2017 Organic Vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Registration Details
Please note: Registration for our CSA program is now closed. We have a great group of shareholders this year! If you have initiated the process or contacted us prior to 5/5, we are happy to accept your registration.
Shareholders: Please expect a few emails in May to prep for our first delivery in June.
Beginning June 7th and concluding October 18th 2017 (20 weeks) we will be bringing our weekly harvest of fresh organic vegetables from our farm near Watseka, IL to various drop-off locations in the Chicagoland area (on-farm pick up is also available). Each week you can expect a mix of freshly picked produce packed in a wax cardboard box ready to be taken home and enjoyed. We are excited to continue our CSA into its sixth season (our farm production's eighth season) and to offer/discover recipes with our shareholders. Please refer to our growing calendar below for our offerings -- this schedule is always set by Nature’s decisions but we do strive to align with this calendar.
There are several reasons to become a Gray Farms CSA shareholder. We love packing your CSA boxes each week - we put a lot of care in assembling all of the colors and textures that our fields have to offer, and we feel that the boxes are exciting to open each week! In 2017 we will be hosting a shareholder tour at our farm in June. CSA members have the opportunity to meet other members and establish community with people who love fresh and local food (like we do). Crystal and I will provide video demonstrations of ways we like to use the produce that the seasons have provided. Take a look at our videos from 2012, 2013, and 2014 here!
Did you know that the average bite of conventional food travels 1,500 miles to your plate? I just read this recently, and it made me proud of our farm community because OUR food travels about 90 miles MAXIMUM in our box truck. As we turn the corner into winter, I want to remind you that our returning member discount remains in place! We value your membership and all of the positive things that a CSA provides (not just strawberries and Sun Gold tomatoes, but also the knowledge of exactly where your food comes from, support of the economic systems centered around CSAs, flavorful organic produce at a cost less than brick and mortar stores, and support for our farm's ecological stewardship). We want to create healthy communities, and we sure have enjoyed being a part of yours.
CSA Share Details
Each weekly share consists of about 6 to 10 crops per week - a sample of a late summer/early fall share is: "Gypsy" Broccoli, Delicata Squash, Lettuce Mix, "Candy" Onion, "Carola" Potato, "Flash" Collard Greens, Pepper Mix.
For a complete listing of an example year's shares, please reference this PDF - lots of information here!
CSA Share Pricing
- Payment by Mail (by check, with signed contract): $385
- Payment Online - includes processing fee (by credit/debit card, with acceptance online contract agreement): $396
We will accept payment in full at time of signup or a $180 ($185 if paid online) deposit may be made to reserve your subscription (balance is due on April 2017 - this allows us to properly plan our greenhouse and field plantings for the CSA).
Completing Payment (For Shares Secured via Deposit)
If you signed up prior to January 1st (Early Bird), your remaining balance is $180.
If you signed up after January 1st, your remaining balance is $205.
Second (final) payment may be made online (with 2.9% fee) or by mailing a check to:
2177 N 1930 East Road
Watseka, IL 60970
Missed signup? Complete this form to be contacted when 2018 CSA registration is open and to receive our newsletters.
Current CSA 2017 Registration Capacity (Full for 2017, thank you!)
- Ravenswood Manor (Wed, 12 PM to 9 PM)
- Oak Park (Wed, 11 AM to 7 PM)
- Lakeview (Wed, 1 PM to 10 PM)
- New Lenox (Wed, 9 AM to 3 PM)
- Bourbonnais (Wed, 8 AM to 6 PM)
- On-farm (Watseka) (Wed, 7 AM to 9 PM)
- Kankakee Farmers' Market (Sat, 8 AM to 12 PM)
- Andersonville Farmers' Market (Wed, 3 PM - 7 PM)
- Frankfort Country Market (Sundays, 9 AM to 1 PM)
CSA Member Newsletter Opt-in
CSA members may use the form below to opt-in additional email addresses to the weekly newsletter and box content email distribution. The email used for signup is automatically added to this list.