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We've been Timber Creek Farms deliveries for over a year and I feel like it's really declining- inconsistent box amounts, lots of overripe produce, midnight deliveries, rude customer service when they respond at all. But I really want my organic produce and I feel like I have no other choices. I might do a CSA over the summer but it only goes til September.<br><br>
Please tell me there's another out there somewhere for a similar price!? (We pay about $25 for the produce box.)<br><br>
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I have heard of two places that I will be trying over the next few weeks:<br><br>
Oakville Organics (<a href="http:" target="_blank">www.oakvilleorganics.com)--</a> mostly serve the north shore suburbs, but they do deliver to chicago one day per week.<br><br>
Fresh picks- I heard about it from some of the other moms on the cityslingers group. ( I think its freshpicks.com)<br><br>
thanks for the heads up about tcf! I was thinking about joining.
 

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Hazelnut:<br><br>
i feel the same way. I haven't placed an order for many months now.the deliery time for me had gotten better (8pm instead for 10:30 or later)<br><br>
however, I have not been happy with my boxes either. I hardly ever get eggs and milk when I order and the last communication I had with them was rude also<br><br>
They lost me as a loyal customer.<br><br>
All is well. I now have a Trader Joes and Whole Foods store that have opened in the neighboorhood!
 

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Thanks for the other links- I will definitely check them out. You could still try TCf. I mean it's not dreadful produce or anything, but I just haven't been as pleased as I used to be. I hear a lot about the CSA homegrown Wisconsin, but you have to pick it up and it's a little far.<br><br>
Firemom did you cancel it all together? I keep getting it cuz you have to cancel a weekly delivery like a week in advance. Anyway I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought that- sometimes I worry that I'm too picky. Our milk delivery has also been really inconsistent. I asked (politely) about it and get like a curt one sentence reply, though they usually don't respond. I think I know which whole foods and Trader Joe's you are talking about (Sauganash and Park Ridge?) The latter is super close to us. Love TJs, but I have to steer clear of Whole Foods. The produce is pricier and in general I hemorrage money in that place!!
 

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Hazelnut, Yes I think I remmeber from antoher thread that you live very close to me. Whole Foods is pretty outrageous when it comes to produce. I mean who is going to pay $6.99 for a pound of peppers? i wa very picky in the store but enjoyed walking around it.<br><br>
I never had a standing order with TCF. i ordered weekly. Some weeks I didn't order. But for the most part I would get a box at least 2-3 times per month.<br><br>
Since I didn't have a standing order and we don't use but a 1/2 gallon of milk per week, the milk rarely came when I ordered it
 

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There is Newleaf Natural Grocery in Rogers Park. They do deliveries or you can pick up boxes there. They get produce from different sources, local when in season. A box is about the same price you pay now. I really like the store but I haven't got a box yet. <a href="http://newleafnatural.net" target="_blank">http://newleafnatural.net</a> is their site.
 

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Firemom I didn't realize that was even an option. Interesting.<br><br>
Anyway, I haven't even checked out all the links yet and am already psyched about the freshpicks! I hope one of these works out. I'm definitely gonna cancel tcf.<br>
Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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ok this is getting depressing. oakville is kinda pricier and freshpicks looks ausumn and doesn't deliver to my zipcode. no fair. i'm in chicago, they're in chicago. wah.
 

