Reviews for: Three Rivers Community Farm
Love this farm!
By: (Feb 1, 2013)
I have been a member of this farm since its inception. It is very much a blessing ... and I give them an A+ in every category. Amy, Segue and all their "helpers" provide us with beautiful and healthy food from May to November. It has been a heartwarming experience for me to belong to this CSA. It is around an hour drive to Elsah to pick up our share ... but it is well worth the time and fuel. I always look forward to the journey along the Mississippi River and the visits with Amy and other members. I love getting food right out of the field without nasty pesticides, etc. I also love the variety of vegetables we get ... I doubt that I would have ever tried kohlrabi or the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes! Many thanks to Amy and Segue (and all who help them) for growing our delicious food. Also thanks for this excellent "food experience" on so many levels!
Best CSA in STL
By: Linsey Kornya (Dec 23, 2012)
We have been members of 4 different CSAs. Amy and Segue are incredible farmers and the three years we have been members, we have never been disappointed. Three Rivers is has the most variety, longest season and tastiest veggies :) I have no idea how they made it through the last season (worse drought in many, many years), let alone how they managed to fill the CSA box to the brim every week. Amazing! We pick up at TGP which is close to our home. There is a discount at the farmer's market stand for CSA members so you can load up on items that your family really loves.
Salivating in anticipation of 2010
By: Veronica Dunlap (Mar 21, 2010)
I joined Three Rivers in 2009. I loved it and can't wait for the 2010 season to begin.
Amy and Segue do several things that really enhance the experience.
Pickup: You can pick up your vegetables on one of two days, and you can decide weekly which day you wish. You are not tied to one particular day for the season. I had a full membership, but those with 1/2 memberships (13 weeks) could choose which 13 weeks to pick up their vegetables - just show up and sign in.
Selection: You select what you want. Amy and Segue have a blackboard on which they write any limits on a particular vegetable for that week. Sometimes you leave with 2 bags of veggies. Other times you leave with 2 bags of veggies, all the green beans, cherry tomatoes, basil, dill, and oregano you can pick, plus a bunch of cut flowers and a melon.
A few pick your own: Amy, Segue, and their apprentices work very hard to plant, raise, and harvest the food. At pick up, you choose from several tables loaded with food ALREADY PICKED. There are a few foods, though, that are a pick-your-own. Among those are strawberries, peas, green beans, cherry tomatoes, the herbs, and flowers. There's just enough to pick to be a joy, and there's plenty of food if you chose not to pick.
The food: Organically grown and non-GMO, the food is healthy and delicious. Much of the food can be eaten raw. Other things you really have to cook. Amy and Segue have recipes posted on their website and often have cookbooks available to look through during pickup. And people made some great dishes. I'm a poor cook, but I found that there wasn't much I couldn't stir fry/steam.
The cost: A full membership for 26 weeks is $500, that's under $19 a week. I was able to substantially reduce my grocery bill. I shop at Whole Foods (the produce and bin aisles only). I am grateful for a store like Whole Foods, but it is so expensive. And Whole Foods doesn't match the locally grown, direct from the field to your kitchen. After a season with Three Rivers, I was very aware of the difference.
Kids welcome: No on site babysitter. You have to watch your children, but they are welcome. They get a bang out of picking strawberries, peas, cherry tomatoes or visiting the pigs. There's also a small play area next to the barn with some toys for the little ones and a few seats for adults.
Volunteer opportunities optional: There are some volunteer opportunities, but they are not a requirement of membership.
The drawbacks: They are some weather-related risks. The green onions kept, but the bulb onions had to be used quickly. (I've forgotten the reason, moisture?). Whole Foods would have found another supplier, and the customer would have been ignorant of the problem. At Three Rivers, we used them quickly or skipped them.
Conclusion: A life changing, positive experience. You find your body turning toward spring and real food like the dial on a compass.
By: Leslie Hanlin (Apr 26, 2008)
Three Rivers was new in 2007, but they really delivered. We feel like we got a great value for our investment and Amy gave us all kinds of great ideas for how to use some of the less familiar veggies in our box in her helpful newsletters.
Getting to bring my kids up to the farm for "Pick your own" was so awesome. What a gift for them to actually get that this is the ground their food was grown in and see and harvest some of their own food. For suburban kids who only see food in a grocery store, this was an eye-opener.
It was a delicious honor and pleasure to be a part of this CSA. We are already paid up again for this year and can't wait for our first box of goodies!