Chicago CSA – Community Supported Agriculture

Josh Brusin

March 06 2010 - 2:01 PM

Eating local is something we talk about more than actually live by. It's tough when nearly all of the local groceries do NOT offer small-farm products.  I heard a person asking about 'grass-fed beef' at the local Dominick's. They don't provide that. They do provide meat grading but it's a mass-meat rating system that actually assigns value far more liberally that you would expect. It deals with the physical product and works using visual criteria. It wouldn't otherwise be able to identify feed types, apart from fat content/structure… maybe it's not such a bad rating system after all. I guess my point is if you want to KNOW more about what you're buying the 'super'market is not the solution… enter Family Farmed and Community Supported Agriculture.  

From Family Farmed.org:

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs offer an opportunity for farmers and consumers to truly connect. CSA farms are usually small enterprises,  often family farms,  growing food sustainably and committed to fresh,  high-quality products. Consumers purchase a share of the farm’s harvest at the beginning of the season. The farmer then delivers periodic (usually weekly) boxes or “shares” containing the best of what the growing season has to offer.  Many CSA farms offer opportunities to visit the farm,  further enhancing your connection to your food. Here are some CSA programs accessible to Chicagoland residents.

FamilyFarmed.org has these DOZENS of purveyors and far more info on their site:

Angelic
Organics
| Caledonia, IL
Bob Bower | 815-389-2746
www.angelicorganics.com
| csa@angelicorganics.com
CN, CS, FW, NS, NW, ON

Broad
Branch Farm
| Wyoming, IL
Anita & Brian Poeppel | 309-695-2051
www.broadbranchfarm.com
| brian@njoycom.net
FW, ON

Dea
Dia Organics
CO
| Grayslake, IL
Jeff & Jen Miller | 847-207-6292
www.dea-dia.com
| millers@dea-dia.com
NS, ON

Earth
and Skye Farm
| Manhattan, IL
Patti McPhillips | 708-945-9993
www.localharvest.org/farms/M9251
|
pmcphillips2@aol.com

ON, SS

Earth
First FarmsCO
| Berrien Center, MI
Molly
Breslin 510-684-7461
www.earthfirstfarms.com
| info@earthfirstfarms.com

ON, CN, GC
this is an
apple-only CSA and does not include vegetables

Erehwon
Farm
| Elburn, IL
Beth Propst & Tim Fuller | 630-485-9964
www.erehwonfarm.com
| alpropst7@yahoo.com
FW, ON

Fat
Blossom Farm
| Allegan, MI
Jacob & Elizabeth Quincy, Laurie Smith | 269-870-5210
www.fatblossom.com
info@fatblossom.com
CL, CN, SS, WE

Freedom
Organix
| Harvard, IL
Cindy Nawiesniak | 847-910-1160
www.freedomorganix.com
| maverickdesign1@aol.com
NS, NW, ON

Genesis
Growers
| St. Anne, IL
Vicki Westerhoff | 815-953-1512
www.genesis-growers.com
| genesisgrowers@comcast.net
CL, CN, CS, GC,
NS, NW, SS, WE

Gibbs
Family Garden
| Plymouth, WI
Daniel & Jennifer Gibbs | 920-892-2005
www.gibbsfamilygarden.com
| gibbsfamilygarden@hotmail.com
WE

Grassroots
Farm
| Monroe, WI
Lindsey Morris Carpenter 512-922-4599
www.grassrootsfarmllc.com
|
farmer@grassrootsfarmllc.com
ON, CN 

Green
Earth Institute
CO
| Naperville, IL
Steve Tiwald | 630-664-5681
www.greenearthinstitute.org
| csa@greenearthinstitute.org 

ON, FW

Green
Earth Farm
| Richmond, IL
Scott & Kathy Mor | 815-403-7735
www.greenearthfarm.org 
info@greenearthfarm.org  
CN, FW, ON

Growing
Home, Inc.
CO
| Chicago, IL
Tegan Brace | 773-549-1336
www.growinghomeinc.org
| info@growinghomeinc.org
CN, CS, GC, NS,
ON

Growing
Power
| Chicago
Market Basket Coordinator | 773-347-1347
www.growingpower.org
| chicagomarketbasket@growingpower.org
CN, CS, WE

Harvest
Moon Farm
CO
| Viroqua, WI
Jennifer
Borchardt  773-805-3210
www.harvestmoonorganics.com
| info@harvestmoon-farms.com
CL, CN, NW

