2012 CSA Guide

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February 27, 2012 at 5:59 pm

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2012: The Local Beet is pleased to provide this CSA Guide as a service to farms and consumers. With almost 90 farms listed, we believe it is the most comprehensive CSA Guide for Chicagoland. In 2012, we have begun the process of expanding the Guide to include farms in Illinois outside of Chicagoland, as well as in Southeast Wisconsin, Northern Indiana, and Southwest Michigan.

To assist users with the size and breadth of this Guide, we have made it completely searchable and sortable. The search box in the upper right-hand corner of the Guide may be used to narrow down the farms by typing in key words.  For example, by entering the name of a specific town, nearby towns, or Chicago neighborhood, the Guide will list only farms delivering to those areas. Be on the lookout for honest-to-goodness urban farms — in 2012, we have more farms than ever actually located within the city limits of Chicago.

The search box may also be used to find farms offering unique services or goods (such as, “certified organic”, “eggs”, “poultry”, etc.).  Each column may be sorted alphabetically by clicking the arrows in the header of each column. Finally, we have denoted new farms that are making their debut in our Guide.

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2012 CSA Listings

Name/Location/WebsiteType of CSAType of Farm or FarmingType of Shares & CostDelivery or Pickup?How often?Length of SeasonExtra Products/InformationSold out or close to sold out
Angelic Organics
Caledonia, IL
web site
Vegetable & some fruit (Balanced selection of 12-16 vegetables per week & melons)Biodynamic approach to organic farming20-week $680
12-week $430
1/2 share (every other week) $360

All shares 3/4 bushel
Pickup @ farm, or in Rockford, Elgin, Arlington Heights, Deerfield, Downer's Grove, Geneva, Highland Park, Wheaton, Westmont, Wilmette, Winnetka, Oak Park (2 sites), Edison Park/Park Ridge, Elmhurst, LaGrange, Evanston (2 sites), and in Chicago, Rogers Park, Andersonville/Edgewater, Uptown/Ravenswood, Ravenswood Manor, Irving Park, St. Benedict's, Logan Square, Bucktown, Wicker Park, Hyde Park (2 sites), Lincoln Park & LakeviewWeekly (20 or 12-week shares)

Bi-weekly (1/2 share)
Mid-June through mid-Oct. (for 20 week or 1/2 shares); mid-Aug. – mid-Oct. (for 12 week share)Fruit shares extra; Winter CSA extraClose to selling out
Beaver Creek Gardens
Poplar Grove, IL
web site
Fruits & vegetables

Eggs
Mission is to reduce carbon footprint; harvests own seeds, grows own inputs, and cycles according to nature20-week $595

10-week $320
(3/4 bushel)
Pickup @ farm or in Crystal LakeWeekly (20-week)

Bi-weekly (10-week)
Jun-OctEgg CSA extra (year-round)

Flower CSA available
Available (100 shares maximum)
Big Head Farm
South Haven, MI
web site
Vegetables, herbs & flowers, *NEW FOR 2011: Fruit shares, Egg sharesFormer Chicagoans growing organic produce on property previously used only for huntingFull $500 (bushel)

Half $275 (1/2 bushel)

Solo $150 (1/4 bushel)

Pickup in Chicago (Lakeview/Southport Farmer's Market) & South Haven, MI

Home delivery available
WeeklyJune-OctFruit: Full share $162.50/year; Half share $81.25/year, includes 10# (full) or 5# (half) tree fruits from area growers every other week

Egg: Full share $110/yr, Half share $55/year, includes 1 doz eggs either weekly (full) or biweekly (half)
Available
Black Earth Meats
Black Earth, WI
website
Offers USDA Certified Organic, grass-fed beef & porkUSDA-certified processing facility with 3rd-party certification for humane handling Buyer's Club has 3 options:

Grandpa's Way (non-CAFO raised, no sub-therapeutic antibiotics, no animal by-products in feed, grain or corn finished), grass-fed, or organic

$50 or $75 monthly; 3-month commitment
Pickup Middleton, Fitchburg, Madison, Horeb, WIMonthlyYear-roundOffers online retail productsAvailable
*New!* Blackberry Creek Farm
Sugar Grove, IL
Local Harvest page
Vegetables2012 is first full season. Rebirth of the Conrad Family Farm in Fox Valley. Practicing sustainability, proper practices, free of synthetic herbicides and pesticides.Averages $30/week. Contact farm for more details.Contact farm for more details.WeeklyContact farm for more details.Contact farm for more details.150 shares available.
Bob's Fresh and Local
St. Charles, IL
web site
Vegetables and herbs Produce grown using organic practices, including only organic fertilizer and pesticides20-week $640 ($615 before 3/1) -- feeds 4+ people

18-week $580 ($560 before 3/1) --feeds 4+ people

10-week (biweekly) $405 ($385 before 3/1) -- feeds 1-2 people
Pickup likely to be at farm, Wheaton, Elmhurst and North Aurora. Contact farm for more details.Weekly (20- or 18-weeks)

Biweekly (10-week)
June-Oct.Fruit share or Holiday shares availableAvailable
*New!* Bountiful Blessings
Hinckley, IL
Local Harvest page
VegetablesSubscription vegetable program delivers to your home & includes a wide variety of vegetables.20 weeks $900 (feeds family of four)

1/2 basket $450 (feeds 2 people)
Home delivery to Hinckley, Big Rock, Waterman, & ShabbonaWeekly20 weeks (June-Oct.)NoneSome shares still available
Broad Branch Farm
Wyoming, IL
web site
Separate vegetable, meat, egg and fall sharesOrganicFull $556

Half $307

Pickup @ the farm or in Peoria, Peoria Heights & NapervilleFull share is 22 weeks

Half-share is biweekly for 11 weeks
June-Oct.

