Ah Spring! The season when we can finally lift our eyes from dreary salads of bagged lettuce and styrofoam tomatoes and dream of the tender greens, blushing rhubarb and sweet, all-the-way-ripe strawberries that will soon be heading our way from Washington’s farms. I’m not talking about the California-style industrial operations; I’m talking about the ‘little guys’ all around the Puget Sound region, who farm like they give a damn and go the extra mile to sell their just-harvested produce directly to you. I’m talking about the CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs that deliver to Wallingford and nearby neighborhoods.
Since Wallyhood founder Jordan and his family are off in Europe (probably celebrating the white asparagus harvest at a local Spargelfest), I’m providing an abridged version of his annual CSA round-up. Abridged because I don’t have time to update his terrific 2014 CSA spreadsheet (which is probably still mostly accurate, and worth a look since it allows you to quickly compare the various offerings), but wanted Wallyhood readers to know that now is the time to sign up for your favorite CSA (Hurry! Some farms require subscribers to join by mid-May).
[Full disclosure: I was motivated to write this post because I’m a huge fan of Oxbow Farm’s CSA, which delivers boxes of unbelievably wonderful vegetables and fruit from their organic Carnation Valley farm (plus jams, honey, mushrooms, etc. from their local partners) to my garage roof for Wallingfordians to pick up every Friday, June-Oct.]
Why join a CSA? The deliciousness, the convenience, the adventure (even if you know what you’ll find in your weekly box, opening the lid always feels like Christmas), and a chance to get to know your farmers (FYI–Oxbow throws an awesome party for subscribers at the end of the season!). It’s also a great way to support our local food system. Check out the CSA options below; you’re sure to find a program that’s right for you. Don’t see your favorite? Leave a comment with a link, and I’ll add it to the list (note: some of these CSA programs do not source exclusively from local farms).
- Oxbow Farm
- Boistfort Valley Farm
- City Grown Seattle, which also operates a Wallingford farmstand on 41st & Eastern; opening day is Saturday May 16th, 10am-2pm
- Collins Family Orchards
- Full Circle Farm
- Helsing Junction Farm
- Growing Washington’s ‘Local Choice’ Food Box
- New Roots Organic
- Pacific Coast Harvest
- Seattle Tilth CSA
- Tiny’s Organic