Get Safe, Fresh Food Directly From the Farm or Local Crafter!
For decades, CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs have been a way for small-to-medium size farms to get community support for their work while marketing directly to local consumers. With the arrival of Covid-10, many of the programs have grown to serve the great need for clean, safe, fresh food, and the concept has also been adopted by a wider variety of producers interested in direct marketing.
CSA boxes typically include a mix of vegetables and fruits grown on the farm with add-ons of farm products like eggs, olive oil, nuts, flour, honey, or even meat that a farm may be producing. Some of the farms have joined into local consortiums that can give consumers better options.
If you scroll down below the farms, you’ll find businesses that offer specific categories like meat, fish, olive oil, honey, medicinal herbs, or cultured and prepared foods.
Please note that this chart was created for our readers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, but many of these farms and businesses serve a much wider area. Click on the farm’s name and you’ll arrive at their website.
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Click here to read Edible East Bay‘s Spring 2016 article on CSA.
Last updated November, 2020
DIVERSIFIED FARMS and FARM CO-OPS with FOOD BOXES (mostly vegetables, fruits, and herbs plus extras and a couple with meat)
TOP RECOMMENDATION! This youth-employment project operates three small farms in Oakland providing opportunities for youth, ages 5–15, to plan, plant, harvest, and sell the farms’ produce. 100% of proceeds from subscription sales are deposited into individual savings accounts for participating youth. Read more about the farm in our recent article and one from 2012. CSA subscribers can choose options for full or half shares plus add ons of nuts, honey, and spice blends. Choose from one of several pickup spots in Oakland and Berkeley or delivery to Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Emeryville, or San Leandro addresses. Subscribers also have access to free online cooking classes. Get info here.
First covered in our 2011 article, this urban CSA program is now run by two young femme farmers growing hyper-local produce in three backyards around Berkeley. Baskets include seasonal vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, fresh/dried herbs & tea blends, and the occasional value added product. Low-cost shares available. This small program is often at capacity for their 32-week season. Note: This CSA program may be oversubscribed, but potential new members can get on a waitlist. Get info here.
This family-owned organic farm, located in Aromas, delivers produce boxes to a few East Bay farmers’ markets (Danville and Walnut Creek last we checked) and a couple drop spots in Danville and Pleasanton. Get info here.
On 10 historic acres in San Mateo County near Pescadero, this group of farmers grows a full range of certified organic row and tree crops, and they have a delivery spot in Oakland (in addition to lots more on the Peninsula). You pick up your box weekly on Thursday afternoons. Get info here.
Avocado and citrus lovers can stock up with one of the assorted boxes from this Ranch in Santa Paula. The fruits change seasonally with what’s being picked. You’ll pick up at the Tuesday or Saturday Berkeley Farmers’ Market. Get info here.
COMING SOON! Grower Ashlee Johnson-Geisse birthed her urban farm in Hayward from a belief that queer Black women farmers need more representation and celebration in the growing world. The selection of seasonal fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs she expects to offer her CSA members as of spring 2021 focuses on uplifting and celebrating African American heritage crops. Her CSA membership is modeled on the Ujamaa share at Soul Fire Farm in Petersburg, New York, which calls for those with access to more wealth and income to pay a higher price for their produce boxes in order to subsidize shares for people with less access to wealth and income. Get info here.
Featured in Edible East Bay Spring 2020, this 1-acre organic farm is nestled into a suburban neighborhood at the foot of Mt. Diablo. They provide a 33-week CSA for nearby residents. Join for one or all three seasons. (The farmers take a break in the winter). They sometimes have options for bread and meat to add to your share of farm-grown organic vegetables. Pick up at the farm or have it delivered (nearby) for a small fee. They also maintain a self-serve farmstand, so you can drop by to see what’s available. Get info here.
This three-acre family farm in Sonoma offers vegetables, fruits, herbs, and eggs in their CSA. Pick up on the farm in Penngrove, or at sites in North Berkeley, South Berkeley, or San Rafael. No delivery. Get info here.
When Covid-19 hit, this 30-acre certified organic farm on the Marin-Sonoma county line (and a second farm in SoCal), restructured from wholesaling to serve households with a variety of produce box options. East Bay residents can pick up their boxes at the Saturday Grand Lake Farmers Market. Get info here.