Egg & Meat shares available

Fall shares also available for 2 weeks in Nov.
Available
Bumblebee Acres Farm
Harvard, IL
web site
Fruit & vegetables, Wool/Yarn No chemical pesticides or commercial fertilizers10 weeks $200

1/2 shares available
Pickup @ Woodstock Farmer’s Market by "shopping" their booth & selecting what you'd likeWeekly June - Aug.Wood/yarn CSA extraSmall farm - only 12 shares available
C&D Family Farms
Indiana
web site
Meat (Pork)

Partners with other farms for beef, poultry and eggs
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. Hogs are very social animals and are kept in droves so they can socialize and prosper. Four options based on 3 or 6 month shares ranging in price from $210 to $900, depeding upon the quantity & variety of meatPickup in Lincoln Square, Andersonville, Hyde Park, Division St./Gold Coast, Evanston, Beverly & North CenterMonthly3 or 6 monthsContact farm for additional meat productsAvailable year-round
Cedar Valley Farm
Ottawa, IL
web site
Meat & eggs (Various cuts of beef, pork & chicken + 2 dozen eggs)Raising animals without hormones or drugs in sustainable environment3 months $285
6 months $550
Full year $1080
Pickup @ several north side locations, Naperville, Oak Park & Oak LawnMonthly or bimonthly for small householdsYear-roundNoneAvailable
City Farm
Chicago, IL
web site
Vegetables; frozen baby food share available Located at Clybourn & Division, City Farm is an urban farm project of the Resource Center, a Chicago non-profit dedicated to resuse and recyclingFull share (grocery bag) -- feeds small family or 2-3 adults $550

"Peak season" share (Every week for 12 weeks) $300
Pickup at Farm in Chicago (Diversey/Clybourn)Full share is 22 weeks

Peak season share is weekly for 12 weeks
Mid-May through end of October (full share)

July-mid-Sept. (Peak season share -- includes lots of peppers & tomatoes)
Frozen baby food share availableAvailable
City Provisions (A)
Chicago, IL
web site
Meat Local butcher/specialty delicatessen in Ravenswood neighborhood that works directly with local farmsTen weeks ( 5 deliveries biweekly) $1000+tax includes variety of Dietzler steaks, house-cured bacon, lamb chops, Cook's bison ribeyes, homemade sausages, pâtés, terrines and deli meatsPickup at the storeBiweekly10 weeks beginning March 18th through May 20, 2011NoneAvailable immediately
*New!* Common Roots Sustainable Farm
Burlington, WI
website
Vegetables

Compost Program! Will pick up your food scraps to be composted on the farm.
Small, sustainable farm operating on 2 acres by husband-wife teamFamily $500 (about 10 different vegetables)

Foodie $650 (about 14 different vegetables)

Fun $250 (about 5 vegetables; good for single eaters)
Pickup in Evanston or Burlington, WIWeekly20 weeks (June-Oct.)NoneEVANSTON CSA IS SOLD OUT
Crème de la Crop
Porter, IN
web site
Vegetables, herbs & edible flowers

Certified Organic (200 types of unique heirloom varieties);
“Standard Market” plan gets more common market vegetables
“Epicurean” gets everything they grow
Standard $645 (Full) $330 (Half)

Epicurean -- includes more "exotic" produce $810 (Full) $415 (Half)

Pickup @ Farm, or locations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, & Chesterton, INWeekly18 weeks (end of June-Oct.)Fruit CSA available

Winter vegetable & fruit CSA shares available
Available
Dea Dia Organics
Grayslake, IL
web site
**Partnering with Sandhill Organics. See Sandhill Organic's entry for more information.
Earth and Skye Farm
Manhattan, IL
Local Harvest page
Vegetables & herbsEnvironmentally and sustainable methods of farming$375 (contains 5-10 items)Pickup @ the farm or in Orland ParkWeekly for 20 weeks June – Oct.Request that you volunteer 6 hours minimum to working on farm per seasonAvailable -- limited to 30 members
Earth First Farms
Berrien Center, MI
web site
ApplesCertified organic farming on 60 acres encompassing 4500 fruit-bearing apple trees 10-lb. bag (1 peck) apples (Nov. share includes cider) $85Pickup @ farm or in Chicago @ the following markets: Edgewater, Green City, Logan Square, Glenwood, Lincoln Square, Hideout, or in Palatine, Lake Bluff, Woodridge, South Bend, IN or Berrien Springs, MIBiweekly (6 shares)Mid-August-Halloween & one November pickup that includes cider & baking applesDiscounted rates on cider or apple butterAvailable
Earth Harvest Farm *2012 information not yet available*
Lake Geneva, WI
web site
VegetablesCertified Naturally GrownFull weekly share $480

Every other week $240
Pickup @ farm or Mundelein Weekly18 weeks beginning in mid-JunePasture-raised beef and Michigan fruit extraAvailable
Edible Alchemy Foods Co-op (A)
Chicago, IL
web site
Fruits & vegetablesFood Co-op that organizes an all-organic or sustainably-grown produce share every other weekNo commitment

$20 Produce share (2 eaters/paper grocery bag)

$10 Fruit share

$33 Hive share
Pickup in Pilsen, Lakeview, River North/Gold Coast or Logan Square or Delivery for $5 Bi-WeeklyShares begin in MayNoneAvailable
Erehwon Farm
Elburn, IL
web site
Vegetables (6-10 kinds)

2-week trial available
No chemical herbicides or pesticides; sustainable growing practices.Full (1/2-3/4 bushel) $600 ($575 before 3/1) --feeds 3-4 moderate vegetable eatersPickup @ Wheaton, Elgin, Bartlett, Lombard & Logan SquareWeekly20 weeks (mid-June – mid-Oct.)Spring & fall shares available Available
Elizabeth & Mary's Potting Bench *2012 information not yet available*
Crystal Lake, IL
web site
Vegetables, small fruit, cut flowers & herbsUses intensive planting techniques, square-foot gardening & greenhouses to grow in smaller spacesFull $200

Half $100
Pickup @ Woodstock Farmer's MarketWeeklyEnd of June-early Sept.NoneAvailable
Esther's Place/Lamb of God Farm
Big Rock, IL
Local Harvest page
Vegetables and fruit

Wool, soaps, lotions and balms
Embraces Christian principles in the spirit, character and depth of agrarian living$45/week for 20 wekks

$45/week for 10 weeks includes "value added products" such as naturally raised meat, dairy, cheese, eggs, flowers, balms, soaps, fibers, canned items, flour, & bread from local farms and businesses they support

Half share (1/2 box) $500 for 20 weeks
Pickup in Wheaton, Big Rock, Aurora, St. Charles and Oswego Weekly June-Oct.Wool, soaps, lotions and balms extra40 shares available
Fair Share *2012 information not yet available*
Harvard, IL
web site
VegetablesSmall, sustainable farm$395 for share (grocery bag)Pickup in Cary, Barrington, Arlington Heights, Palatine, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and in Chicago, Elston/Central, Loyola and Jefferson Park, and Illinois Tollway Oases in Lake Forest, O'Hare, and Des PlainesWeeklyJune-Oct.NoneAvailable
Farmer Tom's CSA (A)
web site
Vegetables & FruitPurchases produce from several growers that use organic methods.

