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Community Supported Agriculture, or CSAs, are a great way to support your local farmer and get your fill of farm-fresh produce. Buy a "share" in a local farm at the beginning of the season to help farmers cover the up-front cost of seeds and equipment, and get a "share" of the harvest on a set schedule throughout the season. It's win-win! And it's never too early to start thinking about signing up for a CSA for 2016. Often times openings and availability go fast. Check out the local farms and farmers below with successful and long-running CSAs.
Description: We grow over 40 different types of vegetables and fruits. Fruits include strawberries, rhubarb, red and black raspberries, gooseberries, black currants, blackberries, blueberries, up to 20 varieties of apples, and up to 6 varieties of pears. We "specialize" in cherry/salad tomatoes, and grow up to 32 varieties in different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors, most of them heirlooms and a choice few modern hybrids. We also grow a few different varieties of slicing tomatoes and paste tomatoes as well as several varieties of peppers. The complete growing list can be found on our website. Our CSA runs from the last week in May to the first week in November (the "official" season). After the main season is done, we offer members a chance to continue getting goodies in a week-by-week, cash-n-carry post-season. Anyone can join the post-season which usually runs through February. Pick up is at my house in Champaign on 611 W. Union St.
Pick-Up Location: Your share is available for pick-up each Tuesday from 4-6 pm in the barn at Cook Farm, which is located about 10 minutes from downtown Bloomington and 5 minutes from the airport on Towanda Barnes Road at 10702 N. 1900 East Rd. Bloomington, IL 61705.
Description: Cook Farm is a sustainable, small-scale vegetable farm located in Bloomington. As a CSA member, you can expect to receive freshly-picked, locally grown produce that's good for you and good for the earth for the duration of the farming season. Our CSA is 25 weeks long, and each weekly share includes 6-10 different items depending on the time of year. Usually spring shares are lighter, summer harvests heavier, and fall is abundant.
Cost: A full share costs $500/season (or $20 per week) for new members and $450/season for returning members. We also offer half-shares! You can reserve your share for next season with a $100 deposit, the balance due at the first pick-up in May. Each week we strive to exceed the cost of the share and provide bountiful harvests of good variety as gratitude for your support.
Description: Our CSA runs from May – October. Pickup is on Wednesdays at our farm just 3 miles west of Bloomington, IL or at the Downtown Bloomington Farmer’s Market Saturday mornings. We are a family farmstead using all natural methods of growing including USDA Organic standards, Humane Animal Welfare treatment and Certified Naturally Grown practices (not certified). We offer a produce option, which typically includes herbs, fruit and berries, as well as meat and eggs.
Cost: Our options are:
Produce - $416.00 /26 pickups. This share will consist of 5 to 6 seasonally available produce items, like herbs, radishes, onions, sugar snap peas, lettuce, bok choi, swiss chard, green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, okra, squash, zucchini, melons, pumpkins, sweet corn, apples, pears, cherries, blackberries, strawberries, etc.
Chicken & Eggs - $520.00 /26 pickups. A whole or cut up chicken averaging 3 pounds and a dozen eggs for 26 weeks.
Beef & Eggs – $520.00 /26 pickups. Two (2) pounds of ground beef and a dozen eggs for 26 weeks.Chicken, Beef & Eggs - $910.00 /26 pickups. A whole or cut up chicken averaging 3 pounds and 2 pounds of ground beef and a dozen eggs for 26 weeks.
FRESH FLORIDA SEAFOOD CSA. We travel to Florida once a month and pickup fresh seafood as an option for monthly pickup on our farm as well. Shrimp, fish, oysters, scallops, and more!
Contact: Brad and Jackie Dearing, email@example.com, 309-963-4932
Pick-Up Location: Rochester Description: CSA members will receive twenty-five (25) weeks of fresh produce, ready for on-farm pick-up every Tuesday evening from 5 - 6 pm, May 17th through November 1st, 2016. CSA members also receive a weekly email with notes from the farm, tips and delicious recipes featuring the produce you receive that week.One full weekly share generally satisfies the needs of two people on a vegetarian diet or four people with a mixed diet.
