CSA: Community Supported Agriculture

Sample CSA Box

2016 Vegetable and Fruit CSA Share

Plow Creek Farm's Vegetable and Fruit CSA Share is now available for 2016.

What is Plow Creek Farm's CSA program?

Plow Creek Farm's CSA program is a partnership between Plow Creek Farm and it's CSA members to care for God's good creation. We grow vegetables and fruit in a sustainable way so you and your family can enjoy healthy fresh local food. Read about our mission and practices.

This is how it works: You buy a CSA share to receive a box of Plow Creek Farm's produce each week for the growing season (18 or 22 weeks depending on pick-up location). The 18 week season for Peoria pick-up runs from June-September. The 22 week season for Evanston, Naperville, and on-farm pick up runs from June-October.

Read more about the advantages of joining a CSA.

What is in the box?

Shares differ each week depending on what is fresh and in season. Each week you will receive between 5-7 different types of vegetables. Fresh fruit will be part of the share most weeks. Here is what we hope to produce this year:
2016 Fruits:
Blackberries, blueberries, grapes, muskmelon, strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon.
2016 Vegetables:
Arugula, beets, bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn (sweet), cucumber, eggplant, green beans, kale, lettuce, onions (green & bulb), peppers (sweet & hot), peas (snap & snow), potatoes, summer squash, radish, rhubarb, spinach, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomatillos, tomatoes, turnips, and winter squash.
2016 Herbs:
Basil, chives, cilantro, garlic, mint oregano, parsley, and rosemary.
Other farm products that are occasionally included:
Chestnuts, honey, and jam.
Sample August CSA box:
Tomatoes
Green Beans
Garlic
Potatoes
Jalapeños
Sweet Pepper
Chard
Zucchini
Watermelon
Raspberries
August CSA share Sample September CSA box:
Tomatoes
Sweet Pepper
Lettuce
Sweet Potatoes
French Tadish
Purple Top Turnips
Kale
Basil
Jalapeños
Watermelon (not pictured)
August CSA share
An egg share is also available.

When/Where can I pick up my share?

Evanston: Boxes will be dropped off in the garage at the back of 726 Monroe Street. Shares can be picked up on Wednesday starting about 4 p.m.
Rogers Park:Shares can be picked up on Wednesday starting about 3 p.m.
Naperville: Shares can be picked on Wednesday about 2:00 p.m. near Brookdale Elementary/Brookdale subdivision at Raymond/Diehl.
Peoria: Saturday at the Riverfront Farmer's Market from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Farm Pick Up: Plow Creek Farm's Market Barn (19000 Tiskilwa Bottom Rd, Tiskilwa, IL 61368) starting 10:00 a.m. on Fridays. (Be careful; mapping software is often wrong by miles.)

How much does a share cost? (2016 Prices)

Chicago Area (Evanston, Rogers Park, or Naperville) Pick up: $550 for a 22 week season ($25/week)
Peoria Pick up: $450 for an 18 week season ($25/week)
On Farm Pick up: $460 for a 22 week season ($21/week)

How do I sign up?

Shares can be purchased online or by check.

Online: Use PayPal. You pay the PayPal transaction fee. Please send a completed subscription form by email to csa@plowcreek.org or by postal mail.
Evanston Pick up: $550 for a 22 week season + $16.25 fee: $566.25
Rogers Park Pick up: $550 for a 22 week season + $16.25 fee: $566.25
Naperville Pick up: $550 for a 22 week season + $16.25 fee: $566.25
Peoria Pick up: $450 for an 18 week season + $13.35 fee: $463.35
On Farm Pick up: $460 for a 22 week season + 13.64 fee: $473.64

Location

Pay by check: Please mail a completed subscription form and a check made out to "Plow Creek Farm"

Members paying by check have the option of paying the full balance upfront or paying in two installments, half of the balance at the time of sign up and the other half by August 1st.

How many people does a share feed?

The amount of produce in a weekly share typically meets the needs of a medium size family or two adults that eat vegetables with most meals. Members that eat a lot of vegetables may find the share doesn't meet all their produce needs for a week, while other members who eat less may find that it provides most or all the produce they need for a week. Share size tends to be a little lighter at the beginning of the season and then picks up as the season goes on, usually peaking in mid to late summer.

Is Plow Creek Farm Certified Organic?

All our fruits and vegetables are Certified Naturally Grown, a grassroots alternative to the USDA Certified Organic Program.

Here is a quote from the Certified Naturally Grown website:

Certified Naturally Grown farmers don't use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicide, or GMOs, just like certified organic farmers. The main difference between CNG and organic is our certification model, which relies on peer inspections, transparency, and direct relationships.

Comments from Last Year's Members

  • Loved our CSA boxes! We had so much fun learning about new produce, how to prepare cook and store it as well as trying new goods.
  • I was thrilled to find a local farm making available fruit and vegetables on a weekly basis that I could pick up. The freshness of the food was great. It smelled so good that I tested some of it right out of the box. The newsletter each week announcing what would be in the box gave me a chance to plan out what meals I could use the produce in and the recipe were a great addition. I was telling everyone that I was a member of a local CSA and shared with them what it was all about. I look forward to next year. Sign me up!
  • A great experience and very worthwhile for the whole family!
  • I absolutely loved my share each week! I have participated in other CSAs, and none of them have even come close to the quantity and quality of the box I received from Plow Creek! I can't wait for ext year's boxes!
  • This was my first experience with a CSA and I think I'm hooked. It was great to have such a variety of fresh veggies every week, some things we wouldn't normally buy were a fun challenge.

Egg Share

We are thrilled to announce we are ready to start taking orders for our 2016 Plow Creek Egg Share that can be added onto your CSA share.

Our hens are free ranging, eat only non GMO grain, and are also antibiotic and hormone free. Their free ranging space extends to over an acre of fresh pasture and a joyful bubbling creek. They get to forage as much grass and bugs as they want, as well as have access to our own mix of grains that we grind here on the farm. It is a mix of grain that we have grown and non GMO corn from a farmer down the road.

The cost is $5 a dozen. Each week of the CSA your eggs will be at your pick up site with your box of fruits and vegetables. The eggs will be kept cool at 43 degrees and will be ready for you to take home and enjoy.

Simply let us know if you would like to sign up and information on how to pay will follow.

More Questions?

Please email us at csa@plowcreek.org

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