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NEW for 2016 CSA: Expanded hours for pickup days at the farm! New share size option: “Personal Size”! Refer-a-Friend Rewards! Details below.

1. What is Community-Supported Agriculture?

Community-Supported Agriculture, or CSA, refers to a model of farming in which farmers sell shares of the harvest directly to people in the local community. CSA PickupCSA represents a shared commitment—shareholders commit to the farm for the season, providing farmers with a secure customer base, and farmers commit to doing their utmost to provide their shareholders with an ample supply of high quality, nutritious food.

This direct connection between farmer and consumers bypasses middlemen, e.g., marketers and long distance shippers. It benefits the farmer by increasing farm revenue in the pre-season when many expenditures take place, benefits the environment by decreasing packaging and pollution, and benefits consumers by providing fresh, high-quality produce at competitive prices.

2. Introducing the Green Earth CSA

The Green Earth Institute uses the community supported agriculture, or CSA, approach as one of the ways we sell the produce we grow at our farm. Through our CSA, community people purchase a "share" of the anticipated harvest and make payment in advance at an agreed price. In exchange, the farmers plant, cultivate, harvest, wash and distribute a bountiful selection of vegetables and herbs. In short, the farmers and members become partners in the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown food.

We lease 49 acres of farm land at the McDonald Farm, owned by The Conservation Foundation, on the south side of Naperville, where we grow over 45 different vegetable and herb crops, all USDA certified organic.

The 2016 season is the fourteenth year of our very popular CSA program.

3. What's in a Share, How Large is It, and How Often?

Vegetables Herbs
Beets
Bok Choi Broccoli Brussels Sprouts Cabbage Carrots Cauliflower Celery
Celeriac
Chinese Cabbage
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Fennel
Garlic
Garlic Scapes
Hot Peppers Kale
Kohlrabi Leeks
Lettuce Onions Parsnips
Peas
Potatoes
Radicchio
Radishes
Rutabaga
Scallions
Spinach
Sweet Peppers
Swiss Chard
Summer Squash
Tomatoes
Turnips
Watermelons
Winter Squash
Zucchini
Basil
Cilantro
Parsley
Sage
Thyme
All our veggies are fresh, locally-grown & certified organic!

The table at the right lists the vegetables and herbs that we plant each year. As they mature and come up for harvest, there are about 8-10 different crops each week in the CSA share box. The list of contents changes through the year, based on which ones are ready to be harvested.

We offer two alternative share sizes—Standard Size and Personal Size, and both are available either weekly or biweekly (every other week).

The Standard Size share is about ¾ bushel, which is equivalent to 1½ regular paper grocery sacks. One Standard Size weekly share is generally suitable for two vegetable enthusiasts or a family of two adults and two children.

New in 2016 we are offering the Personal Size share, in response to requests from some members with small households. The Personal Size share is about ½ bushel, which is equivalent to 1 regular paper grocery sack.

If you are concerned that a quantity will be too much for you, consider biweekly pickup instead of weekly, or split a weekly box with a neighbor.

Early on, the first box or two of the Main Season is lighter, providing mainly leafy greens and salad vegetables, with a Standard Size box typically weighing 5-7 pounds. The vegetable volume and weight increase quickly as more crops mature. In late summer and fall, 15-25 or more pounds of produce may be expected in a Main Season Standard Size box.

4. Sharing the Risks and Rewards

We strive to provide an appealing and ample supply of vegetables each week, but since nature has no guarantees we cannot offer any either. You will be experiencing the ups and downs of vegetable farming: if a crop is plentiful this year, you'll receive lots of it; conversely, if the "pickins" are slim, that will be reflected in your share.

5. When is the Harvest Season?

Harvests for our Main Season Shares run for 20 weeks, from June 14 to October 28. The lengthy vegetable list above applies to the Main Season Shares.

A limited number of Spring Shares are also available, for 4 weeks May 17 to June 8. The harvest is comprised of tender spring delicacies grown in our greenhouse, including salad mix, bok choi, arugula, baby turnips, baby chard, spinach, head lettuce, radishes, and more.

Late Fall Shares are available in limited numbers for 4 weeks November 1 to November 23. Included are salad greens and spinach; cooking greens such as kale and collards; cabbage, broccoli, kohlrabi and possibly other brassicas; root crops of carrots, beets, rutabagas, and turnips; winter squash; onions and garlic.

6. Where and When Do I Pick Up My Vegetables?

Most of our CSA shareholders pick up their vegetables at the farm in Naperville, but we also offer pickup sites in Lombard, Western Springs, and Winfield. Below are the choices of locations and times.

