Urban farming can be a challenge when you don’t have the, um, farm.
City folk can bank on Peasants’ Plot’s CSA (community supported agriculture).
On a sprawling, twenty-acre farm 50 miles south of Chicago, Todd and Julia McDonald sow, grow, and — within 48 hours of peak ripeness — harvest pesticide-free, organic produce.
Pick up boxes of farm-fresh veg at several city locations, or if you’re up for an adventure, travel to the farm itself. It’s worth it: The McDonalds aren’t your average farmers. An avid skater, Todd built a mini ramp in the barn; Julia moonlights as a massage therapist.
Peasants’ Plot is currently accepting members for this year’s CSA, available in individual (feeding one to two people) or family shares. Shipments last twenty weeks (June to October), and each round includes up to seven veggie varieties. June’s box may pack in kale, salad greens, radishes, and chives.
Lettuce give thanks.
Sign up online at peasantsplot.com, $330-$660.
Photo: Courtesy of Peasants’ Plot