CSA

2018 season is closed.  2019 shares will be available in December/January!       Click here to sign up

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

We had a wonderful response to reducing our share size to 5 pounds of apples, every other week.  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 change the CSA to make it easier to manage for all.  A CSA share is now 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 2018 will vary by location.  Shares will start after Labor Day and end in November before Thanksgiving.

Pick-up locations for 2018 (subject to change):

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)

Pilsen, Belli’s Juicebar, Saturday or Sunday during open hours (9am-5pm)

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

Indiana: South Bend, Common Goods Co-Operative Grocery

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.
Naperville (northern), at a member’s home near Ogden & Naper Blvd.
Naperville (south-eastern), at a member’s home near Washington St. & Bailey Rd.
Oak Park, at Sugar Beet Food Co-op

Plainfield, tbd.
Warrenville, at Four Winds Waldorf School
Poplar Grove, with Trogg’s Hollow

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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 2018 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.

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