In 2007, sisters Jamie Choler and Sara Choler Hale were picking up their weekly box of vegetables from Biver Farms. They were part of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program in which the customer agrees to pay the farmer upfront and picks up weekly “shares” of what the farmer has to harvest throughout the growing season.

Jeremy Zobrist overseeing the field pumpkin harvest with specially made equipment - Photo Credit: Sarah Zobrist

It was a strangely mild, pleasant, and cloudy day in early July when I visited with Jeremy Zobrist of Rock Creek Farms and sister company, Top Fox Snacks, based in Danvers, IL, west of Bloomington-Normal. The topography while approaching the Mackinaw River valley is surprising. Yes, hills in central Illinois!