What is a CSA?

Our Farm to Table CSA or Community Supported Agriculture program is a subscription-based produce purchase plan. Your subscription payment provides the funding for the farmer(s) to grow the produce, and it then provides you, the consumer and subscriber, with a weekly bounty of fresh produce starting in June and going through October.

What’s Included in our Farm to Table CSA?

  • 22 Weekly Shares – June through October (2020 Dates: 6/6 – 10/30)
  • Pick Up: Saturdays  10 AM – 2 PM *There is often flexibility available here, as long as arrangements are made in advance with the CSA Coordinator.  Contact for questions about pickup day/time
  • Pre-payment for the whole season’s produce = HUGE savings (We’ve calculated 20-30% on average.)
  • A community of like-minded people.
  • Weekly recipes to go along with your veggies; especially to help you use items that may be foreign to you.
  • A forum for sharing healthy recipes and tips.
  • Farm to Table Market Bag. One for a half share and two for a full share.
  • CSA Membership keytag for exclusive savings at Alsip Home & Nursery on pick-up days! See below for more information

Foods You May Receive

Leafy Greens

  • Kale (Curly, Lacinato)
  • Lettuce (Red Leaf)
  • Spinach
  • Swiss Chard

Herbs

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Green Onion
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Savory
  • Spearmint
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme

Vegetables

  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Corn (Sweet)
  • Cucumbers (Regular, Pickling)
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Kohlrabi
  • Onion (Knob)
  • Peppers (Green/Red Bell, Gypsy, Hot Banana, Poblando Red Bell)
  • Tomatoes  (Grape, Cherry)
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Squash (Grey, Spaghetti, Yellow)
  • Zucchini

Fruits

  • Apples (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, Zestar)
  • Apricots
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Cherries

Occasional Specialty

  • Eggs
  • Honey

Choose Your Share Option

Full Share

Just 29.77 Per Week

Option 1: Five Installments of $131

Option 2: Pay in Full - $655

Join early to take advantage of our NEW installment option! Pay for your membership in 5 easy, monthly payments. This option is only available for joining prior to May 31st.

You will still have the option to pay in full come June 1st. Pricing will be prorated for late starters.

Half Share

Just 17.50 Per Week

Option 1: Five Installments of $77

Option 2: Pay in Full - $385

Join early to take advantage of our NEW installment option! Pay for your membership in 5 easy, monthly payments. This option is only available for joining prior to May 31st.

You will still have the option to pay in full come June 1st. Pricing will be prorated for late starters.

Add On

As Low as 2.50 Per Week

Half Dozen Farm Fresh Eggs

Egg options are not available as installments.

Alsip Home & Nursery's Farm to Table CSA has partnered with Pioneering Pig Homestead out of North Judson, IN to offer members the opportunity of adding a half dozen eggs to their weekly share! Chickens from Pioneering Pig Homestead are raised free-range and supplemented with conventional feed. Now you can enjoy farm fresh eggs on a weekly basis! Need more? Add a quantity of two to your shopping cart to receive a full dozen eggs on share pick-up days. These egg offerings are limited, don't delay!

Egg only members do not qualify for free tote bag or the 10% Alsip Nursery Discount on Pick-Up Days.

What Can a CSA Subscription Mean for Me?

  • Most of your weekly produce needs will be provided through CSA shares
  • Your savings on produce will leave more room in your budget. Fuller pantry AND fuller wallet
  • You won’t have to worry about whether or not your produce is coming from Mexico
  • You will be supporting local farmers, non-profit organizations, and foundations who provide resources and training to our developmentally-disabled citizens.
Farm to Table Market

Meet our CSA Farmers/Growers

Alsip Home and Nursery grows some of the produce found in a CSA subscription but we also rely on local growers.

  • Bothwell Farms - Manhattan, IL
  • Hardin Farms - Eau Claire, MI
  • Planting Possibilities - Schererville, IN
  • Peep, Inc. - Dixon, IL
Typical mid-season bag

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the food come from?

A few sources: Alsip Home & Nursery and local farmers who have teamed up with our Farm to Table program.

Is the food all organic?

All of the food is organically grown, but not certified organic. We are not adding any chemicals or pesticides. Organic fertilizer and pest control methods are used.

Do you allow mix and match?

We typically try to give an even assortment of what is ready at a given time, but we will make exceptions. We’ll sometimes have an either/or selections.

Is the produce NON-GMO?

Much of the produce is heirloom and/or NON-GMO. All produce that is NON-GMO will be labeled as such.

What are the pickup times?

Saturdays 10 AM – 2 PM, June through October

Where do I pick up?

Pick up locations are our 2 store locations, Frankfort, IL or St. John, IN. You choose your preferred location when you sign up for your share. Your pickup location will stay the same for the entire season.

What happens if there is extra produce available?

If we have excess food for a given week we will have it available for sale to people both members and non. We then try to donate as much as possible to families in need in our communities.

What do I do with all of these strange vegetables?

So glad you asked! Here’s some recipes and tips to make the most of your bounty! We also encourage you to network with other members and share ideas and recipes. Our Farm to Table Facebook page is perfect for this!

What comes in a share?

It varies by time of season and what is ready at a given time but a typical half-share has 7-8 items, such as the photo to the right: 4 ears of corn, 2 bell peppers, bag of mixed salad greens, 5 apples, 2 bunches of herbs, 4 tomatoes, 2 zucchini, and 3 banana peppers. View here what our shares consisted of through the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

More Information About CSAs

From Wikipedia’s page on CSA:

“Community-supported agriculture (CSA; sometimes known as community-shared agriculture) is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA also refers to a particular network or association of individuals who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members or subscribers pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they receive weekly shares of vegetables and fruit, in a vegetable box scheme. Often, CSAs also include herbs, honey, eggs, dairy products and meat, in addition to conventional produce offerings. In theory a CSA can provide any product to its members, although the majority of CSA operations tend to provide produce, fruits, and various edibles. Some CSA programs also include cut flowers and various ornamental plants as part of their weekly pickup arrangement. Some CSAs provide for contributions of labor in lieu of a portion of subscription costs. While some CSAs include small community deliveries, other CSAs expand to large neighborhoods and beyond, centering with a farmer’s market type setup where members can pickup their shares and establish an open forum for other topics that members may be interested in discussing. The farmer’s market type CSA usually leads to a more dynamic community stemming from this pickup location.”

Also read: Biodynamics.com – Introduction to CSAs

Have More Questions?

Email Ben Tyler, CSA Coordinator or call the St. John store at (219) 365-0882 to speak to him.