What About the Farmers?

We realize that by focusing on activities in the Chicago area, we are excluding a great many seriously important players in the regional food system. There are many sources for finding out about local farmers, including the many projects of local agriculture advocates Sustain, such as http://www.familyfarmed.org. We have decided to compile a list of local Cook County growing projects as well as some neighboring Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) projects. csa projects are given emphasis over other kinds of local farming, because they incorporate a somewhat alternative approach to the food distribution economy by allowing eaters to have direct and consistent relationships with a local farmer for a season. Their rather radical proposal is that every person would have a farmer just as they have a mail delivery person or garbage collector.

 

Chicago Honey Co-op
Michael Thompson, (773) 489-2892
chc@urbanparadise.com
(Honey, Syrup)

Chicago’s Indoor Garden
Brian P. Gorman
5115 S. Millard, Chicago 60632
(773) 284-0186
(Vegetables)

 

Crooked Row Farm
Paul Freske & Nacy Nesyto-Freske
1735 Sublette Rd., Sublette 61367
(815) 849-5140
(Fruits, Vegetables, Honey/Syrup, Meat, Poultry, Eggs, Dairy)

 

Cummings Honey
Kathleen J. Cummings
2533 W. Thomas St., Chicago 60622
773-276-3776
kcummings@easydoesit.com

Fresh Harvest Farm
Patty McPhillips, Mokena 60462
708-945-9993
pmcphillips2@aol.com
(Vegetables, Herbs, Mushrooms)
CSA

M’s Organic Farm
MM Graff
14101 W. Washington St.
Woodstock 60098
(815) 338-8148
msorganicfarm@juno.com
(Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs,
Mushrooms)

 

Growing Home Inc.
Harry Rhodes
1325 S. Wabash, #205,
Chicago 60605
(312) 435-8601
hrhodes@growinghomeinc.org
http://www.growinghomeinc.org/
(Fruits, Vegetables, Honey, Syrup)
CSA

 

Henry’s Farm
Henry and Hiroko Brockman
432 Grimm Rd., Congerville 61729
(309) 965-2771
henhiroko2@cs.com
http://www.henrysfarm.com/
(Vegetables, Herbs, Mushrooms)
CSA

 

Joseph Baumgartner Company
Joseph Baumgartner
935 W Randolf St., Chicago 60607
(312) 829-7762
(Organic Meat)

 

Lange’s Farm
Harold Lange
24819 S. Buslt Rd., Elwood 60421
(815) 423-6958
(Vegetables)

 

Lynfred Winery, Inc.
Fred Koehler
15 S. Roselle Rd., Roselle 60172
(630) 529-9463
wineinfo@lynfredwinery.com
http://www.lynfredwinery.com/
(Wine)

 

Oriana’s Oriental Orchard
Oriana Kruszewski
12329 Basswood, Winslow 61089
(847) 673-9175
orientalpear@juno.com
(Fruits & Vegetables)

 

O’Rourke Family Farm
Brian and Carrie O’Rourke
33647 E 500 North Rd.
Arrowsmith 61722
(309) 722-9208
orourkes@dtnspeed.net
(Fruits, Vegetables, Poultry, Eggs)

 

Osage Acres
Brent Scherr
21436 E 240 N Rd, Fairbury 61739
(309) 377-2019
bascherr@greenleaf-naturals.com
http://www.greenleaf-naturals.com/
(Fruits, Vegetables, & Eggs)
CSA

 

Rainbow Farmers Cooperative /
Growing Power
Erika Allen
Chicago 60624
http://www.growingpower.org/
(Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, Poultry)
CSA

 

Resource Center City Farm
Christine Greiber
1244 N. Clybourn, Chicago 60610
(773) 398-3451
info@resourcecenterchicago.org
http://www.resourcecenterchicago.org/
(Fruits, Vegetables)

 

Sandhill Organics at
Prairie Crossing Farm
Matt & Peg Sheaffer
32140 North Harris Rd.
Grayslake 60030
(847) 548-4030, sandhillorganics@prairiecrossing.com
(Fruits, Vegetables)
CSA

 

Smits Farms
Carl Smits
3437 E Sauk Trail
Chicago Heights 60411
(708) 758-3838
smitsfarms@juno.com
(Vegetables)

 

Spence Farm
Marty & Kris Travis
RR1 Box 100, Fairbury 61739
(815) 692-3336
mandk@thespencefarm.com
http://www.thespencefarm.com/
(Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs,
Mushrooms, Honey, Syrup)

 

Teresa’s Fruit and Herbs
Teresa Santiago
302 W. Sunny Lane
Eureka 61530
(309) 467-4251
teresajeans@cs.com
(Fruits, Herbs, Mushrooms)

 

Our Holidy Farm
3206 E. 19th Rd, Ottawa 61350
(815) 434-6388
(Vegetables)

 

Other Nearby CSAs

 

Prospera Farm
Leo Sances Michael Zink
W3566 County Road E
Berlin, WI 54923
(920) 361-4747

 

Angelic Organics
1547 Rockton Road,
Caledonia, IL 61011
(815) 389-2746
http://www.angelicorganics.com/

 

Broad Branch Farm
Rural Route 1 Box 44
Wyoming, IL 61491
(309) 695-2051

 

Erehwon Farm
on Rte. 38,
three miles west of Geneva
(630) 443-8271

 

Green Earth Institute Farm
10S404 Knoch Knolls Road
Naperville, IL 60565
(630) 664-5681

 

Home Grown Wisconsin
Suzanne Rubinstein
313 W. Beltline Highway, Suite 37
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 341-8939 http://www.homegrownwisconsin.com/

King’s Hill Farm Year Round CSA
Tom Ulick
19370 Highway G
Mineral Point, WI, IL 60134
(888) 752-2301; (608) 776-3414
http://www.kingshillfarm.com/

 

Larson’s Family Farm
4432 Somonauk Rd.
Sandwich, IL 60548
(815) 786-3253

 

Walkup Heritage Farm & Gardens
5215 Walkup Road
Crystal Lake, IL 60012
(815) 459-7090