Now’s a more important time than ever to eat fresh fruits and vegetables and support local farmers via a CSA San Diego program. (CSA stands for: Community Supported Agriculture). What’s more, you can reduce your family’s carbon footprint by ordering a CSA box in San Diego. It’s simple, just choose the CSA box that best meets your needs from the farms below, and they’ll either deliver it to you or tell you where to pick it up! Read on for 14 San Diego CSA farms that we think are the cream of the crop!

Sage Mountain Farm

Extra goodies to add-in? If you want to round-out your CSA box with items like honey and eggs, then give this CSA box a try. A small box contains 8 to 10 organically-grown fruits, veggies and herbs and a large box has 8 to 12 fruits, veggies and herbs. With pick-up or delivery all over San Diego County and a choice of a small or large box with fruits and veggies, you have options.

Cost: From $34/box
Time Frame: Weekly or Bi-Weekly
Pick-up & Delivery: Locations throughout San Diego

55520 Hwy 371
Anza, CA 92539
Online: sagemountainfarm.com/csa-box

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Good Neighbor Gardens

Want to mix it up? From beets, peppers and eggplant to herbs, flowers and melon, this CSA box offers variety for your crew. In each box expect a mix of 12 to 16 same-day harvested fruits and veggies. All food is locally grown and pesticide-free. Even more, if you head to their website you can find cool recipes from raw and vegan pumpkin bliss balls to cucumber lime paletas. Order now!

Cost: $60/month
Time Frame: bi-weekly delivery
Pick-up & Delivery: To your door

South Bay Terraces
San Diego, CA 92139
858-375-6121
Online: goodneighborgardens.com

photo: Be Wise Ranch

Be Wise Ranch

Turn over a new leaf. Make roasted eggplant dip from this CSA's farm fresh veggies. Farmer Bill Brammer is a pioneer in organic farming. He was talking organic before everyone else. Be Wise CSA boxes contain a variety of greens along with oranges or strawberries (or other seasonal fruit). You'll pay for several CSA boxes up-front which goes to support the farm.

Cost: $30/box
Time Frame: Weekly or Bi-Weekly
Pick-up: Locations throughout San Diego

20505 San Pasqual Rd.
Escondido, CA 92025
760-746-6006
Online: bewiseranch.com

photo: JR Organics Farm

JR Organics Farm

You’ll dig that this farm’s been around since the 1950’s and welcomes your family to visit. Little farmers will be all ears at the seasonal farm events. This organic CSA box has a mix of fruits and veggies (expect juicy strawberries when in season.) A nice touch is the option to add a beautiful freshly-picked organic flower bouquet. Bonus: they have home delivery in North County.

Cost: From $28.50/box
Time Frame: Weekly or Bi-Weekly
Pick-up: Locations throughout San Diego

31030 Rodriguez Rd.
Escondido, CA 92026
760-453-4144
Online: jrorganicsfarm.com

photo: Eli’s Farm

Eli’s Farm

You'll use everything from this CSA bag including the egg-cellent eggs. From carrots and artichokes to spinach and raspberries, the selection changes with the seasons. Sustainably-grown, you'll find this produce has no GMOs, no waxes and no preservatives. Plus, there's only a month-to-month commitment and a smaller bag if you choose.

Cost: $15-$30/box
Time Frame: Weekly or Bi-Weekly
Pick-up: Locations throughout San Diego. Plus delivery in some areas.

2929 E. Mission Rd.
Fallbrook, CA 92028
760-483-3276
Online: elisfarms.com

photo: Craft Food Box

Craft Food Box

Just opened with delivery directly to you! Support local artisanal shops and vendors with the likes of take and bake pinsa from well-known chef Marco Maestoso, raw pasta from Monzu Fresh Pasta, coffee from Seven Seas Roasting, plant-based snacks from Aya Raw Foods, gelato from Gelato Love, Coyotas Tortillas. You can order up a craft food box that gets delivered to you. Added bonus, you support local businesses who can’t make it to the Farmer’s Market right now.

