The crops this year have been splendid—great yields and great quality.
Our shareholders have been expressing praise and gratitude this season like never before.
We’re still finishing up our veggies from this season and I wanted to send a big thank you for feeding and nourishing us this year! I’m always so grateful, week after week. Getting fresh veggies is so life and joy-giving to me, and I relish reading the weekly farm news.
~ Angelic Organics Shareholder Katie
You can now sign up for a 2021 Angelic Organics Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share, customized to your preferences. With a pre-season payment, you purchase a “share” of our 2021 summer and fall harvest, thus becoming a shareholder.
My 4 year-old and I keep meaning to send a letter on behalf of the rest of our family, but life keeps getting in the way so we are sending an email instead! This is our first time with Angelic’s CSA and we are loving it a lot. Reading Farm News has become a weekly family event and we have been really enjoying the variety of our box…despite YEARS of disliking dill, we’ve realized that we’ve never had REAL dill the likes from Farmer John’s fields. Thank you all, for your hard work and for keeping us healthy and happy!
~ Angelic Organics Shareholder Helen
Last spring, when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we sold out of 2020 shares astoundingly fast. With the recent dramatic upswing in Covid cases and with quarantines and business closures again on the rise, we wonder if we will soon be experiencing a tremendous burst of share sales again.
Regardless of what happens in the global food supply chain, by purchasing your customizable CSA share for the 2021 season now, you have the security of a steady supply of local, fresh, organic vegetables from early June 2021 through October, and even later in 2021.
I love my box! It’s like Christmas every time I receive it. I look forward to the season every year. The flavor and color of your veggies – particularly your cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots – is off the charts and noticeably better than even the best organic produce in stores. The freshness is incredible. So crisp!
~ Angelic Organics Shareholder
Our food safety protocols for 2021 will follow recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control to offer protection against COVID-19. These protocols will apply to our growing, packing, and delivery practices, and also to shareholders who pick up their shares at our delivery sites.
As the 2021 delivery season nears, we will post our updated COVID-19 protocols on our website according to the latest recommendations from the CDC.
Click here to learn about our 2020 COVID-19 protocols.
It is important to understand how our CSA program works; it is more than a seasonal supply of vegetables and herbs provided to you during the growing season. Our CSA program also gives you a relationship to the farm that grows your food–its weather, workers, soil, buildings, equipment…by being a shareholder of our farm, you will enrich your relationship with the earth.
Don’t worry–you won’t be helping with the farm work. We just want you to take an interest in how the farm grows your vegetables.
(Slideshow below contains photos taken before the pandemic.)
Eggplant Seedlings, Spring Transplanting Choi, Spring Beet Transplants, Spring Scallions, Early Season Lettuce, Early Season Spinach, Early Season Baby Greens Harvest, Early Season Watermelons, Mid-Season Heirloom Tomatoes, Mid-Season Young Sweet Corn, Mid-Season Sweet Corn Harvest, Mid-Season Ready to Eat, Mid-Season Garlic, Mid-Season Carrots, Late Season Washing Carrots, Late Season Cabbage, Late Season Potato Harvest, Late Season Spaghetti Squash Harvest, Late Season Beets, Late Season Winter Squash Harvest, Late Season Field Day, Late Season See You Next Year
Eggplant Seedlings, Spring
Transplanting Choi, Spring
Beet Transplants, Spring
Scallions, Early Season
Lettuce, Early Season
Spinach, Early Season
Baby Greens Harvest, Early Season
Heirloom Tomatoes, Mid-Season
Young Sweet Corn, Mid-Season
Sweet Corn Harvest, Mid-Season
Ready to Eat, Mid-Season
Carrots, Late Season
Washing Carrots, Late Season
Cabbage, Late Season
Potato Harvest, Late Season
Spaghetti Squash Harvest, Late Season
Beets, Late Season
Winter Squash Harvest, Late Season
Field Day, Late Season
See You Next Year
Please know that as a CSA shareholder, you will be eating with the seasons. Familiarize yourself with this seasonal aspect of our CSA at What’s in the Box?
If you are not already familiar with Community Supported Agriculture, please familiarize yourself at our page What is Community Supported Agriculture?
If you live in Chicagoland, we probably deliver to a pickup location near you. You may search by zip code here to find your nearest pickup location.
