CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, is our way of providing beautiful, locally and sustainably grown produce to the Galesburg community. By becoming a CSA member, you and your family receive a box of produce in the size of your choosing each week for up to six months!
100% of the produce in our CSA shares is planted, grown, harvested, and packaged on the family farm in East Galesburg, and our newly added second farm in Rio. We grow just about every vegetable possible in west-central Illinois, so our CSA members experience a wide array of different vegetables and varieties. We’re a “meat and potatoes” kind of CSA; that is, we don’t fill up the shares every week with specialty veggies you’ve only read about once. The majority of each week’s boxes are filled with classic, staple vegetables that everyone knows and loves, like perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes, red and gold potatoes, green and wax beans, zucchini and summer squash, colorful lettuces, sweet onions, bell peppers, broccoli, and so on. In addition to the staples, the CSA shares will also include some less common specialty items, such as spicy mixed Asian greens, kohlrabi, red cabbage, fingerling potatoes, ground cherries, collards, turnips, rutabagas, among others (see “What We Grow” for a complete list). Our goal is to offer the opportunity to try lots of new veggies while still providing our members with plenty of the basics to create beautiful, seasonal dishes. In addition to the CSA, we also operate a small farm stand open daily through the season.
Our full season runs from mid-May through the end of October. CSA members who want in for the whole season have several options: the the traditional full and half shares, or the flex shares, which offer some customization. Full shares are the biggest shares we offer with a wide variety of vegetables and herbs and a few limited tree fruits. Typically, we recommend this size share for a family of four or more. Half shares are smaller and generally have less variety than the full shares, but provide excellent quality veggies in a more manageable amount for families or groups of 2-3. Summer shares are also available for an 11-week period in the middle of the summer, when our farm is at peak production. You can find specific details on each share type here.
Membership is available to all community members in Galesburg, Monmouth, and the surrounding areas. We offer drop locations (for picking up your CSA share every week) at the Rio farm stand, East Galesburg farm, Bethel Baptist Church in Galesburg, and at a member’s residence in Monmouth. Along with your vegetables, we send out a weekly newsletter listing the produce you can expect for that week, as well as storage tips and recipes.