CSA Membership – Chicago and Surrounding Area
2014 CSA registration is now open!
Please read the information below and then choose your CSA. You can order your CSA through PayPal or you can download this registration form, and return to us by mail with your check at: 2732 N. Clark St. Suite 310, Chicago IL 60614.
Our community supported agriculture program provides you with an abundance of fresh produce every week, grown on our 100% USDA certified organic farms. In addition to enjoying high-quality, diverse, and heirloom varieties, your participation in our CSA program will help fund our employment training program and community outreach in Chicago.
Growing Home provides agricultural and food service training for individuals who have struggled with employment barriers and assists them in securing full time positions. Please explore our website, www.growinghomeinc.org, for more information about the program and other ways to provide your support.
Growing Home offers Spring, Summer, and Fall shares. The summer season offers a family sized “full” share (9-13 items) as well as a small “individual” bag (7-11 items). Spring and Fall shares are all “full” shares.
Full shares are priced at about $35/week and individual are priced at about $23/week. A discount is offered to those who purchase all three seasons in advance and to those who pick up at the farm. See the registration form for specific dates and prices. If you would like to pay in installments, contact April to discuss a plan.
If you’d like to purchase our farm fresh eggs, we’d be happy to add them to your share at $5/dozen every other week. (you cannot purchase eggs without ordering a produce share). Order quickly because they go fast!
Here’s some of what you’ll find in your shares:
hearty perennial herbs, asparagus, arugula, bok choy, garlic greens, baby lettuces, spinach, other greens, and early summer herbs like sage, chives, and peppermint
carrots, broccoli, potatoes, zucchini, summer squash, onions, cabbage, garlic, swiss chard, cucumbers, eggplant, green and purple beans, peas, early winter squash, bell peppers, a wide variety of tomatoes, and a full range of herbs
arugula, spinach, bok choy, green beans, hard-shelled squash like butternut and acorn, beets, turnips, lettuces, peppers, potatoes, carrots, broccoli, kohlrabi, onions, and late season herbs.
There are five CSA pick-up sites: the Les Brown farm in Marseilles, Morris, Green City Market, and 2 in Logan Square. See the registration form for exact addresses, pick-up days, and times.
If you live in Chicago and would like to have your vegetables bike-delivered to your door, contact Loaded Bikes at 919-357-2308 or www.LoadedBikes.com for more details.
Growing Home strives to be considerate of their pick-up hosts, to conserve and reuse our packing materials, and to ensure that no harvested produce goes to waste.
Therefore we ask that members adhere to these agreements:
- To pick up their shares on the scheduled day, during the scheduled time frame, and respect the time and consideration of their site coordinator.
- To alert April or your site coordinator as soon as you are aware that you will not be able to pick up your share on time. If you inform April 48 hours in advance, you can receive one make-up box per season. All other unclaimed boxes will be donated and no refund will be given.
- To return every CSA box to the pick-up site the week after receiving it.
Please make sure to include all your contact information on the registration form. We MUST have your email to include you in the newsletter and your phone number to contact you on pick-up days. If you are splitting with someone else who would like to receive the newsletter and who may be picking up on some days, please include their information as well.
Your Growing Home contacts:
April Harrington: for questions about the program, registration, payment, missed pick-up days, and additional information about supporting Growing Home.
email@example.com or call 773-549-1336
Stephanie Douglass: for questions, comments, and concerns about produce, the CSA boxes, or visiting and volunteering at the farm.
Your site coordinator: for issues on pick-up days or questions about how to properly pick-up your CSA. You’ll receive their name and number after registration.