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!
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
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville, IL 60565
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