We’ve been delighted to partner with farmer (and Chicago Market Owner) Rob Montalbano in offering a discounted subscriptions to his CSA to his fellow Owners this season. Montalbano and his wife, Christine, have 100 acres in Sandwich, Illinois, about 60 miles outside of Chicago. They grow 70 different crops and hundreds of different cultivars. Their farm is on the path to becoming USDA Certified Organic.
Unlike some CSAs, the Montalbanos offer both traditional and customized CSAs, at three different price points. Their season begins in June and runs through Thanksgiving. Says Farmer Rob: ¨When we moved out to our farm, there was nothing here. It was just flat land. We put up some buildings. We planted some trees, some cover crops. We are constantly reshaping the land, trying to restore it to as close to a natural system as we can.”