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Monday, September 19, 2011

Comprehensive Guide to CSAs in San Francisco: Fruits and Vegetables

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Contents of a weekly share from Shooting Star CSA
  • Contents of a weekly share from Shooting Star CSA

The number of CSAs -- Community Supported Agriculture groups -- available to San Francisco residents has really grown in the last few years. From farm-fresh produce to grass-fed beef and sustainably caught seafood, there are just so many choices.

Sifting through all the information can be overwhelming. Luckily for SFoodie readers, we've done all the research and put together this comprehensive guide to San Francisco CSAs. The name in this post is a link to the website.


Blue House Farm

This Pescadero-based farm offers CSA boxes at Mission Pie on Thursdays. A box typically contains 8-12 different items, estimated to be enough for 2-4 people. Boxes are $24.50 a week, with a 26-week commitment required (May 19-November 11). Pastured eggs from Pie ranch are also available for $7.50 per dozen.

Eatwell Farm

Eatwell delivers year-round to drop-off points in SF, East Bay and Marin County. A four-box basic trial subscription is $108, or $140 with a dozen eggs per box. A 13-box membership is $324 or $428 with a dozen eggs. Weekly or bi-weekly subscriptions are available. Each box contains 10-13 items and most pick-up sites have trade boxes available for items that you don't like and want to trade.

Eating with the Seasons

Eating with the Seasons' year-round program allows members to choose fruits and vegetables from a weekly list. Four different membership sizes are available, from $18 per week for 6 items to $48 for 16 items. Add-on options include eggs, herbs, olive oil and grass-fed meat. Pick-up points are throughout the Bay Area, with San Francisco locations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Farm Fresh to You

Farm Fresh to You delivers directly to your home or office from Capay Organic Farms. There are 20 box options available, starting at $25 for a small mixed box. Subscribers can provide a list of items they don't like. No commitment is required. Pay as you go.

Freewheelin' Farm

The Freewheelin' CSA is 25 weeks from May through November (weather depending). They offer one share size with approximately 8-10 crops per week, which feeds up to 4 people. They deliver to drop sites in Santa Cruz and San Francisco. The cost per share is $600-725 (based on a sliding scale). They will deliver to your home by bicycle (location permitting).

Frog Hollow Farm's Happy Child CSA

Frog Hollow Farm operates year-round, with subscriptions available for spring/summer and fall/winter. A single share contains on average a week's worth of the recommended daily serving of fruit for two adults. Boxes start at $25 apiece with the option of weekly or bi-weekly delivery to neighborhood sites.

Full Belly Farm

Full Belly Farm delivers year-round to pick-up sites in the East Bay, Marin and South Bay. Home delivery is available in certain East Bay neighborhoods, for an extra charge. CSA shares cost $16-$17 per box, depending on your time commitment. Weekly or bi-weekly boxes are available. Cancellation is allowed 5 days in advance if you are going out of town.

Green Hearts Family Farm

This Half Moon Bay farm delivers February-November to home or office locations from Half Moon Bay north to San Rafael. Boxes are $34 per delivery, with no contract or minimums required. Discounts are available if you pay for the entire season in advance. Organic eggs, grass-fed beef, pork, pasture-raised chickens and house-made kombucha are also available for sale.

Live Power

Live Power is a solar-powered farm offering a Demeter-certified Biodynamic CSA. Current members are paying $1,095 for the summer season (29 weeks from May to November). Prices vary depending on actual farm operating costs. Members are expected to share in the work of the farm by sorting and delivering food. The winter season runs 17 weeks from January to April.

Mariquita Farm

The Mariquita Farms CSA runs 36 weeks from mid-March through mid-November. They deliver to 35 pick-up sites in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. A basic 9-week subscription is $198. A 4-week trial is $88. Each box contains 7-9 types of organically grown, seasonal veggies, fruit and herbs, enough for 2-4 people. In addition to the CSA, Mariquita sells bulk produce from its Ladybug truck at various San Francisco locations and offers "U-Pick" events at its farm near Watsonville.

Shooting Star

Shooting Star CSA operates a small (180-household) CSA with a 28-week season from May-November. A share, which feeds a family of 2-4, ranges from $22-$24 a week (depending on your time commitment). Pickup sites are available in San Francisco and the East Bay.

Tara Firma

Petaluma-based Tara Firma Farms offers both vegetable and meat CSA options. Shares start at $20 for veggies and $30 for meat. Add-ons include honey ($8.50), eggs ($6) and gluten-free bread ($9.50). Weekly, bi-weekly and monthly ($100 minimum) subscriptions available. Pick-up sites available throughout the Bay Area. Payment is required in advance.

Terra Firma Farm

Terra Firma is located in Winters and 95 percent of its certified organic crops are grown there. It offers 3 sizes of produce boxes. Weekly pre-paid pricing is $14 for small, $24 for medium and $32 for large, with a $150 minimum upfront fee to start. Weekly pick-up sites are available throughout SF and the East Bay.

The Comprehensive Guide to CSAs for meat, eggs, dairy, etc. is here.

Marla Simon is a San Francisco-based chef, food stylist, and food writer.

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