Cliff's Market / Jones Country Gardens

In 2016, Cliff's Market and Jones Country Gardens will be offering CSA shares available at all three store locations.  It is with great excitement that we look forward to the opportunity to provide our customers with some of the freshest and most nutritious produce possible.

For those not familiar with the CSA concept, CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and provides customers the opportunity to invest in a local farm. You, the customer, are able to purchase up front a share of the coming season's produce. By doing so, you are committing to partner with the grower and share the risk and/or bounty of the growing season. In return, the farmer agrees to provide a weekly share of the season's produce. This arrangement provides many benefits to both the consumer and the farmer.

CSA Details:

This year's CSA will begin the last week of May or first week of June, depending on the weather, and will run for 23 weeks, which takes us to November. The cost per share is $475, which is $20.65 per week. For this amount, you will receive 5 to 10 items each week. You can also choose to receive a half share, which is 12 weeks at $275, with delivery every other week, or customizeable to fit your schedule. Early in the season will probably be lighter, while later towards peak season, there will be abundant items available. Our goal this year is to grow all of our produce using natural growing methods and sustainable products. We will not be using any synthetic based fertilizers or chemicals. We are striving for healthy soil, which leads to healthy plants and healthy produce!!

Potential Share Items:

    *   Early Season: arugula, salad mix, spinach,            head lettuce, green onions, radishes, chard,          kale, peas, broccoli, kohlrabi, turnips

    *   Mid Season: tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes,            peppers, zucchini, summer squash,                        cucumbers, beets, onions, cabbage, sweet              corn, melons, green beans

    *   Late season:   winter squash, radishes,                    spinach, salad mix, beets, leeks, brussel                  sprouts, cabbage, celery, kale, potatoes,                  onions, sweet potatoes, carrots


Consumer Benefits:

    *   Fresh, delicious and nutritious produce                  (usually picked within 24 hours)

    *   Eat seasonally and try new foods
    *   Investing in the local community, more                  food dollars stay in the area

    *   Regular updates from the farm and helpful          recipes

    *   Opportunity to reconnect with where your            food comes from

    *   Know your farmer and how your food was          raised

    *   Support a sustainable farm and food                      system

Farmer Benefits:

    *   Upfront payment "seed" money for seed,              supplies, and farm help

    *   Guaranteed sale allows us to focus on                    growing and not worry if we will sell a                  crop

    *   Opportunity to connect with the consumer            and share the joys of growing healthy food

CSA Sign Up:

You can sign up using the link provided (click here). Please fill out the form and mail to Jones Country Gardens at the address listed, along with your check for one of the payment options, or you can drop your payment off at Cliff's Market, our rural Pontiac Farm location, or our Streator store location. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your form and payment.

Thank you for your continued interest in our efforts to provide fresh, local, sustainably raised, nutrient dense food!

Please contact Chad Jones with any questions or comments about our CSA

Chad Jones
Ph: 815-674-9585
Email: jonescountrygardens@yahoo.com

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