With Garden memberships, our highest-level membership, your support of The Talking Farm includes receiving a weekly box of Skokie-grown vegetables along with a host of other benefits. Boxes 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)
After you sign-up and closer to the start of each session, we’ll reach out to you to select your pickup site.
Wednesdays 5 – 7 pm (Howard Street Farm)
Thursdays from 8:30 am – 1 pm (Howard Street Farm)
Thursdays from 4-6 pm (Evanston Lands)
For $350, Garden memberships provide the following benefits:
- A box 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, including The Singing Farm Concert Series
- 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 — Open for 2022!
All Garden1 membership farm boxes 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
Space is limited, so sign up early!
Garden 2 — Open for 2022!
Garden 2 membership farm boxes 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 boxes 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!
Flower Subscriptions — check back soon
The Talking Farm is pleased to partner with local flower grower Evanston Lands to offer a brand-new flower subscription. Bring nature inside and a smile to your (or a loved one’s) face with fresh flowers that are 100% grown at our and Evanston Lands’ local farms.
Each subscription includes a series of six wrapped flower bouquets containing at least 25 stems of seasonal and premium varieties like ranunculus, lisianthus, poppies, dahlias, specialty zinnias, cosmos, and petite sunflowers. Every week’s bouquet will be professionally designed and arranged by Jennifer Lieb of Evanston Lands.
If you haven’t heard of them, Evanston Lands grows over 50 varieties of cut flowers locally and donates a portion of their profits to organizations that lift and support our community.
We are offering subscriptions for 2 six-week sessions of weekly bouquets. Each session reflects the changing seasons of flowers and overlaps with the two Garden membership sessions, making it easy to pick up your weekly veggie share and flowers all at once.
Sessions and Pickups
- Flower 1: Late May to early July
- Flower 2: Early August to late September
- Pickup in Skokie (Howard Street Farm Wednesday PM or Thursday AM) or Evanston (Evanston Lands Thursday PM) concurrent with Garden Member & Egg Shares
Check back soon for Flower subscriptions!
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