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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 2018. Often times openings and availability go fast. In fact, National CSA SignUp Day is February 23rd. Check out the local farms and farmers below with successful and long-running CSA's. Your grocery shopping for the year just got easier.
NOTE: Be sure to call in advance to insure the accuracy of the information listed below. CSA's often vary from year to year as farmers make adjustments to their products and pricing, and not all information below is guaranteed to be accurate.
All Season Farm grows restaurant quality vegetables and fruit with exceptional taste. Spring fed irrigation, select heirloom varieties, and close attention to our soils makes for produce that is densely nutritious and pleasing to the palate. Our small scale farming practices are low carbon and USDA Certified Organic by MOSA.
August Creek Farm is a two acre CSA vegetable farm located outside Assumption, Illinois that services the Decatur area. We follow organic farming methods that are beneficial for both our bdoes and the environment.
We are a Champaign County farm family with a dedication to sustainable agriculture, and the highest quality meat and poultry products. We take special care in the selection, humane rearing and processing of our chicken, turkey, beef, lamb and pork to provide a superior eating experience for you. We know you will taste the quality of our products! All of our livestock are grown on diverse forage pastures at our farm. NO pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are applied to our pastures; NO antibiotics or growth promoters are added to our animal feeds. Our livestock feeds are purchased from local feed mills, are custom blended to our specifications, and contain NO genetically modified ingredients. Our animals are transported by us to local, federally-inspected processing facilities. Fresh products processed to your specifications are available with prior arrangements.
I deliver to the Champaign county customers for free; delivery fee outside Champaign county. depending on location.Description: My CSA's are monthly deliveries of a variety of meat and poultry products (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, eggs and turkey).
10 lbs/month for 6 months is $454.00
10 lbs /month for 12 months is $875.00
20 lbs/month for 6 months is $845.00
20 lbs/month for 12 months is $1575.00.
6 monthly deliveries of 4 lb of chicken, plus 2 lbs of ground beef, pork or turkey, plus 1 doz eggs for 6 months is $252.00; or $504 for 12 monthly deliveries
We are an all natural sustainable farm. We do not use chemicals. We raise grass fed beef, belted Galloway cattle. We raise vegetable, fruits, herbs, flowers & sell plants. We also have a certified kitchen & make prepared foods & baked goods. We currently sell at the Taylorville Farmers Market & off the farm.
At Blue Moon Farm, our goal is simple: Produce the most beautiful, best tasting produce possible using only organic methods. Our 20-acre organic vegetable grows quality produce for Urbana's farmer's market, grocery stores, and local restaurants. We are committed to the collective project of implementing farming practices that promote the health and well-being of the land we grow on and the people who eat our food. Buying locally leads to more accountability between the farmer and the eater and that relationship is important to us.
We grow almost 50 different TYPES of fruits and vegetables, and have done so using organic methods since 1985, serving the Champaign/Urbana area through our Brackett-CSA and Urbana's Market At The Square, with some sales to restaurants and grocery stores. All 4 of our sons have been involved in the business over these many years, and 2 of them are now the main workers on the farm with their father, with friends helping out whenever I can afford their help. Our goal is to grow the most diverse selection of nutritious, delicious food we possibly can. We specialize in fruit (10 different types) with a large selection of veggies on the side.
Pick-Up Location: 611 W. Union St., Champaign
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.
From “Seed to Store”, all done on our farm. We raise, clean and process certified organic wheat, oats, food corns, popcorn and buckwheat into organic stone ground flour, meal, rolled oats as well as the cleaned whole grains. We enjoy working with individuals, chefs, retailers, and wholesale buyers.
I'm a sole proprietor one-man operation. Through hard work, a love of nature and gardening, and a mission to try to always do the right thing, I try to produce quality, unique products to share and enjoy with others. I sell my products through a small CSA, the Old Capitol Farmers Market in Springfield, and at American Harvest Eatery.
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.
We are a small family owned/operated farmstead, growing and harvesting an abundant of healthy foods. We raise chickens for meat and eggs, beef cattle, goats for milk and meat and grow a full variety of seasonal produce, trees, fruit, berries, melons, flowers, grasses, nuts and herbs. Products can be purchased directly from off the farm, local farmers markets, and at several health food stores. We offer a year round CSA opportunity as well as a monthly seafood pickup from our farm as we travel to the Florida panhandle to gather fresh gulf seafood!
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!
Grandma & Grandpa's Farm is a 4th generation farm which sustainably raises vegetables, fruit & herbs as well as pasture raised chickens for both meat & eggs using organic methods. We sell only what we raise ourselves and are located about 30 minutes North of Peoria, IL.
We started farming in 2012, wanting to do something that people could appreciate. People appreciate good food! We are committed to farming practices that result in quality over quantity.
Harvest and Blooms Farm
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.
At Healing Acres Farm, humane and sustainable practices, preserving heritage breeds, education and local attention are our primary focus. We believe that "FRESH is GOOD, LOCAL is BETTER, HEALTHY is BEST!!!" We do our best to "Provide Nutrient Dense Food to HEALU2"!
CSA 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.
We are a Specialty Cut Flower Grower 10 miles west of Champaign, IL. Product year round, Flower CSA and Buyers Club. Farmers Markets, Wholesale, Retail and Commercial design.
CSA 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, 2018.
Jane's Farm, located outside of El Paso is a member of Legacy of The Land, a group of local family farms. We've grown fresh produce for over 10 years & added laying hens to the family last year. It's our hope you enjoy our produce & eggs, as much as we love growing/raising happy chickens!
