Welcome to Tomato Mountain.
We're a certified organic, zero carbon footprint farm in Brooklyn Wisconsin, feeding Chicagoland through our home delivery subscription box, and farmer's markets throughout Chicago.
Technically, what we do is called a CSA. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. The concept is pretty simple: you commit to a farm, and the farm gives you a weekly share of what they've grown. We're a little different, in that we also work with farms with trust, and loads of local artisans. We think of it like a subscription service for the highest quality food.
This is the real deal. We are a small team of real people providing real food. This is not a mass-produced commodity. We care for our land, we care about growing the absolute best produce possible, and we care about the food you eat.
Why join a CSA?
"Personally, my family can’t understand why everyone wouldn’t want to belong to a CSA. I LOVE not having to spend much time in grocery stores... The longer I've done it, the stronger I have felt about the importance and I truly believe that everyone should be sourcing food and eating this way."
- Angela, CSA member for 7 years
"Tomato Mountain Farm started in 1993. I couldn’t find a job that satisfied my need to be a part of something I believed in. I wanted to create something authentic, necessary, and important, and needed to work in a place that honored my sensibility about what I did, where I worked, and who I worked with. All I knew was that I loved plants, the natural world and the inter-connectedness of it all.
I got a lucky break to work an acre of land offered to me by my mentor teacher when I student taught at the University of Wisconsin. I raised a variety vegetables from the start. Growing up in an Italian family where food and cooking was a main event, I focused on tomatoes, from the smallest cherries to the biggest heirlooms. I spent my days in the field loving the weather, soil and plants, and my nights in the cabin next to the field slow cooking tomatoes down into sauces of every imaginable type.
Of course I needed to find places to sell my produce. I went to farmers markets and developed relationships with as many restaurants as possible. In my search to find customers dedicated to local, high quality produce, I developed a relationship with Frontera Grill in Chicago. Working with them was a dream. Besides being a very large and successful restaurant, they treated me with respect and dignity. While most of my wholesale customers were trying to talk me down in price, Frontera encouraged me to set my prices high. They understood what few people know, that farmers don’t make money. That is how I entered the Chicago market.
Since then, I have found my own land to farm, built an on-farm processing kitchen, and started a home delivery CSA/subscription service that serves Chicagoland. Earning a living farming continues to be a monumental challenge. As with any business, the most important things are developing and maintaining relationships and continually being creative and innovative."
-Chris Covelli, principal owner/farmer