(Before you read this page, make sure to first familiarize yourself with our farm share program at Receive Our Vegetables. Note: this year, due to persistent rains, the delivery season will start in early July, four weeks later than usual.
Do you have a business such as a yoga studio, coffee shop, wellness clinic, fitness club, juice bar or another kindred business? Do you want to do more for the wellbeing of your staff, your clients and your greater community? Hosting an Angelic Organics Community Wellness site will increase foot traffic to your business, boost sales, and build community.
Or are you a religious organization that would like to offer a wellness program to both your congregation and your greater community?
Angelic Organics encourages you to consider hosting a Community Wellness Farm Share Delivery Site. The Community Wellness Site will be located on your premises, and will receive weekly deliveries of fresh, organic vegetables from Angelic Organics from early July until late Fall. The distribution of the farm shares will be monitored to ensure that each farm share member receives the correct labeled box of vegetables customized to his or her preferences.
It is a privilege to be of service…to encourage people to support locally grown organic vegetables.
~ Evanston Community Site Host
The host of the monitored Community Wellness site will receive a complimentary weekly vegetable share for the duration of the 2019 season and following seasons–as much as a $960 value per season–for as long as the site is being hosted. Keep reading for more details. (Site hosts of existing unmonitored sites do not receive a complimentary share. We will be gradually phasing out many of our unmonitored sites.)
Members of your community will sign up for their farm share on our website and receive a 10% discount when they sign up by Monday, June 24.
There are two basic types of monitored delivery sites that our farm facilitates: those open to the public and those closed to the public.
Our Community Wellness Program, Open to the Greater Public
Our Community Wellness Program is hosted by places such as yoga studios, coffee shops, fitness clubs, juice bars and certain places of worship. This program is open to the greater community, fostering business, cultural and personal relationships between the Wellness site and the public. The pickup time at these locations will be at least a few hours long.
Our Workplace and Worship Wellness Program, Typically Closed to the Greater Public
In addition to our Community Wellness program, we also have a Workplace and Worship Wellness Program. This program is intended for workplaces and places of worship that are closed to the greater public. The pickup time at these locations is short, often scheduled for after the work shift or the worship service ends.
Which Type of Site Is Suitable for You?
If your Wellness site will be open to the greater public–a Wellness Site for the Greater Community–then this is the program for you to consider.
If your Wellness site will be closed to the greater public–a Workplace or Worship Wellness site–go to Angelic Organics Workplace and Worship Wellness Program.
We look for a variety of criteria for a suitable site:
We deliver our farm shares in a refrigerated truck, to ensure freshness of the produce. We strive for consistent delivery times.
We refer to the main person in charge of the Community Wellness site as the site host. The site host is probably the owner or manager of the business, or in the case of a place of worship, the person in authority or their assistant.
Community Wellness sites must be monitored throughout the pickup timeframe. If the site host is not able to also be the site monitor, he or she will assign monitoring duties to another, and ensure that this monitor follows the protocols. In some cases, the Community Wellness site might have several staff members who share the responsibility of monitoring the site. For instance, in a café with several employees, the site host will train all appropriate employees to follow the guidelines for monitoring the site on delivery days. Monitoring the site consists of following a few simple instructions outlined further below.
The site host is responsible for the following:
Remember, the site monitor could be the same person as the site host. If the site host is not able to also be the site monitor, the site host will designate an appropriate person to be the site monitor, and the site host is responsible for making sure that the site monitor upholds the standards below.
The site monitor is responsible for the following:
I love being a [farm share] member and hosting a site, receiving such wonderful veggies every week, meeting the people who pick up veggies…telling people about the [farm share] concept and local food, and interacting with the farm. I can’t wait for the season to start!
~ A Community Wellness Site Host
Complimentary Vegetable Share for the Site Host
If your application is approved and the minimum of 25 farm share members is met for your site, then you, the site host, will receive a complimentary weekly vegetable share (up to a $960 value per year) for each year of hosting as long as the minimum number of farm share members is met and as long as the standards for hosting the site are satisfactorily upheld according to Angelic Organics. (Site hosts of existing unmonitored sites do not receive a complimentary share. We are gradually phasing out most of our unmonitored sites.)
The quota of at least 25 farm share members needs to be met by Monday, June 24, 2019, in order for your site to start receiving deliveries in early July, when the season’s deliveries start. If the site opens after the deliveries start, the number of complimentary boxes will be prorated according to how many weeks are left in the delivery season.
(The site host may opt to transfer their farm share to the site monitor.)
Other benefits of hosting a Community Wellness site include:
The Community delivery sites below have closed for the upcoming 2019 season. Please consider hosting a Community Wellness site if you live in one of these communities, or encourage a suitable local business or place of worship in your community to host a Wellness site. (Closing times for the pickup timeframes below are somewhat flexible.)
We deliver to Naperville at noon every Thursday from early July until late Fall. Farm share pickup time will be 1:15 p.m. to 6 p.m.
We deliver to Elgin at 1:50 p.m. every Thursday from early July until late Fall. Farm share pickup time will be 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you submit your application by Wednesday, June 12, 2019, and we approve your application, and if the quota of 25 farm share members is met by Monday, June 24, 2019, then we can have your site up and running in time for our deliveries that start in early July. If you submit your application after Wednesday, June 12, 2019, it’s not as likely (but still possible) that we can still open your site for the 2019 season, but we would at least consider your site for the 2020 season.
It’s best to apply right away if you are interested. We currently have the capacity to add more farm share members and Community Wellness sites, but it’s possible that we will sell out quickly due to various new programs we have recently introduced.
We currently have most of our delivery sites in place for the 2019 season. We still welcome your application, however, as occasionally an existing site will unexpectedly close. Also, your site could fit our existing delivery route so well and be so compelling, that we would consider opening it for the 2019 season. Please note that your proposed site needs to be within 50 miles of Chicago or within 25 miles of Rockford, IL. If we don’t open your site in 2019, we’ll keep your application in our files for the future.
If you think you’d like to host a Community Wellness site, please fill out our Community Wellness Site Host Application. It will take you about 30 – 40 minutes. After we receive your application, we will contact you to further explore a Community Wellness partnership.