Operates differently than traditional CSA - you pay upfront membership fee and then order produce when you want -- no commitment
$70 upfront membership fee & produce is paid for weekly (skipping weeks is permitted).

$37/week for 1-1/9th bushel (2 large grocery bags)

$27/week for 5/9-3/4 bushel (about 1 large grocery bag)
Pickup in Edgewater, Oak Park, Lombard, Woodlawn, Lakeview/Southport, Logan Square, Gold Coast, Evanston, Bucktown, Pilsen, Wicker Park, South Loop, River North, North Park & Lincoln Park

Home delivery available to some areas
WeeklyYear-round (July-Oct, produce is local; from Nov-June, produce is selected from other nonlocal growers)Fruit share is additional $22/order Available
Fat Blossom Farm
Allegan, MI
web site
VegetablesCertified USDA OrganicLarge $550
Small $300

Pickup @ locations in Chicago (Beverly, Rogers Park & South Loop) & Southwest Michigan (Allegan, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids & Holland)Weekly20 weeks (Jun-Oct)Certified organic flowers availableAvailable
Four Friends Farm
Hebron, IL
web site
VegetablesUses only organically-approved seeds, farms sustainably without the use of synthetic chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers (not organic)Full (1 bushel) $630

Half (2 people) $390

Single (peck) $240

Community (donates to food pantry) $100

Worker share -- call for details

Pickup @ farm in Woodstock, or in Batavia, Buffalo Grove, Crystal Lake or Rogers Park Weekly20 weeks (Jun-Oct)NoneAvailable
Freedom Organix
Harvard, IL
web site
Vegetables, herbs & flowers, eggs

Less expensive U-pick option available
Sustainable farm growing vegetables and raising chickens, geese and cowsSpring $125

U-Pick on farm $425 (w/eggs, $515)

Full Vegetable share $560 (w/eggs $670)

Half Vegetable share $340 (w/eggs, $395)

Harvest $110 (w/eggs, $135)
Pick up box @ farm in Harvard, or in Cary, Lake Geneva/Delavan, WI, Woodstock, Barrington, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Chicago North (Elston/Central), Rogers Park, & Irving ParkSpring & Full shares -- weekly

Half -- Biweekly

Harvest -- 2 deliveries
Spring share is 4 weeks beginning in May, Full share is 18 weeks beginning in JuneEggs, chickens, & heritage turkeys available; option to purchase grass-fed beefAvailable
Genesis Growers
St. Anne, IL
web site
Vegetables, eggs, fruits & herbsUses natural methods, no pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilizer.

Available yearly or by season

Shares available: Medium (20% larger than paper grocery bag) & Large (60% more than paper grocery bag)
Spring $125 (medium); $225 (large)

Summer $650 (medium); $1200 (large)

Fall $200 (medium); $350 (large)

Medium 3-season share $887

Large 3-season share $1600
Pickup @ Green City Market or in Chicago - downtown (Chicago Farmstand), Andersonville, Edison Park, Old Irving Park, West Town, West Rogers Park, North Center, Bridgeport & Hyde Park, or in Burbank, Downer's Grove, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Forest Park, Highland Park, Homewood, Joliet, Lake Bluff, Lake Zurich, Mokena, Naperville, Oak Park, Palatine/Arlington Heights, Riverside, Skokie, St. Anne, & Wheaton

Northwest Suburbs: Contact farm for home delivery $5.00
Weekly9 months (Apr. – Dec.) or by season: Apr. & May (Spring); June-Oct (Summer); Oct-Dec. (Fall) Egg & chicken shares available for extraAvailable
Gentleman Farmer
Barrington, IL
web site
Vegetables

Eggs
Practices organic methods (no pesitcides or herbicides)Weekly $595 (6-10 vegetables for families)

Biweekly $325
Pickup @ farm in Barrington, Norton's USA in Barrington Village, and Logan Square Farmer's MarketWeekly or biweekly20 weeks (Jun-Oct) for full share

10 weeks for half share
Eggs extraAvailable
Gibbs Family Garden *2012 information not yet available*
Plymouth, WI
website
Vegetable“Certified Naturally Grown” organic (no synthetic pesticides or chemicals)Biweekly share (approx. 3/4 bushel) $425/IL residents; $390/WI residents

1 doz. eggs biweekly $44
Pickup @ Good Earth Greenhouse in River Forest, IL *Seeking residential dropsites in River Forest, Oak Park, LaGrange, Riverside, and Elmhurst*BiweeklyJune through NovemberEggs available for extraAvailable
Granor Farms
Three Oaks, MI

website
Vegetables and fruitProduces over 42 varieties of produce & draws on historical and modern practices to enhance land’s ecology Full $700 (weekly)

Half $360 (biweekly)
Pick up in Lincoln Park, Green City Market, Lincoln Square, Logan Square and North Shore (TBD); Hobart & South Bend, IN; Three Oaks & New Buffalo, MIWeekly or biweekly 20 weeks (June -Oct.)NoneAvailable
Grass Is Greener Gardens (A)
Beloit, WI
website
Meat & Poultry

Produce
Aggregating 4 different producers in Southwest that raise free range, grass & grain fed meat & poultry

Also offers a produce CSA with USDA Certified Organic produce, wild crops and greenhouse stock (GIGG produces about 75% for their produce CSA; remainder is from partner farms that grow according to organic standards, but are not certified)
Produce -- 15% discount before 3/1:
Small $320 (feeds 1-2 people, fills about 3/4 of milk crate)

Large $490 (feeds 2+, fills milk crate)

Storage share (1 delivery) $120

Meat & Poultry:

Small $495 (3/4 paper grocery bag)

Medium $625 (paper grocery bag)

Large $785 (1-1/2 grocery bag)

Poultry only $390
Pickup, Produce: Lakeview, Green City Market, Pilsen, Evanston, Northbrook & Oak Park. Pickups in Beloit & Monroe, WI receive 10% discount.

