Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Makes Eating Locally Easy

Each week, CSA members receive a fresh pick in the quantity they desire of a variety of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers grown seasonally on the farm.

Each week, CSA members receive a fresh pick in the quantity they desire of a variety of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers grown seasonally on the farm.



Grateful Plains, a 5-acre family farm in Grand Ridge, IL, focused on pioneering the local food movement in the Illinois River Valley region, will offer locally-grown, non-GMO veggies and herbs for the third season through their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A convenient solution for people who love the taste of farm-fresh produce, but lack the time to shop, or wherewithal to grow it, CSA shares come fresh-picked and bundled with love and life for as little as $16.50 per week. Payment plans are available. Grateful Plains is offering shares for the 2016 season, with farm pick-ups weekly beginning in early June and home delivery available as far as Morris, IL.

Every week, for 20 weeks through early October, CSA members receive a fresh-pick of vegetables grown by Holly Hughes and her family, owners and small growers at Grateful Plains in Grand Ridge. Every share includes generous portions of the season’s bounty, each in its due time, including summer favorites such as tomatoes and peppers, cooking staples like onions, carrots and lettuce, as well as chefs’ picks like golden chard, candy-striped beets, purple tomatillos and oasis salad turnips. Grateful Plains starts their own seedlings from non-GMO seeds and uses no synthetic chemicals to ensure produce is healthy, nutritious, tasty and responsibly grown.

The CSA also offers add-on items like herbs for tea, fresh-cut bouquets and even edible flowers to experiment with throughout the season. Occasionally, fruit is included in the share such as berries, apples and fall pears. Businesses will often purchase a fruit or vegetable share to split amongst the employees in the office.

Four share sizes are available ranging from $140 to $830 for the 20 week season. A family of four who prepares fresh meals 3-5 three times a week will be delighted with the full share portion. Members also have the option of picking up their share bi-weekly. Individual shares as well as a bulk Restaurant share are available also. The farm offers a trial share of 4 baskets during the first six weeks of the season to explore the bounty of the CSA program and decide if it is a fit for your family with an option to upgrade for the whole season.

As part of its mission to make fresh, healthy food accessible to all, Grateful Plains offers its Grow-A-Row donation program. Donations to the Grow-A-Row program help subsidize the cost of shares for individuals and families in our area who are experiencing financial or medical hardship and provides fresh produce to local food pantries throughout the season.

For more information about the 2016 CSA membership including pricing, payment plans and to preview a membership agreement, contact Grateful Plains at 815-249-5134, or visit to register and/or make a donation. 2016 season shares are limited and are filled on a first-come, first-reserved basis as deposits are received through December 31, 2015.

Grateful Plains is a local family farm working to educate our community and provide produce for our local food movement through community-based partnerships in Livingston, LaSalle and Grundy Counties. Founded by Holly Hughes in 2014, the farm is committed to non-GMO and naturally raised produce offered affordably to area residents. Holly also hosts Kids Eco Camp and mentors the Dirt and Duty Community Market Garden in Grand Ridge where horticulture therapy meetups support area families experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome to receive support and self-healing for coping with tragedy, death and grief.

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