Farm-Direct Food & CSA Guide

 

Get Safe, Fresh Food Directly From the Farm or Local Crafter!

For decades, CSA (community-supported agriculture) has been a way for small-to-medium size farms to get community support for their work through marketing directly to local consumers. The veggie box subscription concept has more recently been adopted by a wider variety of producers interested in direct marketing. In 2020, as Covid-19 disrupted food markets, many new CSA-type programs arose to serve the great need for clean, safe, fresh, and fair food.

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 the farm (or neighboring farm partners) may be producing. Some 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. 

If you know of a program that should be added to this chart, please send an email to info(at)edibleeastbay(dot)com.

Click here to read Edible East Bay‘s Spring 2016 article on CSA.

Last updated December 2021.


DIVERSIFIED FARMS and FARM CO-OPS with FOOD BOXES (mostly vegetables, fruits, and herbs plus extras and a couple with meat)


Acta Non Verba Beet Box

TOP RECOMMENDATION! This youth-employment project operates three small farms in Oakland providing opportunities for youth 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 2020 article and another 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.


Berkeley Basket

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 weekly seasonal vegetables, and occasionally fruits, flowers, herbs, and value-added products. Low-cost shares available. CSA pickup runs for a 32-week season, from late March through the beginning of November. This small program has a handful of openings at the beginning of each year. Get info here.


Borba Family Farms

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.


Bounty Box

The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) continues to offer their popular Bounty Box for pickup at the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market. Boxes are filled Saturday morning with fruit, herbs, salad fixings, and other veggies grown by the farmers selling at the market that day. The purchase directly supports the farmers along with AIM’s mission to support our regional food system. Get info here.


Brisa Ranch

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.


Brokaw Ranch

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.


Brown Girl Farms

Grower Ashlee Johnson-Geisse birthed this urban farm in Hayward in 2021 from a belief that queer Black women farmers need more representation and celebration in the growing world. There’s a limited CSA subscription for micro greens and a larger seasonal produce box program centered on providing nourishment especially for black and brown community members. The 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.


Castle Rock Farm CSA and Farmstand

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.


Coyote Family Farm

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.


Dirty Girl Produce

When you preorder a box of this Santa Cruz County farm’s seasonal harvest you can also get jars of their fabulous preserves and dry-harvest tomatoes. East Bay delivery on Tuesdays and Thursdays, plus lots of other drop spots around the Bay Area. Get info here. 


Eat with the Seasons

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.


Eatwell Farm

This small family farm in Dixon offers CSA boxes with certified organic vegetables and fruits from the farm plus extras like granola, flour, olive oil, miso, tofu, and more from neighboring producers. Lots of East Bay pick-up spots.  Get info here.


Farm Fresh To You CSA

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.


Farms to Grow, Inc.

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  Oakland or San Francisco, and delivery around the Bay Area with charges based on distance. Get info here.


Farm2Market CSA

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. More info here.


Frog Hollow CSA

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.


Full Belly Farm

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.


Good Neighbor Farm

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. They offer both a CSA option and a la carte items. Get info here.


Green Thumb Organics Farm

 This four-acre certified organic farm in San Juan Bautista three sizes of produce boxes. Pick up at the North Berkeley Farmers’ Market or opt for home delivery. Get info here.


Happy Acre Farm

CSA subscribers get a box full of “hella flavorful nutritious produce” straight from the farm in Eastern Alameda County, plus extras like olive oil and the infamous Happy Acre Farm salsa and pepper jelly. Shares are delivered to drop sites in Livermore, Pleasanton, Sunol, Dublin, and Oakland. Get info here.


Mandela Produce Distribution

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. Home delivery to many East Bay locations plus weekly pickup from MudLab (440 Grand Ave, Oakland), Oak Harvest Kitchen (499 14th St #119, Oakland) and E14th Eatery + Kitchen (16395  E 14th St, San Leandro). Get info here.


Oya Organics

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 several other East Bay locations. Get info here.


Radical Family Farms

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. Get info here.


Riverdog Farm

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.


Tara Firma Farms

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.


Tera Farm

TOP RECOMMENDATION! This nonprofit tech platform, called Farm to My Neighborhood, enables very small local, organic farmers to sell directly to consumers. You choose and purchase your items from the online store (no commitment to a weekly box) and pick up your order from a neighborhood drop site. Many of the farmers partnering on this project are graduates of the ALBA program, a nonprofit that turns farmworkers into farmers through a 4-year intensive program on organic farming. Get info here.

Terra Firma Farm

A certified organic farm in Winters, Terra Firma Farm 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.


The Urban Edge Farm

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 InstagramMore info.


Urban Tilth

Since we first covered this urban nonprofit farm in 2013 as part of an article called Richmond Renaissance, Urban Tilth has 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


Brentwood U-Picks and 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.


Cloverfield Farm

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


The Bay Area Meat CSA

Group purchasing of whole animal.  Locally grown meat. Connect with a group near you. Get info here.


Cream Co. Meats

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. Get delivery info here plus tips on caring for and cooking your foraged feast. Get info here.


The Forage Box

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.


Hanson Family Farm

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.


H&H Fresh Fish

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.


Keller Crafted Meats

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.


Marin Sun Farms

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.


Morris Grassfed Beef

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


Real Good Fish

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.


Real Food Bay Area

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


Sea Forager Seafood

Small-scale fishermen using ethical fishing practices. Subscription packages with lots of East Bay pick-up sites. Get info here.


True Grass Farms

“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. Flat-rate boxes of product can be ordered and picked up in the East Bay at the Saturday Berkeley and Sunday Temescal famers’ markets. Get info here.


Wind Dancer Ranch

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.


HERB CSAs

 

Steadfast Herbs

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.