Happy New Year everyone! During the past few weeks I've been making plans for Purple Leaf Farms 2014 season and now I'm ready to unveil the details, at least the ones I know as of right now.
This year for our CSA we are offering two options- One is the typical CSA where you get a box each week for 15 weeks including veggies, herbs and flowers that we select for you. This year we will also be offering a new more flexible option that will allow you to pick and choose which items you want in your box. We're calling this the "Flexible Choice" plan.
I've had many conversations with people who support the local farming movement but just find that getting a box of "random" veggies each week just doesn't work for their family. Personally I always liked the idea about being surprised about what's in you CSA box.. like a surprise birthday gift every week. But I know not everyone likes that much mystery in their lives. So, check out the Flexible Choice plan described in the "2014 CSA" tab at the top of the page.
Both our CSA options this year will consist of one box a week for 15 weeks starting in early July. We are only offering one size share this year--the boxes will be 1/4 bushel which is the same size as what we called the "half share" last year. A 1/4 bushel size is smaller than some other farms offer, but last year we had tons of interest in this smaller size share and almost no interest in our large 1/2 bushel size, so we've decided to give the people what they want and only offer the smaller option. I hope no one is too disappointed :)
Another new feature this year is we will be offering delivery in certain areas. At this point I can say that we will offer delivery in the Forest Park / Oak Park area and in the Elgin area. Hopefully we can add more delivery areas, but it all depends on if we get enough customers in a given area to make a delivery route in that area feasible.
I look forward to being able to provide food and flowers to you this season. Thanks for reading!