What’s everyone doing for CSA boxes? I like the County Line Harvest ones a lot–especially the family size which gets me and my wife through a week or so, and I love that I can just pick up at eightfold coffee in Echo Park. It feels super safe and has led me to really make my cooking seasonal.
I still think I could use some fruit and/or more diversity of lettuce. Anybody have a farm/box they recommend?
PS–apologies if this shouldn’t be in the restaurant section.
Farm Fresh to You is a huge grocery delivery company. As of two years ago they had 100,000 subscribers and revenues of $80 million. I think they’ve stopped advertising themselves as a CSA like they did ten years ago when their revenues were only $15 million.
I haven’t noticed many CSA boxes focusing on fruit, but one suggestion is the box from Tamai Family Farms. Republique was selling these last year when they were operating as a larder, but I think you can order directly from Tamai now. I’ve never gotten the box, but I’ve purchased from the Tamai stand at the SMFM. https://my-site-tamaifamilyfarms.square.site/
For diversity of lettuce, I would have suggested County Line, but since you’re already getting those, it seems like Girl & Dug offers quite a bit (have no experience with them myself).
Yeah, I’ve been tempted by them but have so far tried to stay away. It seems more impactful to support one farm, if possible. Still, I have a number of friends using them, and they are all pretty satisfied.
Girl & Dug is definitely spendy. You probably get half as much as the smaller County Line box for more money. The quality and variety is exceptional though. I tried a couple boxes when they were doing local pickup at Birdie G’s early on in the pandemic.
I also found that County Line had too many lettuces for my taste when we were getting them in the spring. I preferred the Thao Farms boxes, but I don’t think he’s really doing that anymore and is back selling at the farmers markets.
Schaner Farms boxes can be ordered for pickup at Lady & Larder on the westside. They seem to have eggs in the box and citrus with little to no lettuces. Might work if you want to switch it up.
The quality of the produce from Tamai has been great. The beefsteak tomatoes are still good, in January! Strawberries are great too.
We pick up at Clementine and usually get something from the cafe too. If you call, they have a lot of frozen soup on hand, pantry staples, meal builders etc. Friday pickup. I often get a container tuna salad and make tuna melts for lunch etc
On Wednesday they do fruit boxes from Arnett Farms which are also good. We have mostly food delivery and sometimes the quality is really painful.
I get the CSA box from Yasukochi Farms (Oceanside). You pick up your box from Azay restaurant (Little Tokyo) on Tuesday. I’ve been impressed by the variety and quality of the produce. The flavor is great and the vegetables are clean. They look like they were detailed (like auto-detailing).
Looks like mostly good stuff, but artichokes, strawberries, and anemic tomatoes in January are to me contrary to the spirit of a CSA. Some of that’s likely coming from Mexico. They’re not pretending otherwise:
Most products grown using organic farming methods when possible. All products are grown by responsible food & safety conscious farmers.
The majority of the freshly picked produce is grown by Yasukochi Family Farms located in Oceanside and other local partner growers. We may supplement staples as needed.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for around the same price you could get 100% organic from a single farm.