On the second Wednesday of each month between July and October, join Slow Food St. Louis and the Schlafly Bottleworks as they present SLOWednesday after the Schlafly Farmers Market. Each month a different farmer from the market will speak about their farm, giving you the opportunity to get to know your food, its origins, and most important, its producers.
On October 10, SLOWednesday will feature two farms from Illinois that have community-supported agriculture subscriptions (CSAs) available for the 2013 season – Frontwards Farm and Riverbend Roots Farm.
Established in 2005, Frontwards Farm is a sustainable, 5-acre family farm in Makanda, IL. Sarah and Jason offer a diverse selection of fruit, vegetables, herbs, poultry and eggs for CSA members in southern Illinois and the St. Louis area. They never use synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, growth hormones, GMOs or antibiotics, and all poultry is rotated on pasture to allow access to fresh vegetation and insects. The 2013 CSA season is expected to run for 30 weeks, from April to November, with one drop point in metro-East St. Louis and one in Maplewood. Find them on Facebook for photos from the 2012 season.
Riverbend Roots Farm is 5-acre mixed vegetable farm located in Alton, IL. They follow organic farming practices and strive to reach a balance between taking care of the soil, themselves, and their community. They do their best to plan, sow, cultivate, harvest, and deliver a variety of seasonal vegetables to members who have paid up front for their share. The harvest season runs for 25 weeks from May to October and they offer pick-up at the farm in Alton as well as at several drop spots throughout St. Louis County. They are still getting things together for next year, but folks can visit their website to learn about the CSA and to see pictures of the farm and get a better idea of what they do.