You can see from the Pickup Site Map on the Band of Farmers website if any CSA pickups are located near you or not; if not, consider working with a farm to create a new pickup siteâ€”at your home, business, faith Davenport community, or workplace.
This map is for general reference and is not intended for navigation. Please contact the farm for specific directions.
Supporting Member/ Media Partner refer to farm listings
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Supporting Members and Media Partners A Angelic Organic Learning Center I Julia On The Farm B Crate-Free Illinois J The Mike Nowak Show C Faith In Place K Natural Awakenings Chicago D FamilyFarmed L Natureâ€™s Farm Camp E FoodShed Co-op M Sitka Salmon Shares F Healthy Soil Compost, LLC N Sugar Beet Food Co-op G Illinois Farmers Union O Vegan Street Stewardship Alliance H Illinois P WCPT-820 Illinois Organic Growers (IOGA) Chicagoâ€™s Progressive Talk
Fresh for Life Organics
Richford, WI 715-228-3338 freshforlifeorganics.com
We are a Certified Organic produce farm. We use sustainable practices such as crop rotation, drip irrigation, green manures (cover crops, green mulch, etc.) and no animal by-products in any step of the process. We grow all of our own transplants from seed. We have beneficial habitat for all of our pest control, including milkweed to aid in monarch butterfly recovery, and every seventh row on our field includes flowers to attract bees. In addition to our bi-weekly CSA, we host an informal "picnic in the field" on Thursdays from late May through September, with a seasonal, plant-based menu featuring our farm vegetables.
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St. Anne, IL 815-953-1512 genesis-growers.com We farm to enrich the lives of our shareholders. Customers purchase a "share" of our crops at the beginning of the year. We tend to the land and harvest the crops when they are most flavorful and nutritious. We deliver the produce to our numerous drop-off points in Chicago and Northern Illinois within 24 hours of harvest.
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The Geneva Lakes Produce CSA invites its members to fill their own boxes each week. Members are able to attend any of our farmers' markets or farmstands each week and use our entire selection in filling their box up. This offers our CSA members to customize their CSA box to their liking each week. We do this because they are a big part of the reason we have the crop to begin with and we want to make sure the membership is as convenient and enjoyable as possible!
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Three Oaks, MI granorfarm.com
Chicago, IL 630-277-0907 globalgardenfarm.com
Global Garden Refugee Training Farm is a nonprofit farm where 100 refugee families have turned a vacant lot into an oasis where they grow vegetables for themselves and their neighbors. Each weekly share includes 8 to 12 seasonal vegetables and herbs—all grown in Albany Park and harvested within hours of pick-up. Our shares are sized for the needs of individuals and young families. We grow all the standard favorites—lettuce, tomatoes, green beans, carrots, greens, and garlic—plus a few specialties introduced by our Bhutanese, Burmese, and African farmers and accompanied by recipes and serving ideas.
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Grand Ridge, IL 815-249-5134 gratefulplains.com Grateful Plains grows veggies, herbs and cut flowers for our Farm Shares that run early June to late October each year. The community support of our farm extends beyond weekly shares by integrating job partnership training with Friendship House, youth mentoring as sponsor of the only area Junior Master Gardener certification program in cooperation with 4-H, and a Veteran Farmer training program to ensure food and job security for those who serve our country. For 2017, we will add a pick-up at the local farmers' market in Ottawa on Saturday mornings.
Located in Southwestern Michigan on 28 acres, outside the town of Three Oaks, Granor Farm produces an astounding array of Certified Organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits and grains. We are committed to creating an environment respectful of the land we cultivate, the products we grow and the people who help us. Our CSA features produce that has been picked fresh from the fields the same day as delivery to our Lincoln Park and Logan Square locations.
Green Acres Farm
Watseka, IL 847-878-2273 grayfarmsproduce.com
North Judson, IN 219-730-5017 greenacresindiana.com
We are entering our ninth year of production, and are proud to continue organic crop production and stewardship of our Illinois soils. My family has farmed this ground for decades, allowing us to leverage advice from experienced farmers (parents, friends, neighbors) to produce high quality bounties of vegetables grown with dedication. We recycle old machinery (our potato digger is converted from a horse-drawn implement); while a new machine is often required to do the job, sometimes we can use a torch and welder to create interesting, functional tools. We serve a community of customers through our CSA, farmers’ market, wholesale, and Winter ordering programs, providing Chicagoland with the best our fields can produce.
