Get Food Directly From the Farm!
This guide is being updated weekly to supply good information on how consumers can get good local food as directly as possible from Bay Area farms and food producers. Scroll down to see the farms and find our top recommendations. You might also want to visit our list (part I and part II) of local restaurants, distributors, caterers, farmers’ markets, and others who are assembling food boxes for no-contact pickup/delivery during the pandemic.
Some of the farms below have long-running CSA (community-supported agriculture) programs, and some are now mobilizing CSA-type programs to help Bay Area people get safe, fresh food quickly. CSA boxes commonly include a mix of vegetables and fruit, with add-ons like eggs, olive oil, nuts, or honey, and a few can add meat. If you scroll down, you’ll find a group of businesses that offer only meat or fish, and some that specialize in olive oil, honey, or medicinal herbs. Some businesses serve a group of farms.
Please note that this chart was created for our readers in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, but many of these farms serve a much wider area. Click on the farm’s name and you’ll arrive at their website. Many of the sites have information about how they are addressing safety around Covid-19.
If you know of a program that should be added to this chart, please send an email to info(at)edibleeastbay(dot)com.
Updated May 28, 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, aged 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. Subscribers in the East Bay (Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Alameda, and San Leandro) can sign up for a box of seasonal vegetables, fruits, and flowers for delivery once a week (Thursdays) for just $45/week, including home delivery, or $35/week if you pick up your box from the ANV office in East Oakland or a partner location in Berkeley or West Oakland. There is a one time $25 set-up fee for both pick up and delivery options. Get info here.
This two-acre diversified farm provides employment and job training for APT’s 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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waitlist for shares that may open throughout the season. Get info here.
Two young femme farmers growing hyper-local produce in three backyards around Berkeley. Baskets include seasonally appropriate vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, fresh/dried herbs & tea blends, and the occasional value added product, all organically grown. Low-cost shares available. Currently at capacity for their 32-week season, but please check back later. Get info here.
Shoppers at the Saturday farmers’ markets in Danville and Diablo Valley in Walnut Creek can choose one of two sizes of assorted organic produce from this family-owned organic farm located in Aromas. 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.
Nestled into the foothills of Mt. Diablo, this 1-acre farm provides a 33-week CSA for Walnut Creek residents. The program is split into three-seasons, and you can choose to join one or all! In addition to farm-grown organic vegetables, there are options for Tenderfork Market naturally fermented breads and Heather’s Custom Meats beef. Pick up at the farm or have it delivered for a small fee. Get info here.
A three-acre family farm in Sonoma offering vegetables, fruits, herbs, and eggs in their CSA, which starts in early May. Pick up on the farm in Penngrove, or at sites in North Berkeley, South Berkeley, or San Rafael. No delivery. Get info here.
Help this farm navigate these challenging times while feeding yourself healthy, clean veggies! For $25, you get $30 worth of pre-packed farmers’ market produce to pick up at your neighborhood restaurant or farmers’ market. East Bay pick up is at the Saturday Grand Lake market. Get info here.
You can now pre-order a box of this Santa Cruz County farm’s seasonal harvest and also get jars of their fabulous dry-harvest tomatoes for pickup at numerous East Bay locations including A16 Rockridge and Mago in Oakland, Bartavelle Anex, Pollara Pizzeria, and South Berkeley Farmers’ Market in Berkeley, and Benchmark Pizzeria in Kensington, 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 sells their certified organic vegetables and fruits, pastured eggs, flour, honey, and body care products. Many East Bay pick-up spots. Home deliveries available. Get info here.
Capay Organics is a second-generation certified organic farm in Capay Valley offering vegetables, fruits, eggs, nuts, dried fruit, and dairy products for home or office delivery. This farm has an active program called “Donate-a-Box” that encourages putting your extra dollars toward making food available to families that can’t afford to subscribe. Get info here.
This non-profit organization, dedicated to working with Black farmers and underserved sustainable farmers around the country, offers a wide variety of produce for monthly pick-up in Berkeley or delivery within 15 miles. Get info here.
