Tomato Mountain Farm

About our CSA

  
 
From the farm to your doorstep.
  
Welcome to your subscription for high quality food. We call it a CSA, which stands for Community Supported Agriculture. All that means is that you commit to getting your produce from us, and we commit to giving you some of the highest quality produce in the Midwest.
 
Your subscription allows us to be the best planners, and therefore the best farmers we can be. In return, you receive a weekly box - also known as a "share" - of the most fresh, and in-season produce available. All delivered to your door, weekly!
 
The contents of your box will vary with the seasons, and you can add to your weekly box with our selection of a la carte produce, dairy, and pantry items we've sourced from farmers we trust. We'll send you a list of what's in your box each week, during the weekend before your upcoming delivery.
 
  

 

4 different box sizes.

   

Solo | $25/week

A solo share is about right for one person who eats at home a good amount of the time, and who eats vegetables most days, or a couple who eats out sometimes and cooks sometimes. 

Small | $33/week

Small shares suit a dedicated vegetarian, who eats at home most of the time, or a couple who eats at home some of the time. 

Medium | $45/week

Medium shares are great for small families, and dedicated veggie enthusiast couples.

Large | $64/week

A large share is perfect for a bigger family, or a small family of vegetarians.

 

*Have an allergy? Hate onions? Never want a rutabaga in your box? Just be sure let us know on your sign-up form, or shoot us an email, and we'll be sure to substitute them.   

**Prices above reflect a full year (43 weeks). Boxes have more volume and are delivered bi-weekly, in the winter. In the event you need to cancel before your year or season has come to a close, we will happily reconcile your accounts.

 

 

We're flexible.

Traditionally, a CSA requires you pay by the year. We know that's not always possible, so we offer 3 different payment options. 

Our year is 43 weeks long. We deliver weekly in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, and biweekly in the Winter. Some adjustments will be made for the holidays. Please reference our delivery calendar.

 

+ Monthly Members receive a full 43 weeks, divided into 12 equal, recurring payments.

Annual Members pay for the full 43 weeks upfront.

+ Seasonal members pay per season. You may sign up or cancel at any time, and your account will be properly reconciled.

 

Traveling? No problem.

We prorate 95% of your skipped weeks, so long as you give us 2 weeks notice. We keep 5% to cover our processing costs, and donate any last minute notices to an organization that one of our CSA members is a part of, called Mend Hunger.

 

Learn more about how we break down your membership costs.  

 

   

 

Wait, how do deliveries work?

We deliver to most of Chicagoland, and most of our deliveries happen overnight. We divide our deliveries into 3 different zones. You can determine your delivery zone using the zone map. Zone C deliveries incur an additional fee. If you live in Zone C, please be sure to select Zone C as your special delivery option.

Zone A

Zone A (majority of Chicago) is delivered between 8PM and 5AM, Wednesday night through Thursday morning. 

Zone B

Zones B (just outside of Chicago) is delivered between 8PM and 5AM, Thursday night through Friday morning. 

Zone C

Zone C (surrounding suburbs), is delivered between 8PM and 5AM, Thursday night through Friday morning. Zone C incurs an additional fee, if you live in Zone C, please select this as a delivery extra. 

Primetime

If you live in Zone A, and some parts of Zone B, you can opt for Primetime delivery, which ensures your delivery will arrive between 3PM and 10PM on Thursday evenings. If you'd like Primetime delivery, please select this as a delivery extra on the sign-up page. 

 

*If we need further instruction from you regarding your delivery, we will let you know.

 

 

 

  

 
 
The Real Talk.  
 
Participating in a CSA is a commitment to eating well, with the seasons. A CSA is a lot like buying a new bike or gym membership. In each case, you still need to do the work. In our case, you'll need to eat with the seasons, and cook! We'll do our best to send you recipes for how we use our produce and lots of tips and techniques for making all sorts of easy, super healthy, crazy good meals. 
  
 
 
Our Farmers' Pantry.
 
We offer a la carte produce, dairy and pantry items, not just from our farm, but from farmers we know and trust. That's right, your membership supports a plethora of local agriculture! Simply login to your account and add any items you need, and we'll deliver them with your weekly box.
 
We've got organic, pastured eggs, cheeses from J2K Capraio and McCluskey Brothers, sprouts from Chicago Indoor Garden, all the best from Mick Klug Farm, honey and apples from Ellis Family Farms, sunflower oil from Driftless Organics, mushrooms from River Valley Ranch, seasonal fruit, grains from Hazzard Free Farm and Brian Severson Farms, salami from Underground Meats, tofu from Jenny's... it's a literal farmers' market in there, and we're adding to our inventory every day.
  
 
 
 We farm year-round.
 
With 22 hoop houses that cover over an acre, we provide high quality crops over a longer season. These hoops enable us to grow and harvest the best spinach you’ve ever had in winter, plentiful greens from early spring through late fall, and some of the sweetest and most flavorful tomatoes you'll find. Hoop houses allow us to more reliably produce the most flavorful, high quality food year round by providing protection from severe cold/thunderstorms and excessive moisture.  
 We've got a fully stacked processing kitchen.
 
To fully utilize our bountiful summer harvests, we have a processing kitchen in which we roast and preserve tomatoes, peppers, and winter squash. We jar our whole roasted tomatoes, and we vacuum pack/freeze roasted butternut squash and fire roasted peppers, all of which find their way into late fall and winter boxes.  
  
 
 
 
We'll send you all the real life recipes.
 
There's a huge index of all the recipes we've provided over the years on our site, and we'll send you more each week when you get your weekly "Sneak Peek" email that details the contents of your upcoming share. Our CSA manager Claire thinks cooking is like poem, we're constantly experimenting and coming up with fun, easy ways to eat up your veggies. 
  
We'll keep you posted.
 
Each week we'll send you a sneak peak about your next delivery, and a newsletter to accompany your box. We hope this helps to keep you posted on the nitty-gritty of how the farm works, and helps you to both know where your food is coming from, and plan your future meals. 
 
We are super committed to transparency. We're not holding back, and it's likely that a look inside our farm will surprise you from time to time. Written by Chris, the farmer/owner, our newsletter is a bit of a sounding board, used to express and process what’s going on at the farm. You’re sure to get an unedited version of the problems we’re working through, and we're super available to answer any and all questions you might have.