What is “Community Supported Agriculture?”
Community Supported Agriculture is an alternative, locally-based economic model of agriculture and food distribution. A CSA refers to a particular network, or association of individuals, who have pledged to support one or more local farms, with growers and consumers sharing the risks and benefits of food production. CSA members, or subscribers, pay at the onset of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest; once harvesting begins, they periodically receive shares of produce.
Why Become a Member of Patyk Farm’s CSA Program?
Know your farmer, know your food: Meet the Patyk family, who grows your produce, at our farmers’ market! All produce in your box will be harvested from their farm. Patyk Farms is located in Richmond, Illinois, about 50 miles north of Chicago. Although they are busy working on the farm, please feel free to visit them at any time! Business hours are 9am to 5:30pm.
Fresh Food: They do their best to pack freshly harvested produce into your box- from field to pick up point within 24 hours. Taste, nutrient density, and quality of the produce will be at their peak!
Enjoy a week’s worth of healthy fruit and/or vegetables that are packed for your family (approximately 3/4 bushel) for hopefully 20 consecutive weeks (harvesting season). Six to ten different vegetables/ fruit will be packed in your weekly box (full share). Everyone will receive nearly identical boxes of in-season produce. Additional produce can be purchased at the Ravenswood Farmers Market.
We do realize that some foods do not agree with everyone’s palate/ digestive system (ie, hot peppers or acidic tomatoes and sensitive tummies; allergies abound; less vitamin K packed veggies for customers on Coumadin; objectionable tastes or textures). Please see their below form for produce not desired. Omissions will be replaced by available produce. Please keep in mind: While they are happy to accommodate your requests for the season, they simply cannot take requests for change on a weekly basis. Also please consider the value of being a CSA member if there might be many veggies on your omission list.
Try new foods and cooking ideas! You will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of produce and new varieties of vegetables. A weekly email will inform you of the produce you’ll be receiving, storage tips, simple ideas or recipes, and nutritional information. Patyk does their best to send the email out to everyone on Saturday morning to help you prepare for the week ahead!
Patyk’s Integrated Pest Management plan includes minimal use of conventional chemicals; they rotate the placement of crops to protect the soil’s nutrients and curb various pests; use natural fertilizer from their compost pile; and hand weed, hoe, tractor cultivate, and lay down a plastic material under many crops in order to control weed population. They also use some chemicals that are labeled organic.
Egg Share Option: For an additional $4.50 per dozen, 10 or 20 dozen eggs can be added to your share. Patyk’s free range chickens are fed ground non-GMO corn and soymeal, oyster shells and grit, extra produce, grass, leaves, and bugs. They do keep roosters with their hens to protect them from predators and from each other!
Eggs can also be purchased separately if available. Please give them ample notice for egg orders.
Convenient Pick up Points: Please respect pick up times/ schedules. Unless notified, pick up points will be on the farm (Mondays 12pm-6p or Thursdays 11am to 6pm), at the Morton Grove Farmers’ Market (Saturdays from 8am to 12pm), at the Loyola University Farmers’ Market (Mondays from 3pm to 7pm), or at the Ravenswood Farmers’ Market (Wednesdays from 4pm to 8pm). If you cannot pick up your box on a given week, they ask that you have a friend/ family member pick up for you. Please give notice of changes ASAP. Patyk Farms will not double up on missed boxes.
*Please be prepared to transfer your fresh produce from their packing box to your own reusable bag or container.
Possible Produce Per Season
Many of Patyk’s summer crops will spill over into fall, and spring crops might be available again in the fall- weather pending. Listed below are examples of typical harvests.
Spring: asparagus, rhubarb, radishes, snap peas, bibb lettuce, red and green romaine, spinach, kohlrabi, green onions, beet greens, basil, cilantro, parsley, chives, dill
Summer: tomatoes (from heirloom to beefsteak, cherry, plum, grape, and yellow), sweet corn, carrots, swiss chard, kale, zucchini, summer squash, patty pans, eggplant, broccoli, green and yellow beans, beets, potatoes, onions, turnips, tomatillos, sweet bell and hot peppers, cucumbers, pickling cucumbers, watermelon, musk melon, honeydew
Fall: winter squash (acorn, carnival, amber and buttercup, butternut, delicata, spaghetti), various pumpkins, green and red cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, leek
For more information, visit: www.patykfarms.com