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!
Farm to Flat
Founded by three local friends as a project for the community, Farm to Flat is a new collaboration with the California Farmers’ Market Association at the Fort Mason Center Market. Farm to Flat is firstly about choice and secondly about bringing local community and farms together in a fun way. Different from many CSA box programs, customers can choose exactly what they want through the Farm to Flat website. The collaboration works with over 20 local farms and businesses at Fort Mason and is continuously adding new products, and makes the market available to customers for pickup or local delivery in northern San Francisco.
The origin of the effort was sparked by trying to integrate community, especially given the current Covid crisis. By bringing together stakeholders which have all been impacted by the health and economic situation—local farms, the local neighborhood, and great staff members—the goal is to create a positive energy service everyone feels good about!
CUESA Farmer's Market Boxes
If you are missing your usual visits to the Ferry Plaza Farmer's Market, this box is for you! You can order pick-up or delivery of CUESA’s new Farmers Market Produce Box ($55), Pantry Box ($55) and Fruit & Snack Box ($35), offering a curated selection of the best and freshest seasonal items from farms throughout Northern California. What's unique about the box is that they're sourcing from a variety of farms to bring families a selection of what's fresh and in season at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market--Brokaw Ranch avocados, Yerena Farms strawberries, Heirloom Organics purple carrots, Iacopi Farms fresh shelling peas, and so on. Most of these farms don't have individual box programs in place, so it's a great way to support those farms—and get their delicious products—during this time of sheltering in place.
Orders will be available for contactless curbside pickup at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Veggie Valet tent, just south of the clock tower on northbound Embarcadero.
This small, family-owned business had to pivot from its usual restaurant and school delivery model and is now offering grocery boxes and a la carte items for pick up at their Union City warehouse and next-day delivery to the South Bay, East Bay and the Peninsula. Order by 3 p.m. for next-day delivery Monday-Friday.
This East Bay school lunch company pivoted to bring contactless, fresh food to the community and we are excited for it! Choicelunch continues to expand, with drive thru locations in Danville, Hayward, Lafayette and San Jose. The Choicelunch Pantry is currently stocking farm fresh eggs (2 ½ dozen), gallons of milk, fresh ground beef and meats, seafood and fresh-baked bread from Roma Bakery, a 117-year-old family-owned bakery in San Jose, and more.
Chef and Founder Kristen Thibeault of high-performance food service company Nybll has expanded her offerings beyond delivery and catering with the launch of Nybll Grocery. A Stage 3 cancer survivor and Stanford nutritional science graduate, Kristen is committed to delivering safe, healthy and clean food to not only her clients but also communities in need. Her new pre-order grocery offerings are delivered every Tuesday, and options include:
- Produce Box ($42) – carrots, cherry tomatoes, Tuscan Kale, mixed greens, bagged spinach, English cucumber, head of broccoli, onion, lemons, avocados, garlic
- Fruit & Vegetable Box ($49) – apples, oranges, bananas, romaine lettuce, mixed greens, red onion, roma tomatoes, English cucumber, baby potatoes, celery, red pepper, zucchini, bunch of kale, carrots, lemons
- Ultimate Pantry Box ($79) – extra virgin olive oil, eggs, butter, milk, half & half, parmesan cheese, aged cheddar, penne pasta, marinara sauce, rice, quinoa, ground coffee, sugar, sea salt, peanut butter, whole grain bread loaf, chicken or vegetable stock, granola, dried fruits & nuts
- Love Box ($30) - Pay it forward to a family in need. Each box is given to a family living in SF, West Oakland, or LA that is suffering and at-risk due to the coronavirus. Send a special message of hope and share the love. The box includes three healthy chilled family meals, apples, oranges, milk, bread, butter, pasta, rice, beans, carrots, onion, greens, and your special message of love.
Spade & Plow
Mike and his two sons Nick and Sam first got the idea for Spade & Plow after working several years in big corporate ag managing large thousand plus acres farms, large sales teams and gigantic distribution coolers. Spade & Plow Organics got it's start in 2015, after finding 10 acres to lease in San Martin, CA. They worked the land, watered, weeded, and planted their first seed without a clear idea where our first harvest would go. But with an intention of sustainability, the Thorp family decided to create fresh, clean, certified organic fruits and vegetables accessible and affordable to Santa Clara County residents. To date, they've added on another 27 acre property also in San Martin, that has allowed them to increase our production, preserving more agricultural lands in Santa Clara County.
Choose from weekly or bi-weekly box of fresh, organic produce delivered to your door.
Cost: shares cost $20-40 with the ability to add on coffee, eggs and bread
Chef-made, nutritionist-designed meal delivery service Territory Foods recently started offering Territory Grocery. Options: Produce Box ($60) featuring a 15+ lb. mix of garden veggies, root veggies, fruit, leafy greens and herbs; or Produce & Pantry Box ($70) including all of the above plus 2-3 lbs. of grains and legumes.
One Acre Farm
Michelle Lieberman and Gal Mariansky didn’t grow up farming, but after many years of home gardening, volunteering on farms, and helping with urban gardening programs, the farm dream had firmly taken root. In 2009, they bought an acre of land on the outskirts of Morgan Hill, CA, and began converting it into a farm. The vision was to create a diversified vegetable farm delivering sustainably grown produce to the local community.
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