LAST MINUTE SURPRISE! Mixed Heirloom Cases Available
Cases are 10lbs of mixed heirlooms for $30.
Orders for delivery tomorrow to Wednesday pick up sites (Evanston, Wilmette, Northbrook, Deerfield, Lake Forest, Grayslake Farm), please place your order by 9am tomorrow (Wednesday, September 2nd).
Orders for delivery to Thursday pick sites (Vernon Hills, Buffalo Grove, Libertyville, Oak Park and weekend farm) pickup due by 9am Thursday, September 3rd.
We've added an additional option to pick up at the farm stand this Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 7am-7pm.
We are uncertain if we will have availability beyond this weekend.
To place your order, please fill out the following form and we will send you a confirmation email, once your order is packed, with payment details.
Good afternoon from the farm!
We received great news last week! Our farm received a $10,000 grant from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance Resilience Fund to purchase a walk-in freezer! We are proud to be among the 27 Illinois farms selected to receive support. With the addition of a walk-in freezer to our farm, we will increase our food preservation space and allow for new opportunities to provide year-round food to our community.
In other great news, we also finally received our new vegetable washline from Pennsylvania, just in time for root season! While we wash most everything by hand, many of our more durable crops (e.g., potatoes, winter squash, beets, rutabaga) used our "vintage" washline for many years which was showing its age.
With the generous support of the Frontera Farmer Foundation, we ordered a new, USA-made washline complete with rotating power washing capabilities and a (surprise) Praying Mantis, an adorable addition to our pest control team!
Washing beets in action!
These sorts of equipment investments are hugely important to our farm's sustainability and resilience. We prioritize paying our crew members and investing in our soils and crop's health first, however equipment improvements save us valuable time, wear and tear on our bodies, and enable us to remain a reliable source of local food to our community.
We're grateful to receive this support and look forward to providing with many clean veggies to come! Thank you to the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Chicago Region Food System Fund and Frontera Farmer Foundation for supporting local farmers!
Cheers, Jeff, Jen and the PWFF Farm Crew
Notes from the Farm Kitchen
Celery season has begun! Midwestern celery is oftentimes quite a bit different than celery that you'd find in a grocery store from California. Our celery is slightly different in size, extremely flavorful, somewhat firm and thusly, ideal for cooking. We expect to celery with members this week and next, so here are creative ideas for using all of your celery.
This week, members will receive the only spicy peppers we grow, poblano peppers. These peppers come in a variety of shapes, sizes and heat levels though they are generally quite moderate in terms of spice level. We encourage you to test your pepper before adding to any dish! We've placed the poblanos into a small bag to ensure they are kept separate from the Italian frying sweet peppers (red and yellow in color). Both sweet and spicy peppers are delicious eaten raw or cooked, and as we mentioned last week, they are best stored in the crisper drawer where the temperature is a bit warmer than the back or shelves of the fridge (peppers like 50 degrees).
As we continue to take full advantage of a bountiful peach season, this week's shares include a 'tasting' of nectarines and Italian plums. Both of these crops were impacted by late spring cold temperatures so the Klugs had only limited availability this season. Consider mixing all stone fruits together using the recipe below. Enjoy!