CSA

2017 shares are now available!                        Click here to sign up

Our CSA share is a perfect way to taste your way through the apple season!

There is an important change to our CSA for 2017!  Many of our wonderful members have shared that 10 pounds of apples every other week is just a bit much for them.  In response, we have decided to make a change to make the CSA easier to manage for all.  In 2017, a CSA share will be 5 (not 10) pounds of apples delivered every other week through the season.  If you really wanted the 10 pounds, just get 2 shares!

CSA members receive 30 pounds of certified organic apples and a gallon of our premium apple cider throughout the season. Every two weeks, each CSA member picks up a 5 -pound bag of certified organic apples of the variety that is most exciting that week. There are six biweekly share pickups starting in early September; the last, pre-Thanksgiving share pickup in November includes apple cider.

As an additional benefit, CSA members enjoy discounted rates on cider and special bulk offers on other farm produce.

CSA pick-up dates for 2017 will vary by location.  Shares will start after Labor Day and end in November before Thanksgiving.

Pick-up locations from 2016 (subject to change for 2017):

Chicago:

The Heartland Cafe General Store in Rogers Park, Saturday or Sunday during open hours (8am-11pm)
Green City Market (Saturday 7am-1pm) in Lincoln Park at our market stand
Logan Square Farmers’ Market (Sunday 10am-3pm) at our market stand
Hyde Park, KAM Isaiah Israel, 5039 S. Greenwod (Saturdays, 8am-2am)

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Michigan: at the farm (Saturday or Sunday, 10am-6pm)

Indiana: South Bend, at a member’s home

Suburban Chicagoland:

Lake Bluff, at a member’s home near Sheridan & Thornwood/Rockland
Libertyville, at Radical Root Farm
Highland Park, at a member’s home near GreenBay Road and Lincoln Ave
Palatine, at a member’s home near Route 53 & Palatine Rd.
Park Ridge, at a member’s home near Dee Road & Touhy Ave.
Downers Grove, at a member’s home near Maple Ave. & Dunham Rd.
Villa Park, at a member’s home near Kingery Hwy. & Roosevelt
Naperville (northern), at a member’s home near Ogden & Naper Blvd.
Naperville (south-eastern), at a member’s home near Washington St. & Bailey Rd.
Plainfield, near Route 59 and 127th St. with Amy’s Organics
Warrenville, at Four Winds Waldorf School
Elgin, with Trogg’s Hollow
Poplar Grove, with Trogg’s Hollow

Pricing: We offer a $45 annual membership subscription. Member shares are available until July 4th. In exchange for this commitment to support the farm early in the season, members receive apples, cider, and discounts worth $100 or more at regular retail prices.

Community Supported Agriculture is a way for farmers and consumers to share both the rewards and the risks associated with farming. Some benefits of a CSA membership (from Localharvest.org):

Advantages for farmers:

  • Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
  • Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
  • Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

 

Advantages for consumers:

  • Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
  • Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
  • Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
  • Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

To join our 2017 organic apple CSA for only $45, please click through to sign up via our fancy online CSA management system.  Listed delivery days are tentative and may change based on total numbers. You will need to create a login. If this is a gift, please give us the recipient’s details (especially email address) and critical dates in the “notes” section. If you are giving a CSA share as a gift, you may want to download our full-color printable gift certificate.

Earth First Farms is a proud member of Band of Farmers: Chicagoland CSA Coalition.