Tomato Mountain Farm

Welcome to Tomato Mountain.

 


 

WE ARE CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY.

We have literally outgrown every system we install each week, by the week. We are actively working to move into a bigger space, install a bigger cooler, and grow our team.

Please check back in the next few weeks for updates, we plan to re-open our service to new members by the end of May. The summer and fall seasons are currently open for sign-ups. If you'd prefer to be on a monthly membership starting in July, do shoot us an email: support@tomatomountain.com

 


 

**Please note that our delivery times have changed due to global health concerns: our deliveries are now no-contact and require your presence, or a safe space for us to leave your box without our team interacting with a vulnerable surface.

As such, we are now delivering between 12PM and 10PM, Wednesdays - Saturdays, and you will receive a text upon arrival.

Alternate arrangements are available for essential workers.** 

We will resume overnight deliveries pending loosened restrictions.

 

 

 

Welcome to Tomato Mountain.

We're a certified organic, zero carbon footprint farm in Brooklyn Wisconsin, and we've been serving Chicagoland since 1993. We work together with farms we trust to deliver you a weekly box of organic ad naturally grown, crazy fresh, super seasonal produce, right to your doorstep.

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 think of it like a subscription service for the highest quality local, seasonal, organic and naturally grown food you can find.

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, Tomato Mtn member for the last 8 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 interconnected-ness 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