Green Earth Farm - Richmond, IL


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2015 CSA shares still available! Sign up now for your fresh picked, organically grown produce.

June Update

We just wanted to provide a short update to let everyone know that the season is not ready to begin, but we are getting close! Everything has been transplanted from the hoop house into the fields, they all got over the transplant shock and are thriving and today they enjoyed a good soaking rain. Of course the weeds are thriving as well, and we are working our hardest to keep ahead of them.

CSA Preview (June 16th)
With the season not beginning for a few weeks yet, that doesn't mean there aren't some vegetables that are almost ready for harvesting. When that happens, and we have some things to harvest, but not enough to officially begin the weekly pickups, we have a "season preview." It gives our members a chance to get a sampling of what is to come, and our Gurnee and Crystal Lake members a chance to come out and see the farm and meet their farmer. It's also a great time to sign up and get a sampling of produce all at the same time. And while I'd like to say we are filled and cannot take any more members, that's not the case. We still have a few shares remaining and we'd love to fill up the membership before the season begins. We are tentatively planning on having our season preview next Saturday, June 13 from 1:00-5:00. I'm not sure exactly what there will be yet, but it looks like kale, Swiss chard, Romaine lettuce and strawberries right now.

What is a CSA?

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.

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What Our Members Are Saying...

"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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