What is CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. Our CSA members sign up in advance to receive a share in the harvest. Members may choose from six different types of shares--vegetable, fruit, eggs, dairy, meat and fish. Shares are picked up from convenient community pickup sites on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis. Subscribing to our weekly blog posts will enhance your CSA experience
How it Works
1. Choose your share types:
Vegetable Share (delivered weekly)
Each delivery includes an assortment of 6-10 different vegetables. Produce is selected by us here at the farm based on what is fresh and ready to pick that particular week. We pay special attention to creating well-balanced boxes and to making sure our boxes are as varied as possible from week to week. The average amount of produce received is slightly more than half a bushel. This is equivalent to a standard grocery bag.
Fruit Share (delivered weekly)
Each delivery includes an assortment of 3-4 different fruits.
Egg Share (delivered weekly)
With each share you will receive one dozen brown eggs per week. Our chickens are fed a wholesome, diverse diet of grains, vegetables and fruits. We encourage them to graze on grasses, green plants and bugs. They can move around freely with plenty of access to clean water, fresh air and sunlight.
Dairy Share (delivered twice a month)The Dairy share highlights the work of licensed Wisconsin dairy artisans located in the beautiful countryside surrounding our Brodhead farm. Each delivery consists of 1 or 2 types of cheese (about 3/4 lb to 1 lb total), one quart of rBGH-free creamline yogurt and a specialty item such as handmade butter or sour cream. Cheeses include familiar ones like cheddar and swiss as well as artisanal goat-milk and sheep-milk cheeses.
Meat Share (delivered once a month)Deliveries vary slightly from month to month, but all meat shares weigh approximately 10-12 lbs and contain a variety of familiar and easy-to-prepare cuts of beef, pork, and chicken. Our lamb chorizo and gyro-spiced lamb brats are also included on an occasional basis. All animals are raised on our farm or by nearby farmers we know and trust. Animals are raised without the use of artificial growth hormones or antibiotics. They are treated humanely with access to the outdoors and are fed wholesome, diverse diets consisting of pasture grasses, grains, and surplus vegetables.
Fish Share (delivered once a month)Each delivery consists of 6 headless, deboned trout (about 3 lbs) from Rushing Waters Fisheries in Palmyra, Wisconsin. Artesian springs feed pure, clean water to the farm's 56 ponds and raceways. The year-round water temperature of 49° helps Rushing Waters produce sustainable, delicious trout without the use of chemicals or anitbiotics. We have visited Rushing Waters many times and can personally attest to their commitment to quality and to responsible environmental stewardship.
2. Choose your delivery season(s):
Deliveries start in late April and end at Thanksgiving. Our delivery calendar is divided into 3 seasons- spring, summer and fall. Many members join for the whole year, but you may choose to join for only one of two of the seasons.
Spring April 29--June 17 (8 weeks)
Summer June 24--October 7 (16 weeks)
Fall October 14--November 18 (6 weeks)
3. Choose your pickup siteShares are picked up during specified hours from convenient community pickup sites in the northern and western suburbs of Chicago. Current pickup sites include Barrington, Glenview, Northbrook, Lake Forest, Glen Ellyn, Clarendon Hills, Oak Park and Grayslake. Because the CSA program is a season-long commitment between the farmers and the members, we are unable to give credit for weeks that members are out of town or forget to pick up their shares. If you are unable to pick up your share on a particular week, we ask that you have a friend or neighbor pick it up for you.
4. Choose your payment method
Members may pay by check or by electronic check.
The length of the season determines the cost of the share.
CSA members pay a fee at the beginning of the season or in multiple installments throughout the season. Between May and November, members receive a “share” of the harvest in the form of a weekly box of vegetables, fruit and/or eggs. Dairy products are delivered every two weeks, while meat and fish are delivered once a month. Members pick up their orders at the farm or from host sites around the Chicago area. Our current pickup sites include Barrington, Glenview, Northbrook, Lake Forest, Glen Ellyn, Clarendon Hills, Oak Park and Grayslake. Because the CSA program is a season-long commitment between the farmers and the members, we are unable to give credit for weeks that members are on vacation, out of town, etc. If you are unable to pick up your share on a particular week, we ask that you have a friend or neighbor pick it up for you.
Our CSA program provides our members with access to high-quality, organic vegetables and sustainably
grown fruits on a weekly basis from May to November. CSA provides us, the farmers, with a dependable
income and a meaningful connection to our customers. The long-term viability of the kind of farming
we practice is created through CSA memberships. Members pay a fee at the beginning of the season or
in several installments throughout the season. Between May and November, members receive a “share”
of the harvest in the form of a weekly box of fresh vegetables, fruits, and/or eggs. The boxes are picked
up from convenient host sites around the Chicago area. The average amount of produce each member
receives on a weekly basis is slightly more than a half bushel (one standard paper grocery bag). If you
are unable to pick up your share on a particular week, please ask a friend or coworker to pick it up for
you. We regret that we are unable to give credit for weeks that you are on vacation, out of town, etc.