A passion for the land and its fruits

Lloyd and Doreen Nichols planted the first seeds of what has grown into a 300 acre certified sustainable family farm in 1978. Today the three generations of the Nichols family living and working the land are committed to continuing the founding principles for generations to come.

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Latest news from Nichols Farm & Orchard

New this season-  Heirloom apples delivered

Nichols Farm will be offering a huge variety of our unique heirloom apples and more available online shipped to your home or as a wonderful gift.  Share some of the worlds finest apples fresh from our farm delivered to you or a friends doorstep.  Check in at the store link for availability.

Many of our favorite varieties like Cox's Orange Pippen, Roxburry russet, Esopus Spitzenburg, and more will now be available online.  

Packed in beautiful boxes these make great gifts for friends, family, or business associates.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

CSA shares delivered weekly to a local convenient pickup site make attaining the best fresh local produce easy.  By joining our CSA you are guarenteed to broaden your culinary horizons while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Every week you will Try something new!  CSA shareholders also help our family farm by allowing us to plan for the upcoming season and insures early income.

Now is the time to join our Chicago CSA. 

CSA pickups in Chicago neighborhoods including Lincoln park at City grounds, West loop at Publican Quality Meats, South loop at Overflow Coffee, Hyde park at Z and H Marketcafe, Andersonville at Urban Orchard, Uptown at Baker and Nosh, Edgewater at Cookies and Carnitas, Logan square at Bang Bang Pies, Wicker Park at Bru Coffee House, Near North, and Streeterville.  Suburban pickups sites include Evanston, Wilmette, Crystal Lake, Schaumburg, Elmhurst, Western Springs, Glen Ellyn, Highland Park, Oak Park, and Marengo.  Pro rated shares are offered, so its never too late to join.  

What's at the market this week

Spring is here and so many good things are soon to arrive.  Many markets begin the 1st of May.  Check our schedule.  In the meanwhile our two winter farmers markets in Evanston and Lincoln Park are held on Saturdays.

A sampling of what's currently available:

  • tomatoes
  • beets (6 types)
  • carrots
  • New potatoes
  • raspberries
  • currants
  • gooseberries
  • Summer and heirloom apples
  • onions 
  • garlic
  • summer squash
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower 
  • cabbage
  • spinach
  • lettuce
  • kale
  • microgreens
  • mustards
  • radishes
  • onions
  • shallots
  • garlic
  • Potatoes of all types
  • tomatoes out of the greenhouse
  • rhubarb
  • vegetable and herb plants
  • hanging baskets
  • fresh cut flowers
  • Bedding plants
  • popcorn
  • pickled aparagus
  • and So much more

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Notes from the farm

Heirloom apples, Microwave Popcorn, Seed Garlic, and More
September 21, 2015— The Nichols Farm online store is up and running.  This year we are shipping Heirloom apples as gift packs anywhere in the country.  There is no better gift to a friend or yourself than a fresh… more »
Fall CSA signups
September 21, 2015— Now is the time for Fall CSA signup.  Fall CSA starts Nov 1st for 7 weeks.  It is a great way to extend your local eating for a couple months after your favorite farmers market has ended.  Sign up… more »
Farm Update
May 19, 2015— Well June is almost here and we have been very busy on the farm.  We are officially near the frost free date.  So in the next week or two we will be emptying out the green houses that are full of… more »

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Nichols Farm & Orchard

Sustainably growing the widest range of fruits and vegetables for more than 30 years.

Contact us
2602 Hawthorn Road, Marengo, Illinois 60152 Tel. 815-236-1615 info@nicholsfarm.com
Farmers markets where you'll find us this summer:

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  • Federal Plaza
  • Lincoln Park
  • Near North
  • Daley Plaza
  • Streeterville
  • Lincoln Park
  • lincoln Park
  • Wicker Park
  • Norridge
  • West loop
  • Elmhurst
  • Evanston
  • Evanston
  • Hinsdale
  • Oak Park
  • Schaumburg