How The CSA Works

Shares for the 2019 CSA season are now available! 

The Conservation Foundation's Green Earth Harvest CSA is an all-organic farming operation that provides healthy, organic vegetables to the community through the sale of "shares".  When you become a Green Earth Harvest CSA shareholder, you are essentially purchasing a portion of the harvest.  You'll come to McDonald Farm in Naperville (or one of our remote pickup locations) every week or every other week and pick up your produce. 

What's In a CSA Share?

The table lists the vegetables and herbs that we typically plant each year. As they mature and come up for harvest, there are typically 8-10 different crops available to choose from each week in your CSA share. The list of contents changes through the year, based on which crops are in season.

We offer two share sizes- Personal and Standard Size. The Standard Size share is generally suitable for a family of 4. Our Personal Size share is intended for smaller households. We also offer the opportunity to choose weekly or biweekly pickups, meaning you can come every week or every other week. Some of our customers split shares with a friend as well.

When is Harvest Season?

A limited number of 2019 Spring Shares are available, for 4 weeks from May 21 to June 11. The spring harvest is comprised of tender spring vegetables grown in our greenhouses. These shares include a variety of salad mix, bok choi, arugula, baby turnips, baby chard, spinach, head lettuce, radishes, and more.
Harvest for our 2019 Main Season Shares runs for 20 weeks, from June 18 to October 29.
The largest variety of vegetables will b
e available during the Main Season.
We also offer a limited number of Late Fall Shares, which run from November 5 to November 26 for the 2019 growing season. Items often included are salad greens and spinach; cooking greens such as kale and Swiss chard; broccoli and cabbage; root crops like carrots, beets, rutabagas, and turnips; winter squash such as butternut and pie pumpkins; potatoes, onions and garlic.

   

 Veggie Pickups

Most of our CSA shareholders pick up their vegetables at McDonald Farm in Naperville, but we also offer pickup sites in Hinsdale, Lombard and Winfield. Below are the choices of locations and times. The McDonald Farm pickup choices are Tuesdays and Fridays during the Main Season. Our experience is that Tuesdays are more crowded, so if it’s all the same to you, please consider signing up for Fridays.

McDonald Farm in Naperville
10S404 Knoch Knolls Rd.

  • Tuesdays between 3:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Fridays between 2:30 & 6:30 pm
    (Main Season only)

Hinsdale
Redeemer Lutheran Church
139 E. First St.

  • Wednesdays between 3 and 7 pm

Lombard
Victorian Cottage Museum (Lombard Historical Society)
23 W. Maple St.

  • Wednesdays between 3 and 7 pm

Winfield
Private residence
Near County Farm Rd. & Jewell Rd.

  • Wednesdays between 4 and 8 pm

Choices & Prices

When placing your order, you will have several choices so you may specify which pickup schedule works best for you. You will be asked to select: Season (Spring, Main, or Fall), Frequency (weekly or biweekly), Pickup Location (McDonald Farm in Naperville, Hinsdale, Lombard or Winfield), and if you pick up at the Farm during Main Season, you may choose either Tuesday or Friday pickup.

Farm Pickup Pricing:

Season

 

Standard Weekly

Standard Biweekly

Personal Weekly

Personal Biweekly

Spring

$143

$77

$102

$56

Main

$684

$368

$489

$265

Fall

$143

$77

$102

$56

 

Remote Pickup Pricing:

Season

Standard Weekly

Standard Biweekly

Personal Weekly

Personal Biweekly

Spring

$153

$82

$113

$61

Main

$704

$378

$509

$275

Fall

$153

$82

$113

$61

 

Payment Options

Once you have selected the share with your desired specifications, you can pay by credit card or e-check on our website. You can perform a one-time payment, or you can set up recurring monthly installments (up to 4 months if the order is placed by May) to be billed to your card.  If you want to set up a payment plan or have any other questions about your payment, you can enter your order and create an account.  Then, contact us at 630-428-4500, Ext. 153.

 

 

 

 

Sharing the Bounty of the Harvest

We strive to provide an appealing and ample supply of vegetables each week, but since nature has no guarantees we cannot offer any either. You will be experiencing the ups and downs of farming, and this will be reflected in your share.

To help keep the farm financially sustainable, we often utilize other revenue sources. Our intentions are to grow enough produce to amply satisfy our shareholders as well as additional sales to shareholders, restaurants, and the public. It is important for us to note that we never let these other enterprise opportunities encroach on our Shareholders and their weekly (or biweekly) vegetable pickups. We always put our shareholders first when considering outside sales opportunities.