Sign up now for weekly veggie boxes!
Our 2017 CSA membership is now open, and you can sign up here to receive a weekly or bi-weekly box of fresh picked, organically grown produce available during the June-October growing season. All produce is harvested within hours of picking it up at the farm here in Richmond or one of our drop off locations (Gurnee and Crystal Lake).
We are a small family farm, using only sustainable farming practices and growing heirloom varieties of vegetables and fruits for local communities. Once we reach our maximum number of members we close the membership and grow food for those families. So sign up early while we have shares available, and so you have the option of making monthly payments.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is the concept of local farmers growing produce for members of their community – the traditional method of buying produce before the advent of grocery stores at the beginning of the twentieth century. Farmers and community supported agriculture members work together, with members providing the financial support the farmer needs to grow their food (by paying for their seasonal membership fee), and farmers investing that paid fee into the farm to run the farm and grow the produce. CSA members “pledge” to support the farm through the purchase of their share, and farmers “pledge” to work their hardest to provide an abundant season of healthy, delicious food. In this way, farmers and members provide mutual support and share the mutual risk and benefits of the season’s harvest. By paying for the seasonal membership fee up front, the farmer can concentrate on farming rather than marketing.
This farmer/community relationship eliminates the middle man (grocery stores) which reduces the price for the members, and enables farmers to receive a fairer price for their crops, as well as allowing the CSA member to see where and how their food is grown. This benefit of buying from a local farmer has become increasingly important as the country’s food system becomes more inundated with genetically modified (GMO) produce, and internationally imported organic produce and other labels that do not mean what they imply.
"I subscribe to Green Earth Farm each year because I love the fresh produce, but it's much more than that. There is a sense of community in connecting to Scott and Kathy and their family, along with the other subscribers. I look forward to picking up the weekly box of produce, for the food, yes, but also for the chance to catch up with my friends. And knowing where my food comes from, feeling that connection to a specific plot of land, and lessening my demands on the earth, are very satisfying." - Greg
"Green Earth Farm is a wonderful CSA to be a part of. I have been a member for going on 3 years now and I love it!! The farmers are great people who truly love what they do and it shows in the vegetables they provide. Their farm is SO family friendly as they allow me and my son to stay as long as we like and pick raspberries off the bushes (more make it into our bellies than the baskets!!), feed the goats and horses and say hello to their resident pig, 'Charlotte'. Green Earth Farm has it all...awesome veggies, herbs and fruit and friendly farmers that know you by name. What could be better?!?" - Meredith
"I am returning to this CSA for the fourth year because I love the vegetables and the fact that they are organically grown. The boxes are generously filled and it is a blast to go each week to find out what fresh ingredients I will be cooking with for the next several days. I have never gotten something too ripe and so I never have to use something before I'm ready. If you don't know what to do with something, the farmers are happy to share preparation tips and recipes with you. It is great to be able to talk to the people who raise your food!" - Kim
"We are so excited to be back for the 2012 season. The boys are very excited to come to the farm again. You and Scott make the whole CSA experience so enjoyable for our entire family. Our boys have learned so much from coming out to the farm each week. We are truly grateful for all you do." - Laura
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