In 2015, Angelic Organics is celebrating 25 years as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) family farm, providing organic, local vegetables and herbs for people in Chicago and North Central Illinois. We work directly with households like yours, without the intermediary of stores or wholesalers. Headed by lifelong farmer John Peterson and fortified with appropriate infrastructure, reliable equipment and a great crew, Angelic Organics is known for its ability to deliver full boxes of the freshest quality produce at the most competitive organic prices, week after week, through drought or flood.
When you join our CSA, you enter into a relationship to more than the food you receive from us; you enter into a relationship with the source of your food, a farm—a farm you can visit. This is what distinguishes the CSA program from all the other ways you can buy your vegetables—in a certain way, as a shareholder, you have your very own farm. You don’t have to plow the fields, pay the crew, keep the books, maintain the equipment, or harvest the crops, but still, through your purchase of a share, you will probably start referring to Angelic Organics as our farm. Read more about relationship to a farm in Farmer John’s most recent blog post, Farm Monogamy.
Eat healthy in 2015 with an Angelic Organics CSA Vegetable Share, fresh and organic straight from our farm, delivered to a site near you. Each weekly vegetable share comes with a complementary recipe service customized for your box.
We do our best to fill your 3/4 bushel box to the brim, equivalent to about 1 & 1/2 regular paper grocery bags. From late summer through fall, your box may bulge with over 20 lbs of produce. One full share generally satisfies the needs of two people with a vegetarian diet or four people with a mixed diet.
Overall, based on various comparison studies we’ve seen and also based on analyses of our own share prices, you can expect your Angelic Organics CSA share to cost about 1/4 to 1/3 less than if you bought comparable organic vegetables from a grocery store such as Whole Foods.
Things are a lot different now in the healthy food movement, compared to the 90’s when Angelic Organics was one of the first CSA’s in the region. There are many CSA farms serving the Chicago area today, and numerous other ways for people to receive organic vegetables. So, we made a list of what makes Angelic Organics special. We hope our list makes you as excited about Angelic Organics as we are.
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You purchase a share of our vegetable harvest before the beginning of the harvest season. You then receive a weekly or bi-weekly box (or perhaps a “Flex Share”) of our freshest seasonal produce from mid-June to late-October. You may also choose to extend your share with additional boxes of storage vegetables delivered until Thanksgiving, or to supplement your organic vegetables with an organic fruit share.
When you sign up, you dedicate yourself to being our customer for the year, thus providing us with a secure market — a welcome measure of certainty in the fickle world of farming! In turn, we dedicate ourselves to being your farmers and providing you with a varied, nutritious vegetable diet for the season. Not only that, we work diligently to connect you to the source of that diet through our newsletters, a recipe service, our farm open houses, and an open invitation for you to come visit the farm and connect with the people growing your food and with the land on which your food is grown.
We do our very best to bring you a beautiful and bountiful box each week, but since our boss, Nature, provides no guarantees — we can’t offer any either. One of the premises of a Community Supported Agriculture program is that the shareholder shares, through the vegetables, the farmer’s experience of nature’s blessings and maybe mischief.
The weather woes would probably never rob you of all your veggies. Even during the flooding we experienced in 1993 and the drought of 2012, we were able to fill our shareholders’ boxes every week — and could barely close the boxes at the height of the season! In recent years, increases in soil fertility and advances in our growing expertise have consistently produced stellar boxes.
The selection of produce changes from week to week, as does the total volume and weight of the boxes. We do our best to fill your 3/4 bushel produce box to the brim, equivalent to about 1 1/2 regular paper grocery sacks. The first boxes of the season offer mainly leafy greens and herbs, and weigh 7 to 12 pounds. From late summer through fall, the boxes may bulge with over 20 pounds of produce. One full share generally satisfies the needs of two people with a vegetarian diet, or four people with a mixed diet.
These days, “fresh” seems to mean fresh off the truck from another country. For us, fresh means we hand-pick most of the vegetables in your box within 48 hours of its arrival in your neighborhood. Local means settlers here smelled the smoke from the Great Chicago Fire. Our farm is a 2-hour drive northwest of Chicago, a 1/2 hour drive north of Rockford.
No anonymous veggies here; the boxes talk! With each delivery we publish a weekly newsletter acquainting you with your food and its interesting upbringing — a synergy of weather, soil, sun, and toil. We also provide a CSA recipe service through Local Thyme, which includes weekly recipes and tips customized for your box, supplemental shopping lists, and a vegetable identification guide.
Beyond cultivating a relationship with new foods, shareholders can cultivate a new relationship with food by following the food chain back to the soil. We invite you out to the farm during the season where you can visit the vegetables, touch the sweet-smelling soil, pick flowers and herbs from the U-Pick garden, attend our open houses, and talk farming with the farm hands. Additional workshops and classes are available and are administered by the Angelic Organics Learning Center.
We deliver to over 30 pick-up sites around Rockford and the greater Chicago area. You choose the most convenient location, and we bring your box to this site on the same day each week. You have at least a 5 hour window (and up to 10, depending on the site) during which you can pick up your box. We also offer home delivery to many areas in and near Chicago.
Farmer John Peterson describes why you’ll love our Community Supported Agriculture Program, as shareholders harvest beans from the Angelic Organics U-Pick garden at our farm open house.