Green Acres Farm was established by Beth's grandparents in 1933. As Japanese immigrants, they grew Asian specialty vegetables to sell to restaurant and grocery businesses in Chicago. In 1996, following her parents' retirement, Beth and her husband Brent took over ownership and transitioned Green Acres to a direct marketing operation. Expanding on the Asian vegetable niche, they now grow more than 500 varieties of Certified Naturally Grown heirloom vegetables and fruits and strive to provide nutrient dense, great tasting food that is safe to eat and promotes biodiversity. A typical box contains between 8 to 12 items from these bountiful crops.
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Green Earth Institute
Harrison Market Gardens
Naperville, IL 630-664-5681 greenearthinstitute.org
Winnebago, IL 815-980-0589 harrisonmarketgardens.com
A 60-acre Certified Organic vegetable farm located in Naperville! The Green Earth Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to environmental sustainability and nutritional health. We lease the farm land at the McDonald Farm, owned by The Conservation Foundation, a nonprofit land trust. We proudly farm organically to protect and preserve the land and provide nutritious fresh food for our CSA participants. We also help youngsters connect with nature through our nature discovery summer camps for elementaryage children, preschooler nature programs, and school and scout farm visits. Our motto is We Grow Healthy! This year we are celebrating our 15th anniversary.
Harrison Market Gardens has been family run for over ten years. We are Certified Naturally Grown, using the same growing protocols as “organic.” In addition to our more traditional CSA we also offer a subscription U-pick plan for those in the Rockford area. Our rich black soil needs little enhancement but maintaining and increasing its fertility has become an ongoing focus. Our farm has never had chemical inputs. We protect our fields with windbreaks and fence rows, and have learned to choose appropriate cover crops so we seldom have bare land. In 2016, our tenth year, we grew for over 100 families, many of them weekly U-pick subscribers.
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17 27 Hidden Hive Flowers Woodstock, IL 773-841-4415 hiddenhiveflowers.com
Hidden Hive is a family flower farm and boutique design studio rooted in Woodstock, Illinois. We grow beautiful, unique and heirloom flowers and elevate our blooms to create stunning floral artistry for weddings, events, CSA and more. Our mission is to provide the region with the highest quality seasonal flowers, sourced from the finest seed, bulb and rootstock and cultivated using biodynamic and organic farming practices. We strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from the farm itself. Our goal as farmers is to be at the forefront of the Slow Flower movement in the upper Midwest.
People of Faith, Caring for Earth
Faith in Place empowers Illinois people of diverse faiths to be leaders in caring for the Earth through healthy eating, sustainable food practices, and land restoration. CSA Farms • Vegetable Gardens Winter Farmers' Markets Native Plant Gardens • Habitat Restoration • and more! Three Winter Farmers' Markets left! March 4 - Hyde Park March 12 - Palatine March 18 - Oak Park
JK and Ace Garden and Farm
Joe’s Blueberries Bangor, MI 847-293-1690 joesblueberries.com
Byron, IL 779-221-5287 jkandacegarden.com
JK and Ace is a family operated farm in Northern Illinois offering traditionally grown, pesticide free vegetables and fruit, pasture raised eggs, and local honey. All produce is hand tended, freshly picked and washed the day of deliveries. It is our goal to provide our community and our partners with the highest quality crops from day to day. Though we are not organically certified it is our commitment from our family to yours to provide clean and nutritious foods. As we are still quite new to our CSA program we are open to adding new pick-up locations in several different counties; please feel free to contact us with any questions.
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We're a blueberry-only CSA. We offer both fresh and frozen blueberry CSA options. Our frozen deliveries run through June with monthly pick-ups all over Chicagoland. Our Summer (fresh) CSA starts mid-July with bi-weekly pick-ups at 11 locations. Prices start as low as $30 for a 5-lb box of sweet berries grown in Michigan according to organic practices. Also, Summer U-pick at the farm, and ask us about our great jams including no-sugar and honey-sweetened varieties.
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Kings Hill Farm
Midnight Sun Farm
Mineral Point, WI 608-776-8413 kingshillfarm.com
Harvard, IL 815-354-3227 midnightsunfarm.com
We are your farmers—Elisabeth Minich & Steven Shoemaker—and we want to grow for you. Our focus is both stewardship of the land we farm and creating an accessible and high quality farm share that everyone can enjoy. We grow fresh produce in our fields for you through the Farm Share program delivering in the greater Chicagoland area and Southwest Wisconsin. Kings Hill Farm is a Certified Organic vegetable farm located in the rolling hills of the Driftless Region. In addition to the Farm Shares we work with local grocers and restaurants that support local farms.
