2017 was a tough season here at Angelic Organics, with floods starting early and lasting way into August and then a drought. Yet, every week we filled our shareholders’ boxes to the brim with fresh, organic vegetables and herbs.
2018 Community Supported Agriculture shares are now available. We look forward to serving you in 2018.
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
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
Think of CSA as Connected Solidly to Agriculture
“The fresh smells are so different than the produce in the grocery store! The weekly box will be a big hit with our boys for sure!”
~ Shareholder Bill
“You have never eaten veggies until you’ve eaten them fresh from the farm with Angelic Organics.”
If You Want a Connection to a Farm, Angelic Organics is for You!
Think of CSA as a Culinary Shareholder Adventure
“Every week is a fun surprise with our box filled up to the brim with fresh, beautiful produce. Yes, often it has come with veggies…we do not recognize, but if you sign up for the Local Thyme recipe newsletter service and read Farm News, you will have more than enough ideas for how to cook for the week. We cannot wait to sign up for next year, which we plan to do within the next week!”
~ Shareholder Erin
“The one thing I have heard as a negative (not knowing what produce you will get each week) is probably the thing I love best about it. I love hopping on Pinterest and getting ideas on how to use my different veggies each week. And getting out of your comfort zone is healthy-different vitamins and minerals in foods you wouldn’t normally buy at the store. …know you have many happy customers and this one will continue to sing the praises of Angelic Organics and CSAs everywhere.”
~ Shareholder Kendra
If You want a Culinary Adventure, Angelic Organics is for You!
Think of CSA as Your Community–Supported by Agriculture
“We attend farm open houses/field days where we get to go on hay rides, see the fields where our vegetables grow, meet the farmer and other share-holders, play with the chicken and goats, and pick beans and flowers from the “you pick” garden. My kids look forward to eating garlic scape pesto, broccoli, cabbage, pac choi, kale, chard, you name it. It really does taste so much better than anything I ever bought at a store! What makes our CSA even more special is the fact that our farmer is also gifted in the arts. He made a film, depicting the history and struggles of what it means to be a farmer. My son has watched this movie over and over and has really embraced this history of rural America. It has opened his eyes about the sacrifices that others make for him and he appreciates his daily bread in a real way.”
~ Shareholder Claudia
“Such a beautiful place and so awesome to get out of the city. Everyone is warm, giving, and inviting. Soul cleansing experience!”
~ Shareholder Juliana
If You Want the Grower of Your Food at Your Side, Angelic Organics is for You!
Think of CSA as Carbon Sequestration Agriculture
Soil Health = Planet Health
Elizabeth Candelario, managing director of Demeter USA, stated in a recent interview with Dr. Mercola, “a French initiative called the 4 Per 1,000 Initiative found that if we were to increase the carbon (the organic matter) in all agricultural land around the world by a mere 0.4 percent per year, the annual increase of CO2 in the atmosphere would be halted, because so much carbon would be drawn from the atmosphere.”
Our soil fertility at Angelic Organics has improved tremendously since I started farming it organically and Biodynamically in 1990. The organic matter has increased 50% from an average of 2% to 3%—a tremendous achievement, and one that you as a shareholder, by putting your trust in us, help us to manifest.
If You Want to Mitigate Climate Change, Angelic Organics is for You!
Your Kids Will Know Where Their Food Comes From
Your children are young citizens of the earth. As a shareholder, you can share our farm with your kids. Watch them express joy and wonder as they explore the fields where their food grows. We host two Field Days per season where we offer full-day opportunities to explore the farm.
“We’ve been shareholders for over 20 years and I can’t imagine summer without the weekly CSA box from Angelic Organics. When our kids were young they ran home from school on “veggie day” eager to see what was in the box and, because it was grown on THEIR farm, they all ate every kind of vegetable. Now, as young adults, they continue to cook and eat fresh vegetables and have a robust understanding of what it takes to get fresh, healthy food from farm to table. Becoming Angelic Organics shareholders when our oldest was 3 was one of the best child-rearing decisions we made!”