Pickup, Meat: Beloit, Bridgeport, Lakeview, Evanston, Hyde Park, Oak Park, & Beloit, WI.
Meat: Monthly

Produce: Weekly
Year round for meat

June-Oct. for produce
Pickle, jam and egg shares extraAvailable
Grassroots Farm
Monroe, WI
website
Vegetables, fruit & cut flowers

Bread
USDA Certified Organic

Mother-daughter operation using minimal machinery to farm 40 acres as it would be done 100 years ago.
Spring $150; w/bread

Summer $540 (5/9th bushel)

Fall $204

**Prices vary for Madison & Monroe, WI contact farm for details
Pickup in Andersonville, Loop, Northwest Suburbs (TBD) or Madison or Monroe, WIWeeklySpring -- 5 weeks

Summer -- 18 weeks

Fall -- 6 weeks
Bread add-on availableOnly 40 shares available
*New!* Great River
Quincy, IL
website
Vegetables

Eggs

Chickens
Great River is a conglomeration of Terripin Farm, Feiner Gardens, and Grassy Hill Farm.Full Vegetable $450 (feeds family of 4)

Half Vegetable $340

Summer Chicken $8.75/chicken every other week

Summer Egg $54/18 dozen eggs

Winter Chicken $99/2 chickens per month
Pickup in Quincy, ILWeekly for Vegetable

Biweekly for Egg & Chicken shares
18 weeks (June-Sept.)Turkeys available near ThanksgivingAvailable
Green Acres Farm *2012 information not yet available*
North Judson, IN
website
Vegetables70-year old family farm started by Japanese immigrants in its third generation and growing Certified Naturally Grown organic vegetables2-person $550

Family $990
Pickup @ Green City Market & Evanston Farmer's MarketWeekly22 weeks beginning June 1stNoneAvailable
Green Earth Farm
Richmond, IL
website
Vegetables (100 different varieties)

Chickens, eggs, turkeys, geese & ducks
“Certified Naturally Grown” organicFull $475 (box --feeds family of 4)

Half $300 (1/2 box --feeds 2)
Pickup @ farm in Richmond, IL. Weekly16 weeks (June-Oct.)Free range eggs & poultry available for extra

Turkeys available in Nov. & Dec.
Available
Green Earth Institute
South Naperville, IL
website
Vegetable & herbUSDA certified organic, nonprofit operated by The Conservation Foundation, promoting health & environmental sustainabilitySpring: SOLD OUT!

Main Season: Weekly, $681.73 (3/4 bushel); Biweekly, $366.30 (3/4 bushel)

Late Fall $142.45
Pickup @ farm in South Naperville, IL onlyWeekly or BiweeklySpring (4 weeks)

Main (20 weeks – Jun-Nov.)

Late Fall (4 weeks – Nov.)
NoneSummer & Late Fall shares available
Green Grocer (A)
Chicago, IL (West Town)
website
Vegetables and some specialty itemsSmall store specializing in local and organic food sources that puts together a weekly box of organic and/or local foods (not all foods are local) $17/week for single share

$29/week for double share
Pickup at store, home delivery available in a limited areaWeeklyYear-roundNoneAvailable
Growing Home
Chicago, IL
website
Vegetables & herbs

Shares suited to smaller households
USDA certified organic. CSA shares of urban Chicago Farms support nonprofit transitional job programSpring (5/9th bushel) Prices vary between $150-160 depending on pickup location)

Summer: Full $460-500 (5/9th bushel) or Individual $270-310 (tote bag) Prices vary depending upon pickup location

Fall: Full $160-170 (5/9th bushel) or Individual $90-100 (tote bag) Prices vary depending on pickup location

Spring Pickup @ Joliet, Marseilles, Green City Market, Logan Square Market

Summer Pickup @ Bucktown, Edgewater, Evanston, Green City Market, Marseilles, Logan Square, Joliet, Lakeview

Fall Pickup @ Green City Market, Logan Square, Joliet & Marseilles
WeeklySpring (5 weeks May-June)

Summer (15 weeks June-Sept.)

Fall (5 weeks from mid-Sept.-Nov.)
Eggs extra -- SPRING & SUMMER EGG SHARES ARE SOLD OUT.Available
Growing Power (A)
Farm Co-op in Wisconsin
website
Vegetables, Fruit* (*During colder months, non-local produce will be sourced from small wholesalers like Goodness Greeness)Part of a cooperative that includes farms in Milwaukee region and urban farms in ChicagoMarket Basket Program is a cross between a mobile grocery store & CSA.

Place order weekly
Regular $17
Junior $9
Sustainable $28
Fruit $17
Pickup in Beverly, Bridgeport, downtown Chicago, Englewood, West Garfield Park, Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Oak Park, & Wicker Park Weekly Spring, summer & fallSome meat available for extraAvailable
*New!* Harrison Market Gardens
Winnebago, IL
website
VegetablesCertified Naturally Grown produce.Full $595 (feeds 3-4)

Biweekly $325 (feeds 1-2)

Bonus monthly U-pick of popular crops
Pickup @ farm in Winnebago, Rockton, or Machesney ParkWeekly or BiweeklySummerNoneAvailable
Harvest Moon Farms
West Central Wisconsin
website
Vegetables & fruit or meat (seasonal, organic, and heirloom vegetables along with available herbs and fruit), eggsCertified OrganicRegular (feeds 1-2 people) $593.05

Double (feeds 2-4 people) $915.14

10-week $383.44
Pickup in Palatine, Glenview, South Loop/UIC, Downtown/Loop, Wicker Park, West Town, Roscoe Village, Wrigleyville, Lincoln Square & EdgewaterWeekly or Biweely for the 10 week share20 weeks (Mid-June – mid-Oct.) or 10 weeks for the 10-week shareCheese and Winter CSA extra

Eggs $112.48/doz. per week; $56.24/half doz. per week

Juicer share (weekly bag of bent & dent vegetables) $306.75
Available
Healthy Food Hub (A)
Chicago, IL
website
Vegetables"Consumer-operated," holistically-focused cooperative run through the Holistic Family Medicine Healthy Lifestyle & Prevention Chicago that uses collective buying power to purchase organic produce$25 annual membership fee, pre-pay orders for produceContact collective for more detailsContact collective for more detailsContact collective for more detailsContact collective for more detailsAvailable
Heritage Prairie Farm
Elburn, IL
web site
VegetablesDedicated to "Four Season Farming," in which the farm produces food during all four seasons through use of hoophousesFull: $825 for dropoff sites or $775 for farm pickup

