What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. CSA members support their local farmer by signing up in advance (payment plans available) for weekly or biweekly boxes of fresh seasonal produce to be delivered to neighborhood drop-sites throughout the city.
What It Means to Be a Member
As a member you are:
- Supporting your local small farmer
- Saving money on produce compared to grocery store prices
- Establishing a strong relationship with how your food is grown
- Minimizing your carbon footprint by eating local non-packaged food
- Supporting sustainable agricultural practices (the farm is certified USDA Organic)
- Discovering delicious new vegetables
What to Expect as a Member
In addition to your boxes of freshly harvested produce, you’ll receive:
- A Sandbox Organics tote-bag
- 15% discount at our Farmer’s Market stand
- Weekly newsletters with recipes and pictures of that week’s share items, news and pictures from the farm, and more
- Pick-up day reminders
- Access to our CSA recipe database (new!)
- Invitations to on-farm events where you can see where your food is grown, get to know your farmer, and share delicious food with other CSA members!
You will generally receive 9-10 vegetable items per week, equivalent to one full grocery bag of produce (with more during peak season), and the occasional fresh culinary herb.
Some of the delicious vegetables you can expect to get in your share:
Arugula, Asian Salad Greens, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Rainbow Chard, Collard Greens, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Fennel, Garlic, Onions, Kale, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Romaine Lettuce, Sweet Peppers, Shallots, Radishes, Scallions, Potatoes, Pie Pumpkins, Zucchini, Spinach, Sugar Snap Peas, Heirloom Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Salad Turnips, Winter Squash, Basil, Cilantro and other Fresh Herbs, and more.
Members are allowed one make-up share to be rescheduled for another pick up date or at the end of the season. This allows flexibility for travel plans or unexpected responsibilities. Members can also choose to have a share picked up by a friend or family member from any of our neighborhood pick up locations (one week advance notice required).
All shares are delivered to be picked up on Sundays from our neighborhood pick up locations in Logan Square, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, Lakeview, and Edgewater/Rogers Park, Lincoln Square (new!), and Andersonville (new!).
Members receive a weekly box of fresh seasonal vegetables for the entirety of an 18 week season. (mid June through October) Find out about our Worker-Share Program here.
Members receive a full box of fresh seasonal vegetables every other week throughout the same 18 week season (total of 9 boxes).
NEW 2017! Weekly or Bi-weekly Fruit Shares- $330 and $175 respectively
Members receive (18) weekly or (9) bi-weekly deliveries of locally grown fruit delivered fresh with your vegetables or on their own. Each box has an assortment of 3-5 items varying based on availability throughout the season (mid June-October). Items might include blueberries, strawberries, rhubarb, cherries, raspberries, grapes, peaches, plums, melons, apples, asian pears, and more!
Members receive four weekly boxes of fresh seasonal vegetables beginning in October. Add this to your Weekly or Bi-weekly share for a Full Season Discount!
Ready to sign up? Follow this link to our secure sign-up page!
What Our Members Have to Say!
“This was my first CSA experience and I couldn’t really have been more satisfied. The food was BEAUTIFUL, and sustained my vegetarian diet all summer. I never had to go grocery shopping! It’s clear that Farmer Yoram values and loves his work…I could almost taste it! The quality and appearance of the produce goes unmatched.”
“The produce from Sandbox Organics is incredible, and Yoram is a thoughtful, energetic farmer. The watermelons last season made me daydream about summer days as a kid on my grandparents’ front porch on their farm in western Illinois – these little melons were so refreshing and intensely flavorful. And in these cold, dreary days of Chicago winter, I just can’t stop pining for the delicious tomatoes to come this summer!”
“The biweekly option was perfect for us so we didn’t waste any food.”
“Nothing tastes better or feels better than cooking and eating fresh local produce. The diversity of herbs and vegetables in each box was impressive, and there was always something exciting to discover. Cooking out of the CSA box really pushed me to try new foods, but my favorite part of Sandbox Organics is discovering a new side of familiar foods – aromatic garlic scapes, ripe juicy tomatoes, fresh sweet watermelons, spicy arugula picked the same day you eat it. Food just tastes better when it’s this fresh, and you can’t buy this stuff at the supermarket.”
“The quality of Sandbox Organic’s produce is excellent! The produce is super-fresh and keeps well in the refrigerator. Each box contains a good variety of vegetables. Pick-up is easy and communications serve as good reminders about what vegetables customers can expect from week to week. It also feels good to support Farmer Yoram who works really hard to produce and deliver a healthy product.”