River Run Farm in Sequim, Wash.
CSAs serving Puget Sound-area families
Run by a husband and wife team in Redmond, SnoValley Gardens keeps its operations low-key and down to earth — literally. The goal is to get back to the old ways of farming, from revitalizing the land with regenerative soil management to growing long-forgotten flavors. Organic veggies and pasture-raised eggs fill abundant harvest boxes: a full share at $875 will feed a family of four, with half-shares available for smaller households. Egg share members receive a dozen eggs every week. The season runs for 16 weeks from June to September, beginning with greens and root crops at the start and followed by the main crops, such as heirloom tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, in July and August. Easy kid faves like carrots and broccoli also make an appearance throughout the season. Pick up is available at the farm, or one of the three farmers markets in Bellevue, Kirkland or Phinney.
Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative is a non-profit organization that brings together 21 small farms in the Snoqualmie Valley. The co-op supports both individual farmers and the greater farming ecosystem, bringing consumers a wider variety of crops. A 12-week veggie subscription starts July 8 and costs $480. Veggie boxes including 7–9 items delivered straight to your home or work within Greater Seattle. Members can add a 17-week fruit share that begins in July and includes 4–5 pounds of organic fruit from fertile Okanogan Valley — think tree-ripe peaches, cherries and pears.
This pretty farm, growing organic veggies, berries, and flowers, sits on the Olympic Peninsula, along the Dungeness River in Sequim. If that sounds like a trek, not to worry: its Farm Share boxes, packed with fresh-picked (and they do mean fresh – harvested within a day or two) goodness make their way to seven pick-up sites around Seattle, with home delivery available in North Seattle and Phinney Ridge. Members typically get 5–7 types of veggies and greens in their box, and can customize their order online according to preference. The full-season share, beginning June 15 and running for 22 weeks, is available, starting at around $32 per delivery.
Known for its pumpkin patch and gorgeous setting along the Snoqualmie River banks, Fall City Farms got its start selling pumpkins and corn from a garage in 1991. Their organic produce features "familiar items with a twist," with flavorful varieties not available at your local grocery store. The CSA program runs for 16 weeks, June to October, with a weekly share of 7–12 items priced at $450. Pick up is available at the farm, as well as a Seattle location which will be announced soon.
Founded in 2007 by a group of local African-American small business owners, Clean Greens is a non-profit operated primarily by volunteers living in Seattle's Central District. The organization provides organic produce for those without access in the Seattle community. Offering two size options, Clean Greens CSA program runs for 16 weeks from June through October. With prices from $400 to $560 a share, Clean Greens is an ideal way to support local farmers.
Spread over 15 acres between the railroad tracks in Kent's Green River Valley, Whistling Train has been in business for over 20 years and prides itself on growing things you can't find in the grocery store. The farm recently lifted its 75 family limit for the full-season-only, 35-week CSA subscription, which operates from mid-April to the end of December. The shares come in three sizes starting at $700, with pre-packed box pick-ups available at drop-sites in West Seattle, spots in Capitol Hill, Columbia City, North Seattle, U District, Wallingford or at the farm. Members who pick up at the farm can customize their boxes with a market-style setup and all-you-can-pick peas, beans and cut flowers. While the boxes are limited to vegetables, a seasonal honor-system farm stand offers fruit and eggs for purchase with a 15% discount for all CSA members.