Hi Foodie – and Farmie – Friends: As some of you know, I joined a CSA in the summer of 2010 – Harvest Moon Farms – and became friends with the farm owners, Bob & Jenn Borchardt. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. You pay money upfront ($580 for a single share, this year), or $895 for a double share) and then, starting in June, you get a weekly delivery of farm-fresh produce. They deliver at my office building (the Aon Building, in downtown Chicago), so every Wednesday afternoon, for 20 weeks, I go downstairs and pick up a beautiful box of whatever they harvested that week. It is SO MUCH FUN! For a food person, it’s like Christmas every week!
But farming’s not easy, and Bob & Jenn need help. So they are doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for cold storage and a new loading dock. Kickstarter is a very cool site that was started in 2009 to help musicians raise small amounts of money to fund projects. And it’s grown into a crowd-sourced financing platform for all sorts of small businesses. The goal needs to be reached before any money changes hands. Anyone can go to their page and donate any amount – even $10 helps. And you can choose your thank-you gift, too – seed packets, cool t-shirts or hats and other stuff, depending upon size of your pledge. They are trying to raise $25, 865.
So I’m asking you, my food friends, to consider helping them out. And if you’re in the Chicago area, consider joining their CSA. And if you don’t want to commit to a whole 20-week stint, they even do a 10-week share for only $375. A full share is enough food for at least two people.
There are lots of delivery points downtown and in the suburbs:
- Northwest Suburbs (Palatine area)
- Lake Forest
- South Loop/UIC
- Downtown Loop
- Wicker Park
- West Town
- Roscoe Village
- Lincoln Square
So – I ask you to visit their Kickstarter campaign here – and to please share it with your own food friends and family. Since I joined Harvest Moon’s CSA and met Bob & Jenn, my whole food life has changed. Who knew I would love Chard so much? Or bok choy? Sure, sometimes you get something you might not care for – give it to a co-worker, a neighbor or a friend. Or can’t eat it or cook it all? Share it! It’s what a CSA’s all about – you share ownership of the farm, with the farmers, and you can also share your food with others if you want to or need to..
Thanks for reading this – and thanks for any community sharing you can do!