Midnight Sun Farm is a family farm located in Harvard, Illinois. We provide high quality produce and freerange eggs and meat to customers in Chicago and the Northwestern suburbs at farmers' markets and through our CSA program. The vegetables we grow are delicious, fresh, and diverse enough to inspire cooks at all experience levels! We share with our CSA members the experience of enjoying the same good food that we grow for our own family.
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32 Mike & Clare’s Farm Harvard, IL 773-209-3987 mikeandclares.com
We are a small-scale intensive farm that uses chemicalfree growing methods. We grow for a 40-member CSA and small farmers' market on one acre and focus on growing high quality, and highly flavorful, vegetables for our deeply valued customers in a way that is efficient and in harmony with our diverse landscape.
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The growing and animal husbandry practices that we follow are chosen to minimize our environmental impact. Our vegetables are Certified Naturally Grown.
33 Mint Creek Farm
Cabery, IL 815-953-5682 mintcreekfarm.com As a Mint Creek CSA member you receive a sizable discount by committing to a regular share of a diverse selection of our organic pasture-raised meats. Your commitment also provides special support to the farm, helping us continue to farm Illinois prairie pastures on a small scale while providing attentive care including exclusively Certified Organic, soy-free, non-GMO food for all the farm animals. We offer customizable, monthly and weekly meat CSA options year-round that include selections of lamb, beef, pork, goat, and poultry as well as an egg option. We collaborate with Kilgus Farmstead for dairy year round and Three Plaid Farmers for an heirloom produce CSA from June through October.
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Prairie Wind Family Farm
Nichols Farm & Orchard Marengo, IL 815-236-1615 nicholsfarm.com
Nichols Farm & Orchard is a Food Alliance Certified sustainable farm specializing in variety. We grow nearly every fruit and vegetable that can be grown in Northern Illinois, approximately 1,000 varieties (including 240 varieties of apples alone!). Begun in 1978 with ten acres, we now manage 500 acres and grow produce on 300 acres. We have transformed a our once monocropped land into the picture of sustainability, using best practices and striving to produce without any pesticides or inputs whenever possible. After 38 years in the business we are well known and trusted to produce the freshest, highest quality, and most delicious fruits and vegetables available.
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Grayslake, IL 847-986-4600 prairiewindfamilyfarm.com Prairie Wind Family Farm is a Certified Organic farm owned and operated by Jen and Jeff Miller and their sons, Owen and Gavin. The 40-acre farm lies within the heart of Prairie Crossing, a suburban conservation community in Grayslake, Illinois. We grow a wide variety of Certified Organic vegetables, raise hens on grassy pasture for eggs and provide fresh, locally-grown fruit to CSA members, schools, restaurants and a farmers' market. Throughout our ten years of farming, weâ€™ve earned a reputation for quality, consistency and reliability. We provide healthy, local food and friendly service that our members have come to know and enjoy.
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Radical Root Farm
Brodhead, WI 608-426-4729 riemerfamilyfarm.com
Libertyville, IL 815-830-6653 radicalrootfarm.com
Radical Root Farm is a small family farm nestled among restored prairie land and forest preserves on a 150-year-old farm owned by a conservation organization. We grow Certified Organic vegetables and raise happy, pastured animals in the most ecological way we can. We pay special attention to environmental and soil health, always striving to grow nutrient-dense food in fertile soil.
Our six-month meat CSA can be joined at any time of the year. Shares are somewhat seasonal with more grilling items in the summer and roasts in the winter. Large or Small shares available. All shares include a combination of beef, pork and chicken. We also offer discounts on eggs and specialty items for CSA members.
We are currently implementing several permaculture projects on our farm, including establishing a food forest, a moveable chicken system, and an apiary to increase yields and encourage healthy bees.
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Sandhill Family Farms
Grayslake, IL 773-859-1894 sandboxorganics.com
The mission of Sandbox Organics is to make high-quality nutritious produce available to Chicago, delivered with a sense of trust, transparency, and shared excitement for the care of our Earth. New this season we are offering optional Fruit Shares and Hog Shares in addition to our Vegetable Shares. We have pick-up sites all over the North Side of Chicago, including Wicker Park, Logan Square, Edgewater, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Andersonville, and Lincoln Square.