Heritage
Prairie Farm
| Elburn, IL
Anna 630-443-8253
www.hpmfarm.com | info@hpmfarm.com
ON, CL, GC

Kings
Hill Farm
CO
| Mineral Point, WI
Jai & Joel Kellum | 608-776-8413
www.kingshillfarm.com |
jaikellum@gmail.com
NS,
CN, ON

Lake
Breeze Organics
| Benton Heights, MI
Chad Proctor | 312.451.7358
www.lakebreezeorganics.com
NS, CN

Ms
Organic Sustainable Farm
| Woodstock, IL
MM Graff | 815-338-8148
www.msorganicfarm.com
| msorganicfarm@gmail.com
ON, CN

Mike
& Clare
s Farm
| Woodstock, IL
Mike & Clare Schaecher | 773-209-3987
www.mikeandclares.com |
clare@mikeandclares.com
CN, FW, NW

New
Era Farm
CO
| Cashton, WI
Lisa Marsh | 608-625-4565
www.newerafarmonline.com
| lisa@newerafarmonline.com 

NS, ON

Peasants
Plot Sustainable Farm
| Manteno, IL
Todd & Julia
McDonald 847-334-4278
www.peasantsplot.com 
julia@peasantsplot.com
CN

Radical
Root Farm
CO
| Marseilles, IL
Allison Parker | 847-903-5295
www.radicalrootfarm.com
| radicalrootfarm@gmail.com
CN, ON, NW

Sandhill
Organics
CO
| Grayslake, IL
Peg & Matt Sheaffer | 847-548-4030 
www.sandhillorganics.com
| sandhillorganics@prairiecrossing.com
NS, NW, ON, WE

Scotch
Hill Farm
| Brodhead, WI
Tony & Dela Ends  |  608-897-4288
www.scotchhillfarm.com 
| tony@scotchhillfarm.com
CN, WE

Simply
Wisconsin
CO
| Madison, WI 
Deb Hansen | 608-630-7097

www.simplywi.com
| simplywisconsin@yahoo.com

CN, NS, NW

Sweet
Earth Organic Farm
CO
| Wauzeka, WI
Renee Randall  |  608-875-6026 
www.sweetearthorganicfarm.com
| greener@mhtc.net
CN, CS, NS, NW

Sweet
Home Organics
| St. Charles, IL
Kim Marsin 
| 312-927-3726 
sweethomeorganics.wordpress.com | sweethomeorganics@gmail.com
ON, FW

Tempel
Farms Organics
|  Old Mill Creek, IL
Chris & Tania Cubberly  |  847-244-5330 x125
www.tempelfarmsorganics.com
| tempelfarmsorganics@yahoo.com

CN, ON

Tomato
Mountain Farm
CO Brooklyn, WI
Chris Covelli | 608-712-1585
www.tomatomountain.com
|
info@tomatomountain.com
CN, NS, WE
+ home delivery available in all areas

Triple
A Farm
| St. Anne, IL
Adam, Aaron & Andrew DeGroot  |  815-405-3305

www.tripleavegetables.com
adegroo@luc.edu
CN, SS, WE +
home delivery option

Videnovich
Farms
| Bridgman, MI
Vera Videnovich  | 773-562-0606  
www.videnovichfarms.com
videnovichfarms@gmail.com
CN, CS

Wellhausen
Farm
|  Browntown, WI
Jamie Wellhausen  |  630-231-2350
www.wellhausengroup.com |
thefarm@wellhausengroup.com
FW, ON

Zanjabil
Gardens
| St. Anne, IL
Kamal Rashid |815-549-7335
www.localharvest.org/farms/M12061
| kkrashid19@yahoo.com

CS, ON

MEAT CSAs

Cedar
Valley Sustainable Farm
|Ottawa, IL
Jody & Beth Osmund | 815-431-9544
www.cedarvalleysustainable.com | cdrvalleyfarm@gmail.com
CN, CS, FW, WE

Grass
is Greener Gardens
| Monroe, WI 
Rich Horbaczewski & Jackie Gennett |608-966-1128
www.grassisgreenergardens.com
| giggardens@sbcglobal.net
CN, CS, NS, WE

Liberty
Family Farm
| Hart, MI
Andy & Dennise Wright | 231-873-3737
libertyff@gmail.com
GC

Mint
Creek Farms
| Stelle, IL
Janeen Winters 815-256-2202
www.mintcreekfarm.com
| hcarr@mintcreekfarm.com
CN, CS, NS, WE

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