When you preorder a box of this Santa Cruz County farm’s seasonal harvest you can also get jars of their fabulous dry-harvest tomatoes. East Bay delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus lots of other drop spots around the Bay Area. Get info here.
A San Benito County food hub for local certified organic farmers and small organic food producers. Vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, bread, cheese, and other products. CSA pick-up from many East Bay locations. Deliveries available. Get info here.
This small family farm in Dixon produces certified organic vegetables and fruits, pastured eggs, flour, honey, and body care products for their CSA program. Many East Bay pick-up spots. Home deliveries available. Note: This CSA program may be oversubscribed, but potential new members can get on a waitlist. Get info here.
Capay Organics, a large, second-generation certified organic farm in Capay Valley, offers vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts, dried fruit, and dairy products for delivery. Their “Donate-a-Box” program encourages putting your extra dollars toward making food available to families who can’t afford to subscribe. Get info here.
TOP RECOMMENDATION! SUPPORT SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED SUSTAINABLE FARMERS! Dedicated to working with Black farmers and underserved sustainable farmers around the country, this nonprofit offers a wide variety of healthy produce and value-added items for monthly pick-up in Berkeley or delivery to Oakland, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Richmond, San Leandro, Castro Valley, San Francisco, and Daly City. There’s currently a 10% early-bird discount for 2021 signups! Get info here.
Covered in our Fall 2015 issue, this two-acre diversified farm is a project of the Alameda Point Collaborative, who operate it in order to provide employment and job training for their supportive housing community. They offer CSA subscription boxes of the farms fruits and vegetables for home delivery, pick up in Berkeley, or pick up from the farm in Alameda. Note: This CSA program may be oversubscribed, but potential new members can get on a waitlist. Email email@example.com to find out when shares may open. More info here.
Women-run, socially and ecologically regenerative vegetable farm located in the North Bay. Home or office deliveries and CSA pick-up in Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont/ Temescal, El Sobrante, San Francisco, Petaluma. Get info here.
Read our 2015 article to learn about this legendary certified organic farm in Brentwood and their forward-thinking regenerative practices. You can order various sizes of their fruit (and olive oil) CSA subscriptions or just purchase individual items on a one-time basis. Visit the online store to see all the organic fruits, beans, grains, dairy, pasture-raised meat, eggs, olive oil, dried fruit, preserves, baked goods, and more that they offer. Get info here.
A founding member of the Ecological Farming Association and a leader in restorative farming practices, this Capay Valley farm offers certified organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, flour, and wool yarn. Pick-up at over 30 sites in the East Bay, plus delivery. Note: This CSA program may be oversubscribed, but potential new members can get on a waitlist. Get info here.
If you live in or around Alamo, Concord, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Pacheco, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek, you can order and get deliveries of organic produce grown on this microfarm in Pleasant Hill. Get info here.
A regular at the North Berkeley Farmers Market, they now offer three sizes of produce boxes from their four-acre certified organic farm in San Juan Bautista. They also deliver. Get info here.
CSA subscribers get a box full of “hella flavorful nutritious produce” straight from the farm in Eastern Alameda County, plus occasional extras like olive oil and the infamous Happy Acre Farm salsa and pepper jelly. Shares are delivered to dropsites in Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, and Oakland. Note: This CSA program may be oversubscribed, but potential new members can get on a waitlist. Get info here.
You may know and love this farm from the Orinda, Moraga, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, or San Leandro farmers’ markets. They are now packing boxes of produce for preorder. Find info on their Instagram page.
This project of Mandela Partners supports local, limited-resource farmers with an alternative distribution network that passes on wholesale prices to retailers, institutions, restaurants, and other mission-aligned community based organizations. They prioritize small family farmers that grow sustainably and are located within a 150-mile radius of their West Oakland food hub. The weekly produce box includes enough produce for a 2- 4-person household. Higher income households can pay more in order to help get the same produce to a lower income family, and a Community Box purchase goes toward making sure farmers are being paid a fair price for their work. Weekly pickup from MudLab (440 Grand Ave) or Oak Harvest Kitchen (499 14th St #119) in Oakland. Get info here.
