The EP!C Harvest provides opportunities for over eighty adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be involved in EP!C’s greenhouse, garden, and market stand. Individuals who work with EP!C Harvest learn about plant care, soil preparation, planting, garden upkeep and maintenance, harvesting, and preparing for winter. In addition to regular gardening activities, they have the opportunity to help create functional and decorative wooden pieces, learn about natural plant and animal life cycles, and sell flowers and produce at EP!C’s farm stand and the farmer’s market. The EP!C Harvest program empowers individuals with vocational, life, and social skills; enhanced self-sufficiency and independence; improved self-esteem; and a sense of pride and accomplishment in providing fresh, local produce to their community.
The vegetables, flowers, and plants produced by EP!C Harvest are sold to local restaurants, grocery stores, farmer’s market customers, and community businesses and organizations. One of Harvest’s biggest customers is Table 19 at the Pere Marquette, where Chef Aaron Florez features EP!C Harvest produce in his fresh, farm-to-table dishes. EP!C also currently partners with Naturally Yours Grocery, Lutheran Hillside Village, and Alwan & Sons. In addition EP!C Harvest can be found Tuesday’s from 4-6:30 at One World Cafe and the Peoria River Front Market on Saturdays during the season. Proceeds from EP!C Harvest sustainability support EP!C programs and help reduce EP!C’s dependence on State funding.
EP!C Harvest produces a wide variety of fresh produce that comes into season at different times. To see what EP!C Harvest is growing and when your favorites will be freshest, take a look at the list of our vegetable offerings and when they typically become available.
In addition to fresh produce, EP!C Harvest also cultivates seasonal flowers. As the weather cools, EP!C Harvest moves to its annual poinsettia sale to celebrate the holidays. To place an order for this season’s flowers sale, please download the form, fill it out, and then submit it. In March and April, EP!C Harvest holds a spring flower sale in time to celebrate Mother’s Day. Then, in the late summer, EP!C Harvest transitions to selling mums, the flower of fall.
For more information, please contact Marc Britton, our Garden Specialist, at (309) 689-3706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.