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...

  • Changes for a more efficient chicken coop…

    I’m really working to fine tune efficiency in the chicken coop right now. I’ve got about a month before it’s time to start working in the CSA garden and I’m on a mission to get things working as efficiently as possible before ...

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  •   Dusting Off The Incubator .  .  .   Our poultry flock really expanded back in 2013 just after we left our life in the big city and set out to be farmers full time. Each season we’ve been adding new blood to the poultry flo...

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  • The incubator, house cat and chicks

    You are looking at the are the most resilient chicks ever to have hatched! There was a full moon and as usual, there was animal drama on top of our general family madness. After leaving the house for an early eye Dr. appointment our inside cat had so...

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  • 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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