With Garden memberships, our highest-level membership, your support of The Talking Farm includes receiving a weekly bag of Skokie-grown vegetables along with a host of other benefits. Bags are picked up weekly at one of our pickup sites during our designated pick-up days and times.
2022 Membership Sessions
Garden 1 – June 15-16 through August 17-18
Garden 2 – August 24-25 through October 26-27
Wednesday evenings/Thursday mornings – Howard Street Farm (3669 Howard St. Skokie)
Thursday afternoons – Evanston Lands (2504 Gross Point Road, Evanston)
Wednesday evenings – Sketchbook Brewing Co (821 Chicago Ave., Evanston)
Wednesdays 5–7 pm (Howard Street Farm)
Wednesdays 5-9 pm (Sketchbook Brewing Co)
Thursdays from 8:30 am – 1 pm (Howard Street Farm)
Thursdays from 4-6 pm (Evanston Lands)
Every Garden Member will now be able to claim up to 2 vacation holds by extending their shares up to 2 weeks. We will accommodate up to 2 weeks of vacation holds per each 10-week Garden 1 or Garden 2 session.
For $350, Garden memberships provide the following benefits:
- A bag of fresh, locally-grown produce once a week for 10 weeks ($35.00/week)
- Free Talking Farm branded market tote for your produce
- 20% discount at our farmers’ market stands and our online weekly Pick Your Own Basket Market
- 20% discount on seedlings during our annual Spring seedling sales
- 20% discount on event tickets
- Free Garden membership-only BBQ picnic at the end of the season at the Howard Street Farm
- $200 of the garden membership is tax-deductible
Garden 1 [Closed for 2022]
All Garden1 membership farm bags may include a selection of greens (lettuce, arugula, kale, Swiss chard, mixed salad greens), root crops (radish, beets, carrots, turnips), and summer crops (zucchini, summer squash, eggplant, garlic, tomatoes), plus beans, onions, leeks, kohlrabi, peas, tomatoes, and/or garlic scapes. All vegetables are grown at the Howard Street Farm in Skokie.
Start Dates: June 15-16
End Dates: August 17-18
List closed for 2022
Garden 2 — Spots are still open for 2022!
Garden 2 membership farm bags show off the bounty of the summer with colorful vegetables like yellow summer squash, red peppers, red and orange tomatoes, and purple eggplant. Towards the end of the season, farm bags feature an abundance of greens like Swiss chard, kale, arugula, and salad mixes, along with root vegetables like carrots, onions, beets, leeks, and much more! All vegetables are grown at the Howard Street Farm in Skokie.
Start Dates: August 24-25
End Dates: October 26-27
Space is limited, so sign up early!
Egg Shares — Open for 2022!
We are partnering with Finn’s Ranch to offer weekly shares of farm-fresh, free-range eggs. Each egg share gives you a dozen eggs per week for 10 weeks and runs concurrently with our Garden shares.
If you haven’t already met them at one of the local farmers’ markets, Finn’s Ranch is a family farm based in Buchanan, a small town in southwestern Michigan. Finn’s Ranch’s “Happy Chicken Eggs” are from free-range, pasture-raised chickens that feed on grubs they get from outside as well as non-GMO feed, providing tasty, sustainably-raised eggs.
Pick-up is at the same locations and times as our Garden memberships (we’ll contact you after signing up to set your pick-up location).
Egg 1 (runs concurrent to Garden 1) – begins June 15-16 and ends August 17-18
Egg 2 (runs concurrent to Garden 2) – begins August 24-25 and ends October 26-27