Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

                                        

A farmshare subscription is a partnership between the customer (“shareholder”) and our farm where the shareholder purchases a portion (or a “share”) of our farm’s upcoming harvest which guarantees them a portion of our delicious and nutritious vegetables. 
The farmshare subscription model is a win-win: you secure your local, organic veggies for the season and we use your payment to plan, purchase and cultivate seeds, plant, nurture and harvest your veggies!
What we hear most often is our customers value knowing exactly where their veggies are grown; seeing the care and priority we place on farming sustainably and organically and, of course, how delicious our veggies are!
Shareholders also enjoy learning about different varieties of vegetables, having the flexibility to select exactly which veggies they prefer from each harvest and even trying veggies they’ve never tasted or even heard of before!
                       
When you become a shareholder, not only will you receive your preferred, freshly picked, organic vegetables but you’ll also have our support, and that of our shareholders in our private Facebook group, to make it a great experience.
Being a shareholder is much more than simply picking up your vegetables each week. During the harvest season, you’ll receive our weekly newsletter with updates and news from the farm, what to expect in your share that week and new recipes to explore. U-Pick opportunities on the farm will also be available throughout the Main Season allowing you and your family to get out in the fields to harvest your own cherry tomatoes, ground cherries, peas and green beans!
Year-round, we offer a number of farm events including our May Plant Sale (you’ll have first dibs on plants) and our Farm to Fork Dinner along with our Shareholders’ U-Pick strawberries, Pizza Nights and a partnership with Hufendick Farm, who brings their eggs and humanely-raised meats to Green Earth Harvest for our shareholders to purchase throughout the season! And, in 2021, we are working to bring locally grown fruit to the farm as well!

In the Spring Season, the shares are full of lettuces, radishes, garlic scapes, basil, beet greens, arugula, spinach and more.

                                                                     

The Main Season is when the greatest variety of vegetables are harvested. You’ll see all types of greens (kale, chard, spinach, head lettuce, arugula & collard greens), scallions, turnips, tomatoes, sweet peppers, hot peppers, tomatillos, celery, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage, squash, garlic and green beans, just to name a few! 
In addition, we offer “U-Pick” days where you have the opportunity to head into the fields to pick your own extras – cherry tomatoes, ground cherries, peas and even green beans!

                                                                     

By the end of the growing year, the Late Fall shares are full of squash, carrots, pumpkins, onions, potatoes,  kale, and more.

                                                               

We aim to provide you with shares that allow you to explore a variety of vegetables including both “staple” and unique veggies!
Depending on your preferences – weekly or biweekly, pickup on the farm or at an off-farm location, standard or personal size, Spring, Main and/or Late Fall Seasons, the average weekly cost is between $28-$43. With the farmshare model, our shareholders pay in advance for the full season, guaranteeing their portion of our harvest while financially enabling us to plan, prepare and plant for the year! 

Click above to purchase a share. Payments can be made online using credit cards & e-check and payment plans of up to 4 months are available  by contacting Sheryl Fasone at 630.428-4500 x154.
Our Spring Season pickups begin May 18th (4 weeks), Main Season begins  the week of June 15th (20 weeks) and Late Fall (4 weeks) is during the month of November. Ordering opens Dec. 1st and we recommend you order as soon as you can since we do sell out!
One of the best parts of our program is that you can order exactly what’s right for you/your family. Our Standard Size share is great for a family of 4 and/or veggie-enthusiasts and typically includes 8-9 different vegetable units each week. Our Personal Size is great for individuals, a small family or if you’re unsure of where to start out (you can always upgrade!) and it includes 5-6 different vegetable units each week.
And, the same is true for the pickup frequency you select – you’ll want to consider what works best for your schedule and the volume of veggies you will want to consume. 
No matter where you pickup your vegetable share, we have processes in place to ensure everyone’s health and safety is a top priority!
                                                                                               

Naperville – Green Earth Harvest

McDonald Farm

10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565 

Downers Grove

Private residence near Ogden & Main St. 

 

Hinsdale

Redeemer Lutheran Church

139 E 1st St, Hinsdale, IL 60521

Lisle

North American Pizza & Culinary Academy
1970 University Lane  Lisle, IL 
 

Lombard

Victorian Cottage Museum (Lombard Historical Society)

23 W Maple St, Lombard, IL 60148

Winfield

Private residence near County Farm & Jewell Rd

                                         
Yes, no matter where you pick up your veggies, you will have the opportunity to select the veggies you prefer from that week’s harvest!
On the farm, you will bring your own container/bag and shop your way through our market-style pickup in the barn to fulfill your shares. For our off-farm & contactless pickups, you will receive an email at the beginning of the week letting you know which veggies will be available that week. You’ll complete a brief form selecting your preferred vegetables and the amounts and then your farm-fresh, local, organic veggies will be harvested and delivered to your pickup location just for you!
We understand conflicts can happen which is why, during our Main Season, we offer pickup options on Tuesdays and Fridays at the farm– come when you can!
Should those options not work for your situation or you’re picking up at an off-farm site, we suggest seeing if a friend or family member can pick up your share for you (or for themselves!). The good news is if you end up missing a week, your share is donated to our local food pantry, Loaves & Fishes, so your veggies will be appreciated no matter what.
If you prefer to discuss alternatives for unique situations, please contact Sheryl Fasone at SFasone@TheConservationFoundation.org or 630.428.5500 x154.
Yes! 100% of our produce is certified USDA organic. 

Yes! We have our very own wildflower honey from right here on McDonald Farm. In addition, we partner with other local farms & businesses to offer fresh-cut flowers, eggs, meat & fruit!
                                               
There are many ways to connect! We have a Corporate Wellness Share Program which is an opportunity for us to partner with organizations to bring our farmshares to your workplace.
Children’s camps on the farm are offered throughout the summer (more information here) and various volunteering opportunities are also available (click here).
The Conservation Foundation offers Conservation@Home, Conservation@Work and Nature Rx programs which promote connections with nature along with the preservation and restoration of our natural environments. Find out more here!
We’d love to answer your questions! Please call our Program Coordinator, Sheryl Fasone, at 630.428.4500 x154 or email her at sfasone@TheConservationFoundation.org.