NOW ENROLLING!! Is Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) a good fit for you? How do you know? The best way to make the consideration is by filling out the simple form below and receiving a copy of our 2016 CSA Member agreement for your review. There is no obligation to enroll by submitting the form below.
2016 Grateful Plains CSA program enrollment begins September 1st and closes when 100 shares are filled or on June 15, 2016, whichever comes first. Share sizes, pricing, pickup details, delivery options and what to expect in your shares is all described in detail in the document you will receive by email.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a weekly produce pickup of vegetables, herbs and cut flowers grown on our small family farm in Grand Ridge, IL. Our 2016 season runs the first or second week of June to October.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a relationship between me as farmer and you as my customer. CSA creates a community of individuals who pledge to support a farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of local food production.
Members become ‘shareholders’ of the farm and/or garden pledging in advance to cover the anticipating costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, members receive crop share in the bounty of the farm while creating local food security as well as intangible benefits such as reconnecting to the land and witnessing community connection. At Grateful Plains, members have the option to work the land side by side with me and participate in learning ‘playshops’ all year long. Members also share in the risks of farming, including poor harvests due to unfavorable weather or pests. By direct sales to community members who provide advance working capital, growers receive better prices for their crops with a stable market and get to focus on growing your food rather than be distracted by extensive marketing.
Crops are selected to provide you with a variety of choices for several weeks throughout our growing season. CSA members invest in our farm by paying for their shares in advance and agree to share in the risk of weather and pests as well as reap the benefits, such as abundant bumper crops and availability of rare, heirloom varieties you can’t find in the store or the neighbor’s garden.
Typical Midwest CSA Crops
MAY – JUNE Asparagus, Arugula, Rhubarb, Spinach, Baby Amaranth, Mountain Orach, Radishes, Chinese Cabbage, Lettuce, Bok Choy, Kale, Purslane, Chard, Chives, Catmint, thyme, parsley, lemon balm, lemon verbena, marjoram
JULY- AUGUST Add to above: Beets, Zucchini, Onions, Cucumbers, Squash, Green Beans, Eggplant, Daikon, Carrots, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Artichoke, Gooseberries, Celery, Parsnip, Tomatillos, Sweet Corn, Melons, lavender, basil, oregano, sage, cut flowers, edible flowers, apples & pears
SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER Add to above: Quinoa seeds, Amaranth grain, Dry beans, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli, Romanesco, Pumpkins, Melons, Cauliflower, Cabbage, Pumpkin, Ginger, Popcorn, Gourds & Broom Corn (fall decoration)
Pre-pay, Military and Farm Volunteer discounts are available as well as internship positions.
To become a member of the Grateful Plains CSA, simply choose the share size that best suits your produce needs:
|The 2016 CSA delivery season spans 20 weeks, June through October|
|FULL SHARE||$830||Full portion of 5-12 items|
|($41.50 a week)||typically feeds a family of 4 cooking 4-6 fresh meals a week|
|HALF SHARE||$560||Half portion of 5-10 items|
|($28 a week)||Typically feeds a family of 2 cooking 4-6 fresh meals a week|
|*Option: FULL SHARE portion delivered every other week|
|INDIVIDUAL SHARE||$330||Individual portion of 5-8 items|
|($16.50 a week)||Typically feeds a person cooking 4-6 fresh meals a week|
|*Option: HALF SHARE portion delivered every other week|
|TRIAL SHARE||$140||(4) Half Share baskets to give the CSA a try!|
*as the season gets going and winds down, baskets may have larger portions of fewer items to make up your share size
Fill out this form to request a 2016 Member Agreement for your review (no obligation to enroll):