CSA GUIDE

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Pick the right CSA program for you

With Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmers and consumers bypass markets and deal directly with each other. Consumers become members when they buy a “share” in a farm’s CSA program, entitling them to a box of fresh, seasonal, local produce—and/or other foodstuffs—every week or two. The programs help stabilize the farm’s income, and the farmer can take comfort in knowing that a community of consumers backs him or her up. For their part, members can make a conscious choice about who grows their food, how it’s done, and where. For urban and suburban dwellers, having a connection to a piece of rural land can feel significant, and happily, many farms invite members to visit.

Most CSA programs offer a mix of vegetables and fruit, with add-ons like eggs, olive oil, nuts, or honey. There are also CSA programs for meat, fish, medicinal herbs, and flower bouquets.

When choosing, keep in mind that each farm is unique. Some are organic, others not. Some well-established CSA programs are well-oiled machines that feed well over 1,000 households. Others are run by young farmers who have just broken ground on a couple acres and can feed maybe 20 households. There might even be a tiny urban micro-farm in your same zip code, where people with day jobs come home to work plots that produce food for five households. Yes, there are farms like this that serve the East Bay!

Please note that this chart was created for our readers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Many of these farms serve a much wider area. Click on the farm’s name and you’ll arrive at their website.

Would you like to have your CSA added to this chart? If so, please send an email to us at info(at)edibleeastbay(dot)com to see if your program qualifies.


FEATURED FARM

FreshCatch is the first Bay Area based non-subscription seafood home delivery service. Non-subscription means that you only opt-in and get the type of seafood that you like when you want it – so you never have to put your orders on hold or receive a delivery you don’t want. FreshCatch works directly with small boat fishermen and women from Moss Landing to Ft. Bragg each week to bring their catch from their boats to your door in under 24 hours. Every Monday an email gets sent out alerting you of what will be delivered on Wednesday. Opting-in is easy as a click of a button and orders can be delivered directly to homes or to local hub points for convenient pick-up. Each order includes four recipes and information about where, when, and who caught your seafood. FreshCatch delivers all local, fresh, and seasonal seafoods which are certified sustainable through their partnership with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program. You can purchase an order through their website: www.tryfreshcatch.com – and stay updated on what they are catching and when their next sustainable seafood pop-up is through their instagram @freshcatch.
 
NAME DESCRIPTION PRODUCTS EAST BAY PICK-UP and DELIVERY INFO
Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project A small East Oakland farm, where all proceeds benefit the youth who do the planning, planting, and selling. Seasonal fruits and vegetables Farmstand sales and local delivery
Alameda Point Collaborative’s Farm2Market CSA Program

Proceeds grow the job-training program for homeless people.

Vegetables, fruit Pick up from Alameda. No delivery
The Bay Area Meat CSA Group purchasing of whole animal Locally grown meat Connect with a group near you.
Blue Egg Farm Small family owned organic farm in Orinda Vegetables, herbs, fruit, flowers, and eggs plus vegetable, fruit, herb, and flower seedlings Delivery in Orinda, plus pick up at meet-ups in Lamorinda. Ships seedlings to customers in Northern California.
Blossoms Biodynamic Farm In Santa Cruz. Quarterly shares and online farm store. Biodynamic, wild crafted and/or organic herbal products and super foods Ships from Santa Cruz
Buttercup Farm Garden

Clayton nonprofit supports people with mental and physical health challenges. Certified organic

Vegetables and fruits Pick-up in Walnut Creek and Clayton. Home delivery within Clayton
Capay Valley Farm Shop Food hub network of 40 small family farms in and around Capay Valley. Vegetables, fresh and preserved fruits, grains, meat, eggs, honey, herbs, olive oil, nuts, tea, flour, body care products. East Bay pick-up sites in Oakland, Pleasanton, and San Ramon plus home delivery.
Cloverfield Farm

Urban microfarm in Richmond. Certified organic

Heirloom and open-pollinated varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs. Pick-up at the farm. No delivery
Coyote Family Farm Three-acre family farm in Sonoma. Vegetables, flowers, herbs, dry beans, honey Pick-up in Berkeley and San Rafael. No delivery
Dig Deep Farms & Produce

A social enterprise of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs’ Activities League to increase access to fresh, healthy, affordable local food to vulnerable communities.

