Whether you’re looking to avoid a trip to the grocery store, or you want to kick your cooking up a notch, subscribing to a CSA lets you do both. By joining, you invest in local agriculture and in return, receive a weekly box of the season’s freshest produce. It couldn’t be easier and easy is what we all need right now. Read on for a fresh take on delivery.
In early March, Canlis closed its doors in adherence of the governor’s COVID-19 mandate. The iconic fine-dining establishment shifted gears from serving up gourmet eats to providing delivered meals and CSA boxes to its neighbors. CSA boxes are filled with ingredients you can use to create your own five-star meal at home. Order daily and receive a variety of local meats, eggs, dairy products, as well as an abundance of just-picked vegetables from Canlis’s favorite farms. CSA boxes are available for delivery to any address inside Seattle city limits (with the exception of West Seattle), plus West Bellevue, Mercer Island and Shoreline. Canlis offers four delivery windows so your box shows up right as you’re prepping dinner. You can also choose to pick up your box at the restaurant. By purchasing from Canlis, you can support small businesses during this economic downturn and receive fresh, local food at your door—a win-win!
Cost: Boxes start at $80
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. Enjoy the flexibility, choosing the size and type of 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
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.
Cost: $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 18-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 7-15 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 in the Seattle and Olympia area, Helsing Junction makes it easy and convenient to get your veggies. Add-on local vine-ripened fruit and handcrafted farm goods.
Dates: Mid Jun.-mid Oct.
Cost: Boxes start at $35/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 lunch or dinner and enjoy the u-pick fields. Throughout the season, you’ll find berries, flowers, herbs, beans, tomatoes and more. Choose to pick up your box at the farm or at delivery depots located around the Seattle area.
Cost: $900/full share; $700/three-fourths share; $500/half share; add $90/share for depot delivery
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 raises potatoes, spinach, carrots, lettuce, onions, beets, winter squash, green beans, cucumbers, cabbage, sugar snap peas, fresh herbs and a few other vegetables and fruits, as well as 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: Boxes start at $27/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 anyone to participate in the CSA. Enjoy the flavor-packed produce and the community and connection created through their private Facebook group. Eat local and perhaps make some new friends too!
Cost: $840/weekly share (24 weeks); $440/bi-weekly share (12 weeks); $720/flex share (20 weeks)
When you become an Oxbow Farms CSA shareholder, you support organic growing practices and support the farm’s mission to build a thriving, sustainable ecosystem. CSA members receive a 20-Week Share that will be delivered from mid-June through early November. Each week, you’ll receive enough produce to feed 2-3 people. As the summer months go on, boxes increase in quantity and variety. 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. Weekly boxes are built based on the freshest seasonal vegetables. This year’s crops include sugar snap peas, radishes, turnips, carrots, lettuce, beets, broccoli, onions, squash, cabbage, herbs, potatoes and greens! Pick up your box on-farm or at the Mercer Island Farmers Market. Added bonus: CSA shareholders get exclusive access to u-pick veggies, orchard fruit, berries, plus free u-pick flowers and herbs.
Dates: Spring season, May 13-Jun. 17; main season, Jun. 24- Nov. 4
Cost: $175/spring season; $550/main season
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 21-week 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: $43/week, full share; $22/week, half share; prices depend on payment method.
— Abbey McGee
Featured photo: Jessica Bottali