Most of the farmers markets in the Chicago area close down by the end of October. What's a Localvore to do hence?
Find a CSA. This will be the second year that Farmer Vicki/Genesis Growers will be offering a fall CSA, and the second year that the VI family will be using this CSA for fall produce. The cost is $140
Proposed crops include:
occasional warm weather crops (tomatoes, cucumber, peppers)
To sign up for this CSA contact Genesis Growers firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the course of the fall, Vicki also includes items like dried herbs, goat milk soap and canned goods. Our experience last year was that the fall CSA did not provide enough for the week in a particular box, but it was enough when you combined the boxes with other stuff in the house. More important, I think experience will help Vicki provide more this season. Finally, a Fall CSA is only as good as the weather. Early snow or hard frost can kill the best of plans.
Angelic Organics offers a fall/winter CSA, but you have to already be a user of their farm.