Legacy of the Land
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.
Moore Family Farm use sustainable farming practices on their farm. The farm uses old fashion hands-on care. Their regenerative farm includes many of their livestock and gardening interest, such as, grass fed beef and lamb, pasture raised heritage breeds of pork, pasture-raised chicken for meat and eggs. We can be found full season at Urbana Market at the square or direct from farm buying groups.
Oak Tree Organic CSA
Pick-Up Locations: Springfield
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.
Over The Rainbow Farm is a small family farm just north of Niantic, IL. Roy and Lori Roberts offer community supported agriculture (CSA) shares of 6-10 seasonal produce items or more each week including berries, beans, tomatoes, onions, garlic and much more! Weekly shares are delivered during their growing season to Decatur, IL on Thursday evenings or may be picked up at the farm!
Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery is Illinois' first farmstead & artisan creamery. Established in 2005, they have been raising dairy goats and producing small-batch, hand-crafted cheeses for over a decade. They sell their products at farmers' market and through their Cheese & Gelato CSA. They also have a farm store called "The Real Stand." Prairie Fruits Farm has a small organic fruit orchard and hosts farm to table meals and other agri-tourism activities.
CSA 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).
PrairiErth Farm CSA
Pick-Up Locations: Bloomington/Normal & Lincoln
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.
Red Gate Farm, LLC is a small, family farm, focused on being good stewards of God's creation. We raise a wide variety of produce and meat animals, using natural, sustainable methods. In addition, we offer a variety of tours, classes, and clinics. Please visit our website for additional information.
Sola Gratia Farm is a community-based farm dedicated to producing locally-grown, high-quality, natural produce. Produce is grown following organic practices, for it's Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, local farmer's markets, the Common Ground Food Co-op, several restaurants and for donations to local hunger assistance programs. Started by St. Matthew Lutheran Church and Faith in Place in 2012, this four-acre community farm is committed to helping those who lack adequate food resources. Sola Gratia Farm donates at least 10 percent of its produce to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank and other hunger abatement programs in East Central Illinois, such as the TIMES Center. Over the last five years, we have donated over 35,000 pounds of produce (nearly 30% of total harvest)and with your help, we can continue making fresh, healthy, locally grown produce accessible to everyone.
Spurgeon Veggies is a small, diversified, woman-owned, family farm operation that has been serving Galesburg for the last 10 years. Eloise Spurgeon began the operation in 2007 and brought on her daughter-in-law Dusty in 2010. The pair make environmentally conscious land management a priority– leaving nearly 50 acres of their farm in original hardwood trees to provide habitat for native wildlife and using organic practices to raise their produce.Between the two farms, Spurgeon Veggies grows nearly every vegetable possible for Illinois and cares for over a hundred laying hens. The farms provide enough produce to sustain a 100-member CSA, a farm stand, an always well-stocked booth at the Galesburg Farmers’ Market, and supports several local restaurants.
Legacy of the Land member farm. Sunny Lane Farm is a very small, but very diverse farm in Eureka, IL. We use chemical free practices to grow 20 kinds (almost 80 varieties) of fruit, about 30 kinds of herbs, and over 200 varieties of garden plant starts.
Timberfeast is a new farm in Chatsworth, Illinois offering the highest-quality pasture raised meats. Our products include fresh organic-fed pastured poultry and eggs, pastured pork, pastured goat, grass-fed beef, and grass-fed lamb. Young farmers Mark Brady and Katie Kennedy raise animals on the woodland pastures of Mark's family's sixth generation farm in Central Illinois.
Tri County Fresh Food Hub CSA
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
Triple S Farms
Pick-Up Locations: We deliver to Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Decatur, Collinsville, Effingham/Olney Mattoon & Robinson
Description: Our Buyers Club (our version of a CSA) requires a one-time fee for membership and we have delivery set up on a monthly basis. There are no minimums and members are not required to order every month. We offer beef, pork, chicken, and turkey (seasonally), all on pasture and we are always accepting new members. Members get monthly newsletters about happenings on the farm as well as invites to farm events.
Contact: Stan Schutte, firstname.lastname@example.org, 217-343-4710
Willow City Farm is a family-owned diversified farm. We raise beef, pork, lamb, goat, poultry & eggs. Our products have no hormones added or daily antibiotics administered, ever. Our animals are sustainably & humanely raised & processed, always. We also raise alpaca and sell their luxurious fibers, yarns, and other handmade products.
CSA Pick up locations at Willow City Farmstand, 731 South Durkin and Copper Pot Cooking Studio, Springfield. Each membership period is three months long. Feel free to join in the middle of a membership period for a prorated fee. Available 3-Month Sessions: February to April, May to July, August to October, November to January. Every box gets basic seasonal cuts of pastured beef, free range chicken & pastured pork. CSA members can fill the rest of their box with their "choice" of selected available products.
We are a fourth-generation family farm, located near Virginia, Illinois, raising pastured pork, grass fed only beef, pasture raised chickens for eggs and meat, and honey. We provide our customers with high quality meat and eggs that are healthy and nutritious. New for 2017 - red wattle pork. We also grow a large variety of produce using only organic methods. All products are available from our on-farm store or at farmers markets in downtown Springfield, at the state fairgrounds, Jacksonville farmers market downtown, First Sunday Midwest Bazaar in Petersburg, or weekly delivery to Springfield on Tuesdays.