Come to the Green Side

June 26, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Farmers' Markets, Gardening

With the increased interest in organic farming and locally grown produce, investing in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is the perfect way to ensure that you and your family always have fresh, farm-grown produce, meat and dairy products. 

What is a CSA?  It is a form of direct sale (via a contract) that invites consumers to directly support a farm or group of farms by enrolling in a seasonal share in the farms’ operations.  While the terms of  membership differ from farm to farm, CSA shares are usually purchased for a set price early in the season in exchange for weekly boxes of mixed produce.  In-season items are part of each week’s box and allow the consumer to partake of the freshness and variety of the produce. 

Think of it as your own, personal, Farmers’ Market!

Check out these 2011 CSAs in the Chicagoland area–and sign up today.


June 12, 2011, 7:00 am
Filed under: Recycling

Wondering how to get rid of those old answering machines, personal computers or electric typewriters?  Any resident who lives in Hoffman Estates or Elk Grove Village (both are SWANCC communities) is eligible to participate in an at home pick-up program for computer and electronic equipment.  You must have street level access to your front door (no condos or apartments.)

For a small fee of $30, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC) will arrange to have a maximum of six items picked up from your home per pick-up.  Additional items are $5 each with a maximum of 15 items. No individual item can exceed 50 pounds and televisions are limited to 27 inches. 

Click here to arrange a pick-up and for further details on which items are considered accepatable.