"CSA" stands for Community Supported Agriculture. If you're brand new to the concept of CSA, click here for a quick overview.
Our CSA share is a weekly box of certified organic produce picked at our farm and delivered in the evening to your home (bi-weekly in Winter). It consists of a wide variety of veggie staples. While we are known for our luscious lettuce, super-sweet spinach, and of course our legendary tomatoes, everything we grow is of the highest quality.
A few unique things about our CSA:
Our convenient home delivery saves you time, ensures that you get your vegetables in tip-top shape, and requires fewer vehicles on the road, as one car doing 20 deliveries takes fewer resources than 20 vehicles driving to and from a central pick-up site. We will either leave the produce box for you, or, where feasible, place all the goodies in a cooler you leave for us, which keeps everything fresher longer and safe from critters. There's no need to be home for the delivery; we deliver to all sorts of residences--houses, doorman buildings, apartment buildings with locked gates and vestibules--and we can sort out delivery details with you before we set out.
Lots of payment options
We recognize that a CSA can be a significant investment. While we love that upfront money ("seed money"), we understand the need to find the balance with real world finances. Upon checkout, you'll be able to pay using a credit or debit card, and you'll have the option to pay in full or to pay via scheduled payments over a few months. If you'd prefer to pay by hard copy check(s), just call Robin (708-370-8017) or email us at email@example.com. In recognition of the investment you're making, we offer discounts for those signing up for multiple seasons and paying in full before their first delivery.
Four different share sizes
We offer four share sizes (three in Winter), so you can find the perfect size to match your household's needs. You can also select different sizes for each of our distinct seasons (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). If you find that you're receiving too much or too little, just let us know and we'll adjust for future deliveries.
Distinct seasons, year-round availability
Our CSA year contains four seasons, just like the regular year--Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. You can choose any or all of them, and select a different size for each season. You get the best of every season, including frost-sweetened spinach in the dead of Winter. That means that you can keep eating the best each season has to offer, even outside of typical growing months.
Helpful weekly newsletters and an expanded website
Curious about kohlrabi? Edgy about eggplant? Not to worry! Our weekly newsletters will offer tips to help you make the most of your seasonal produce. It will include news from farm, a list of what's in the box, cooking tips, recipes, and storage suggestions. In addition, each Friday, we'll send out a Sneak Peek of what we expect to put in your box the following week, allowing you to plan your weekend shopping. Our website is a wonderful resource for how to use your produce; check out our Recipe Index, Preparation Tips, and the links to each item on our Crop Calendar. You can also visit our Archives to see several years' worth of our newsletters.
A la carte purchasing opportunities
Through this website, you'll be able to order additional items for delivery with your CSA box. This will include extra produce from our farm as available and our kitchen products (salsas, preserves, soups, and more) by the jar, case, or more, and whole chickens raised and processed on our farm. We'll also offer as available a few select items from other IL and WI farms, including raw honey, organic maple syrup and sunflower oil, organic eggs, a variety of organic, stone-ground flours and pancake mix, organic blue corn tortilla chips, and other items as they become available. You'll receive a password when you sign up online; be sure to note that for future reference.
Serious flexibility and customer service
If you've missed the beginning of the season, you may still be able to join on a prorated basis, allowing you to jump on board at any point during the year. We allow you to change your share size anytime you'd like. If you are on vacation, we can deliver your box to a Chicago-area friend if you'd like--even on a different delivery day. And if you ever need to cancel your share for any reason, we'll refund the remainder of your investment, so you only pay for the weeks that you received produce. You can email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Robin (708-370-8017) any time to discuss any concerns you may have. Developing a direct connection with you and meeting your needs as best we can is what we do.
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