The Ryder Family Farm: A local, sustainable Southern Illinois produce CSA
Our ideal farm does not feed everyone in the surrounding area but it does provide the most diverse products all produced while complimenting & coexisting with one another. Offering a handful of CSA farm shares to our neighbors fits well with what we are doing, will you join us?
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Our Southern Illinois CSA

Joining our Southern Illinois produce CSA program 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 that is reserved and picked specifically for your family by our family. Your produce share is then available for you to pickup on Saturdays, either here on the farm or at the weekly farmer’s market in Golconda, IL. Want to see a pick near you? Become a pickup site host! Our CSA members will enjoy the freshest selection of locally grown, sustainably farmed produce (special requests are welcome at signup) plus we will throw in many bonuses as the season progresses.

What is a farm CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It's a sustainable farm business model that is mutually beneficial for consumers and farmers. CSA farmers are focused on growing crops that their members have reserved. Members have secured seasonal crops that are grown and harvested specifically for them by farmers they personally know. In a nutshell "CSAs support both the farmer and the eater. It goes much deeper than a purely monetary transaction. The CSA farmer knows who their customers are, what they like, and how much to grow for them." Quote taken from this LocalHarvest Article. 

A CSA membership is not just a means for obtaining local food, it's a journey in eating locally and seasonally. Many people join a CSA to rekindle a relationship with fresh food and to commit to eating better. It's a mindful commitment for some, a fun challenge or journey for others.

Southern Illinois Produce CSA Specifics:

A full share during the 12th week of a past CSA year.

A half share during the 1st week of a past CSA year.

We are looking for a handful of likeminded folks who will join us on our farming journey via our Southern Illinois Produce CSA program. 

For our farm's CSA we offer two different share sizes for members to choose from:

  • A half share size that feeds 1-2 people and is the equivalent of 1 grocery bag of produce, with 1-2 bags during peak season.
  • A full share size that feeds 3-4 people and is the equivalent of 2 grocery bags of produce, with 2- 3 bags during peak season.

We toss in bonus freebie stuff also! 

We made the decision to add a 12 week subscription option in addition to our normal 16 week option. This means you can now choose between a 3 month and a 4 month membership, we hope this better accommodates the budgets and schedules of our valued members.

Our CSA members reserve and pay for their shares before the growing season starts so we may buy seeds, tools and equipment necessary to grow shares before planting time starts.

Allowing us to grow your food helps you feed your family and it invests in our future as beginning farmers. Investing in farmers in turn invests in you and the community by safeguarding the future of local food here in Southern Illinois. 

Farming, food and communities are all connected!

We are turning to the community to form a mutually beneficial relationship. Will you join us?

For as little as $10-$20 a week we will provide you with a basket of fresh, clean, local produce and the proceeds will allow us to invest in expanding the farm operation. Our CSA season will run for 16 weeks beginning in July and running through October. However, you may choose a 12 or 16 week subscription period. We have pickups on Saturdays. You can choose to visit the farm Saturday evenings for pickup or you may pickup your share Saturdays at the Golconda, IL, Farmers Market from 8am-1pm.

We are happy to announce the 2018 CSA membership enrollment is now underway.

Interested folks can access our member agreement and signup form by clicking this link. Or you can pay for your Southern Illinois produce CSA share online here:  Relevant contact information, payment details and pricing is found in the document. Membership is on a first come first serve basis and spots are very limited so don't delay.

You can secure sustainable, locally raised, Southern Illinois produce for as little as $10 a week!

Membership cost will increase after March 1st 2018!

To sign up:

  1. Print & sign our member agreement form here-> Ryder Family Farm CSA agreement 2018  
  2. Pay for your CSA share online here. We can also take cash, check or money order as a form of payment for our Southern Illinois produce CSA. Plus, we are approved to accept SNAP EBT cards, message us for more info!

If you have questions you can find us on Facebook or you can email or call using the contact details in our membership agreement document. We are honored to have you considering our program and our family welcomes the opportunity to feed your family this season!


A bit about our farm history:

In 2015 we began our commercial farming journey here in Southern Illinois with a small produce CSA, homemade goat milk soaps and UDSA licensed, pasture raised eggs that we sold via a CSA membership program to just a handful of folks that we personally knew. We also sold our overflow produce, soaps and eggs to loyal customers at the Golconda, Illinois Farmers Market where we have had the pleasure of making friends with so many fellow Pope County, IL residents.

We are first generation farmers born and raised in the vast deserts of Arizona. In 2013 we moved to Southern Illinois with the promise of a mentorship & work to own land agreement. We wanted to follow our dreams of living off the land and to give our kids an education in self reliant, farm living. In 2017 we transitioned from farm hands to farm operators/ owners.

We have been growing food for our family for many years. It is something we are very passionate about. Our ideal farm does not feed everyone in the surrounding area but it does provide the most diverse products all produced while complimenting & coexisting with one another.

We believe farming to feed families is important for community. Without these types of direct selling farms food is produced in mass scale, often with less than ideal conditions and practices and then shipped to stores for the consumer to buy. Buying food direct from your farmer means you get fresher food that has passed through fewer hands and you are indirectly supporting your community by supporting local small scale farmers.

Offering a handful of CSA farm shares to our neighbors fits well with what we are doing and it allows us to gradually expand our farm operation. We love getting to know our customers, fostering relationships with our neighbors and contributing directly to our community which is why we've gone with a CSA business model for our Southern Illinois produce.