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East Bay’s Best Local Produce Delivery

March 27, 2013 5:00 AM

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Joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is an excellent way for consumers to purchase farm-fresh fruits and vegetables that come straight from local farms. The program is a great benefit to the community because it supports local agriculture and encourages members to engage in a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. In the East Bay, boxes filled with the freshest and most delicious seasonal crops are delivered usually on a weekly basis to locations throughout the East Bay, including Berkeley, Oakland, Pleasanton and Walnut Creek. The following are among the best CSAs that serve the East Bay.


Buttercup Farms Garden
5181 Morgan Territory Road
Clayton, CA 94517
(925) 524-0316
www.buttercupfarms.org

Buttercup Farms is a non-profit community organization based in Clayton, about nine miles east of Walnut Creek. Among the crops grown in its bountiful garden are Albion strawberries, Easter Egg radishes, Nevada lettuce, lemon cucumbers and crookneck summer squash. Its CSA program offers monthly, bi-weekly and weekly deliveries. A single box, which contains enough produce to feed up to three people, is priced at just $20. Delivery sites are located in Clayton and Walnut Creek.


Eatwell Farm
5835 Sievers Road
Dixon, CA 95620
(707) 999-1150
www.eatwell.com

Located just south of Davis in Yolo County, Eatwell Farm is one of the most popular CSAs in entire Bay Area. A consistent winner in local publications that feature a Best of the Bay poll, the 105-acre farm offers 20 delivery locations in the East Bay, including 11 in Berkeley and Oakland. Boxes from its CSA program can contain a host of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as butternut squash, bok choi, leeks and navel oranges. The farm offers weekly and bi-monthly deliveries, with prices starting at $116 for four deliveries.

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Frog Hollow Farm
11435 Brentwood Blvd.
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 634-2845
www.froghollow.com

This East Bay farm has been featured in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, O Magazine and other national publications. Last year, the Los Angeles Times called Frog Hollow’s farmer and co-owner Al Courchesne “a celebrity in the Bay Area” for his sustainable farming expertise as well as his many varieties of delectable organic fruit. Among the crops grown on the 133-acre farm are Meyer lemons, Pink Lady apples and several types of apricots. Frog Hollow offers many types of options for its CSA program, with prices starting at just $25. The farm serves the East Bay communities of Alameda, Berkeley, Emeryville, Fremont, Oakland, Orinda, Piedmont and Pleasanton.


Full Belly Farm
16090 Country Road 43
Guinda, CA 95637
(530) 796-2214
www.fullbellyfarm.com

Like the Eatwell Farm, this 350-acre farm is in Yolo County, but Full Belly’s CSA program provides deliveries to 24 East Bay locations, in addition to a home delivery option. Although the majority of East Bay delivery sites are in the larger communities of Berkeley and Oakland, the farm also serves Albany, Danville, El Cerrito, Emeryville and Piedmont. In addition to the aforementioned cities, the farm’s home delivery service ($7 per week) also serves the small Berkeley Hills community of Kensington. Its CSA program offers members weekly or bi-monthly deliveries, with an entry-level price of $72 for four weeks. A recent delivery box of organic crops contained broccoli, carrots, celery root, oranges, bok choi, rosemary, potatoes and leeks, with enough to feed a family of up to four.


Terra Bella Family Farm
7637 Foothill Road
Pleasanton, CA 94566
(925) 202-8020
www.terrabellafamilyfarm.com

Self described as the only organic family farm in Pleasanton, Terra Bella is a local success story. The business started in 2006 on just 1.25 acres of land, but by virtue of hard work and selling produce at local farmers’ markets, has moved to a larger farm in the Sunol Valley. Its CSA program has also grown and features pick-up locations in Pleasanton and Livermore. A delivery box may feature seasonal organic produce such as artichokes, broccoli, cauliflower and green beans, with prices starting at $48 for bi-monthly deliveries. In addition to its CSA program, Terra Bella sells produce to regional restaurants, including the award-winning Restaurant at Wente Vineyards in Livermore.

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Randy Yagi is a freelance writer covering all things San Francisco. His work can be found on Examiner.com.

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