Half $475 for dropoff sites or $450 for farm pickup
Pickup @ farm in Elburn or Green City Market, Naperville

Home delivery available
Weekly (Full) or Biweekly (Half)25 weeks (June-Nov. + 2 holiday boxes)Farm-produced honey & honey bee products extraAvailable
*New!* Holloman Produce Farm
Hanover, IL
website
VegetablesDedicated to farming with organic methodsHarvest share $330

Standard share minus 1 box opt-out $297
Pickup @ farm in Hanover, Mount Prospect, Freeport, Hoffman EstatesBiweekly 10 weeks (June-Oct.)NoneOnly 20 shares available
Iron Creek Farm
LaPorte, IN
website
Vegetables & small fruits (over 100 varieties)Certified OrganicStandard $570 (one grocery bag)

Large Share $850 (box)

Small $380 (1/2 grocery bag)

Fall/Winter $280
Summer Pickup @ farm in Laporte, IN, or Green City Market (Chicago), Andersonville, downtown Chicago, Oak Park, Wicker Park, Logan Square, Evanston

Winter Pickup @ Green City Market, downtown Chicago, Logan Square or the farm in Laporte, IN
WeeklyStandard & Large shares run from Jun-Oct

Winter runs from Oct-Dec.
NoneLimited shares available
Irv & Shelly’s Fresh Picks (A)
Chicago, IL
web site
Vegetables, meat, dairy & eggsSources from local & organic Chicago-area farms.* (*During the winter, the box is supplemented with produce from outside the region.)Fresh Picks Box: Single ($18), Double ($25) or Family-sized ($40)Home delivery. ($5.50 shipping & handling fee.)Weekly or Bi-weeklyYear-round.Boxes contain produce but can be customized to include non-produce itemsAvailable
King’s Hill Farm
Mineral Point, WI
website
Vegetables, Duck & Hen EggsEmbraces ideology of Permaculture. Grows without pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or GMOs. “Crops are raised from the earth, naturally, in harmony with the seasons.”Full $400

Summer $240
Pickup @ Green City Market, downtown Chicago, Gold Coast, Independence Park, South Loop, Glencoe @ Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake Bluff, Rogers Park, Oak Park, Palatine, Wilmette & various locations in WisconsinWeekly Jun-Oct for Full season

Aug-Oct for Summer season
Duck eggs extraAvailable
Lake Breeze Organics
Benton Heights, MI
website
Vegetables & fruitCertified organic with emphasis on hard-to-find crops & Jersey blueberriesFull $550
Half $300
Pickup in Evanston & EdgewaterWeekly (full)

Biweekly (half)
June-SeptNoneLimited shares available
Linda's Organical Farm *2012 information not yet available*
Union, IL
web site
Vegetables, fruit & SpicesOrganically grown.

Customizable to your needs & wants. Delivery available on weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.
Full $250

Half $125

Optional custom packages available
Pickup @ farm

Delivery options avalalbe
Weekly or BiweeklyJune-OctFruit & nut trees availableAvailable
M’s Organic Farm
Woodstock, IL
web site
Vegetables, herbs, granola, eggsOrganic veggies, free-range eggsFull $450; With eggs $480

Half $260; With eggs $290
Pickup @ farm in WoodstockWeekly18 weeks (Jun-Oct)Eggs, plant-based soaps extraAlmost sold out
Majestic Nursery & Farm
Millbrook, IL
website
Vegetables, herbsSustainable and environmentally responsible homestead that grows Certified Naturally Grown produce, annuals and herbs5% discount before 2/29/2012!

3-season $704 (single) $1024 (double)

Spring $110 (single) $160 (double)

Summer $440 (single) $640 (double)

Fall $154 (single) $224 (double)

Single share is about 3/4 of paper grocery bag

Double is 1-1/2 of paper grocery bag
Pickup @ farm in Millbrook, IL, Green City Market, Logan Square Market, Plainfield, Naperville/Bolingbrook/OswegoWeekly3-season: May-Dec

Spring: May-June

Summer: June-Oct.

Fall: Oct.-Dec.
Also sells annuals, birdhouses and gourdcraftsAvailable
Marr's Valley/Country Haven Farms
Mineral Point, WI
website
Meat (angus beef, lamb, poultry, pork and eggs)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 WisconsinSmall (1/2 paper grocery bag) $480

Medium (3/4 paper grocery bag) $600

Large (full paper grocery bag) $780
Pickup @ farm, and in Franklin, Milwaukee West, River Hills, Shorewood, WiMonthly for 6 months

(Signup anytime-shares may be prorated)
6 months:

Winter - Nov. through April

Summer - May through Oct.
NoneAvailable year-round
Meadow Haven Farm
Sheffield, IL
website
Meat (Beef, pork, poultry), EggsCertified Organic Pastured Eggs and MeatsFull $630 includes a variety of ground beef, sausage, chicken, roast/stew meat/Soup Bones, steaks, shoulder meat, bacon, pork chops

Half $330 (option of having full share bimonthly or 1/2 the amount every month)

Eggs $24/share
Pickup @ farm, in Chicago at Green City Market, Lincoln Park, Arlington Heights, Bloomington-Normal, Downer's Grove, Elgin, Peoria, Quad CitiesMonthly or Bimonthly 2 seasons:

Spring/Summer (May-Oct)

Fall/Winter (Nov-Apr)


Pet food available Available
Midnight Sun Farm
Grayslake, IL
website
VegetablesCertified Organic 3 acre farm in Prairie Crossing neighborhood 20 week Full share $660 (5/9th bushel);
Half share $385 (1/2 paper grocery bag)

Spring: Full $145, Half $85

Summer: Full $420, Half $245

Fall: Full $240, Half $140
Pickup @ farm in Libertyville, Gurnee or Rogers ParkWeekly20 weeks (Jun.-Oct.) for Rogers Park subscribers

Spring (May-June), Summer (June-Sept,.) & Fall (Sept.-Nov.) for Lake County subscribers
Eggs and poultry availableAvailable
Mike & Clare’s Farm *2012 information not yet available*
Woodstock, IL
website
VegetablesOrganic$250 (5/9th bushel)Pickup @ farm, Logan SquareWeeklyJun-OctNoneAvailable
Mint Creek Farm
Stelle, IL
website
Grass-fed Meat (lamb, goat, beef, rose veal and more)Organic, pasture-raisedHalf Shares (5 lbs) for 3 months at $165 or 6 months at $295 and

