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Chris Covelli (Principle farmer and owner)

Farm owner, operator, and manager since Tomato Mountain started in 1993, Chris has worked relentlessly for over twenty years to bring fresh produce to Southern Wisconsin and North Eastern Illinois. Inspired by Yvon Chouinard's business practices at Patagonia and supported by the work of countless friends and coworkers, Chris continues to bring sustainable business practices and conscientious stewardship to Tomato Mountain Farm.

Molly H

Molly has been at the farm since 2012. She initially worked picking tomatoes in our hoop houses during the hot summer months (being a tough mother of 6, she was not phased by the heat and occasionally long days). Lately, she has taken/been given major responsibility for germinating all our seedlings for field and hoop house plantings and for our plant sales.

In between, and whenever time permits/the need arises, Molly has also been in charge of overseeing the packing of CSA boxes or doing field work. However complicated the task, she always jumps in, learns quickly, and takes care of anything that comes up.

Sheila Essig

Chicago Area Sales Assistant

Sheila Essig is the "better half" of Rob Gardner; together with their two daughters, they make up The Local Family featured on The Local Beet. For several years, they've made an effort to eat locally year-round; any success they've managed has been due in large part to Sheila's frequent and creative cooking for her family. You might have met Sheila at a farmers market (Oak Park, Riverside, Independence Park, Portage Park, and more) selling for Tomato Mountain, where she often makes suggestions for incorporating our jarred products into your cooking. In her fourth season with the farm, we'll tap her for tips and recipes on this site and in our newsletters in between farmers markets. 

In a past life Sheila was a public interest lawyer. She has since settled into a strong passion for issues of homelessness and hunger relief, having served on the board of West Suburban PADS, a group that works on the homelessness in her community. 

Crops & Varieties: PotatoesNovember 30th, 2016

  Quick Tips   As with many crops, you don't actually have to peel potatoes, despite what years of kitchen lessons may have taught you. Potato skins are full of nutrients and should only be

NEW! Sweet Cherries (add-on now available)July 15th, 2016

NEW! Sweet Cherries from Ellis Family Farm are now ready for add-ons. Add now (must be a CSA member and logged in) and checkout before Tuesday noon and you'll get them in your del

Newsletter ArchiveJuly 15th, 2016

2016 Newsletters are still going out weekly to our members!  We're a little behind schedule in creating a new site but soon enough all will be up-to-date. Thanks! [Message from admin, July 15, 20

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