Picking out fruit and veggies at the store is so old school. Busy families know joining a Seattle CSA is the easiest way to get farm-fresh produce, eggs, flowers and more onto your family’s table. Plus, opening your weekly box is like the parent version of your kid’s favorite unboxing vids (trust us, it’s just as exciting). Read on to make your “eat local” dreams come true.
At this family-owned small farm in Snohomish, farmers Petrina and Jonathan aim to be good stewards of the land, and their focus on what's sustainable, ethical and ecologically sound is at the heart of their farming practices. They have an abundance of farm-to-table options to choose from, including fruit, flower and egg shares, in addition to their veggie CSA (psst... you can also try a market-style CSA if you'd rather shop at the farm). Their season run from May through November and families can order share per season (spring, summer and fall) or commit to the whole 27 weeks.
Good to know: You can find their produce at the Bellevue Farmers Market too.
Cost: $825, whole season; $200, spring only; $340, summer only; $310, fall only
Local Color Farm & Fiber
Local Color Farm & Fiber has its roots on Bainbridge Island, where Emily Tzeng started farming back in 2013. In 2018 the farm was moved to Puyallup, and it’s where farmers Emily and Brian grow food, flowers and fibers now. The CSA runs for 30 weeks from May through December and offers families a few options to choose from. You can decide whether weekly or bi-weekly pick-up works best for you (they've got two Seattle pick-up locations), and if you need a small share (feeds one to two) or a large that feeds a family of four. Expect loads of farm-fresh veggies in each box (plus a newsletter with recipes and cooking tips), with an emphasis on Asian heritage vegetables.
Good to know: They also offer flower and egg shares for the season.
If you’re looking for a curated selection of fresh veggies, fruit and locally sourced breads, wines and other pantry items, try Kinfood’s weekly Produce & Pantry bag. It’s filled with gorgeous produce sourced from small, nearby farms, and its easily customizable add-ons mean you can support local women and minority-owned businesses plus skip that re-stock trip to the store. Try it out as a one-time thing or have your bag delivered weekly or bi-weekly for added convenience.
Good to know: If your kids eat fruit like it’s going out of style, try the weekly seasonal fruit box ($20).
Goose and Gander Farm
Carnation’s Goose and Gander Farm is newer to the local farm scene, but has quickly blossomed into a vibrant farm dedicated to feeding our community responsibly grown produce. Every year, Goose and Gander Farm delivers 22 weeks of farm fresh produce to its shareholders for pick up at locations around Seattle. Each share contains seasonal produce grown on the 6-acre farm, and families can expect to feed two adults with a standard share and a family of four with a large. Shares are filled 24-hours before delivery to ensure the freshest seasonal produce. Add honey, eggs, and poultry to round out your weekly share. Don’t forget to stop by the farm stand or u-pickle patch (for pickling cukes) and say hi to the farmers.
Good to know: CSA registration will open soon.
Dates: TBD (usually Jun.-Nov.)
Cost: TBD, 2020 pricing: $516/standard share; $732/large share
Helsing Junction Farms
For over 25 years, Helsing Junction Farm has been providing flavorful, nutrient-rich produce to its members. Each week during the 20-week season, members will receive a box of fresh, seasonal produce. Everything in the box is grown on the farm and then delivered to CSA members. Depending on the size of box you select, you’ll receive 7-14 items each week. Helsing also supplies its members with 20+ healthy and flavorful recipes, customized to the wide variety of items you receive over the course of the season. An abundance of cooking inspiration will never leave you guessing what to do with your veggies. And with over 30 drop sites and home delivery offered around Seattle and the Eastside, Helsing Junction makes it easy and convenient to get your veggies.
Good to know: A few other shares to note include their bulk, canning and storage shares that help families eat fresh all year round.
Dates: Mid Jun.-mid Oct.