Whole Shares (10 lbs) for 3 months at $295 or 6 months at $560
Green City Market, 61st Street Farmer's Market (Hyde Park), Glenwood, Logan Square Farmers Market and the Hideout (beginning June, 2012)Monthly

See blog for pick up schedule
Year-round 3 months or 3 month or 6 month subscriptionsWhole or Half animal purchases an optionClose to selling out
Mom's Farm *2012 information not yet available*
Joliet, IL
website
Vegetable, herbs & some apples & pears

Small farm in Joliet. Also working 1/2 acre in Lockport.$80/sharePickup @ farm in Joliet WeeklySpring only

8 weeks (May-July)
NoneOnly 10 shares available
Montalbano Farms
Sandwich, IL
website
Vegetables, herbsCertified organic; committed to socially responsible practices & transparency (visitors allowed to visit farm)Summer share w/fruit share $940

Summer share $680

Biweekly summer share $380

"Putting up" share $360 (choose 10 items from list)

Pickup @ farm in Sandwich, Logan Square farmer's market, Glenwood Farmer's Market (Rogers Park), Lincoln Square, Yorkville, Geneva, Wheaton, & Oak ParkWeeklySummer share is 20 weeks (Jun-Oct)

Fruit share is 10 weeks

Option to make up 2 weeks per season (for vacations)
Worker share availableAvailable
Nature's Choice
Grant Park, IL
website
Meat

Two-time Frontera Farmers Foundation grant winner that pasture-raises chicken, turkey, eggs, pork, and grass-fed beefUpfront fee of $26;
3 month shares for $330 (15 lbs. of meat, such as whole chicken (4 lbs), 1 lb of ground chicken, a chuck roast (3-4 lbs), 1-2 lbs ground beef, 1lb of bacon, 1 lbs of Italian sausage, a pkg of pork chops, 1 to 2 lbs of ground pork)
Pickup @ farm in Grant Park, IL, Frankfort, Bolingbrook, and South Side of ChicagoMonthlyYear-round in 3 month incrementsKosher option available

Eggs extra
Available
Nature's Pantry Health Foods, Inc.
Streator, IL
Local Harvest page
Vegetable Single family farm operating over two decades.$550 26 weeks

$275 13 weeks
Pickup @ farm in Streator or in Dwight or PontiacWeekly26 weeks (Apr.-Oct.)NoneAvailable
New Era Farm *2012 information not yet available*
Cashton, WI
website
Vegetables, crop berries, heirloom fruits & herbs with some bonus items such as maple syrup & teaUSDA Certified Organic growing & harvesting methodsFull (contact farm for pricing)Contact farm for pickup locationsBiweeklyMay-OctJams & jellies extraAvailable
Newleaf Grocery (A)
Chicago, IL (Rogers Park)
website
Vegetables and fruitSmall grocer that offers weekly organic produce boxes (Note: produce organic though not entirely local)Start at $15/weekPickup @ store; home delivery availableWeeklyYear-roundCall store for detailsAvailable year-round
New Traditions Farm
Beaverville, IL
website
Heirloom Vegetables & Heritage Poultry

Spring share

Organic, Pesticide & Herbicide Free
Half Share $350

Full Share $600

Spring Share $125

Each share is 3/4 bushel --feeds family of 4
Home Delivery Available for $5/box

Pick Up in Evanston, West Loop and Lakeview
Half-share is biweekly

Full-share is weekly
20 weeks (June-Oct.)Heritage Poultry Available to CSA Subscribers at Discounted Rates

Available
Nichols Farm and Orchard
Marengo, IL
website
Variety of vegetables & fruitFamily farm using sustainable practices and specializing in variety (they grove over 1000 cultivars)Vegetable only $660

Fruit & vegetable $880

Above shares feed two people

Family share $1650 (feeds 4-5 people)
Pickup @ farm in Marengo, or in the Loop, Ravenswood, Wicker Park, Streeterville, Lincoln Park, Dunning (Eli's Cheesecake market), Andersonville, Evanston, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Elmhurst, Crystal Lake, Wilmette. More sites coming soon, contact the farm for more details.Weekly22 weeks (Jun-Nov.))NoneAvailable
*New!* Patchwork Farms
Chicago, IL
Local Harvest page
VegetablesUrban farm located on Chicago's west side$260+tax before season; $325+tax after season begins

Fall $105+tax before season; $140 after season begins
Pickup @ farm on 2805 W Chicago Ave.Weekly13 weeks for summer season (July-end of Sept.)

7 weeks for fall season (Oct.-Nov.)
NoneAvailable
*New!* Our Garden in Volo
Volo, IL
Local Harvest page
Vegetables4th-generation farmers who are transitioning their century-old farm back to natural, sustainable farming practices. 3 of 17 acres dedicated to sustainable production.Basic (feeds 3-4) $600

Basic small (feeds 1-2) $400

Specialty (Basic plus specialty items from other local farms) $650

Specialty small (Basic plus specialty items from other local farms): Check farm for pricing

Juicer's box: $400 (check with farm for details)
Pickup in Chicago in Jefferson Park, Des Plaines, Fox Lake, Mundelein, farm in VoloWeekly20 weeks (June-Oct.)NoneAvailable
Peasant’s Plot
Manteno, IL
website
Vegetables

Worker share option
Sustainable & organicIndividual $330

Family $660
Pickup @ farm in Manteno, IL, Lincoln Square, Wicker Park, Bucktown, & North CenterWeekly20 weeks, Jun-OctNoneAvailable
Pine Row Farm
Roscoe, IL
Local Harvest page
Vegetables, fruit, egss, honey 5 acre farm supplies Certified Naturally Grown vegetables, fruit, eggs and honey for First Hand Harvest CSA. Produce grown and livestock raised in accordance with sustainable and organic practices.$525Pickup in Roscoe & Rockford, ILWeeklyJune-Nov.Eggs, goat milk soap available50 shares available
Plow Creek *2012 information not yet available*
Tiskilwa, IL
website
Vegetables and berriesMennonite farmers that practice a shalom lifestyle (promoting overall well-being) and farm by being good stewards of the soil through sustainable agriculture and animal husbandry, reducing detrimental use of chemicals and machinery, and by
being economically sustainable
$480/season (Chicago-area pickup)

$430/season (Princeton, IL-area pickup)

Discounts available until Mar. 15th
Pickup in Chicago & PrincetonWeeklyMay-Oct.Eggs shares available50 shares available
Radical Root Farm
Marseilles, IL
website
VegetablesUSDA & MOSA Certified OrganicSpring $130/4 weeks

Full $565

Fall $200/6 weeks

3 seasons $875/28 weeks

Half $335
Pickup on farm in Grayslake, or in Lincoln Park/Old Town (Green City Market), Logan Square Farmer's Market WeeklySpring (May-June)

Summer - 18 weeks (June-Oct.)

