Bay Bucks is a thriving barter exchange for Bay Area businesses. The service is growing, and it now has a CSA box on offer. Let’s Go Farm in Santa Rosa recently joined the Bay Bucks exchange, which lets business owners offer up their extra inventory or skills and benefit from someone else’s. “We help businesses become more resilient by reducing their need for cash,” says co-founder Chong Kee Tan. Members, who range from farmers and food crafters to dentists and accountants, don’t trade directly with one another—they give to and take from the exchange.
Although Bay Bucks already boasts coffee, tea, chocolate, bread, and meat among its offerings, the CSA box is the first available through the exchange. Starting in early June, the farm’s founder Joey Smith is offering a 26-week box filled with organic veggies plus recipes. As a member of Bay Bucks, Smith hopes to tap other members for help with bookkeeping, budgeting, tax prep, and produce harvesting.