CSA: Community Supported Agriculture
No CSA for 2017We are sorry to announce that we are unable to offer CSA shares for 2017. We have had several key people depart. Our thank you to our many supporters and to all who have an interest. Maybe we can do this again in the future.
2016 Vegetable and Fruit CSA SharePlow Creek Farm's Vegetable and Fruit CSA Share is no longer available for 2016. The below is for those who might be interested in a future year.
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:
Blackberries, blueberries, grapes, muskmelon, strawberries, raspberries, and watermelon.
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.
Basil, chives, cilantro, garlic, mint oregano, parsley, and rosemary.
Other farm products that are occasionally included:
Chestnuts, honey, and jam.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by postal mail.
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
Egg ShareWe 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 email@example.com