Cost: starting at $33/week
Get creative in the kitchen by subscribing to a box of fresh produce from Carnation’s Jubilee Farm this summer growing season. A family-run farm since 1989, Jubilee offers a diverse selection of nutritious fruits, vegetables and meat, all of which are grown and harvested using organic farming practices. CSA members are encouraged to spend time on the farm. You can bring a picnic and enjoy the u-pick fields. Throughout the season, you’ll find berries, flowers, herbs, beans, tomatoes and more. Summer CSA boxes run for 20 weeks and come in three sizes: full, three-quarter and half shares. Choose to pick up your box at the farm or at delivery depots located around the Seattle area.
Good to know: Eat local year-round when you add a winter, fall or spring share.
Cost: $900/full share; $700/three-quarter share; $500/half share; add $90/share for depot delivery
Full Circle is passionate about growing and sourcing delicious, organic produce. For over 20 years, the North Bend farm has been promoting sustainable farming practices and delivering delicious produce to your door throughout the year. Full Circle partners with local farms and artisans to deliver a variety of box options featuring the season’s best mix of certified-organic produce and specialty farm products. Choose from a tradition CSA, mixed fruit and veggie or organic snack box when you sign up. Enjoy the flexibility, choosing the size of the box you receive, as well as the delivery frequency to fit your lifestyle. If you’re feeding picky eaters, fill out their “Never Send List” to exclude items you don’t want in your box. You can also swap out fruits and veggies or add on other products like eggs, dairy, jams and honey.
Dates: Weekly & year-round
Cost: Boxes start at $27.95
Stanwood’s Klesick Farms is not your average CSA, delivering organic produce and other add-ons year-round directly to your door. Klesick’s Box of Good is filled with high quality, competitively-priced organic produce. Each week, a wide variety of fruit, cooking veggies and salad items, sourced locally from area growers, arrives on your doorstep. With your delivery, you’ll receive a newsletter with fun and inspiring recipes and helpful tips on how to use any new or unusual produce items. Klesick’s grows potatoes, spinach, carrots, beets, winter squash, green beans, fresh herbs and more, as well as raises all natural beef, lamb and pork. Add-on to your order by purchasing grocery items including eggs, coffee and snacks. Klesick’s delivery area spans from Bothell to Whidbey Island.
Dates: Weekly & year-round
Cost: starting at $28.50/week
Nestled in picturesque Snohomish, Lowlands Farm is a small vegetable and flower farm dedicated to organic and sustainable farming practices. Lowland Farms offers a 24-week CSA season, filling boxes with produce handpicked by the farmer each week to highlight what is freshest at the farm. Boxes feature a variety of greens, root vegetables, herbs and snackable veggies. Flower and egg share add-ons are available. Flexible options make it easy for families to participate in the CSA. Sign up for a 24-week weekly share, a 12-week bi-weekly share or a flex share that runs for 20 weeks.
Cost: $864/weekly share; $452/bi-weekly share; $740/flex share
When you become an Oxbow Farms CSA shareholder, you support organic growing practices and the farm’s mission to build a thriving, sustainable ecosystem. CSA members receive a 20-week share that includes enough produce to feed two to three people. As the summer months go on, boxes increase in quantity and variety, but always feature the freshest food available. Oxbow’s market-style boxes let you choose the produce you most enjoy each week. Round out your healthy meals with add-ons from other local producers including honey, eggs and organic fruit. Pick up your box at the farm or in Issaquah or on Mercer Island.
Good to know: CSA shareholders get exclusive access to u-pick veggies, orchard fruit, berries, plus free u-pick flowers and herbs.
Cost: $600 ($550 returning members)
The Root Connection
The Root Connection is Washington’s original CSA farm, growing local, chemical-free food in the Sammamish Valley for over 30 years. During the harvest season, members receive seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers with superior flavor, texture and nutrition. The farm prides itself on freshness, offering veggies to its members just hours after they are picked from the ground. You can also pick-up your box at drop sites in Seattle and Lynnwood. In addition to a bountiful weekly share, members can u-pick dozens of types of greens, herbs and flowers for free at the Redmond-based farm, adding even more value to your share.
Cost: starting at $991/full share; $495.50/half share
Good to know: If you want to support farmers and local farms beyond your CSA share, try Eat Local First to find farm stores, farm stays and restaurants serving farm to table food.
—Allison Sutcliffe & Abbey McGee