Vegetables, fruits, herbs Pick-up in Oakland and Hayward, plus some home delivery.
Doorstep Farmers Food hub for Contra Costa County certified organic farms. Vegetables, fruits, eggs, honey, olive oil, dried fruit, nuts Home delivery to most eastern Contra Costa County towns and Benicia.
Eating with the Seasons San Benito County food hub for local certified organic farmers and small organic food producers. Vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, bread, cheese, and other products. Pick-up from many East Bay locations. Some deliveries.
Eatwell Farm Small family farm in Dixon. Certified organic, grassfed/pasteurized, CAFF, Slow Food USA Vegetables, fruits, eggs, flour, honey, body care, probiotic sodas. Many East Bay pick-up spots
Farm Fresh To You CSA Capay Organics is a second-generation certified organic farm in Capay Valley. Vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts, dried fruit, dairy products.  Home or office delivery
Farms to Grow, Inc. A non-profit organization dedicated to working with Black farmers and underserved sustainable farmers around the country. Produce Monthly pick-up in Berkeley; delivery within 15 miles.
First Light Farm Certified organic farm in Petaluma serves mostly North Bay customers Vegetables Pick up at Three Stone Hearth in Berkeley and multiple other East and North Bay locations.

Five Flavors Herbs

Oakland herbal pharmacy and manufacturing facility. 

Practitioner-formulated herbal self-care products for internal and topical use. Unique culinary, gourmet applications.

East Bay Pick Ups & Delivery: Pick up in Oakland or ships. 

 

The FloraCultural Society Farm, shop, and learning lab in Oakland. Floral arrangements Pick up at shop and delivery.
FreshCatch CSF Non-subscription fresh, local and sustainable seafood delivery.  From dock to door in under 24 hrs. Email updates. Delivery every Wednesday.   Use this code at checkout: EDIBLEEB (all caps) Seafood

Monterey Bay Seafood Watch.

Home delivery to the East Bay, San Francisco, and parts of the Peninsula and to Hub Points in Piedmont, Moraga, San Francisco and Oakland.
Frog Hollow Farm’s Happy Child CSA Legendary certified organic farm in Brentwood. Fruit, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams, granola, dried fruit, olive oil, body care, and more. Pick up at many East Bay sites and farmers’ markets. Also mail order.
Full Belly Farm

This Capay Valley farm is a founding member of the Ecological Farming Association and a leader in restorative farming practices. Certified organic, grassfed/pastured

Vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, flour, wool yarn Pick-up at over 30 sites in the East Bay, plus home or office delivery
Full Moon Folk Medicine Sonoma County-based and certified organic herbalist.  Teas, tinctures, oils, syrups, vinegars, and body care products made with with wildcrafted and locally grown herbs. Home delivery
H&H Fresh Fish

Local Santa Cruz fishermen using sustainable methods (hook and line). Seafood Watch

 Seafood Pick-up at Oakland and Montclair farmers’ markets and home delivery
Happy Acre Farm Two young Oakland farmers work this 2-acre certified organic farm at the Sunol Ag Park. Vegetables, fruits, and many value-added products Pick-up: Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, Sunol, San Ramon, Oakland. No delivery.
Live Power Community Farm Horse- and solar-powered certified biodynamic farm in Mendocino County. Vegetables, fruits, flowers, grains, meat Pick-up is “cluster-style” in Berkeley. Rotating members help distribute food from site to other members. No delivery.
The Local Butcher Shop Antibiotic free, hormone free, pastured-raised and finished beef, lamb, and pork. Beef, lamb, pork Monthly pick up in Berkeley. No delivery.
Marin Sun Farms

Foodshed-sourced meats raised 50 or fewer miles from the East Bay. Firm commitment to ecological and ethical livestock management.