Cost: $50/box
Delivery: To your door

Online: craftboxfood.com

photo: Rose Acres Farm

Rose Acres Farm

If you're looking for a small farm that delivers CSA boxes along Interstate-8 in the San Diego area, then Rose Acre's Farm is your spot. They follow natural, sustainable farming practices where there's no pesticides or herbicides on the crops. You can purchase a CSA food basket full of vegetables, herbs and flowers that are fresh and in season.

Cost: From $25/bag
Time Frame: Weekly or Bi-Weekly
Pick-up or Delivery along Highway 8

39211 Hwy 94
Boulevard , CA 91905
808-756-5762
Online: roseacresfarm.com

photo: Stehly Organic Farm

Stehly Organic Farm

Guac this way and get this CSA box for your family with avocados (and citrus) year-round. Talk about farm-fresh: Stehly uproots vegetables early in the morning for delivery to you by the afternoon. Orange you glad we let you know?

Cost: $32/small box; $40/large box
Time Frame: Weekly
Pick-up: Locations throughout San Diego

12630 Santa Catalina Rd.
Valley Center, CA 92082
760-742-1186
Online: stehlyfarmsorganics.com

Solidarity Farm

A local gem in Pauma Valley has a solid CSA box and you can add-in eggs, honey, coffee and bread. Try out their fresh five with home delivery in Central San Diego and Valley Center which offers items like kale, strawberries, salad mix, radish and micro greens. Also, there’s no commitment to try it out.

Cost: $15 for Fresh Five (order online)

P.O. Box 845
Pauma Valley CA 92061
760-297-0838
Online: solidarityfarmsd.com

photo: Dickinson Organic Farm

Dickinson Organic Farm

If there's never enough 'thyme' to shop for fresh fruits, veggies and herbs, get a CSA box from this urban farm in National City. Owned by a veteran and organically grown, these crops are top notch in taste and wholesomeness. Just pop online and place your order.

Cost: From $40/box
Time Frame: Weekly or Bi-Weekly
Delivery throughout San Diego

1430 E. 24th St.
National City, CA 91950
858-848-6914
Online: dickinson.farm

Farm Fresh To You

Fruit only? Snack pack? Bring on the veggies? This CSA will cater to your every whim. From organic pears, apples and grapefruit to organic carrots, avocados and lettuce, there’s plenty to choose from that fits your family’s taste. Even more, finish out your shopping list by adding eggs, milk, bread, nuts and more. Check out this CSA now.

Cost: From $27.50/box
Time Frame: Weekly or Bi-Weekly
Delivery throughout San Diego

Online: farmfreshtoyou.com

NeighborFood

Mix-it up! This CSA box pools from several different local farms and offers a good balance of fruits and veggies. You can add humanely bred grass-fed meat too. Vacuum packed eco-friendly boxes ensure freshness and include freshly harvested produce. All farmers use natural agents.

Cost: $30-$35/box; 10-week commitment
Time Frame: Weekly
Pick-up: A few spots throughout San Diego; plus delivery along route

San Diego, CA
Online:
neighborfood.biz

photo: Seabreeze Organic Farm

Seabreeze Organic Farm

Keep your options open when you buy a share in this local organic farm. From a fruit only CSA to adding eggs and fresh organic flowers, you can customize your order. And with fast service and delivery to your home, it's so convenient. You'll enjoy garden fresh, juicy and healthy food.

Cost: $16-$65/box, plus one-time $25 membership fee
Time Frame: Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly
Pick-up: At farm or delivery to home or office

3909 Arroyo Sorrento Rd.
San Diego, CA 92130
858-481-0209
Online: seabreezed.com

Nopalito Farm & Hopyard

Nopalito Farm & Hopyard just rolled out their first CSA fruit program. Even more, they overhauled the distribution of the fruit. They want to provide the community with healthy, nutritious produce in a safe, physical-contact free way to ensure sustainability for the farm and health and safety for you. Two pick-up locations: a home in North Park, and the Royale restaurant in Ocean Beach.

Castlecrest Dr.
Valley Center, CA 92082
760-651-2150

Online: nopalitofarm.com

––Nikki Walsh

Featured photo: Suzie’s Farm via Flickr

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