You Gotta Eat heads to the farm

By WEEK Producer
By Tom McIntyre

May 24, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM CDT

EUREKA, Ill. -- On You Gotta Eat, we've visited some eateries which serve locally grown healthy foods, and tonight, we decided to visit one of the farms the food is grown.
     
Welcome to Sunny Lane Farm, also known as Theresa's Fruit and Herb Farm.
    
And, that's Theresa Brockman.
 
"This is strawberries," she said as she gives us a tour of her garden.
   
And there's a whole lot more.  Theresa grows more than 80 varieties of 30 kinds of fruit, over 30 kinds of herbs, as well as dozens of varieties of potted tomato, pepper, eggplant, and other vegetables
   
There are so many varieties because it extends the harvest season. Some of the strawberries have already been picked.

"So, if one variety of strawberries does poorly in hot weather or wet weather, you'll have other varieties that'll do OK," said Brockman.

Theresa Brockman started her farm ten years ago.  Now, she sells her produce to members of a CSA - community supported agriculture..who pay her in advance for a weekly delivery of fresh produce.
  
"And since I grow so many varieties of fruit, mine starts with strawberries in the Spring and goes to pears, apples and raspberries are the last things in the Fall," Brockman said.
  
Theresa has sixty members of her CSA.   There are well over one hundred on her waiting list.  Why?

"I would say the main thing is the flavor," she said. "There's nothing like a fresh peach off from the tree the day it's picked.  There's nothing like home grown strawberries."

She also sells at an Evanston farmer's market...and in the off-season produces teas and berry jams.   
     
Understand that Theresa Brockman is doing all this on three acres of land, two of them inside the city limits of Eureka.

If you're interested in finding out how you can buy locally grown produce, well, there's a booklet.  You can access it here.  
  
"You learn a lot when you buy locally grown produce. It's just a way of fostering understanding," said Brockman.

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