As well as a la carte orders, Mick Klüg Farm offers a monthly or seasonal CSA program during the warmer months. Our MKF CSAs bring you the Mick Klüg Farm produce you would be able to take home from our farmers market stands at the peak of season in a convenient weekly package. You can choose a Standard or Plus size subscription.
By purchasing a monthly "Community Supported Agriculture" share, you will receive a total of four packages (one per week) with contents carefully selected based on what is best each week. You can order online and pick up your CSA share each week at any one of our convenient Chicago-land locations, our farmers market stands, the Neighborhood Hotel in Grand Beach, our New Buffalo Farm Stand (in season) or the farm!
In 2023 we will offer monthly subscriptions from April to November, as well as our Seasonal CSA program. Seasonal customers have the choice of full-season (May to October, 26 weeks), extended full-season (April to November, 34 weeks) or peak-season (June-August, 13 weeks) subscriptions. Benefits of a full- or extended-full season subscription include a discount equivalent to a full box for free for full-season customers!
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, and is an efficient and rewarding way for consumers to buy fresh and seasonal products directly from farmers. Purchasing a CSA share means you pre-pay for a weekly box of Mick Klüg Farm produce and other goodies delivered to your preferred pick-up location each week for the month.
What size shares are available?
Mick Klüg Farm is offering two CSA share options:
- Standard (recommended for 1 to 2 people, $139 per 4-week month)
- PLUS (recommended for 3+ people, $220 per 4-week month)
Peak (half), full, and extended full-season subscriptions are also available in both sizes. Full and extended-full season subscriptions include a discount equivalent to a full box for free!
When is the order cut-off? What if I miss it?
Please order before 8pm CST on the Sunday before the first delivery week of the month (e.g. for May 2023, this is Sunday, April 30th). Thereafter, if capacity allows, we will open shares for the remaining weeks of the month on a pro-rated basis, so please check back online from time-to-time, and you can always order a la carte!
Is it safe?
We are taking every precaution we can to keep you safe. We offer contactless pick up, and have implemented additional sanitation procedures and PPE during harvest, packing and delivery to minimize any risk to our employees and customers. We request that when picking up, you:
- If required by the venue or market, wear a face mask or covering, and socially distance when possible,
- Wash your hands frequently, before and after pick up, and before unpacking your order (use hand sanitizer when available),
- Be patient and courteous - we're all in this together (and nearing the end of our tethers!).
What if I miss my pick-up or can’t make the pick-up window?
Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to hold boxes, or a la carte orders, for longer than the pick-up window. If a box is still left unclaimed at the end of the day we will happily donate its contents.
What if I’m planning to be out of town? Can someone else pick-up my box?
If you know ahead of time that you will be unable to pick up your box one week, simply let us know in advance the name of someone who is willing and able to collect it for you. If you would prefer to donate your box for the week, let us know and we can also make that happen. We now have an option of a recurring weekly payment, so in emergency situations, you can skip a week if need be.
Can I buy extra product from the farm?
Yes! You are more than welcome to order additional a la carte items to collect with your CSA.
May I skip or substitute items?
Whilst we would love to accommodate every individual, due to the nature of the CSA model, each box and its contents will be standard for every member each week, with no omissions or substitutions. That’s truly a beauty of the CSA model; it encourages people to learn how to treat, eat and enjoy unfamiliar and novel products...and share with others! You are also welcome to order additional a la carte items to collect with your CSA.
Will I know ahead of time what’ll be in my box?
We will do our best to keep CSA customers informed ahead of time regarding box contents. Rest assured, it will always include the best of what is in season! For an indication of what is likely to be in your boxes each month, see our produce calendar. Boxes will also include a fine selection of MKF jams, raw fruit blossom honey, and surprise treats from your favorite Chicago chefs. We will also include a recipe to inspire those who aren't sure of what to do with their items.
Where do I pick up my order?
We offer pick up at at least eight Chicago-land locations (less during April), as well as our farmers market stands and New Buffalo Farm Stand (in season) or the farm. See Webstore & Pick Up Spots for details.
A note of thanks to Chef Bruce Sherman (formerly of North Pond), for his wise words and advice regarding a successful CSA program.
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MKF offers two CSA sizes: Standard (recommended for 1-2 people) and Plus (recommended for 3+ people)