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I'll echo the New Leaf Grocery commendation. I've ordered inconsistently, but I LOVE them.<br><br>
They have a limited delivery area (northeast side of Chic and maybe southern Evanston), FYI.<br><br>
HTH!<br><br>
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Yeah they don't deliver to my neighborhood (way nw, edison park) either. I'm getting a little frustrated that Chicago-based places don't deliver to all of Chicago. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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okay I felt like bumping b/c freshpicks added my zip to their delivery route. So I'm excited about trying it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Thanks for the links!<br><br>
Also, if anyone has tried them, would love your input on the size of the produce boxes. I can't decide on the family or double, though I guess I'll find out next week. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I agree with Hazelnut and with the other postings about Timber Creek. My husband and I have been on a standing order for years now and have noticed a decline in quality and the quantities of the orders are spotty too. We're still with them mainly because some of the other delivery firms don't deliver out to the western suburbs where we live.<br><br>
If you live in Chicago, more options are available to you. Some friends of ours do Angelic Organics. They are not delivery though, they are pick up. We have another couple who live downtown and they have a delivery service but I can't remember the name- i do remember they had to buy a huge ice box when they signed up for the deliveries though. I'll ask them and post again when I find out.<br><br>
The Farmer's Markets are very good. They're not certified organic- all you can do is take their word for it they don't use pesticides or use very little of it. With fruits, I've heard that it is very difficult to not use pesticides. The Farmer's Market farmers say they have not been sprayed for 2-3 weeks before harvesting. Even the "certified organic" fruits- could have gone through the same process, who knows?... but it's just that the "big organics" had the $ to go thru the process. I'll have to see if there's a very detailed definition of what it takes to become "certified organic" for fruits...<br><br>
If anybody works downtown, the Tuesday morning ones in Federal Plaza is terrific as is the one one on Thursdays at Daley Plaza. Some of the smaller markets have farmers that do use pesticides though so I always ask first. Sure they could fib I suppose, but better to ask then not.<br><br>
I agree WF is way expensive!! Too bad Wild Oats sold out to them, now there is even less competition to drive prices down!!!
 

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Yeah I think Angelic is the only csa that has a pick up close to me, but it's sold out already. Most of the deliveries and pick ups seem to be in the lincoln park or rogers park vicinity or in the north burbs. I'm way nw in the city and there isn't as much choice either. I'm surprised there isn't much offered in the western burbs.<br><br>
Anyway, in case anyone is interested in my ongoing search <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> I have to say I got my first fresh picks and was really really disappointed. In case anyone wants my review: It looks fresh and lovely and all that, but I got the $40 box and it's really not that much more that I got with Timber Creek. I mean it's more in that every item (there were 10 I think) is in bunches, but then 3 bunches are onions, and there's a lot of stuff that is generally very cheap organic. I was only happy about getting spinach, carrots, and asparagus, but that won't last two weeks and I can't pay $40 each week and then buy organic fruit on top of that. For some reason I thought there was also fruit in this box, but no. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<br><br>
Call me crazy, but I think I'll go back to timber creek in a couple weeks and just put up with their annoyances. Even if a couple things are overripe, I'm still getting a lot a week for only $25. oh well.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br><br>
That's my.02.
 

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Hazelnut, the first box is the very beginning of the growing season. Our box from Sandhill Organics wasn't so big either. Isn't the nature of CSA to start the season kind of lean, and become more abundant as the weather warms and more food comes ripe? Anyhow, I'd rather have beautiful, local produce in smaller amounts than a giant box of rotting vegetables from Cali like King's Hill sent out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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That's too bad Angelics is sold out! Wow, I did not realize how big it had become.... I agree Timber Creek is fairly well priced.... I'll keep my ears and eyes open for anything else I find... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Yeah, I kind of realized that a little bit. However, this isn't 100% local (not really a csa, but a year-round delivery that focuses on local in the summer) , and i think $40 is pretty high. I'm gonna give it another delivery or two.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hazelnut, the first box is the very beginning of the growing season. Our box from Sandhill Organics wasn't so big either. Isn't the nature of CSA to start the season kind of lean, and become more abundant as the weather warms and more food comes ripe? Anyhow, I'd rather have beautiful, local produce in smaller amounts than a giant box of rotting vegetables from Cali like King's Hill sent out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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I did ask and she said that the fruit will be included when the season whips up, fwiw. Timber creek wasn't all bad produce, so it might be better for a budgeter like me who still wants her fruit each and every week. We'll see. I can't recall how local they got in the summer. Fresh picks does have cheaper boxes but I'm afraid it'll be too small for a week for us.<br>
I sure love the ease of their website though.
 
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