What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and is a way for people to really know where their produce is coming from and how it is grown. Participating in a CSA farm means becoming a shareholder, investing in seed and labor prior to the growing season. Your investment pays off in the form of a regular delivery of fresh vegetables straight from the farm. You the shareholder are also investing in this concept:
A real connection to your food and health is possible.
Becoming a CSA shareholder does NOT require work on the farm, although you are welcome to prearrange visits and/or volunteer workdays throughout the season.
Why Peasants' Plot?
There are increasingly more and more CSA farms out there like ours and we are proud to be part of such a growing family. Peasants’ Plot may be a good choice for you because of our
- dedication to organic farming
- drop-off location (in coolers)
- farmer presence at the pick-up locations
- types of vegetables (we grow all kinds, but 2014 is a rebuilding year so the only option for CSA is the Royal Tomato Share)
- heirloom seed varieties
- organic, non-GMO seed
- manageable share size and cost (see below),
- worker share option
- annual Low Down Hoe Down and other events
- proximity to the Kankakee state park, just 50 miles south of downtown Chicago
Our Year of The Tomato
Peasants' Plot will be focusing next season on building infrastructure for the farm. Projects include a mechanized bed-making/mulch-laying process, a root crop washer and cold storage unit. We are also prioritizing our high tunnel systems in order to expand our tomato yield. Be a part of our plot to succeed! As a 2014 Peasant, you will be treated royally to 25-30 pounds of non-GMO, locally and organically grown tomatoes. Varieties include cherry tomatoes, beefsteaks and heirlooms. All vine-ripened and extraordinary.
Deliveries begin when tomatoes are ripe, approximately the first week of August, continuing in weekly rations of 2-3 pounds until the plants are done.
All deliveries in 2014 will be on Thursday evenings!
Spudnik Press, 1821 W. Hubbard St. | Thursdays 3 – 9
The Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia | Thursdays 4 – 8
Lincoln Square (exact location TBA) | Thursdays 3 - 7
On the farm itself, 2047 W. 10000N Rd, Manteno, IL | Thursdays 3 - 8
Will we be growing other vegetables, too?
Of course! We will be participating as a vendor to the public in some capacity next year, selling late season crops and our famous bagged greens. Stay posted through Facebook and our blog for more on our plans as they unfold.
Can I come out to the farm?
Yes! We are going to be opening our doors more than ever before to members. You will all be welcome as participants in 5 events planned for next year. Our worker shareholder program will continue to be a big part of the farm, too.
When will Full Season Shares be offered again?
We plan on returning the option of a Full Season Share (with full list of vegetables) in 2015, better equipped and more than ready for growing.