Abbe Hills Farm is a CSA farm serving about 150 families in Mt. Vernon, Lisbon, and the Cedar Rapids/Marion area. 2020 will be our 24th year operating the CSA. We offer a wide variety of vegetables from the beginning of June until late October. We use a number of low-input and sustainable practices, including crop rotation, compost, cover crops, pollinator habitat, beneficial insects, and integrated pest management tools to produce tasty, healthy, safe, affordable food for our shareholders. We share excess food with soup kitchens and food distribution sites in southeastern Linn County and in Cedar Rapids.
The farm also produces an heirloom variety of open-pollinated corn for seed, plus oats and hay. Soil conservation and water quality improvement are practiced over the entire 72-acre farm. CSA customers pick up their shares at the farm on Thursdays, late in the afternoon. Everyone is welcome to visit the farm and to participate in the CSA. Call Laura Krouse for more information.
We grow virtually every vegetable that is suited to this part of Iowa. We usually have plenty of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, squash, corn, and greens. When we have excess beyond the needs of the CSA, we sell produce directly to consumers or we donate to nearby soup kitchens or pantries. We often have delicious eggs from our pastured layer flock that any farm visitor can purchase. Our two large hoophouses let us grow greens throughout the winter which we sell at the Mt. Vernon winter market.
Season: June through October
Type: single farm
# of Shares: 130
Share Prices: $522 per family size share for 18 weeks, enough for a family of four. $342 per single size share for 18 weeks, enough for two adults. Second-half-of-season shares are available for those who will be gone over the summer, returning when school starts.
Work Req? No
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Schedule and Location:
Winter farmers market at the Community Center in downtown Mt. Vernon, Saturdays, 10:00 until noon, Nov thru April. We bring eggs and vegetables when available from our hoophouse.
I've been a member of Abbe Hills Farm CSA for 6 years and love it! This is the best way to get fresh veggies. Can't beat the price, it's a great deal for local, in-season produce.... [more]
My husband and I can't wait for Monday afternoons during the summer months...we get to go to Abbe Hills Farm and get our fresh vegetables! Week after week we return with a bounty of fresh, delicious veggies.... [more]
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What a wonderful farm! We have been getting food from Abbe Hills Farm for the last 7 yrs and it has been stellar. Through drought or storm we have never been disappointed.... [more]