2016 Organic Vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Registration Details
We have reached our capacity for 2016 registrations, thank you!
Beginning June 1st and concluding October 12th 2016 (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 fifth season (our farm production's seventh 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 2016 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 only 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 - an example of a late summer/early fall share is: "Gypsy" Broccoli, Delicata Squash, Lettuce Mix, "Candy" Onion, "Carola" Potato, "Flash" Collard Greens, Pepper Mix.
You may also reference the image upper-right of a 2013 share containing "Easter Egg" Radish, "Santo" Cilantro, Zucchini, Hungarian Peppers, Greens Mix (Tatsoi/Mizuna/Red Mustard/Scarlet Frill/Baby Kale), "Famosa" Cabbage, "Yukon Gold" Potato, "Brandywine" Tomato, "Candy" Onion.
For a complete listing of last year's shares, please reference this PDF - lots of information here!
CSA Share Pricing
Share Price for Returning Members
Returning members always receive the discounted price! We are grateful for your continued business.
- Returning Member, Payment by Mail (by check, with signed contract): $360
- Returning Member, Payment Online - includes processing fee (by credit/debit card, with online contract agreement): $370
Share Price for New Members
We are ready to share our harvests with you, welcome!
- New Member, Payment by Mail (by check, with signed contract): $385
- New Member, Payment Online - includes processing fee (by credit/debit card, with 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 1st, 2016 - this allows us to properly plan our greenhouse and field plantings for the CSA).
If you have secured your membership with an initial deposit, you may complete your payment the following ways:
- Complete Payment by Check: $180 for returning members $205 for new members
- Complete Payment Online via website (includes 2.9% secure processing fee): $185 for returning members, $211 for new members
You may establish your membership with the 2016 Gray Farms CSA by completing the following steps either online (this website) or by mail:
Sign up Online
Sign up by Mail
Missed signup? Complete this form to be contacted when 2017 CSA registration is open and to receive our newsletters.
Current CSA Registration Capacity
- Ravenswood Manor (Wed, 12 AM 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)
- Frankfort Country Market (Sun, 10 AM to 1 PM)
- Kankakee Farmers' Market (Sat, 8 AM to 12 PM)
- (NEW!) Andersonville Farmers' Market (Wed, 3 PM - 7 PM)
CSA Member Newsletter Opt-in
CSA members may use the form below to opt-in to the weekly newsletter and box content email distribution