How it Works

Upon completion of the CSA Sign Up Form and payment, a member will receive a Down River Farm canvas bag full of vegetables at the first pickup.  The subsequent weeks your shares will be loaded into paper bags with your name on them. If you pick up in East Peoria, your shares will be organized in our trailer cooler to keep your vegetables as fresh as possible. You are able to pick up your share anytime between 4-7 PM on Wednesdays by helping yourself to your share in the trailer/cooler. 


If you pick up at market you will pick up from our stand by asking any employee at the stand to get you your share. You have the option to exchange one item with one of your choice among the other market items. The CSA shares will begin the third/fourth week of May. You will receive an e-mail near the start date containing all of the logistical information.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for some sample CSA shares!

Miss a share?

Contact us ( within 48 hours of your missed share and we will arrange for you to pick up your share. Usually it'll be in our cooler trailer on the farm for you to help yourself to. 

Going to miss a share? 

Have a friend or family member pick up your share. Or contact us a week or more in advance to plan a double share pick up the week before you leave or after you return. 

East Peoria (On Farm) Pickup Options:

Full CSA Share: $550 for 25 weeks of delicious vegetables that can feed from 3-4 people a week depending on how much you cook.

Payment Plan: If you'd rather not pay one lump sum, you can opt to split the payments up: $275 now and $275 at the first pick-up

Half CSA Share: $330 for a full CSA share bimonthly (same growing season, half as many pickups. This option is good for folks who don't cook as much, are experimenting with the CSA, or who want local food but don't have time to pick up every week.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices on our online store include online fees. If you wish to surpass these fees, please send a check to the farm for the prices above. Checks can be made payable to Down River Farm and sent to 3404 Springfield Road, East Peoria. 

Peoria Riverfront Market Pickup Options:

Full CSA Share: $450 for 19 weeks of delicious vegetables that can feed from 3-4 people a week depending on how much you cook.

Farm Card: Purchase a card on our online store and it will be sent to you preloaded with extra buying power!

"Weekly Shares" - Spring, Summer, Late Summer CSA - Delivered

All of these shares are DELIVERED to the customer's doorstep. You can also opt to buy them week-by-week, they typically go up the Sunday before the Wednesday delivery date. 

Purchase these shares if you are unable to make it to the Peoria Riverfront Market or out to the Farm and instead would like vegetables to come to you each week! Shares are delivered every Wednesday afternoon. Please also keep in mind that these shares are LARGER than the other CSA shares we offer. You will receive 8-9 items. We will only be delivering to East Peoria, Pekin, Peoria, Peoria Heights, Washington, Dunlap, Edwards, Bartonville, Groveland, Morton, Germantown Hills, and Metamora. 

Week-by-Week: $40 each (are available for purchase the Sunday before the Wednesday of delivery.

Spring Weekly Share: $245 May 18 - June 29  

Summer Weekly Share: $245 July 6 - August 17

Late Summer Weekly Shares: $245 August 24 - October 5

A sample Weekly Share would look like the photo on the right containing the following:

2 heads garlic

1.5 pounds purple daikon radishes

1 clamshell pea shoots

1 bunch red beets

1.5 pounds kohlrabi

1 bag salad mix

1 bunch scallions

1 bunch kale

1 bunch carrots

Our Fall Weekly Shares will go up later on in the season!

Down River Farm offers a Vegetable CSA to the Peoria area communities


A gorgeous tomato from our unheated hoophouse


A sample CSA share, smaller than a weekly share. This is from July.


A sample weekly share from the winter time. 

Pickup Locations

East Peoria: On Farm Pick-Up

3404 Springfield Road

East Peoria, IL 61611

Wednesday 4-7 PM

First Pick-Up: May 25

Downtown Peoria: Peoria Riverfront Market

Saturdays from 8 AM - Noon

First Pick-Up: May 21

"Weekly Share": Delivery to your Home

Wednesday Afternoons

Spring: May 18 - June 29

Summer: July 6 - August 17

Later Summer: August 24 - October 5

Fall: TBD

How Much Food is in a Full CSA Share?
Sample Weekly CSA in May:
  • One Bunch Arugula
  • One Bunch Radishes
  • One Bunch Spinach
  • One Bag Salad Mix
  • Two Heads Lettuce
  • One Bunch Salad Turnips
  • One Bunch Parsley
Sample Weekly CSA in September:
  • One Pound Heirloom Tomatoes
  • One Pint Cherry Tomatoes
  • One Spaghetti Squash
  • Two Heads Garlic
  • One Pint Shishito Peppers
  • One Pint Red Beets
  • Five Medium Mixed Onions
Sample Weekly CSA in November:
  • One Bunch Swiss Chard
  • One Bunch Black Spanish Radishes
  • One Bunch Spring Radishes
  • One Bag Salad Mix
  • Two Honeynut Winter Squash
  • One Pint Brussel Sprouts
  • One Quart Green Salad Peppers
How We Arrange a Weekly CSA Share: 

Generally speaking, one per category is included, but this is by no means a comprehensive list. Members will receive 7-8 items per week.

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