Queen of Angels Parish is again participating in “Faith and Food,” a Heifer-supported initiative that offers members of Chicago congregations the chance to purchase organic produce and farm-fresh eggs while supporting lives of dignity for those who raise the food. Queen of Angels parishioners and others in Ravenswood can receive shipments of locally grown, organic produce from Heifer-supported farmers.
With the “Faith and Food” initiative, the Heifer Project works with local congregations to develop markets for produce from small, local family farms. Queen of Angels parish has been paired with Home Grown Wisconsin, a cooperative of 25 family farms located throughout southern Wisconsin that have committed themselves to growing fresh, organic produce for the local market. By participating in Faith & Food, you can place your food dollar directly in the hands of this local community of family farms.
The Heifer Project and Queen of Angels Parish are participating in this initiative because it meets our goals of combating hunger and poverty by helping rural families support themselves through agriculture. Others supporting this initiative include the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, the Chicago Community Trust, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
How does it work?
Faith & Food members receive Home Grown Wisconsin's boxes of fresh, seasonal, organic produce each week (half shares are also available). The boxes include your favorite staples as well as some novel and unique products. Whatever is ripe and delicious for the week, goes into the box: washed, chilled and carefully packed. Members are also invited to at least two farm tour events, such as a Raspberry U-pick and a Watermelon Festival.
The delivery season is twenty weeks long, beginning June 14. The full share (every week delivery) costs $25 per box, the half share (or every other week delivery) costs $27.50 per box. You can also choose to split a box with a friend or be paired with another parish family in splitting a box. There is enough produce in one box to feed two adults, or a family with small children, who eat a lot of vegetables, for a week. The box includes a variety from the 25 certified organic family farms (you will NOT end up with a box full of rutabagas) , but also enough staples—carrots, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, salad greens—to keep vegetable eaters going through the week. You will sample over 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs. You will also get a chance to try apple and pear butters and wild-foraged fruits and nuts and honey. Along with the produce box, members receive a weekly newsletter which highlights the items in the box and provides recipes, storage tips, and preparation hints. Partial season subscriptions are also available.
Visit the parish peace and justice website www.peaceandjusticechicago.com to learn more. Or call Cliff McIntosh at 773-278-7625.