Naperville’s CSA

Following a dirt path just off Knoch Knolls Road, anyone can enjoy fresh vegetables just days after being picked.

“We’re leasing the farmland at the McDonald Farm which is owned by the Conservation Foundation, and we have 49 acres to grow wonderful organic vegetables,” said Executive Director of the Green Earth Institute, Steve Tiwald.

The farm operates as a CSA or community supported agriculture.

“People can participate in the farm by buying a part of the harvest. They buy a share of the harvest in advance and they can come out once a week or once ever two weeks and get a big box of freshly harvested vegetables,” Tiwald said.

More than 50 different vegetables are grown on the land from summer squash, to sugar snap peas.

Because they go from farm to table in a matter of days, they have a longer shelf life.

“Unlike vegetables you may find at the grocer that have been picked days or even weeks before, ours are so fresh that they actually will last longer in the refrigerator. Usually people like to eat them as fast as they can but they will last a long time,” said Tiwald.

But the grounds here at McDonald Farm not only produce fresh vegetables, they possess a rich history as well.

Lenore McDonald, the woman who previously owned the farm, donated it to the Conservation Foundation before her passing in 2002.

She wanted to make sure the land would always be used for agriculture.

“She put a conservation easement on the property, a legal stipulation that goes with the deed forever, which prohibits development. So this land will always be a jewel for all of us Napervillians,” said Tiwald.

Ensuring the farm will be enjoyed and an agricultural source for generations to come.

Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale Reports.

 

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