How To Have The Best Shareholder Experience When Picking Up at a Community Site

The Vegetable Box

  • Please check the list at your site to be sure that you are signed up for a vegetable box that week.
  • The white vegetable boxes will be stacked together, and are marked “vegetables”. Take one from the stack. Please do not open boxes looking for that “ideal” one. This leaves other members’ boxes disheveled.
  • Return your box the following week when you come for your next delivery. Break down/flatten the boxes you bring back each week. Click here to view a video demonstrating how to unfold the vegetable box.
  • Please keep the site tidy. Let us show our appreciation for our hosts by helping to keep the site neat. We are very grateful for the generous families who open up their homes to host a site, and do not wish to burden them any more than necessary.

The Fruit Box

  • Please check the list to be sure that you are signed up for a fruit box before you take one!
  • Fruit boxes will be in a separate stack. (They are a plain brown, much shorter box.)
  • Remember, fruit boxes are delivered EVERY OTHER week and start in mid-June for the 10-delivery fruit share and in mid-August for the 6-delivery fruit share.
  • Please recycle fruit boxes on your own; do not return them to your host site.

Box Quality

  • Help your fresh produce stay that way by picking up your box promptly. Freshness and quality can quickly wither on a hot summer day.
  • We do our best to maintain quality and uniformity across all of our vegetable boxes. After you get home, if there are some unsatisfactory vegetables, give Shelly a call at 815-389-2746 or write her at email hidden; JavaScript is required and she will do what she can to rectify the situation.
  • While we do generally rinse off field soil after harvest, we highly recommend that you always thoroughly wash your vegetables before preparing them.

The Swap Box

The swap box at your delivery site serves as a trading place–you leave items in the swap box that you don’t care for and trade for something you like. Remember to give others the chance to make a make a trade, too.

The Newsletter

We include a printed newsletter on the side of each vegetable box, to help build connection to our farm. It will also be available online at

A fruit newsletter is also included with each fruit box. It will also be available online at

Sharing a Box?

The best way to split your box contents with your box-mate is by taking it home to do so.  However, when this is not possible, adhere to the following procedure:

  • Locate the Rubbermaid box labeled “For Shared Boxes.”
  • Take out a grocery bag and write your box mate’s name on it with the provided marker. (Because we need to reuse your vegetable box, please do not write on the box.)
  • Place your box mate’s vegetable portion of your selected box into the grocery bag.
  • Tightly close the bag, make sure your box mate’s name is legible and place it somewhere within your host site where your box-mate can easily find it.
  • Clean up any mess that was made dividing the box contents.
  • Take the remaining half-full box of produce home with you.

Shareholders who are not sharing a box should not take these grocery bags for their vegetables since this will deplete the supply for those who absolutely need them. If you would rather pack your box contents into your own reusable bags or paper bags, we encourage you to do so. Just make sure to leave your box broken-down and stacked at your host site.

Can’t Pick Up Your Box?

When you’re not able to pick up your box during the scheduled times, you may either:

  • Have a friend pick it up. If you have someone else pick up for you, share these instructions, and also let them know if you have or do not have a fruit box as well. Errors and shortages can otherwise occur.
  • Contact your site host and ask her/him to direct the unclaimed box to a needy party, or
  • Contact the site host ahead of time to arrange for a later pickup (this is not available at all locations). It is rare that your host will be able to accommodate you if you contact them after scheduled pickup hours.

Important: Please note that the farm can only guarantee your box will be available during your site’s stated pickup hours. If you do not pick up during the stated hours, the farm will not make up for this missed box.

 Sign up for Your Free Recipe Service

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Your Generous Host and Your Site

Your host is making a very generous contribution to the farm and to your community. Please treat your host with the utmost courtesy and your pickup site with the utmost respect.