Southern Illinois Produce & More - The Ryder Family Farm
Specializing in Southern Illinois produce via a summer CSA. Also offering farm fresh eggs, goat milk soap, garden mums, pumpkins, tours and more! We're first generation farmers who took a HUGE leap of faith, quit our corporate jobs in the city and set off to do what we love and build our own family farm.
Southern Illinois Produce, goat milk soap, garden mums, farm fresh eggs
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Our first family farming project is our CSA (community supported agriculture) program that we started back in 2014. Joining secures you 12 or 16 weeks of locally grown, summer produce for as little as $10-$20 a week. Each week you’ll get a “share” of our summer harvest, picked specifically for your family by our family... 

In May 2014 we to a big leap of faith, quit our jobs are moved to the forest in the heart of the Shawnee National Forest to follow our dreams of self sufficiency and to make a go of living off the land...

Learn more about our past, read stories, musings, check out our photos and much more... This is where all the Harvest of Daily Life archives have gone.

What's Shakin' Here...

  • Planning for the new year

    We are charting the course for our farm in 2018 which requires a good hard look back at 2017. It was sure a year of epic transitions for us but it was also pretty successful. Our home and farm operation changed in the spring of 2017. We severed ties ...

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  • New farm beginnings, again. The backstory.

    Three years ago we set out to follow our dream of farming and moved to a working farm to become farm hands. The opportunity was like a dream come true, a place to stay, an employee wage, the promise of a work to own land/ home deal, land to use ...

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  • Press Release: Beginning farmers ​ want fresh, local food available to everyone

    The Ryder Family Farm Can Accept SNAP Benefits     GOLCONDA – Eating fresh, local food is about to get easier for some families in Southern Illinois! Starting this Saturday, June 10th 2017 at the weekly Golconda Farmer’s Marke...

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  • Newspaper coverage, moving day nears, baby goat birth video and a teaser…

    We have less than a week before our great farm moving adventure happens. We are in the last stretches of packing things up. In the house it’s come to just grabbing armfuls of unpacked things and throwing them into boxes. Last week all our mama ...

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  • The Farm is Moving to Golconda, IL!

    I’m sure you’ve heard the news, we are setting off on our own farming adventure. We are excited to share, we have a summer moving date set and we are packing up the house right now. After a tumultuous week we have managed to get lots figu...

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  • The ducklings are coming…

    The girls are officially enrolled in 4H this year. They’ve wanted to do it in the past but haven’t because they were too young to show live animals, we thought they were old enough this year and got them signed up but it turns out the rul...

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