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Our 10 favorite CSAs and farm shares from around the country

By Hannah Howard

It’s a cook’s dream—a box of locally grown, totally fresh fruits and veggies arriving at your doorstep. A traditional CSA—community supported agriculture—program is set up so that you pay a chunk of money in advance each season in exchange for a “share” in the farm harvest every week. This enables farmers to better plan their farming with commitment and funds early on in the season, and lets members take home a big box of fresh, local, organic food every week. And in recent years these communities have been getting more creative with how they’re organized, making it easier than ever to get to know your farmers, eat with the seasons, and support your local agriculture. Here are some of our favorite farms, CSAs, and shares across the country.

Pumpkin Ridge Gardens
Pumpkin Ridge Gardens sits on 20 rolling acres 22 miles west of Portland, Oregon. Since 1987, the farm has been carefully tended with organic techniques to eliminate the adverse effects of commercial strawberry production. When you sign up for a CSA share, you get to enjoy vegetables harvested within a day of when you receive them, year-round. They will deliver, but it’s totally fun to visit the farm, where guests can fly kites and pick blackberries.
Portland area. No additional fee for delivery.

Out of the Box Collective
Out of the Box Collective, a Los Angeles farm-to-home grocery delivery service, sources local food from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, beekeepers, artisans, vintners, and more. They call their signature product the Kitchen Box, and it’s a weekly meal plan with items from all the food groups that provides recipes to make use of all of the ingredients inside (although it’s also cool to go rogue and make your own thing). You can also shop on their website for granola, kimchi, extra-virgin olive oil, and more.
Southern California area: $5 to $10 delivery fee


Farmbox Direct

Farmbox Direct
Farmbox Direct founder Ashley Tyrner grew up on a farm. As a working NYC mom, she missed the abundance and availability of the gorgeous seasonal produce of her childhood, so Farmbox Direct was born. She teams up with farms around the country to deliver organic and natural fruits and veggies straight to your door. Choose from vegetables or fruit only, a best of both worlds, or boxes made especially for juicing.
Free shipping to most of the U.S.

Farmers Fresh CSA
Farmers Fresh CSA is a cooperative group of small sustainable farmers in West Georgia and East Alabama who team up to offer juicy tomatoes, field peas, tart muscadines Asian pears, fresh goat cheese, and more. You can subscribe to a box or order a la carte, for goodies ranging from local salted butter to shitake mushrooms to pasture-raised lamb chops.
Pickup sites throughout the Atlanta area

Kings Hill Farm
Kings Hill Farm is located in Mineral Point, in the rolling hills of Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. Their golden beets are candy sweet, and their delicata squash is perfect for roasting or blending into a comforting soup. A farm share offers 20 weeks of a well-balanced assortment of seasonal vegetables and herbs; we highly recommend adding on the maple syrup share, which is sourced from their friends at B&E's Trees. Bourbon barrel–aged maple syrup? Yes please!
Pickup only in Chicago area and throughout Wisconsin


Local Roots CSA

Local Roots CSA
The folks at Local Roots have tweaked the CSA model to make more sense for New Yorkers, delivering groceries weekly from local, sustainable farms and producers right to your neighborhood. Teaming up with a list of local farms and makers, Local Roots manages to carry a much bigger variety of goods than the typical CSA. Yes, there are plenty of vegetables and fruits, but they also sell pasture-raised chicken, ancient grains, and handmade artisan breads.
Pickup locations throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan

Siena Farms
Siena Farms is a family operation that grows more than 100 types of vegetables on 50 acres of protected farmland in Sudbury and Concord, Massacusetts, 25 miles west of Boston. They also supplement their fresh produce with additional goodies and pantry items from their favorite New England farmers, chefs, and producers. A spring box may include spring crops such as asparagus and wild nettles, plus dry beans from Maine and local honey.
Boston area: pickups available, or get 12 weeks of delivery for $120


Full Belly Farm

Full Belly Farm
Full Belly Farm is a certified organic farm located in the Northern California’s picturesque Capay Valley. They are committed to fostering sustainability, from caring for the soil and the environment, to guaranteeing stable employment for their farm workers. Their boxes combine classics with more unusual picks, from green garlic to broccoli to red kale, plus recipes for inspiration.
Bay Area and Sacramento $7 delivery fee

Common Harvest CSA
Sweet heirloom tomatoes, crisp salad greens, crunchy peppers, and so much more. Common Harvest CSA is composed of five local Douglas County farms, which grow everything from perennial asparagus and rhubarb, to apples and pears, to heirloom wheat for fresh ground flour, and deliver it all to Lawrence and Kansas City residents, plus University of Kansas staff and students.
Pickup locations in Kansas City and on the University of Kansas Campus

Rustic Roots Delivery
Rustic Roots delivers organic fruits and veggies to homes in all of New York, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Long Island, New Jersey, and more. Shop for weekly farm fresh goodies—from boxes of fruits and veggies to pastured eggs and aged blue cheese to Sunday bacon. Everything in these boxes is handpicked from local farms and brought right to your door, along with recipes. They also offer out of state organic fruits and veggies when the local season is resting.
$10 delivery fee and minimum purchase of $40


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