CSA Gaffe: City tries To Shut Down Simply Wisconsin CSA Dropsite

July 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm

In a Stew blog entry that’s quickly making the rounds today, it was reported that the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection was called to a CSA dropsite because it “mistakenly believed the family was selling the produce from their front porch,” and issued a cease-and-desist order to the family that hosted the Andersonville dropsite for Simply Wisconsin. The officer for the department apparently had never heard of a CSA when the order was issued.

After Alderman Gene Schulter’s office stepped in to explain to the department that the family was not selling the produce (for which they’d apparently need a license), the department shot back that, regardless, it was illegal for them to “warehouse” the CSA boxes at their home.

If your mouth is agape at the City’s attempt to stop the distribution of vegetables — yes, vegetables — to families who subscribe to this CSA, you’ll be relieved to know that they seemed to have done an about-face, and have since withdrawn the cease-and-desist order. Hopefully this ends this embarrassing episode for food regulation enforcement by the City of Chicago.



  1. Brian says:

    Yep. Richy and the Daley Crime Family has to always get its cut. They shake-down everybody. They shake-down property owners, they shake-down urban farmers, they shake-down musicians, and party organizers. People get their Greens mixed up when they repeat the misnomer “Green City.”

  2. Paul Soule says:

    The government (federal or local) owns our food system. They convert a zillion acres of corn and soy into a products that have either no rational economies or, are unrecognizable by our physical beings that we strive to keep nourished. They bathe our food in petroleum, taxes, bureaucracy, artificial subsidies and then shove it into a processing/distribution system that is as corrupt as it is filthy. It seems simple at this point. We can either speak as a united people and tell the government to stay off of our dinner plate or our true nourishment, sovereignty and land will be lost to us forever.

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