As spring slides into summer and the sun finally shows itself, minds start to turn to fresh produce. The Farmer’s Markets are starting up and are stocked with fresh berries, peas and fiddleheads. Pacific Northwest farmland has a lot to offer and takes pride in the vast offerings of produce and fruit.
Joining a CSA (community-supported agriculture) or getting delivery of a weekly produce box is a great way to enjoy locally-grown, fresh produce. With the plethora of boxes available, choosing the one for you can take time and research. Seattle Refined decided to take on this task, so you can save your time for preparing all the fresh produce coming your way. Most CSA’s require a seasonal commitment and upfront payment but luckily for Seattleites, you can also sign up for weekly produce boxes from a variety of companies with little to no commitment.
Weekly Produce Boxes WITHOUT a commitment
These are the produce boxes that you can get weekly, once a month or whatever delivery schedule works for your lifestyle. Not all of the produce is local but almost all are organic. These delivery services will help make your diet one of leafy goodness.
- Pacific Coast Harvest offers three box varieties: the half and half box (both fruit and vegetables), the veggie box or the Washington box (locally focused produce) in several sizes to fit your household. All produce is 100 percent local and mostly comes from farms in the PNW region. Unlike a traditional CSA, produce boxes can be customized. There is also no commitment past your first delivery. Our produce box arrived after 7 p.m. on our delivery day and was super fresh. Boxes start at $28.40 a week.
- The box from Terra Organics might be our favorite box. They source produce directly from Tahoma Farms, Helsing Junction, Four Elements and Alvarez Farms from Memorial Day though Thanksgiving. Produce deliveries are available throughout the year but come from different sources. The produce is super fresh and comes delivered directly to your door. Produce from Terra Organics also stayed fresher longer for us which was a huge bonus and their social media team were quick to chime in when we posted about the adorable cauliflowers we received. Orders can be customized or skipped who schedules can be also be adjusted. Boxes start at $17 + $5 delivery fee.
- Acme Farm & Kitchens has some awesome produce options, which we've shared before but they just can’t be beat. Their produce box is locally sourced from the Skagit Valley and contains 8-10 vegetables and 2 fruit selections. Acme also offers locavore boxes which include meat, bread and eggs from local farms along with quick and easy meal boxes. Produce boxes start at $36.
- Full Circle Farm offers weekly deliveries of organic produce with a focus on local foods. Produce boxes come in several sizes and can be customized on a weekly basis. Customers can also exclude certain fruits and vegetables from their boxes so if you are an artichoke hater, you never have to face one. Unique groceries and additional produce can also be added to deliveries. Boxes start at $24.
- New Roots Organics is a staple of the produce box market and has been around since 1999. Produce may not be entirely local to the Pacific Northwest but is purchased seasonally from Washington, Oregon and California. New Roots Organics offers produce boxes in various sizes from a “Love to Juice” box to the Standard produce bin. Bins start at $32 and come in a reusable tote.
Weekly Produce Boxes WITH a commitment
CSAs (community-supported agriculture) usually require a seasonally commitment. Since one is buying a share of the crops from one small farm, substitutions are generally not permitted. Most farms send out a fresh sheet shortly before delivery/pick-up.
- Jubilee Farm in Carnation offers various shares throughout the year with their largest being the Summer Share. Costs are $700–$900/20-week season, $35–$45/week. You can either pick up directly on the farm or have home delivery for a one-time charge of $96. The couples share provides enough produce for two people while the family share is enough for four people who really like vegetables. Joining Jubilee Farm’s CSA comes with perks. CSA members can use the farm’s Cascading Kitchen to prep vegetables, watching cooking demonstrations and exchange recipes with the on-site chef along with access to U-Pick days. Children are also invited to attend the farm school for free of charge in July and August. Additionally they offer workhorse to cut down the financial cost of becoming a member and providing them with much needed farm labor.
- Oxbow Farm which is also in Carnation offers a Main Season Share for $600 for 20 weeks or a 4-week share for $150. With pick-up locations across Seattle, Oxbow Farm is known for providing produce to restaurants such as The Walrus and Carpenter, Tilth and Sitka and Spruce. The shares are delivered on Wednesdays and Thursdays from mid-June through the beginning of November. Additionally they offer a add-ons such as their 15-week fruit share, honey share and mushroom share.
- Out of Snohomish is One Leaf Farm with a 24-weekly share or a 12 bi-weekly share which runs from mid-June through mid-November. Costs are $600 for 24 weeks and $300 for 12 weeks. Members can pick up at the farm or in Ballard, the Central District and Mill Creek. They also offer a CSA Egg Share add on once you join their CSA.
- Helsing Junction Farms offers a boxes to fit just about everyone, from snack boxes to traditional CSA produce boxes for a family of four. They offer pick-up locations across Seattle (as far north as Lynnwood and as far south as Portland) or home delivery for $7 a week. Starting at $28 a box, Helsing Junction Farms offers 4-week shares along with their more traditional 20-week shares, beginning in mid-June. Their flower share add-on and snack-shares are a delightful treat. Members can either pay in full or in 2 or 3 installments.
- One of Seattle’s oldest CSAs is Seattle Tilth, which has been around for over 36 years. Their Full Share feeds 3 - 4 and is $40 a week while the Half Share feeds 1-2 and is $25 a week. The program runs for 20 weeks from June to October with pick-up locations around Seattle. Members receive a diverse selection of seasonal, local and organic produce along with optional add-ons like eggs, flowers and cheese.
- Woodinville's Root Connection was started by organic farmer Claire Thomas in 1986 and was one of the first CSA farms in the country. Now the 16 acres of fertile cropland provide vibrant produce to CSA members from the beginning of June through October. The 21 week share is $912 with drop sites in Lynnwood and North Seattle along with pick-ups at the farm, Wednesday - Saturday. Discounts are available if you pay in full using cash.