Brodhead, WI 608-247-9684 sandhillfamilyfarms.com
Sandhill Family Farms was established by Matt and Peg Sheaffer in 2000. For 16 years we've been growing high-quality organic produce, eggs and meat for our community. We have a reputation for quality, consistency and reliability. Our members love the direct connection to our land, our animals and to us, the folks who grow their food. Members receive a share in the harvest during the growing season, plus newsletters, recipes, and invitations to farm events. Won't you join us?
ON CN NS NW WE FW 40 Scotch Hill Farm Brodhead, IL 608-897-4288 scotchhillfarm.com
We are Dela and Tony Ends and have raised 60 vegetable varieties at Scotch Hill Farm in Southern Wisconsin since 1994. The Madison-area CSA coalition honored us in 2012 as one of their four oldest farmer-members. We’re 2½ hours from Chicago, near the Sugar River bike trail to New Glarus. Our subscribers are welcome to visit, help out, camp, and potluck with family. Irrigation, greenhouses, and field-scale equipment have expanded our efficiency and production on 36 acres. All crops are Certified Organic; our poultry, sheep, and goats are on grass with organic feeds. A son’s renovated dairy now ships milk to specialty cheesemaker Anna Landmark. Soap-making and canning seasonally; classes, workshops, and tours annually.
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21 41 Three Plaid Farmers Winfield, IL 630-390-9582 threeplaid.com
We grow all heirloom and open-pollinated crops, keeping the focus on flavor, diversity, and history. We keep your palate happy with approximately 300 varieties of veggies, fruit, herbs, flowers, and herbal teas. We grow seasonally, striving to be good stewards of the land. CSA is our main focus, and we're all about sharing the bounty. We welcome visitors. Our weekly newsletter tells you everything you want to know about what's in your share.
ON CN CS CL NS FW HD 43 Tomato Mountain Farm Brooklyn, WI 608-335-1198 tomatomountain.com
Tomato Mountain Farm has always been dedicated to quality first and over many years has garnered a reputation for its commitment to craft. Our three main crops are tomatoes, Winter spinach and Fallharvested carrots. CSA members also receive different varieties of lettuces, greens, other root crops, and plenty of other vegetable staples. They also receive jars of tomatoes during the Winter months and have access to the farm's full jarred product line as add-ons year-round. We deliver directly to homes throughout Chicagoland through all four seasons, and with four share sizes to fit the needs of any household. The view from "The Mountain" looks promising going forward; can't wait for you to join us!
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42 Timberfeast Illinois Grass-Fed Meats Chatsworth, IL 815-228-2311 timberfeast.com
Timberfeast is a new farm in Chatsworth, Illinois, offering the highest-quality pasture raised meats delivered to Chicagoland. Our products include fresh organic-fed pastured poultry and eggs, pastured pork, pastured goat, grass-fed beef, and grass-fed lamb. Young farmers Mark Brady and Katie Kennedy raise animals on the woodland pastures of Markâ€™s familyâ€™s sixth generation farm in Central Illinois. We offer a pastured meat and fresh chicken CSA with Chicagoland home delivery.
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44 Trogg's Hollow CSA and Market Farm
Turtle Creek Gardens
Delavan, WI 262-442-0520 turtlecreekgardenscsa.com
Poplar Grove, IL 872-222-5584 troggshollow.com
Trogg’s Hollow is a family-owned and run microfarm doing biointensive urban farming in Poplar Grove, Illinois. We offer 25 year-round veggie CSA shares to Chicago’s Northwest and far West suburbs, and Rockford. We also sell seasonal veggies at local farmers' markets and at our on-farm stand. It is our goal to grow good food naturally, and to live and farm as sustainably as possible.Therefore, no chemicals, neither organic nor conventional, are applied to our fields except those that Mother Nature drops. All pests, weeds, and soil nutrition are dealt with by hand, farm animals, and through regenerative agriculture.
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We are a Certified Organic farm and apply regenerative agricultural practices for our diversified mixed species farm. We raise vegetables and pastured hogs and beef and market direct to consumers through our CSA, online farm store, and farmers' markets. We are committed to producing high quality and nutritionally dense foods and making them available to all.