Cost:The cost of a full share is $ 550.00. The cost of an individually prepared 1/2 share is $330.00. Friends or family may share a full share and then divide it on your own.
Pick-Up Location: We deliver to Springfield, Edwardsville and have a pick-up at the farm
Description: We are offering a large variety of chemical free vegetables and herbs, pastured free range eggs and pastured meats beginning in May and ending in October. There are two types of memberships being offered (with different sized packages available) and discounts if paid early.
Contact: Cindy Hatton, Mark Moore, healingacresfarm@gmail (217) 522-4325
Pick-up Locations: Bloomington, Eureka, Morton, Peoria, Evanston and on Henry’s Farm in CongervilleDescription: Fresh-picked seasonal vegetables for 26 weeks, starting the last Tuesday in May and ending before Thanksgiving. The selection of produce varies from week to week, but your share will always be full to the brim with 7-9 types of vegetables at the peak of their flavor. We grow only the best-tasting varieties with No GMOs, Pesticides, Herbicides, or Synthetic Fertilizers. We hand-pick the produce on the same day that you pick it up. Our farm is certified organic and our CSA is entering its 18th year.
Pick-Up Locations: Urbana's Market at the Square on Saturdays on scheduled dates
Description: Our selection will vary from week to week as the season progresses, each bouquet will have a variety of flowers. The bouquets will already be arranged in a vase so you will have no need to arrange them yourself. Just bring back the previous empty vase when you pick up your new bouquet. Subscribers will receive a large , farm fresh bouquet ever other week from June 3 - October 21 which is 11 weeks of beautiful flowers in a vase just for you.
Cost: This year you will get a $30.00 bouquet for each date (11 dates) for just $300.00.Regularly $ 330.00. Deadline to sign up is May 26, 2017. Additionally, we also have Buyer's Club Membership available. Our Buyers Club requires a yearly fee. Members purchases will receive a % off every purchase during the year. This discount may be taken at any of the following locations that we are at: Urbana's Market at the Square, 3rd Sunday Market, Market in the Square( indoor market inside Lincoln Square ) and Illinois Willows farm. The membership season runs May 1, 2017 - April 30, 2018. Deadline to sign up is May 1, 2017.
Contact: Kent Miles, (217)778-8312, firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: Legacy of the Land has three pick up locations to choose from: Champaign/Urbana – pick up on Tuesday nights at the Champaign Farmer’s Market; Bloomington/Normal – pick up on Friday afternoons on IWU campus; Eureka – pick up on Tuesday afternoons at Mika’s Bistro
Description: Our CSA is for 22 weeks. Starting the last week in May. Your Harvest Shares will be primarily vegetables. We will add fruit when it’s available. You have the option of adding a dozen eggs to your veggies and/or you can add fresh bread from The Garlic Press Market Café to your weekly share.
Cost: $450 for the veggie share; $110 to add one dozen eggs; $220 to add fresh bread.
Description: We are very much looking forward to this upcoming season with the addition of our greenhouse and various expansions. This year we will offer two different types of programs. The first being for those of you that enjoy a bit of the unknown and the possibility of eating and cooking something different as well as getting the basic vegetables. We will offer a vegetable only farmers choice share which will be 20 consecutive weeks of what is in season. For those of you that want to support local food but want a bit more control of your diet, we will offer a program that allows you to order what you want, when you want over a 7 month period which includes our vegetables, free range eggs, pastured pork and beef at a 10% discount.
Description: We offer 24 weeks of certified organic vegetables, as well as discounted pricing for our organic beef, pork, fruit and eggs. Our members receive 5-8 different items in their share each week with the opportunity to trade items they don’t want for items they’d prefer to have. We partner with 5 different farms and businesses to also offer bread, cheese, locally roasted coffee, flowers, raw honey, chicken and turkey. CSA members also receive priority sign-up for our two winter CSA programs. We have flexible pick-up options as well as home delivery.
