We take pride in open lines of communication with our owners and customers. Here is what you had to say for the month of July!
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We take pride in open lines of communication with our owners and customers. Here is what you had to say for the month of June!
What do you grow? What is your signature product?
I sell primarily apples, pears, concord grapes and plan to sell asparagus, blackberries, and raspberries as they come to maturity.
Where is your farm located? How many miles do you travel to reach Common Ground?
I live about 20 miles NW of Champaign.
For how long have you been farming?
Here at Common Ground Food Co-op, we want to make your transition back to school easy, fast, and fun. We've put together a helpful guide for healthy lunches that can be packed in 30 seconds or less with brain food found right here at the coop. Click the link below to print this handy guide as a shopping list or for the fridge.
Where are you from?
Southern CA originally but mostly the PNW & Boise, Idaho. ( this is a loaded question, haha!)
How do you find yourself in the C-U area?
My husband, Travis, Champaign born & raised, returned for a job at the University.
How long have you lived here?
Farming is a risky business. Unpredictable and uncooperative weather is a major risk farmers face every day and every year. No other business or profession is as dependent on factors completely outside their control as farming. And as the saying goes “mother nature bats last.” Many farmers throughout Illinois are experiencing this hard truth right now.
As summer comes into full swing local produce is easy to be had. This local fare is hard to beat and continues to be cherished year-round in our community. There is another aspect to local food thought that often gets forgotten. Native edible plants are most likely already on your table and in your garden, often given little special thought or very little encouragement.
Introducing the Sustainability Committee!
The Sustainability Committee’s mission is to provide awareness of both renewable and nonrenewable resource usage. We strive to form a conscientious culture that approaches day-to-day resource usage with both frugality and practicality. We believe that sustainable practices can and should be incorporated into our daily CGFC operations. We strive to transpose our acquired knowledge into a comprehensive and trainable model.
Mileur Orchard is a family owned business first established in 1961 by my father-in-law, Max Mileur, on ground that had been farmed since the mid 1800's by my mother-in-law's family, the Graffs. Howard and I took over the orchard in 1996 when his parents wanted to retire.
The orchard and our Farm Market are located 1 1/2 miles west of Murphysboro on Highway 149 and we drive 206 miles to reach Urbana.