Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

A farmshare subscription is a partnership between the customer and our farm where the customer purchases a portion (or a “share”) of our farm’s upcoming harvest which guarantees them a portion of our delicious vegetables. You, the shareholder, determine how often you’d like to pick up your veggies, what quantity is right for you and which veggies you’d like to eat from that week’s harvest.
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 veggies but you’ll also have our expert support to make it a great experience.
During harvest season, you’ll receive our weekly newsletter which contains 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!
Year-round we offer many farm events including our May Plant Sale (you’ll have first dibs on plants), cooking, storage tips & tricks, pizza night, and other events including our annual Farm to Fork Dinner. You’ll also receive our monthly Connections newsletter which does just that- keeps you connected to our farm and all we do.

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, scallions, turnips, tomatoes, peppers, celery, broccoli, cabbage, squash and green beans, just to name a few! 
By the end of the growing year, the Late Fall shares are full of squash, carrots, pumpkins, onions, and kale, and more.
From time to time, the farm offers “U-Pick” days where you have the opportunity to head into the fields to pick your own extras – cherry tomatoes and even green beans. 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 alternative site, standard or personal size, Spring, Main and/or Late Fall Seasons, the average weekly cost is between $28-$37. 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! 

Purchase a share by clicking above. Payments can be made online using credit cards & e-check and payment plans are available January through June by contacting Sheryl Fasone at 630.428-4500 x154.
Our Spring Season pickups begin May 19th (4 weeks), Main Season begins  the week of June 16th (20 weeks) and Late Fall (4 weeks) is during the month of November. Order soon to guarantee your shares because 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 veggies 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 veggies 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.

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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 the harvest to fulfill your shares. For our other pickup locations, 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 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 – come when you can!
Should those options not work for your situation, 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 or 630.428.5500 x154.
Yes! All of our produce is certified USDA organic. 

Yes! We sell wildflower honey harvested right here on McDonald Farm. In addition, we partner with other local organizations to give shareholders the option to purchase goat’s milk soap, fresh-cut flowers, and locally-sourced, grass-fed meats.
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