Pick-Up Locations: Champaign-Urbana and Bloomington
Description: Bi-weekly offerings of cheese, gelato and artisan breads from May through October.
Cheese Share Prices range from $15 per week ($195 for the 13 week season) for two containers of chevre to $26 per week ($338 for the season)for a container of chevre, a bloomy rind cheese and a wedge of hard, raw-milk cheese.
Bread Share Prices range from $6 per week for a loaf of bread or a six-count bag ($78 for the season) of bagels to $12/week for the bread & bagel combination or two loaves of bread ($156 for the season).
Gelato Share Prices are $10/pint per week or $20/2 pints per week ($130 or $260 for the season).
Description: We are a small scale, sustainable, chemical-free vegetable CSA that meets on the west side of Springfield once a week on Sunday afternoons from the first week of June through mid to late October. We provide at least eight items each week, including potatoes, onions, carrots, kale, chard, herbs of all kinds, tomatoes...the list is too long, but there is a wide variety. We also periodically partner with fruit growers to bring a little extra sweetness to some of the summer shares.
Cost: $ 415.00 for a full share, $210.00 for a half share
Description: The CSA runs for 22 weeks, from May 16th to October 10th. You will generally receive approximately $25.00 in market value each week. Below is a list of produce we plan to grow this year and which you will likely find in your CSA box. April-May: arugula, lettuce, scallions, carrots, spinach, radish, mesclun mix, mustard greens, turnips, chard, kale, kohlrabi, mint, cilantro, parsley, snap peas June-August: broccoli, beets, cabbage, carrots, turnips, lettuce, mesclun mix, peppers, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, radish, cucumbers, zucchini, boc choi, fennel, dill, basil, rosemary, potatoes September: Expect many of the spring and summer crops plus radicchio, rapini, napa cabbage, celeriac, parsnip, endive, broccoli, stir fry mixes, mesclun mix, radish, spinach, scallions. At Small Axe Market Gardens we believe in growing food without the use of any synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. We are a small plot intensive farm with an emphasis on soil health. Our growing practices include composting, cover cropping, organic fertilizers and crop rotation. Members are responsible for showing up at the farm every Tuesday between 4 p.m and 10 p.m to pick up your share of freshly harvested produce.
Link to more information: facebook
Contact: Gus Jones: 1-217-299-4578 or email@example.com
Locations: We have pick up locations weekly at our Fresh Food Stops located in Peoria, Pekin, Eureka and East Peoria.
Description: Our season is 22 weeks long beginning the last week of May. A full share is a weekly bag of produce and a half share is a bag of produce every other week. Bag includes seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs and eggs. For information on last season's offerings, visit our website. We work with 12 local farms all within 80 miles of our hub home and adhere to clean growing practices. Our CSA profits go to directly fund the multiple programming offerings in our region food desert areas in the ways of free community cooking classes, nutrition education and urban agricultural initiatives.Cost: Full share ($506.00) and half share ($253.00)Deadline: May 31st, but members can sign up throughout the season to acquire bags for the remainder of the season
Contact: Kim Keenan and Denise Urycki, co directors. firstname.lastname@example.org, (309) 966-3790. Tri County Fresh Food Hub, 4200 E. Washington Street East Peoria, IL 61611 .
Description: Our CSA starts approximately early June and goes through late September. We offer a weekly (20 weeks) and bi-weekly CSA (10 weeks) Each CSA basket will include 7-10 different varieties of in-season produce and a weekly newsletter which includes 3-4 recipes and storage, preparation, and health information. We offer pick up at our farm and at a location in Clinton, and we offer delivery to homes or businesses for an additional fee.
Cost: Prices are $205 for bi-weekly pickup, $255 for bi-weekly delivery, $405 for weekly pick-up, and $455 for weekly delivery.
Contact: Mariah and Greg Anderson, email@example.com, 217-898-0706