This small Central Coast diversified organic farm offers a variety of seasonal produce boxes (plus preserved items) for weekly pick up at their South Berkeley Farmers Market booth and at several other East Bay locations. Get info here.
With a mission to reconnect to lost heritage while regenerating the land, this small farm in Sebastopol grows Asian heritage vegetables. “Our customers vary from home cooks, restaurant owners, and families who prioritize heritage cooking and identity exploration through food.” Every-other Wednesday deliveries to drop spots in SF, Oakland, and Berkeley. Note: This CSA program may be oversubscribed, but potential new members can get on a waitlist. Get info here.
TOP RECOMMENDATION! This beloved Capay Valley farm produces certified organic vegetables, fruits, and nuts plus grass-fed/pastured meats. Shares are delivered weekly to pick-up sites throughout Napa, Lake, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, Alameda counties and San Francisco. Get info here.
Located in Petaluma, this ranch focuses on grassfed/pastured poultry, beef, and pork, but their CSA members can also get vegetables, fruit, eggs, dairy products, and bread. As a member, you can also sign up for a Sunday farm visit to hike and fish. Contact for pick-up locations or home delivery. Get info here.
A certified organic farm in Winters, they offer organic vegetables, fruits and nuts in various box sizes with options to add items from their “CSA store.” Delivery to various drop spots throughout the Bay Area. Get info here.
Well known for their strawberries and dry-farmed tomatoes, Tomatero Farm in Watsonville also grows a full range of certified organic row crops. This is a “temporary pop-up CSA,” and you’ll need to pick up from a drop spot like the Temescal and Montclair farmers’ markets. Call 831-334-2403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This (mostly) woman-powered 34-acre, certified organic and regenerative farm in Brentwood operates a farm store that’s open several days a week during high harvest season (Tuesday through Saturday, 10am–5pm). In winter, you need to place an order for pickup on Saturdays. Updates on Instagram. More info.
TOP RECOMMENDATION! Since we first covered this urban nonprofit farm in 2013 as part of an article called Richmond Renaissance, they have continued and grown their mission of helping the West Contra Costa County community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. CSA boxes include fruits and vegetables. Pick-up in Richmond. Get info here.
U-PICK FARMS & FARMSTANDS
Starting in May, many Bay Area families make a trek to the fertile Brentwood growing region to pick their own cherries, peaches and other tree fruits plus a wide variety of row crops as each ripens. Visit the Harvest Time in Brentwood website to check for open farmstands as well as to to see which farms are currently open for u-pick. Get info here.
Gates open at this urban microfarm in El Sobrante every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11am–4pm for u-pick (plus purchase of potted plants). The farm specializes in certified organic, heirloom and open-pollinated varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs. Masks and social distancing are required. Get info here.
MEAT and SEAFOOD
Group purchasing of whole animal. Locally grown meat. Connect with a group near you. Get info here.
This organic family farm offers beef, lamb, chicken, duck, eggs, and olive oil. Pick up orders at the farm’s own shop—the Commons Farm Kitchen in Guinda—or at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Markets, or at drop points in Oakland/Alameda and Palo Alto (by arrangement). Some shipping available. Get info here.
Formerly a supplier to the restaurant industry only, this Oakland-based distributor of meats from local ranches practicing sustainable and regenerative ag is now offering Bay Area–wide home delivery. Their Bunker Boxes include a variety of options such as whole chicken, ground beef and pork, steak, bacon, pork chops, charcuterie, and more. Delivery. Get delivery info here.
tips on caring for and cooking your foraged feast. Get info here.
A sustainably foraged subscription collection of wild foods delivered straight to your door. Items might include ramps, fiddleheads, seaweed, morels, and more, depending on the season. A message in each box offers tips on caring for and cooking your foraged feast. Get info here.
This family farm in Clayton offers lamb, goat, beef, pork, and handmade sausages at farmers’ markets and by delivery. Established in 1978. Get info here.