Meat Home delivery to any East Bay location.
McKinley Family Farm

A tiny mother-and-daughter-powered farm in Turlock. Organic and biodynamic practices.

Vegetables, berries and melons seasonally, add-ons of eggs, honey, and pork. Weekly pick-up in Livermore. No delivery.
Morris Grassfed Beef Grassfed/Pastured/Holistic Management Dry-aged beef, cut and wrapped by small-scale, artisan butchers. Pick up in Berkeley, Pleasanton, Fairfield, Fremont, Tracy. Deliveries through RealFoodBayArea.com
The Napa Grass Farmer

Holistic, regenerative grass farm with beyond-organic year-round meat CSA. Monthly Potlucks, 20% Pregnancy Discount, Slow Food USA, EMS verified

Chicken, turkey, eggs, non-GMO pork, grassfed water buffalo & lamb, honey, sheepskin rugs (byproduct).

Pick-up from Fairfield farm location, home & office delivery to many East Bay and North Bay communities.

Phat Beets Produce

Sources from six small, multi-ethnic family farms.

Fruits, vegetables, and youth-made sauerkraut Ten pick up locations in Oakland and Berkeley. No delivery.
Prather Ranch Meat Co.

A network of family ranches in Humboldt County. Certified Humane Raised and Handled

Beef and pork Free home delivery in California
Rancho Piccolo Small family farm near Merced. Certified organic, chickens are pastured.  Vegetables, fruits, eggs One pick-up site each in Alameda and Oakland, plus home delivery to many parts of Alameda County.
Real Good Fish Seafood sourced locally by small family fishers Seafood East Bay pick-up sites in Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, and Fremont
Riverdog Farm Certified organic, grass-fed/pastured Vegetables, fruits, nuts, meat Delivered weekly to pick-up sites throughout Napa, Lake, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Alameda counties and San Francisco.
Say Hay Farms This 50-acre farm in Esparto grows a wide variety of certified-organic vegetables. Options to add pastured eggs and artisanal preserves produced solely on the farm. Delivery to Oakland, Berkeley, and Walnut Creek.
Sea Forager Seafood Small-scale fishermen using ethical fishing practices. Seafood East Bay pick-up sites in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda
Shattuck Gardens CSA  An intensively cultivated urban farm that produces enough fresh produce for about
20 people.
Fresh, organically grown backyard produce Pick-up in Berkeley
Shooting Star CSA Certified organic farm in the Suisun Valley Vegetables, fruit Several East Bay pick-up locations
Siren Fish Co. Santa Rosa-based company works with local small-scale fishers. Seafood Watch Seafood Sever East Bay pick-up locations plus deliveries in Berkeley, Oakland, and Orinda
Soulflower Farm Small urban farm in Oakland uses organic and biodynamic practices Herbal products Contact the farm to learn about quarterly shares.
Steadfast Herbs Organic and local ingredients
hand-harvested
Herbal products Quarterly shares. Pick up at Biofuel Oasis or mail order.
Tara Firma Farms Petaluma farm follows organic and grassfed/pastured practices Vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, dairy products, bread Contact for pick-up locations or home delivery
Terra Firma Farm Certified organic farm in Winters Vegetables, fruits Home delivery
Three Stone Hearth Community-supported kitchen doing nutrient-dense traditional cooking. Meals and foodstuffs Several weekly pick-up times at the store in Berkeley. Various delivery options
True Grass Farms
Farm in Valley Ford raises Black Angus and California Kobe cattle and Blackworth, Tamworth, Berkeshire, and Eurasian wild hogs. Pork, beef, rabbit and chicken eggs Pick up at Downtown Berkeley and Temescal farmers’ markets
Urban Tilth’s Farm to Table CSA Urban Tilth cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help our community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system.  Vegetables, fruits Pick-up in Richmond.

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