You can now receive home delivery managed directly by our farm. Your deliveries will be made directly from our farm by our trained, courteous driver in a refrigerated van. Learn more about how our home delivery service works on our home delivery page.
In 2021, our CSA management platform will be CSAware, a service of LocalHarvest, which was founded 10 years ago by longtime CSA advocate Guillermo Payet.
Our shareholders have indicated a wide range of opinions regarding share customization, from strongly preferring our original system of no share customization–the surprise box, or what is also known as farmer’s choice–to strongly preferring total share customization.
Through CSAware, we will still be offering customized shares, and also farmer’s choice shares in 2021. The amount of customization or non-customization you receive will depend on how you enter your product preferences in your account. The name of the share will be the same for everybody–2021 Vegetable Share–but how you enter your preferences (or don’t) will determine the amount of customization your share will receive.
Remember, everyone will receive the same share type, but the range of customization, from full to none, will be up to you.
We have enjoyed our boxes tremendously; it has been so helpful to customize, and also to know in advance what we are receiving. We are proud to be members of the Angelic Organics CSA, and I’m glad we signed up for 2020.
~ Angelic Organics Shareholder
20-Week Vegetable Share
10-Week Vegetable Share
4-Week Extended Season Vegetable Share
2-Week Extended Season Vegetable Share
10-Week Fruit Share
2-Week Extended Season Fruit Share
We hope you will join our farm for a culinary adventure, a cultural experience, and a rich connection to the land.
…the subscription price is so reasonable, especially compared to what you’d pay for the same sub-par, tasteless produce that traveled 1,000s of miles at the grocery store.
~ Google Review
Regarding Covid-19 in the future, there might be another flare-up, another major shutdown of the economy, more restrictions than ever…might not…I do not know. I do know, however, that if another wave of more fear materializes, Angelic Organics will be under enormous pressure to provide food for the community, and we will sell out of 2021 shares in very little time.
If you decide to purchase a 2021 CSA share this fall, you are preparing for a future in which you will eat fresh from your local, organic farm. It’s a future that will probably unfold, given that we have been growing vegetables and herbs for our shareholders for the past 31 years.
Whether it is a future in which there is a breakdown of the national food supply, it seems unlikely, but I do not know. I do know that the more shareholders who sign up for 2021 now, the better prepared you and the farm will be for what the future might hand us in the upcoming year.
In order to mitigate future losses from incessant rains like we experienced in 2017, 2018, and 2019, we installed a subterranean drainage (tiling) system throughout all of our low-lying land in 2020. This was a huge and necessary investment in the future for our shareholders. Learn more in Farm News, Week 17, Farmer John Writes: Controlling the Weather (Sort of).
Thank your for your persistence the last three years despite rains…and thank you for your persistence and the bountiful season this year.
~ Angelic Organics Shareholder
When you sign up early for the 2021 growing season, your support will help us to plan ahead, to take good care of our farm team, and to make infrastructure repairs and equipment upgrades. Your support helps the planet to recover from the inundation of toxic chemicals via conventional farming. And, being a shareholder ensures your family a steady supply of healthy, locally grown vegetables and herbs for your kitchen.
We know that people today are being offered many alternatives to the CSA model. However, only Community Supported Agriculture can bond you to an individual farm for you to know and cherish. Our mission is to provide you not just with food, but also with a farm that you can hold in your heart.
The more you learn about our farm and Community Supported Agriculture, the more informed you will be about whether to join our farm. The following are more ways upon which to base your decision.
I love this CSA! Always fresh produce, great value for your money, and lots of convenient pick up locations throughout Chicago.
~ Yelp Review
We are now offering partnerships with workplaces and places of worship to provide customized farm shares delivered directly to your workplace or place of worship. If you think your company or spiritual community might be a good fit for our program, learn more at Angelic Organics Workplace and Worship Wellness Program.
There are numerous ways that you can receive your vegetables and herbs today. Explore the many reasons why you will benefit from being a shareholder of Angelic Organics here: Why Join Our Farm?
We offer many features unavailable with meal kits. Learn more about these features at Angelic Organics CSA or a Meal Kit Service?
We love love love this CSA! We’ve been members of many before, including in the Central Valley of California, and Angelic is the best.
~ Google Review
If you have done all the suggested research above about CSA and our farm, you are now thoroughly prepared to decide if you want to join our CSA for 2021.
We hope you join us.