Fall (Oct.-Nov.)

NoneAvailable
Ready Jam Farms
Marengo, IL
website
Vegetables (8-14 varieties including herbs)Organically GrownSmall $450 (1/4 bushel --feeds 2)

Medium $720 (1/2 bushel --feeds 4)

Large $1080 (3/4 bushel --feeds 6)
Pickup in Marengo, Elgin, Elmhurst, & AuroraWeekly18 weeks (mid-June through Oct)NoneAvailable
Richert/Phillips Farms
North Liberty, IN
Local Harvest page
Fruits & vegetablesCertified organic, naturally grown, grass-fed/pastured meats & eggsFull $555

2-months $300
Pickup at farm, in Palatine, Palos Heights, North Liberty, IN, or Indianapolis, INWeekly June-OctEggs & poultry (discounts for CSA members)100 shares Available
Sandhill Organics
Prairie Crossing, IL
website
Vegetables, herbs & some fruit (80% from their farm; remainder from other local organic farms)Certified OrganicSpring SOLD OUT

Summer $535

Fall $180

Fruit $235
Pickup at farm in Grayslake or in Barrington, Lake Forest, Glenview, Northbrook, Glen Ellyn, Clarendon Hills, Oak ParkWeeklySpring (early May-early June)

Summer (mid-Jun – late Sept)

Fall (Oct.-Nov.)
Egg shares extraSpring Season is sold out
Scotch Hill Farm
SW Wisconsin
website
VegetablesOrganic. No synthetic fertilizers, chemicals or herbicides20 weeks $585 (June-Oct.)

Large family 20-week Double Share $1125

15 weeks $495 (July-Oct)

10 weeks $350 (Aug-Oct.)

Winter $130 (2 deliveries in Nov.)

*Prices denote Chicago CSAs; check with farm for Wisconsin pricing
Pickup in Oak Park, Ravenswood, St. Ben's, Old Irving Park, Logan Square, West Town (@ Swim Cafe), Park Ridge & Madison & Monroe, WIWeekly20 weeks (July-Oct.)Flower shares available for extraAvailable
Simply Wisconsin* Farm Co-op in Southeastern & South Central Wisconsin
website
Vegetables; Fruit, fruit butters & honey, when available; (Vegetables include leafy greens, carrots, potatoes, summer squash, peppers & beans); Meat, egg, cheese and "pantry" shares (staple items)Certified Organic produce & eggs. Part of cooperative of 20+ family farms. Also offers cheese, preserves & naturally raised meats.Full $510 (8 items)

Basic $245 (4 items)

Eggs 1 doz/wk for 18 weeks $82

Eggs 1/2 doz/wk for 18 weeks $42
Pickup in Lakeview, Bucktown, Lincoln Square, Logan Square, Wicker Park, River North, Uptown, West Rogers Park, Ravenswood, & Evanston, Barrington, Prospect Heights, Highland Park, Mundelein, Northbrook, Lake Bluff, Crystal Lake, Grayslake, Schaumburg Western Springs (Vie) & Winona & Madison WIWeekly18 weeks (June-Oct.)Cheese, meat and pantry shares availableAvailable -- shares going fast
Sweet Earth Organic Farm
Southwestern Wisconsin
website
Vegetables (special emphasis on heirloom tomatoes)Certified organic since 1974Full (3/4 bushel) $530

Partial (1/2 bushel) $425
Austin, Old Irving Park, Humboldt/Wicker Park, Arlington Heights, Elgin, Highland Park, & Oak ParkWeekly UnknownNoneAvailable
Sweet Home Organics
St. Charles, IL
web site
Vegetables and herbsOrganically grown (no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides -and- GMO free seeds)
Full (5/9 bushel or grocery paper bag) weekly: $625

Half (5/9 bushel) every other week: $350

Full+Half share: $900
Pickup in St. Charles and Villa ParkWeekly or Biweekly18 weeks beginning June 9 through OctoberNone~20 shares available -- order soon
Tempel Farms Organics (frmly Red Tail Farm)
Old Mill Creek, IL
website
Vegetables & fruitNo herbicides, pesticides or petroleum-based fertilizersFull $585 (5/9th bushel)

Fall $150 (farm pickup only); $570 for farm pickup

Fruit $320 (18 weeks of Mick Klug fruit)
Pickup @ farm in Mill Creek, IL or in Logan Square, Lake ForestWeekly 20 weeks
NoneAvailable
Tomato Mountain Farm
Brooklyn, WI
website
Vegetables, herbs and strawberriesCertified Organic. Early season (Apr.-July):
Solo $168 (2/5th bushel)
Small $250 (5/9th bushel)
Medium $360 (3/4 bushel)
Large $540 (1-1/9th bushel)

Mid-Season (July-Sept.):
Solo $168 (2/5th bushel)
Small $250 (5/9th bushel)
Medium $360 (3/4 bushel)
Large $540 (1-1/9th bushel)

Late Season (Oct.-Dec.):
Solo $168 (2/5th bushel)
Small $250 (5/9th bushel)
Medium $360 (3/4 bushel)
Large $540 (1-1/9th bushel)

Discounts available until March 10th. Largest discount if sign up for all three seasons.
Home delivery throughout the greater Chicago area. No pickup sites.Weekly36 weeks! Mid-April-Dec.

