Our Partner Farms
We work together with family-scale farmers throughout the region to provide a wide variety of local farm products to our community.
Our Fruit Shares feature fresh fruit grown by long-time partners and friends, Mick Klug Farm. Mick Klug grew up on a 40-acre farm in St. Joseph, Michigan his parents established in the 1930s. He took ownership in 1974, and has expanded the land to over 120 acres. His daughter, Abby and husband, Mark, work together to produce delicious fresh fruit for our CSA as well as restaurant and farmers market stands in Chicago.
The Klugs are committed to sustainable agriculture and promoting locally grown produce. They use a growing system called Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Farmers who use the IPM approach conduct extensive monitoring of insect and disease problems to ensure that a synthetic pesticide or fungicide is only used as a last resort and only in the smallest quantity necessary. This approach minimizes the impact on the natural environment.