The Local Beet’s Fall & Winter CSA Guide — Updated for 2011-2012
Yes, there’s such a thing! And, for many of the CSAs, it’s not too late to sign up — even if you did not sign up for a summer share. With the cold weather coming, it’s also a great opportunity to sign up for a meat CSA (denoted below).
Here is The Local Beet’s running list of Fall and Winter CSAs:
Broad Branch Farm
An 8-acre organic (not certified) farm located in central Illinois. No chemical fertilizers, soil amendments, herbicides or pesticides are used.
Length of season/ # of deliveries: Two deliveries. Choice of vegetable, egg and meat shares.
Pickup locations: Central Illinois locations plus Naperville.
C&D Family Farms
Indiana farm that raises hogs in their natural environment on pasture and in wooded areas where they graze on pasture or eat leaves, weeds, berries and acorns from their large wooded pens.
Length of season: Year-round in 3, 6, or 12-month increments.
What you can expect: Two share options available, and include various cuts of pork, beef, chicken and eggs.
Pickup locations: Lincoln Square, Andersonville, Hyde Park, Beverly, North Center, Northbrook, Division Street, and the farm.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.cdfamilyfarms.com/Home
Cedar Valley Farm
Ottawa, IL farm raising animals without drugs or hormones, in a healthy and sustainable environment.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Sign up anytime for 3 month, 6 month, or full year shares. Deliveries are monthly.
What you can expect to get: Various cuts of beef, pork, and chicken, plus two dozen eggs per month.
Pickup locations: Several north side Chicago neighborhoods, plus Naperville, Oak Park, and Oak Lawn.
Crème De La Crop
Organic food production farm in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Twice weekly storage harvest shares in November and December. Two different-sized shares.
What you can expect to get: A variety of winter squash, potatoes, onion and garlic.
Pickup: Various points in Valparaiso, Indiana, and LaPorte and Lake Counties in Indiana.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.cremedelacrop.com/
Environmentally-friendly producers of naturally-grown (no pesticides or herbicides) produce, herbs, fruit and flowers near Geneva, Illinois.
Length of season/# of deliveries: 7 weeks of a 3/4 bushel box of fall produce beginning the week of October 24th.
What you can expect to get: A variety of that includes eggs, winter squash, pumpkins, carrots, radishes, broccoli, cabbage, kale and much more.
Pickup Locations: Farm, Elgin and Wheaton.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.erehwonfarm.com/index.html
[Pork & Grass-fed Beef Shares]
20 acres dedicated to their vegetable and meat CSAs. Land used for managed grazing of pastured livestock that includes Polled Herefords, hogs, turkeys, chicken, and pet Sebastopol geese.
Length of season/ # of deliveries: One delivery in November of a half or full share of pork.
What you can expect to get: A full share is 240 pounds, and a half share is 120 pounds.
Pickup locations: Please contact the farm for pick-up information.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.freedomorganix.com/index.html
20 acres in fertile north-central Illinois using natural methods: no pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer.
Length of season/ # of deliveries: Fall share starts in November and lasts six weeks plus one storage box. Medium and Large shares available.
What you can expect to get: Seasonal vegetables rounded out with in-season fruits and herbs. Egg shares are available for separate purchase.
Pickup locations: Several locations on Chicago’s north side as well as Hyde Park. Suburban locations include Forest Park, Highland Park, Mokena, Oak Lawn, Oak Park, Park Forest, Arlington Heights, Skokie and Wheaton. Please contact the farm for a dropsite near you, as many more drop sites are likely to be available.
How to sign up or get more information: www.genesis-growers.com/howtobuy.htm or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Grass Is Greener Gardens
Nestled in the valleys of Southwestern Wisconsin, they use sustainable and organic methods, and raise lamb, chicken, eggs, produce, herbs and cut flowers. All animals are pastured.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Deliveries begin in November and go through April. Small, medium and large shares are available.
What you can expect to get: A varying rotation of chicken, bacon, pork roast, steaks, ground meat and lamb.
Dropsites: Pickup available on designated days in Chicago (Lakeview, Hyde Park), Oak Park, Evanston and Beloit, Wisconsin.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.grassisgreenergardens.com/CSA.html
Growing Home provides job training for homeless and low-income individuals in Chicago through a social enterprise business based on organic agriculture. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of their produce are used for their training program and upkeep of their farm sites.
Length of season/ # of deliveries: Fall shares run from October 10 through October 31, 2011.
What you can expect to get: In addition to late season peppers, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, rutabaga, and onions, the fall share will include hearty cold-weather favorites such as winter squash, as well as arugula and spinach.
Pickup locations: Les Brown Memorial Farm (Marseilles, IL), Joliet Junior College, Green City Market and Logan Square.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.growinghomeinc.org/csa2010/
A community-based urban farm that started in Milwaukee and is now a cooperative including other urban farms in the region.
Length of season/ # of deliveries: The “Market Basket” is a cross between a mobile grocery store and a CSA. You place an order for a weekly pickup. You can do this any time you like, with no seasonal commitment.
