Now is the perfect time to add some more fruits and veggies into your diet and a great way to do that is by ordering a CSA box. These community-supported agriculture boxes bring fruits, veggies, meats and more straight from the farm to your home. Scroll through to find our favorite Bay Area CSA boxes for your family!
Full Belly Farm CSA Program
Follow the Buddha's belly for this direct connection to an organic farm program complete with an online Crop Timeline so you and your gang will always know what's fresh and in season. Co-owner Judith Redmond lovingly educates families so you know exactly how a farm works. In that spirit, there's busy sheep rotating the crops and eating up the extra "waste." So when they get too hot in the summer months? There's—completely cruelty-free—asheep's yarn from their haircuts in this box, too, if you and your gang want to learn to knit. Suggestions abound for your kiddos: peaches can be whipped up into tasty, nutritious smoothies. How about what to do with beets?? Great recipes are provided and range from the simple soup to an adventurous pickling process for some kitchen physics good on a rainy day.
Cost: Monthly: $76 (4 boxes per month), Quarterly: $210 or Annual: $792 plus additional charge for delivery through Good Eggs. Boxes can be generously donated anytime to the Charlotte Maxwell Integrative Complimentary Clinic in Oakland for low income women dealing with cancer, just let Full Belly know in advance.
Tara Firma Farms
In 2009, these Petaluma farmers set off on a mission to create a source of food produced with great soil and good integrity, that brought the community together and that allowed their consumers full access to their farm. From this mission sprang education to the public with regular free farm tours every Saturday and Sunday at noon so folks can learn where their food comes from and how we all can be accountable in the process. Through this farm's production, and their network of family farms throughout Sonoma and Marin counties, your fam can also get their inner carnivore on with plenty of pasture-raised beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and turkey right alongside their organic fruit, eggs, cheese and vegetables.
Cost: Prices range from $55 up for meat shares. Organic vegetable shares run $25 for a regular size box and organic fruit shares are $10 per box.
Choose from a variety of Bay Area sites to pick up your weekly fix of Eatwell's divine fruits and vegetables. Fragrant basil and pungent garlic give us an immediate idea for a dinner pesto to pour over bowtie pasta for the gang. What's dubbed a Stir Fry mix of micro mixed greens beckons, and just in case you're short on ideas of what to do with all that beautiful fruit there's some easy suggestions for Summer Galettes. This farm, based just outside Dixon grows 85% or more of every single thing in their boxes. Since they grow hundreds of varieties of fruits and veggies, sometimes you might find a little something in the box you maybe haven't seen before. So it's a nice touch that Eatwell always provides information on identifying items, how to store them and what to cook first based on perishability.
Cost: Boxes start at $29
Farm Fresh To You
You've seen these distinctive boxes all over town on front porches, isn't it time to see what all the buzz is about? These gold standard of CSA boxes are dependable and consistent. It comes mostly from Capay Organic Farms, a second-generation family farm, but they also partner with other farms to source produce, and the whole shebang is blissfully certified organic. So everything here is pesticide-free and sustainably-grown, and there is every imaginable sort of customization available with this rockin' box. Every Thursday, at noon, Capay posts the box contents for the following week’s deliveries so you can plan ahead. Want it at the office too? No sweat, they got that. There's a Traditional CSA box, a mixed fruit and veggie box and the kid-favorite organic snack pack. Plus to simplify: there's even the easy No Cooking box if you're a super busy family on the go, go, go. Grab some celery, avocado, radishes and a quick bell pepper, and now your park playdate just turned into a sweet spot for a crudite plate on the benches.
Cost: Prices range from $27.50 and up
Live Earth Farm
Established as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm in 1995, Live Earth Farm bring organic produce straight from Farmer Tom to you. On Friday you'll get an email with everything that he's picked out for that week's box (with a value of $25). You can add items, swap items and even put your share on hold if you'll be out of town. When the season's bounty hits, you can even add on bulk produce like flats of tomatoes or bushels of apples. Pick-ups occur around the Bay Area on a designated day and time, choose on that's convenient for you. You can even bring the kids to check out the farm and pick your own produce on select days in the summer.
Cost: Starting cost is $25/share
Sea Forager CSF
Want to add some sustainably-caught seafood to your diet? Sea Forager's CSF (community-supported fishery) is an excellent option for Bay Area residents. With pickup locations from North Bay to San Jose and home delivery in San Francisco, pick your delivery spot and you'll be on your way to getting fresh-caught deliciousness on your table this week. Not sure what to do with that octopus or herring? Don't worry as each delivery comes with cooking instructions and recipes.
Cost: Shares start at $26
—Kate Loweth & Mireille Schwartz