The farm pickup choices are Tuesdays or Fridays. Our experience is that Tuesdays are more crowded, so if it's all the same to you, please consider signing up for Fridays.

Naperville at the farm
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd.
  • Tuesdays between 3:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Fridays between 2:30 & 6:30 pm (Main Season only)
Lombard
Victorian Cottage Museum (Lombard Historical Society)
23 W. Maple St.
  • Wednesdays between 3 and 7 pm
Western Springs
Private residence
4000 block of Garden Ave.
  • Wednesdays between 3 and 8 pm
Winfield
Private residence
Near County Farm Rd. & Jewell Rd.
  • Wednesdays between 4 and 8 pm

 

7. Choices and Prices

When placing your Green Earth CSA order you will have several choices so you may specify what works best for you. Our online ordering process lets you easily pick your options in these 5 categories:

  • Season…Main Season (20 weeks from June 14 to October 28), Spring (4 weeks from May 17 to June 8), Late Fall (4 weeks from November 1 to November 23). Sign up for one, two, or all three seasons!
     
  • Pickup site…Naperville (the farm), Lombard, Western Springs, or Winfield.
     
  • Share Size…Standard or Personal Size box of vegetables.
     
  • Frequency…Weekly or Biweekly pickup
     
  • Day and Time of Pickup…Farm pickup choices are Tuesdays or Fridays (Fridays Main Season only); Wednesdays are the pickup day in Lombard, Western Springs, and Winfield.
Main Season Shares
Pickup
Site
Pickup
Day
Pickup
Time
Weekly
Standard
Size
Weekly
Personal
Size
Biweekly
Standard
Size
Biweekly
Personal
Size
Farm Tue 3:30 to
7:30 pm
$670 $479 $360 $259
Farm Fri 2:30 to
6:30 pm
$670 $479 $360 $259
Lombard Wed 3:00 to
7:00 pm
$690 $499 $370 $269
Western
Springs
Wed 3:00 to
8:00 pm
$690 $499 $370 $269
Winfield Wed 4:00 to
8:00 pm
$690 $499 $370 $269

Spring Season Shares
Pickup
Site
Pickup
Day
Pickup
Time
Weekly
Standard
Size
Weekly
Personal
Size
Biweekly
Standard
Size
Biweekly
Personal
Size
Farm Tue 3:30 to
7:30 pm
$140 $100 $75 $54
Lombard Wed 3:00 to
7:00 pm
$150 $110 $80 $59
Western
Springs
Wed 3:00 to
8:00 pm
$150 $110 $80 $59
Winfield Wed 4:00 to
8:00 pm
$150 $110 $80 $59

Late Fall Season Shares
Pickup
Site
Pickup
Day
Pickup
Time
Weekly
Standard
Size
Weekly
Personal
Size
Biweekly
Standard
Size
Biweekly
Personal
Size
Farm Tue 3:30 to
7:30 pm
$140 $100 $75 $54
Lombard Wed 3:00 to
7:00 pm
$150 $110 $80 $59
Western
Springs
Wed 3:00 to
8:00 pm
$150 $110 $80 $59
Winfield Wed 4:00 to
8:00 pm
$150 $110 $80 $59

8. Payment Options

  • Single payment:  Pay by credit card on-line, or mail a check (or possibly two if you are splitting a share) totaling the full amount.
  • Two installments by check:  Mail two checks (up to four if splitting), paying half the total with today's date, and the other half dated for deposit on June 1, 2016.
  • Four installments by check:  Mail four checks (up to eight if splitting), paying one-quarter of the total with today's date and three more installments postdated April 1, June 1, and August 1, 2016, each equaling one-quarter of the total.

Note: We will not deposit the postdated installment checks until their dates.

If paying by check, your CSA sign-up will not be complete until we receive your payment and send you a confirmation. The mailing address for your check(s):

    Green Earth Institute
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd.
Naperville, IL 60565

9. Refer-a-Friend Rewards

To current CSA members:

Spread the word about our CSA and be rewarded! For each new 2016 Main Season subscriber you refer, you will receive a coupon for up to $50 off your next year’s CSA order!

Reward levels:

  • $50 for a new weekly Main Season Standard Size share
  • $25 for a new biweekly Main Season Standard Size share
  • $35 for a new weekly Main Season Personal Size share
  • $18 for a new biweekly Main Season Personal Size share

To new CSA members joining for the first time:

If you were referred by a current Green Earth CSA member, be sure to list the referrer’s name on the Add-to-Cart page!

Complete program details are on the Additional Information page.


 


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