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The Urban Canopy
Walnut Acres Family Farm
Chicago, IL 224-619-5800 theurbancanopy.org
Walnut, IL 815-343-3936 walnut4meat.com
The Urban Canopy offers a unique take on the traditional farm CSA by curating a weekly or bi-weekly share that includes food items such as local eggs, bread, kombucha, as well as local produce from our Englewood farm and partner farms. We call it “LUCSA,” which stands for Local Unified CSA, because we make an effort to support the local good food movement by partnering with small family farms and quality food producers to bring you a well rounded box. We also offer composting services as an add-on to your CSA share.
We offer beef, pork, chicken, and eggs, focusing on free range, no hormones, no antibiotics, non-GMO (chicken and eggs) and other natural and sustainable methods of raising our animals. Standard CSA Share types or Buyer’s Choice option. We also offer ready to use items such as pre-cooked bacon bits, shredded chicken, beef, and pork, and bone broth. Be sure to check out our organic spices and spice blends to round out your meal.
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Wild Beet Farm
Indian Creek, IL 773-440-3542 wildbeetfarm.com
Fort Atkinson, WI 920-397-1680 wholesomeharvestcsa.com Wholesome Harvest Farm is located near the city of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Each season we grow a wide array of fresh, naturally grown vegetables. About 75% of our growing land is Certified Organic while the rest is currently in transition to organic. In addition to our standard and free choice CSA shares, we also raise laying hens for Certified Organic, free range, brown eggs, and pasture different heritage breeds of hogs and broiler chickens. We are committed to serving our customers with high quality, nutrient dense produce, eggs, and meat products.
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Unique and colorful varieties of all kinds of delicious vegetables and herbs are something special we at Wild Beet Farm look forward to offering our community of food lovers! We offer weekly and bi-weekly CSA deliveries near our farm and a pick-up in Rogers Park on Sundays at the Glenwood Sunday Market. Our produce is Certified Naturally Grown and we use low till farming methods as well as lots of compost to promote beneficial microbes in our soil. We provide habitat for beneficial insects and use no synthetic fertilizers. Come join our community!
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Willow Ridge Organic Farm
The Wright Way Farm Beloit, WI 608-201-1000 thewrightwayfarm.com
Wauzeka, WI 608-306-0538 willowridgeorganicfarm.com Willow Ridge Organic Farm is a part of organic farming history. In 1974 as a beginning woman farmerâ€”a transplant from the city during the "Back to the Land Movement" and with children in towâ€”I had the opportunity to buy a farm, and have it Certified Organic. Studying therapeutic nutrition in the style of Adele Davis before my move, farming gave me the chance to grow nutrition. The local "old timers" were my mentors, generously sharing their farming knowledge so much in keeping with the values of organic farming. I've been farming organically in the mystical Driftless ever since.
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Certified Organic fruits and vegetables from our family-run farm. We offer healthy, delicious, and affordable produce for the whole season with our weekly shares.
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Look Inside to Learn About These Local CSA Farms 1 All Grass Farms 2 Angelic Organics 3 Artisan Harvest Farm 4 Avium Flowers 5 Beaver Creek Gardens CSA 6 Big Rock Organics at Lamb of God Farm 7 Bob's fresh & local 8 Bray Grove Farm 9 Brian Severson Farms/Quality Organic 10 Broad Branch Farm 11 Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA 12 Chicago Honey Co-op 13 Dierks Farms Grass-Fed Beef 14 Earth First Farms 15 Edgewood Farm Organics 16 Foxtrot Organic Farm 17 Fresh for Life Organics
18 Genesis Growers 19 Geneva Lakes Produce 20 Global Garden Refugee Training Farm 21 Granor Farm 22 Grateful Plains 23 Gray Farms 24 Green Acres Farm 25 Green Earth Institute 26 Harrison Market Gardens 27 Hidden Hive Flowers 28 JK and Ace Garden and Farm 29 Joe's Blueberries 30 Kings Hill Farm 31 Midnight Sun Farm 32 Mike & Clare's Farm 33 Mint Creek Farm 34 Nichols Farm & Orchard
35 Prairie Wind Family Farm 36 Radical Root Farm 37 Riemer Family Farm 38 Sandbox Organics 39 Sandhill Family Farms 40 Scotch Hill Farm 41 Three Plaid Farmers 42 Timberfeast 43 Tomato Mountain Farm 44 Trogg's Hollow 45 Turtle Creek Gardens 46 The Urban Canopy 47 Walnut Acres Family Farm 48 Wholesome Harvest 49 Wild Beet Farm 50 Willow Ridge Organic Farm 51 The Wright Way Farm
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