~ Yelp Review
Click here to locate the most convenient pickup location for you. Home delivery is also available.
“Deliveries to location near me [are] always on time and produce is beautiful.”
~ Yelp Review
Wondering what to do with all those vegetables? Your vegetable share comes with a free recipe service called Local Thyme customized to each week’s box.
“If you sign up for the Local Thyme recipe service and read Farm News, you will have more than enough ideas for how to cook for the week.”
~ Facebook Review
(Hold Your Horses…Learn More about our CSA Below Before You Learn about our Share Options and Prices.)
Perhaps you would prefer a meal kit delivery service. I, Farmer John, understand why someone seeking convenient meal preparation would choose a meal kit service. Today, there are over 150 meal kit delivery services in the U.S. alone, feeding millions of Americans every day. Some of the larger ones, such as Hello Fresh and Marley Spoon (in partnership with Martha Stewart) are operating in several countries. Many claim to source organic when possible. Price per meal runs about $8 to $12. The larger companies have attracted major capital from investors, each vying to be the Uber to America’s kitchens. For more about meal kit services, google to find a gaggle of companies vying to bring meal kits, and even cooked meals, to your door.
Angelic Organics Offers Many Features Unavailable with Meal Kits
In spite of the allure of meal kit services, our CSA offers many features that no meal kit delivery service provides. (Important note: we both provide a free recipe service.)
1) A Farm in Your Heart We offer a direct relationship to our local farm. Food does not start at the customer’s door; it starts on the farm. Belonging to our farm will enrich and broaden your culinary adventure. Joining our CSA means that you will experience your meals in a deeper, more connected way with Planet Earth.
2) Your Kids Your kids will learn that food does not come from your stoop, but from a farm.
3) 28 Years in Business No meal kit service can compare in longevity to our 28 years as a CSA farm. (Actually, I, Farmer John, have been farming for close to 60 years—on the same farm.)
4) Certified Organic All of our vegetables and herbs are USDA certified organic—not so with most meal delivery services.
5) Fresh & Local Because of the direct route from our farm to your kitchen, you are assured of freshness. Our vegetables and herbs are typically harvested just a day or two before they are delivered to you.
6) Sustainable Our regenerative organic and Biodynamic farm practices assure you that we are farming sustainably.
7) Farm News Receive engaging weekly updates during the growing season from me, your farmer, highlighting weather, soil, crew, and place.
8) Farm Visits You are invited to your farm to see your vegetables grow.
9) On Farm Programs Our non-profit partner, Angelic Organics Learning Center, offers myriad programs which will further deepen your relationship to your farm.
10) The Movie You can watch an award winning documentary about Angelic Organics, 50 years in the making, to further connect you with your farmer, your farm and its history.
11) Value Comparison Receive one CSA box of our vegetables and herbs – about 1 1/2 grocery bags in volume – for about the same price as 4 meals from a meal kit service.
12) Helping Those in Need Our sliding scale pricing offers optional discounts to provide easier access to our food for those in need.
“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
Any company can claim that their food is fresh, local and sustainable. There are no legal standards for these terms. (Of course, all food is local where it is harvested.) Because of the direct route from our farm to your kitchen (less than a two hour drive to Chicago), you are assured of local and fresh, since our vegetables and herbs are typically harvested just a day or two before they are delivered to you.
Since we are certified organic and we use Biodynamic methods you can be assured that our farm is sustainable and that our food is brimming with vitality.
(Keep reading. We want you to first know the many benefits of our CSA program before you learn our share options and prices.)
You purchase a share of our vegetable harvest now in 2017, while we are planning our fields and seed order for 2018.
Starting in early June, every week or every other week, depending on your share purchase, you will receive a ¾ bushel box of vegetables and herbs. This is equivalent to about 1 ½ grocery bags in volume.
“My kids and I love receiving our veggie box every week.”
