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.
|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.|
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.|
|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.|
|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
|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
|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.|