Get Food Directly From the Farm!
This guide is being updated right now during Shelter in Place to supply good information regarding food delivery that’s coming as directly as possible from Bay Area farms and food producers to consumers.
Most listings here are CSA (community-supported agriculture) subscriptions, which commonly offer a mix of vegetables and fruit, with add-ons like eggs, olive oil, nuts, or honey, but if you scroll down, you’ll also find CSA programs for meat, fish, olive oil, honey, and medicinal herbs, plus some services that serve a group of farms.
Some of these programs are large enough to supply well over 1,000 households and can take new subscribers at any time. Smaller farms may be fully subscribed, but you might be able to get on a waiting list for shares as they open. Many farms would like to hear from you if can provide a new drop off location for your neighborhood.
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.
DIVERSIFIED FARMS and ORGANIZED FOOD BOXES (mostly vegetables, fruits, and herbs plus extras)
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. While they are currently fully subscribed for the spring 2020 season, you can email email@example.com to get on the waitlist for shares that they expect will be opening up 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. Pick up your basket every Tuesday at one of three locations: West Berkeley, North Berkeley & North Oakland. Note: Currently at capacity for their CSA-member 32-week season, but please check back later. 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.
Gates open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for u-pick and purchase of edible potted plants at this urban microfarm in Richmond, 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.
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.
This San Benito County food hub for local certified organic farmers and small organic food producers sells vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat, bread, cheese, and other products. CSA pick-up from many East Bay locations. Deliveries available. Get info here.
A small family farm in Dixon, they produce 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 home or office delivery. Get info here.
A regular at the North Berkeley Farmers Market, this four-acre certified organic farm in San Juan Bautista also delivers. 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.
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.
This 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 farm food, this Solano County farm is assembling some of their own and neighbors’ products to deliver boxes to pickup spots in Berkeley and San Francisco. Your order can include eggs, olive oil, herbs, various cuts of Liberty duck (including liver), and chile (made by a former Chez Panisse chef). 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.
This certified organic farm in Winters offers 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 nonprofit cultivates agriculture in west Contra Costa County to help the local community build a more sustainable, healthy, and just food system. “We currently have 60 open memberships and would love to be full by April,” says director Doria Robinson. CSA boxes include fruits and vegetables. Pick-up in Richmond. 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.
A family farm offering lamb, goat, beef, and pork at farmers’ markets and by delivery. Established in 1978. Get info here.
Butcher Baskets include cuts of antibiotic free, hormone free, pastured-raised and finished beef, lamb, and pork for monthly pickup in Berkeley. They also sell Rancho Gordo beans, bone broth, and other items with free home delivery in the East Bay. 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.