Our Southern Illinois Produce CSA Program
Joining our Southern Illinois produce CSA program secures you 12 or 16 weeks of locally grown Southern Illinois produce for as little as $10-$20 a week. Each week you’ll get a “share” of our weekly harvest that is reserved and picked specifically for your family by our family. Your produce share is then available for you to pick up on the farm or at the weekly farmer’s market in Golconda, IL. Want to see a pick near you? Become a pickup site host!
Our CSA members will enjoy the freshest selection of locally grown, sustainably farmed produce (special requests are welcome at signup) plus we will throw in many bonuses as the season progresses.
A CSA membership is not just a means for obtaining local food, it’s a journey in eating locally and seasonally. Many people join a CSA to rekindle a relationship with fresh food and to commit to eating better. It’s a mindful commitment for some, a fun challenge or journey for others.
What is a Farm CSA Anyway?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a popular concept in the local food movement. A CSA is a sustainable farm business model that is mutually beneficial for both consumers and farmers.
- CSA farmers focus on growing crops that their members have reserved in advance.
- Members reserve a seasons worth of local, nutritious crops that are grown and harvested specifically for them.
- Farmers and members enjoy a personal relationship with one another.
- Members gain access to the farm during pickday and form a connection to the lan/ animals.
In a nutshell “CSAs support both the farmer and the eater. It goes much deeper than a purely monetary transaction. The CSA farmer knows who their customers are, what they like, and how much to grow for them.” Quote taken from this LocalHarvest Article.
Our Golconda Produce CSA Specifics:
We are looking for a handful of like minded folks who will join us on our farming journey via our Southern Illinois Produce CSA program.
For our farm’s CSA we offer two different share sizes for members to choose from:
– Half share size that feeds 1-2 people and is the equivalent of 1 grocery bag of produce, with 1-2 bags during peak season.
– Full share size that feeds 3-4 people and is the equivalent of 2 grocery bags of produce, with 2- 3 bags during peak season.
Also, we toss in bonus freebie stuff for both share sizes based on overflow crop availability.
To better accommodate budgets and tastes we offer a variety of share choices. You first choose between a summer 12 or 16 week subscription option. New this year, you can add on 2 or 4 weeks of spring shares to your summer CSA share and/or you can add home delivery!
Our CSA members reserve and pay for their shares before the growing season starts so we may buy seeds, tools and equipment necessary to grow shares before planting time starts. This helps to keep our prices low for you.
Allowing us to grow your food not only helps you feed your family but it also invests in our future as farmers. Investing in farmers in turn invests in your family and the community by safeguarding the future of local food security here in Southern Illinois.
FARMING, FOOD AND COMMUNITIES ARE ALL CONNECTED!
WE ARE TURNING TO THE COMMUNITY TO FORM A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIP. WILL YOU JOIN US?
For as little as $10-$20 a week we will provide you with a basket of fresh, clean, local produce and the proceeds will allow us to invest in expanding the farm operation. Our CSA season will run for 16 weeks beginning in July and running through October. However, you may choose a 12 or 16 week subscription period. We have pickups on Saturdays. You can choose to visit the farm Saturday evenings for pickup or you may pick up your share Saturdays at the Golconda, IL, Farmers Market from 8am-1pm.
2020 CSA MEMBERSHIP ENROLLMENT IS NOW UNDERWAY.
Relevant contact information, payment details and pricing is found in our member agreement document. Membership is on a first come first serve basis and spots are very limited so don’t delay.
YOU CAN SECURE SUSTAINABLE, LOCALLY RAISED, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS PRODUCE FOR AS LITTLE AS $10 A WEEK!
Interested folks can access our member agreement and signup form by clicking this link. Or you can pay for your Southern Illinois produce CSA share online here:
Those interested can sign up in one of three ways. You can join via:
- Mail: Print & sign our member agreement then mail membership form & payment to PO BOX 327, Golconda, IL 62938
- Internet: Sign up & pay for your CSA share online here.
- In person: Set up a time to come to the farm to pay via cash, check or money order.
Don’t wait to sign up! Spots go very fast and membership costs will increase after February 1st!
If you have questions you can find us on Facebook or you can email or call using the contact details in our membership agreement document. We are honored to have you considering our program and our family welcomes the opportunity to feed your family this season!
A BIT ABOUT OUR FARM HISTORY:
We are first generation farmers born and raised in the vast deserts of Arizona. We moved from Arizona to Evansville, Indiana where farmer Nathan worked as a reporter & anchor for the TV news industry.
In 2013 we moved to Southern Illinois with the promise of a mentorship and a “work to own” land agreement. We left careers/support systems in Indiana to follow our dreams of living off the land and owning a farm. We also loved the idea of giving our kids an education in self reliant, farm life. For 3 years we worked as farm hands soaking up as much firsthand knowledge as possible. Our “work to own” land agreement never panned out.
In 2015 we began our commercial farming journey here in Southern Illinois with goat milk soaps and pasture raised eggs. In the beginning we grew food for ourselves and a handful of folks that we personally knew through our CSA. We also sold overflow produce plus our soaps & eggs to our loyal customers at the Golconda, Illinois Farmers Market. At farmers market we have had the pleasure of making friends with so many fellow Pope County, IL residents.
In 2017 we transitioned from farm hands to farm operators while farmer Nathan went back to work. Nathan took on a freelance teaching role at Vienna Correctional Center teaching inmates agriculture skills. Nathan’s program “From Orange to Green” teaches inmates the skills/knowledge to build their own farm business after leaving incarceration.
In 2020 we are adding a high tunnel to our farm operation! With it we will continue sharing the skills we have acquired in agriculture via new education programs right here on the farm. We will grow lots of yummy produce too!
Growing food is something we are very passionate about and we are excited to share it with others, to spark interest in other aspiring beginning farmers.