Commonly Asked Questions

Below you'll find the details for how our CSA works. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING IN A CSA?

By joining a CSA, you enjoy the following benefits of buying locally grown food:

  • Fresher, superior tasting produce compared to that of the grocery stores. Produce being trucked in from around the country simply cannot compete in taste and freshness with produce coming straight to you from the garden, picked at the optimal time of ripeness.
  • The satisfaction of contributing to your local economy. In addition to supporting local farmers and helping strengthen the national food system you are also making an investment which helps promote greater strength and diversity in your area's marketplace.
  • A relationship with your food and your farmer. We are a family owned and operated farm serving families in the northern Illinois region.Every vegetable has a story, and every season is a unique journey to bring forth the harvest that will feed your family. By being apart of a CSA, you not only know exactly where your food has come from, but you get to share in the story of how food gets from the garden to your table. Every time you look down at your veggies you are connected to the challenges and joys of growing that simple tomato or cucumber!
  • A better deal than the grocery stores. Each 12 week main season share costs approximately $33 a week for one-two paper grocery sacks of fresh organic produce and access to more than ten culinary herbs. This is a significant savings over purchasing the same organic produce from the local grocery stores! After doing a full inventory of what we sold last year and comparing it to the local grocers our members saved over 35 percent from grocery store prices!

WHAT DO I GET WHEN I PURCHASE A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) SHARE?

We offer a variety of share options beginning with the 12 week peak of summer share which runs from early June through August. Each week customers will receive a variety of fresh, delicious, organically grown vegetables as they ripen, along with recipes and tips for how to use, store and clean what has been harvested that week.

HOW MUCH DOES A SHARE COST?

The following is our pricing for the 2017 season:

                      12 Week Main Season Share            8 Week Fall Season Share

                                      $400                                                                  $200

 

All of our shares are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis depending on when we receive orders. We expect to have approximately 150 half shares available for purchase in the 2017 season.

DO I HAVE TO PAY THE FULL SHARE AMOUNT UP FRONT?

In most CSA models, the farmer receives payment before the season begins in order to provide for growing expenses. In a sense, you are "hiring" your farmer for the year and share the risks and good fortunes of harvest with him. Even so, it is our desire to not turn anyone away because of finances.  As a result, we do offer a payment plan that is broken into three segments for those who cannot pay in full at the beginning of the season.

                                 Main Share Installments                               Fall Share Installments

May 1st                        $145                                                                            $75

July 1st                       $145                                                                            $75

August 1st                $145                                                                          $75

(A 9% fee has been added for those exercising the payment plan option)

HOW MUCH PRODUCE WILL I GET IN A SHARE?

Members who purchase a full share receive a box of produce each week containing 8-12 varieties of vegetables, depending on what is in season. Each share is roughly equivalent to 3/4 of a bushel, or about 1 and 1/2 paper grocery sacks, and will furnish a family of four with vegetables for the week. A half share is exactly that, half of the above measurements and enough to feed a family of two. The beginning of the season will focus on leafy greens and herbs, and as the season progresses, the boxes will get heavier as fruiting crops and root vegetables begin to ripen.

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY BOX?

We offer several pickup locations which can be selected when you purchase your share.         If you need driving directions, please visit the "Directions to the Farm" link for info on how to get here.

WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE MY PICK UP?

Since we will be preparing your baskets with fresh from the field produce, it is extremely helpful to us to have each member commit to a consistent pick-up day. If scheduling conflicts arise please let us know, and we will pack your share and hold it in our walk-in cooler for two days where you can retrieve it when possible.

WHAT SHOULD I DO ABOUT A SHARE IF I AM UNABLE TO PICK IT UP?

You can always call and let us know you will not be needing that week's share, but instead of forfeiting the week, we recommend having a friend or family member do the pick up for you! You can have fresh from the garden produce waiting for you when you get home or let the person picking it up for you enjoy it!

DO I HAVE TO COMMIT TO THE CSA TO BUY PRODUCE FROM ANDERSON ORGANICS?

Anderson Organics is primarily a Community Supported Agriculture program focusing on supplying families and individuals with fresh locally grown produce - we love the idea of being your personal farmers! However, if you want to sample some of our produce, or buy on a more limited basis, you can sign up for an e-mail list and we will notify you each week of extra produce we have available for sale. You can then choose to come to the farm and purchase particular items you are interested in. To get on the e-mail mail list, simply go to the "Buy Surplus Vegetables" link.

HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A SHARE?

Please visit our "Buy A 2017 Season Share" located under the "Join Our CSA" tab.

I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT ANDERSON ORGANICS, BUT IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEASON, CAN I STILL SIGN UP?

Yes, you can if we still have room! Please contact us to inquire about availability and pricing.

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