~ Google Review
See below for examples of our boxes over the course of the season. The photos below are of our 2017 boxes.
Early Season (Early June to late July) — Fresh and Rejuvenating with Spring Breezes
Here’s an example of what an early season box in late June might contain:
“Picked up my first box from Angelic Organics last week. Such beautiful vegetables…I’ve been thinking about joining a CSA for a couple of years but just never got around to it. I’m so glad I did. “
~ Yelp Review
Mid-Season (Early August to Early September)— Rich and Aromatic with Summer Sun Forces
Here’s an example of what a mid-season box in early August might contain:
“I would be remiss to leave out that the melons during mid-season were the best melons I’ve ever tasted.”
~ Yelp Review
“They grow the best sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes you’ll ever eat!”
~ Google Review
Late Season (Mid September to Late October) — Earthy and Robust and with the Forces of Autumn
Here’s an example of what a late season box in mid September might contain:
At the height of the season, your box may contain over 20 lbs of produce. A full 20-week vegetable share generally satisfies the needs of two people with a vegetarian diet or four people with a mixed diet.
Belonging to Angelic Organics will provide you with vegetables and herbs that are in season in this region. For example, you will not receive tomatoes in June or sweet corn in October.
More About Your Box
To learn more about your box contents throughout the season, go to What’s in The Box?
“…recipes from Local Thyme have all been delicious and easy to follow…”
~ Facebook Review
Community Supported Agriculture is about Both the Food and the Farm
Angelic Organics does not just provide you and your family with fresh, local organic food; we also offer you a relationship to the food in its larger context—that of the farm. There are many wholesalers today that will aggregate and deliver boxes of fresh produce to your door, but the story of your food starts long before it arrives at your home; it starts on the farm.
“Angelic strives for a sense of community as well as quality produce. It comes out in the newsletter, communication about deliveries, the farm open houses and the learning center.”
~ Google Review
How CSA Works For Our Shareholders
We have had great success in raising organic vegetables and herbs the past many years, but don’t take our word for it: read over 280 five star reviews (4.8 average rating) on Facebook, Yelp and Google. Also, browse Instagram photos from our shareholders.
“The past season …was a great experience of being provided heaping boxes every week with awesome vegetables.”
~ Yelp Review
To learn more about how the CSA program works, go to What is CSA?
(Still wondering about our share options and prices? You’ll get there. CSA is a big commitment. We want you to learn all about it before deciding to join or to move on.)
2018 Will Be Different
For the next season, I’m going to do something differently from how I’ve done it for the past 27 years. In the past, we could sell everything we could grow through our CSA program. Today is different. The question used to be “how much seed do we order for all these fields that are prepared to grow vegetables this coming season?” Now the question is “for how many shares do we order seed?” The best way to know that is to have people already signed up for the season.
We actually start making our specific growing plans for next year this November—evaluating varieties, planning field layouts, etc. In January, we will order seed for 2018. It is folly to buy seed for all of our prepared fields in the hopes that we will sell enough shares to justify all that time and expense of growing crops for an unknown market. We can no longer assume that we will sell out of shares in the spring.
If You are Going to Be with Us in 2018, Please Sign Up Now
I haven’t decided yet how or even if we will sell shares in the winter and spring of 2018. I will be most appreciative if you sign up this fall, as we actually start making our specific growing plans this November for 2018—evaluating varieties, planning field layouts, etc. In January, we will order seed for the 2018 growing season. If you are signed up, we’ll be ordering the seed for your next year’s share.
Receive up to 10% Off When You Sign Up By Sunday, November 26
Choose a discount from 0% to 10% to apply to your share purchase. We offer this variable discount, because we want to broaden the availability of our CSA program to people with a wider range of backgrounds. Select a discount which best matches your ability to pay, your personal relationship to the farm, your support of organics, and your enthusiasm of the CSA model. You decide the discount that best suits you in the context of your relationship to your farm and also to your budget.
Learn more about our share types, current discounts and numerous perks