Harvest against Hunger, our annual fall fundraiser, has been forced to shift like many events this year. Our staff and taskforce members have committed to keeping the theme true to previous years, prioritizing The GardenWorks Project’s mission to promote the local food system as a viable means towards sustainability and greater food security.
In an effort to meet a growing demand for a more robust local food system, GardenWorks profiled three local farms in a new Nourishing Our Community video series featuring three family farms, their land, and the products they provide to the community.
Now, we want you to join us in supporting these farms and participate in Harvest Against Hunger by purchasing a Farm Share Box.
The $50 box is carefully curated, featuring seasonal products from local farms. You also have the option of purchasing a second box for an extra $25!
Your purchase also gives you access to a live, virtual Q & A session with the farmers of Stojan’s Vegetables, Nichols Farm and Orchard, and Mighty Greens Farm on Sunday, October 4th at 4pm.
Reminiscent of our previous fall fundraiser, College of DuPage will curate seasonal recipes with items from the Farm Share Box, so supporters can join in on the virtual event with a drink and appetizer in hand!
What’s included in the Farm Share Box?
Mighty Greens will be preparing a flavorful organic microgreens mix that was germinated on September 20th in preparation for this event. Carlos will cater a specially seasoned mix of fall greens and herbs, sure to delight and enhance fall dishes and salads.
Nichols Farm and Orchard will be providing 3 lb. bag of sustainably grown, heirloom apples currently in season, just a sample of the 200+ varieties of apples they produce at their orchard. In addition, an assortment of winter squash will also be harvested for this Farm Share Box.
Stojan’s Vegetables will be providing a mix of their heirloom popcorn, two varieties unique to local growers. The strawberry variety, while pink in color, will pop a brilliant white! In addition, carnival squash is currently in season and sweet and delicate in flavor, a perfect addition to the Farm Share Box.
City Bee Savers, while not featured in our videos, is a local pollinator-friendly company recently featured on WGN and in the Chicago Tribune for its work pollinating in urban spaces, such as near the Shedd Aquarium, Naper Settlement, and rooftop gardens in the Loop. Their local honey, recently harvested, will be provided in the Farm Share Box to “sweeten” the deal.
Farm Share Boxes are on sale through October 1st. Still not sure? Join Jeannie on Facebook Live on Sunday Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. to see the products up close, ask questions, and hear more about how your purchase helps promote GardenWorks mission to improve food security and for our region’s long-term sustainability and health.