Tomato Mountain Farm

Welcome to Tomato Mountain.

 


 

 

 

Welcome to Tomato Mountain.

We're a certified organic farm in Brooklyn Wisconsin, and we've been serving Chicagoland since 1993. We partner with dozens of local, sustainable, family farmers and artisans to deliver you a weekly box of fresh, naturally grown produce. All dropped off right on your doorstep.

Technically, what we do is called a CSA. CSA stands for community supported agriculture. The concept is pretty simple: you commit to the farm, and the farm commits to giving you a weekly share of what they've grown. We're a bit different - Not only will you receive produce from our farm, you will receive a seasonal bounty from local farms that we partner with. Think of it as a weekly subscription to the highest quality, seasonal and artisanal food in the Midwest. 

This is the real deal. We are a small team of real people providing real food to real folks. We care about what we do, we care about the land, and we care about you. 

 

 

Why join a CSA? 

 "Personally, my family can’t understand why everyone wouldn’t want to belong to a CSA. I LOVE not having to spend much time in grocery stores... The longer I've done it, the stronger I have felt about the importance and I truly believe that everyone should be sourcing food and eating this way."

- Angela, Tomato Mountain member for the last 8 years

 

 


 

 

 

  

"Tomato Mountain Farm started in 1993. I couldn’t find a job that satisfied my need to be a part of something I believed in. I wanted to create something authentic, necessary, and important, and needed to work in a place that honored my sensibility about what I did, where I worked, and who I worked with. All I knew was that I loved plants, the natural world and the interconnected-ness of it all. 

I got a lucky break to work an acre of land offered to me by my mentor teacher when I student taught at the University of Wisconsin. I raised a variety vegetables from the start. Growing up in an Italian family where food and cooking was a main event, I focused on tomatoes, from the smallest cherries to the biggest heirlooms. I spent my days in the field loving the weather, soil and plants, and my nights in the cabin next to the field slow cooking tomatoes down into sauces of every imaginable type. 

Of course I needed to find places to sell my produce. I went to farmers markets and developed relationships with as many restaurants as possible. In my search to find customers dedicated to local, high quality produce, I developed a relationship with Frontera Grill in Chicago. Working with them was a dream. Besides being a very large and successful restaurant, they treated me with respect and dignity. While most of my wholesale customers were trying to talk me down in price, Frontera encouraged me to set my prices high. They understood what few people know, that farmers don’t make money. That is how I entered the Chicago market.

Since then, I have found my own land to farm, built an on-farm processing kitchen, and started a home delivery CSA/subscription service that serves Chicagoland. Earning a living farming continues to be a monumental challenge. As with any business, the most important things are developing and maintaining relationships and continually being creative and innovative."

 

-Chris Covelli, principal owner/farmer