Women-run, socially and ecologically regenerative vegetable farm in 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.
This legendary certified organic farm in Brentwood uses regenerative farming methods to produce organic fruits, beans, grains, dairy, pasture-raised meat and eggs. They also offer prepared foods, dried fruit, preserves, and more. They have pick-up sites throughout the East Bay and are open to establishing new sites. Also mail order. 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. 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.
Every Tuesday for 26 weeks starting in June, 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. Get info here.
A longtime farmers’ market favorite, this farm now offers organic produce boxes that East Bay customers at the Grand Lake, Berkeley, Temescal, Montclair, and Moraga markets can pick up in the early hours before markets open. To reserve a box, email by Thursday 11am to email@example.com.
You may know and love this farm from the Orinda, Moraga, Walnut Creek, San Ramon or San Leandro or farmers markets. They are now packing boxes of produce that you can preorder. The info is on their Instagram page.
While the Nyingma Buddhist Institute is closed, chef Tony Gruska and his spouse Rhonda are turning their energies to providing organic farm boxes to seniors and others in their nearby Berkeley Park Hills community who are having difficulty obtaining food. They are also looking for ways to get boxes out a greater distance. Cost is $45. To sign up (or make an offer to help with their work), contact greentaratori(at)gmail.com. Please include your name, address, e-mail, and phone number.
This small Central Coast diversified organic farm lets you order a box of seasonal produce (plus preserved items) for pick up at their South Berkeley Farmers Market booth on Tuesday afternoons. Get info here.
Sources fruits and vegetables from small, multi-ethnic family farms. Also offers youth-made sauerkraut. Available for pickup on Saturday afternoon through Sunday and Tuesdays for home delivery to a variety of Oakland and Berkeley 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. The program is typically oversubscribed, but new members can come in via the waitlist. Get info here.
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.
Resurrecting its efforts to distribute healthy, nutrient-dense food, this Solano County farm is assembling some of their own and neighbor farms’ products for pickup at the farm or delivery to pickup spots in Berkeley/Albany and San Francisco. Find meat, poultry, prepared foods, handmade syrups, organic produce, and pastured eggs, plus new items as farmers join. Intention is to help producers sell directly and get the full retail price for their own labor. Get info here.
Located in Petaluma, this farm follows organic and grassfed/pastured practices. CSA includes vegetables, fruit, meat, eggs, dairy products, and bread. 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.
This certified organic farm in Watsonville is well known for their strawberries and dry-farmed tomatoes, but they also grow a full range of 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
A nonprofit cultivating agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help the local community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. They still have some open memberships as of April, and are hiring to help expand capacity. CSA boxes include fruits and vegetables. Pick-up in Richmond. Get info here.
U-PICK FARMS & FARMSTANDS
Come May, many Bay Area families make a trek to the fertile Brentwood growing region to pick their own cherries, and many return throughout the summer for peaches and a wide variety of row crops as each ripens. Visit the website to check which farms are open and to how they are handling Covid-19 safety measures. Get info here.
Gates open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for u-pick and purchase of edible potted plants at this urban microfarm in El Sobrante, where they grow certified organic, heirloom and open-pollinated varieties of fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs. “We practice social distancing and wash our hands frequently. Anybody who is feeling unwell or has had close contact with someone who they believe might have COVID-19 should not come to u-pick in case they are infectious. As all our crops are grown in the open air in full sun, we think that there is a very low risk of our organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs harboring the COVID-19 virus.” Get info here.
If you can get out to 2017 Walnut Boulevard in Brentwood, you can buy from this 34-acre, certified-organic farm. Farm store open T–Sa 9-5 and Su 9–4. Might be a good idea to call 925.634.4400 before heading out. More info.
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.
A family farm in Clayton offering lamb, goat, beef, and pork 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.
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.
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.
This family farm in Valley Ford raises heritage breed cattle, sheep, hogs, and poultry, and offers cow shares and lamb shares. “Our primary goal is to regenerate landscapes and restore water cycles by increasing diversity of plants and biological communities.” 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.
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.