What you can expect to get: Late season produce including greens, root vegetables, and seasonal fruit. The majority of produce for the fall share will come from Growing Power’s farms and The Rainbow Farmers’ Cooperative, a collective of small, family-owned farms. During winter months, some produce may also be sourced from small-scale, locally owned wholesalers such as Goodness Greeness.
Pickup locations: Delivering to neighborhood sites in Beverly, Bridgeport, downtown Chicago, Englewood, West Garfield Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, and Wicker Park.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.growingpower.org/market_baskets.htm or call 773.347.1374 to leave a message on the hot-line. You can also email the market basket coordinator at email@example.com.
Iron Creek Farm
Certified organic farm in Southwest Michigan offering produce CSAs.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Winter share runs from October 16 through December 10 (they will prorate for late signups).
What you can expect to get: A large variety of potatoes, onions, leeks,celery,carrots, beets, broccoli, lettuce and more.
Pickup locations: Delivery to several locations in Chicago, Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Please contact the farm directly for details.
How to sign up or get more information: http://ironcreekfarm.com/default.aspx
Majestic Nursery & Farm
Certified Naturally Grown farm in Millbrook, Illiniois offering seasonal produce CSAs.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Fall share runs from November 1st through December 17.
What you can expect to get: Two share sizes — single or double.
Pickup locations: Green City Market, Logan Square, Yorktown Mall (Lombard), farm
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.majesticnursery.com/csa.html
Marr’s Valley/Country Haven Farm
Marr’s Valley is a 580-acre Black Angus Beef Farm that has been in the Marr family since 1874, and works with Country Haven Farm, another family farm in Southeast Wisconsin.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Monthly deliveries begin in November for six-month share. Three share sizes.
What you can expect to get: Poultry, black angus beef, pork, lamb and eggs (cooperates with Marr’s Valley View Farms in nearby Mineral Point, WI for black angus beef and pork).
Pickup: Pickup @ farm, and in Franklin, Milwaukee West, River Hills, Shorewood, WI.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.countryhavenfarm.net/Lamb.html
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.countryhavenfarm.net/Lamb.html
Nature’s Choice Farm
Family-owned farm located 35 miles south of Chicago raising grass-fed beef, and pasture-raised pork, poultry and eggs.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Year-round CSA available with 3-month shares.
What you can expect to get: Each share will include 5 lbs. of pork, beef and chicken each month. Egg option available. Kosher option available with 10 lbs. of chicken and 5 lbs. beef.
Pickup locations: Pickup at farm in Grant Park, Illinois, or in Frankfort or Bolingbrook.
How to sign up or get more information: http://natureschoicefarm.com/home.html
Scotch Hill Farm
Family farm that grows NCIS-certified organic produce and flowers in Wisconsin.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Two large deliveries in early and late November.
What you can expect to get: A large variety of fall vegetables such as potatoes, onions, leeks, celery, carrots, beets, broccoli, lettuce and more.
Pickup locations: Delivery to the Des Plaines and Lake Forest Oases, Oak Park, West Town (Swim Cafe), Andersonville, and Ravenswood.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.scotchhillfarm.com/csasignup.html
Tomato Mountain Farm
Nestled in the foothills of Brooklyn, Wisconsin, twelve acres produce organic fruits and vegetables.
Length of season/# of deliveries: 10 weeks beginning in October through mid-December (farm will prorate). Large and small shares available.
What you can expect to get: A variety of cabbage, carrots, garlic, greens, herbs, kale, potatoes, spinach, winter squash, and more.
Home Delivery/Dropsites: Tomato Mountain focuses on home delivery, but drop sites are available in Chicago Loop/North, Evanston/Skokie, and Chicago South & South/West/NW Suburbs and & other North Shore Suburbs.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.tomatomountain.com/index.html
USDA-Certified Organic farm in Putnam, Illinois that raises grass-fed Scottish Highland/Black Angus cross cattle; beef sold by halves and quarters.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Year-round CSA with monthly deliveries.
What you can expect to get: Two share sizes — 1/2 or whole cow. Each month you will receive 10-12 lbs. for 1/2 cow, or 20-24 for whole cow.
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.trailsendorganicfarm.com/
Farm in Walnut, Illinois that offers meat free of antibiotics, hormones & animal by-products.
Length of season/# of deliveries: Year-round CSA with monthly or semi-monthly deliveries.
What you can expect to get: Meat (Range-fed beef, chicken, pork, turkey, eggs). Minimum 3-month commitment.
Pickup locations: Farm, St. Charles, Ottawa, Streator, Yorkville, Naperville
How to sign up or get more information: http://www.walnut4meat.com/
Non-CSAs that offer local winter produce boxes:
Green Grocer: Offers a box of locally-sourced Fall produce through December 24. Contact Green Grocer for details. http://greengrocerchicago.com/subscribe.php
Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks: Year-round home delivery of local and organic produce, meat, dairy and eggs. No subscription required. www.freshpicks.com
New Leaf Natural Grocery: Produce boxes available year-round for delivery. www.newleafnatural.net
If we have missed anyone, please contact us.