Working out of the Santa Cruz Harbor, this small fishing operation also helps other local fishermen get their catch directly to consumers. Find their booth at the Grand Lake, Montclair, and Temescal farmers’ markets in Oakland, or subscribe and get your order delivered or sent to a nearby dropsite. Get info here.
A meat company on a mission, Keller Crafted aims to create and sustain a farm-direct food chain that supports progressive farmers who regenerate the land and honor their animal as they provide wholesome, custom-cut meat and charcuterie for consumers. The company offers meat subscription boxes for home delivery to the Western states. The ranches are mainly in California plus a couple in Oregon and a few more in the Midwest. Get info here.
Foodshed-sourced meats raised 50 or fewer miles from the East Bay. Firm commitment to ecological and ethical livestock management. Home delivery to any East Bay location. Get info here.
Grassfed/Pastured/Holistic ManagementDry-aged beef, cut and wrapped by small-scale, artisan butchers. Pick up in Berkeley, Pleasanton, Fairfield, Fremont, Tracy. Deliveries through RealFoodBayArea.com
Holistic, regenerative grass farm with beyond-organic year-round meat CSA. Monthly Potlucks, Pregnancy Discount, Slow Food USA, EMS verified. Chicken, turkey, eggs, non-GMO pork, grassfed water buffalo & lamb, honey, sheepskin rugs (byproduct). Offers pick-up from their Fairfield farm location and delivery to many East Bay and North Bay communities. Get info here.
Seafood sourced locally by small family fishers. Generally, this Monterey Bay–based company works by distributing at neighborhood pick-up sites, but they have just launched a home delivery program serving seven Western U.S. states. Get info here.
Nutrient-dense foods are the story at this Palo Alto–based service offering drops at several East Bay locations. Primarily meat and dairy plus bone broth, eggs, and various prepared foods. Get info here: RealFoodBayArea.com
Small-scale fishermen using ethical fishing practices. East Bay pick-up sites in Berkeley, Oakland, and Alameda. (Currently some shifting of pickup locations due to restaurant closures.) Home delivery in San Francisco. Get info here.
Grass-fed lamb, heritage pork, pastured chick and eggs, plus yarn and sheepskins from a holistic-systems ranch in Siskiyou County. Get info here.
Pastured broiler chickens, grass-fed beef, plus fruit and veggies from a family farm in Capay Valley. Order online and pick up at the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market. Get info here.
“Our primary goal is to regenerate landscapes and restore water cycles by increasing diversity of plants and biological communities,” say the ranchers at this family farm in Valley Ford, where they raise heritage breed cattle, sheep, hogs, and poultry. They offer cow shares and lamb shares, but the program is often oversubscribed, so you might have to sign up on the waitlist. Get info here.
Heritage breeds of sheep, hog, turkey, chicken, and goats from a family farm in Capay Valley. Delivery of special orders and whole and half animals to the Walnut Creek Farmers’ Market and by arrangement. Get info here.
Raw East Bay honey, harvested seasonally. Phone in an order and pick up outside the store in Berkeley. Pick up other urban homesteading supplies while you’re at it. Get info here.
Get support for your health through the winter with this monthly herbal product subscription featuring 3-4 handcrafted seasonal body and mind health and wellness products each month (plus some surprise bonus goodies). Subscription includes a private online class on how to use the products provided and general seasonal wellness tips. Delivery and pickup options. Get info here.
Olive oil pressed from Italian olive cultivars grown in Sunol, California: Frantoio, Leccino, Maurino, Moraiolo, Pendolino and Taggiasca. Single-variety and blended olive oils. Sold by subscription 4 times a year.California Extra Virgin Olive Oil certified by the California Olive Oil Council Working on option for local pick up. Get info here.
Small urban farm in Oakland uses organic and biodynamic practices. The CSA program offers fresh herbs, herbal seedlings, and a line of herbal medicines. Contact the farm to learn about quarterly shares. Get info here.
Herbal products made from organic and local ingredients that are hand harvested. Quarterly shares. Pick up at Biofuel Oasis or mail order. Get info here.
This “community supported kitchen” specializes in nutrient-dense prepared foods and with lots of house-made cultured foods and bone broths. It’s also a grocery store that collects many exceptional products from local makers. Order online for pickup or delivery. Get info here.