Programs are in 12-week increments
Tomato Mountain's bottled products and extra produce (as available) can be added to weekly delivery.
Ongoing availability; shares will be prorated throughout the season.
Torpland Farm *2012 information not yet available*
Grayslake, IL
Local Harvest page
VegetablesDesigned crop plan according to "five basic color groups in our daily diets: Red, Green, Orange/Yellow, Blue/Purple and White"$550 full season sharePickup in Lisle/Warrenville, Chicago-North, Mundelein, Prairie CrossingWeekly20 weeks (June-Oct.)None50 shares available
Trail's End
Putnam, IL
website
MeatUSDA-Certified Organic meat that raises grass-fed Scottish Highland/Black Angus cross cattle; beef sold by halves and quarters. $1200/year per share

$625 for 1/2 share

Every month over the course of a year, each shareholder receives equivalent of 1/2 cow, i.e., about 10-14-1/2 lbs. of beef per month
Pickup in Wheaton, Evanston, Summit, Peoria Heights, & Pekin, ILMonthlyYear-roundNoneAvailable year-round
Triple A Farm *2012 information not yet available*
St. Anne, IL
website
VegetablesFamily farm operated by DeGroot brothersWeekly Vegetable Box $23.50Pickup throughout Chicagoland, home delivery available at no extra costWeekly12 weeks (July-Sept)NoneAvailable
Trogg's Hollow
Elgin, IL
website
Vegetables & herbsFamily-owned farm with Certified Naturally Grown vegetables Weekly 1/2 bushel shares $625

Biweekly 1/2 bushel shares $350

Pickup @ farm in Elgin & Roselle, Wheaton, Sycamore/DeKalb & Wicker ParkWeekly18 weeks (June-Oct.)NoneAlmost sold out!
Videnovich Farms
Bridgman, MI
web site
Vegetables & fruitThe Videnovich family has farmed for centuries in Eastern Europe. Uses old world methods such as minimal pesticides & hand weeding.“Summer Bounty” (8 weeks) $200

Full (22 weeks) $550
Pickup in Andersonville, Logan Square; Possible delivery to Ravenswood & River NorthWeekly22 weeks for Full Season
8 weeks for “Summer Bounty”
Hand-spun, natural yarns available from farm’s sheep
Fall & Winter extensions available
Available
Walkup Heritage Farm & Gardens *2012 information not yet available*
Crystal Lake, IL
website
Meat & eggs Raises heritage Poulet Rouge chickens fed on organic feed and ranged in chicken tractorsFull share (1 chicken/week) $320

1/2 share (1 chicken/biweekly) $170

1/4 share (1 chicken/month) $108
Pickup @ farm in Crystal Lake, ILWeekly, biweeklyor monthly 20 weeksEgg shares available - contact farm for details

Flowers extra

Tennessee fainting goats & rabbits for sale as pets
Available
Walnut Acres
Walnut, IL
web site
Meat (Range-fed beef, chicken, pork, turkey, eggs)Meat is free of antibiotics, hormones & animal by-products3 months $264

6 months $510

12 months $990

Each month's share is about 18 pounds of beef, chicken or pork & eggs
Pickup @ farm in Walnut, IL, Aurora, South Elgin, Plano, Ottawa, Lombard, Naperville, or Quad Cities/Moline3, 6 or 12 months Year-roundCan add-on extra products such as ground beef, sausage patties, links, etc.Available
Wellhausen Farms
Wheaton, IL
website
Vegetables & fruit (tomatoes, cabbage, green beans, sweet corn, watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers & spinach)No chemical fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides$175 to join, $19/week for 15-22 weeks
Delivered to home. Delivery route includes Bloomingdale, Glen Ellyn, Roselle, West Chicago, Wheaton, Naperville, Lombard, Villa Park, Streamwood, Schaumburg & BartlettWeekly 22 weeks (beginning in mid-June)NoneAvailable
*New!* Wright Way Farm
Monroe, WI
Local Harvest page
Vegetables & herbs

Work shares available
Certifed Organic & use only heirloom seed varietiesFull $440

Half $240
Pickup in Beloit, WI, Monroe, WI, Park Ridge, ILWeekly20 weeks (May-Sept.)NoneAvailable

(A) These providers are aggregators, meaning that they are non-traditional CSAs that do not grow  the produce or raise the meat offered in their boxes, rather, they cull items from their preferred sources.

We are pleased to have produced the 2012 CSA Guide in conjunction with our friends at FamilyFarmed.org

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8 Comments

  1. Joan says:

    Hi y’all, please give a newbie a break. What does “CSA” stand for?

  2. Joan, welcome to The Beet! “CSA” stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and generally refers to a weekly box of vegetables from a farm. There are many places you can go for a more complete definition and history of the CSA concept. Here’s a starting point: http://tomatomountain.com/faqs.html#whatis.

  3. Ame Viegas says:

    Hi Wendy,

    I noticed that the farmer I use for my meat CSA wasn’t listed.

    Meadow Haven Farms – http://www.meadowhavenfarm.com

    Can you tell me how you did the list?

    Ame

  4. Rachel Benoit says:

    I would like to recommend the CSA I support to the list – Gray Farms Produce of Watseka, IL. They use veganic methods and have 2 CSA drop-off locations, Oak Park and Ravenswood Manor, in addition to 3 farmer’s markets in which they participate. http://grayfarmsproduce.com/wordpress/

  5. The Prairie Crossing Learning Farm in Grayslake also offers an 8 week summer CSA for $240. Our website for information and online registration is http://www.prairiecrossing.com/farm/learning.php.

    The 2012 Prairie Farm Corps CSA runs June 22 – August 10. Pickup is Friday afternoons from 4-7 p.m. at the Prairie Crossing Farmers Market at 970 Harris Road in Grayslake. CSA shares are still available for the 2012 CSA season.

    We offer certified organic vegetables grown by youth participating in our Prairie Farm Corps youth development program.

  6. Joy Griffin says:

    Hello everyone! I love the idea of CSA! As a true farm raised gal, I have a mini farm in NWI. I am so glad to see the interest in supporting the small farmers, and people who go out of their way to take on the extra challenge to market something more healthy and humanely raised. I hope the idea of CSA continues to expand in other areas.

  7. Mint Creek Farm offers a meat CSA for pickup at a variety of farmer’s markets in the City of Chicago. Their livestock are grass fed and grass finished on Certified Organic pastures. The farm is located in the Kankakee area, 1 1/2 hours south of Chicago, and farm tours are available monthly during the summer.

  8. Rose Zapel says:

    What do I do when I paid money to a CSA and then got no produce and no emails to tell us what happened? We thought this was an established CSA, paid money for a 1/2 summer share and then, they dropped off the map; checks were cashed of course.
    They are listed on this website for 2012 as well so I cannot believe that this has happened but I last heard from them on 6/20 and nothing since without replies to my emails and the phone mail has been full for 3 weeks.
    Any thoughts?

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