For the 2013 growing season Santorineos Family Farm will offer a 20 share CSA with pickup locations in Normal and Streator, Illinois. Our CSA season will run from early June through early October (24 weeks). Each week members will receive a weekly "share" of in-season vegetables. A typical share will include around a half bushel (approximately the size of a paper grocery bag) of 5-8 different veggies or fruits per week.
Our 20 share availability includes 10 full shares priced at $400 for the season and 10 half shares priced at $200 for the season. The full shares will receive a weekly delivery and members holding a half share will receive the same amount only their deliveries will be every other week rather than weekly. The weekly cost of your share is only $16.67 per pick up, which gives us farmers a goal ---> in exchange for your commitment to our farm, we strive to meet and exceed the weekly value per share. This year our veggie shares will include one dozen of our chicken eggs per month and the options to add additional egg deliveries as well as organically grown mushroom varieties.
Are you ready to join us for the upcoming season? Read on....
You purchase a "Share" of our produce harvest before the beginning of the harvest season by completing a sign up form and dropping it in the mail to us or by joining us online. You then receive a weekly or bi-weekly offering of our freshest seasonal produce from early June through early November. You may also have the opportunity to extend your share with additional baskets of storage vegetables delivered in November and December.
We do our very best to bring you a beautiful and bountiful selection each week, but since Mother Nature provides no guarantees -- we can't offer any either. She runs the show, unfortunately and one of the premises of a CSA program is the shareholder shares, through the vegetables, the farmers' experience of Nature's mischief (and blessings).
Get to know your food by knowing who grew it and how it was grown. This is much more important than buying into an "Organic" label slapped on produce at the local grocery store. That label really means nothing in terms of safety, freshness or quality of food without knowing where the food originated and how it was grown. Investing in your local farmers closes the gap between you and your food. CSAs eliminate the problem of these anonymous veggies. With your CSA share you'll receive a weekly email providing cooking tips and recipes to help you get to know (and like) new foods as well as some insight into how your veggies are growing up on "your" farm -- to help you get to know your food.