The goods from First Light Farm
More great CSAs serving Puget Sound-area families
This family-owned farm in Tacoma's Puyallup River Valley sprouts up hundreds of varieties of vegetables, fruit and herbs for their year-round CSA offerings. Members can buy a share for each of the four seasons, or a full year's worth. Summer shares run from the beginning of June to late September; the fall share makes up the rest of the calendar year. Families can choose from two share sizes starting at $360; add-on options include salad mix, pasture-raised eggs from Wild Hare's own hens and artisan breads, rolls and pizza crusts (with gluten-free options available!). Boxes can be picked up at the farm, or at the North 47 Brewing Co. in Tacoma during the spring, summer and fall seasons.
Sound Sustainable Farms was founded in 2017 by a local company, Cedar Grove, which brought organic compost generated by local residents and restaurants to a dormant farm in Redmond with the intent of restoring the farmland and building healthy soils. Its CSA program launched for the first time last year and includes a 20-box subscription from mid-June through October, with costs starting at $360. A minimum of 6 organic veggie portions in each box for half shares, and 10 for full shares. Veggies include items such as butternut squash, Tuscan kale or fingerling potatoes. Need more? This farm partners with local restaurants to bring members assorted yumminess for delivery: chowder from Duke's Seafood, steak from El Gaucho or cinnamon rolls from Macrina Bakery are only some of the goodies on menu!
Voted King County's Rural Small Business of the Year, First Light Farm in Carnation offers CSA boxes in two sizes: Full Family Appetite for up to 12 items and Regular for up to 9, with weekly rates from $30 to $45. An additional $35/ year gets you a very-worth-it farm membership: members get multiple perks including getting to choose the veggies in their order; add-on options like mushrooms, eggs, pasture-raised meats and even herbal teas (all locally grown); discounts on farm classes and activities, and member-only access to the U-pick fields. There are pick-up sites in Greenwood, Ballard and at the farm; or get it straight to your door for a $5/ week fee.
Seattle-based Pacific Coast Harvest unites 25 Washington farmers in its flexible subscription program. Boxes packed with a wide variety of produce and other gourmet treats are available on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly delivery schedule, with a choice of four sizes and a "Cascadia" or "Pacific Coast" box depending on how close to home you want to keep your picks. While not everything from the over 200 items on menu is locally grown, with farther-away picks like avocados and citrus on the list, the focus on local, seasonal produce comes first; customers can even customize their orders with wild-foraged, hyperlocal, local or regional items, with each product featuring a source and story behind it. Add-ons are plentiful, including everything from eggs and dairy to pantry staples, or the farmer's pick for those who like a surprise. Prices start at $19 per box.
11. Mariposa Farm
Mariposa Farm is a local farm working to offer fresh, high-quality vegetables to Washington families. After migrating from Mexico, its founders created a beautiful farm in Everson and strive to provide local produce to the Washington community. Mariposa Farm offers a 20 delivery CSA subscription beginning in June and ending in mid-October. With two size options: Small/Medium at $30 per week and Large at $45 per week, there's something for everyone. They offer 8 convenient pickup locations scattered from Everson to West Seattle, so grabbing your box is no problem.
Root Connection has been operating a CSA program on its 20-acre site in the Sammamish Valley since 1987. Members can order CSA boxes from June–October. You can pick up at the farm or designated spots in Lynnwood or North Seattle. Prices for the season start around $991 and vary depending on whether you pay at one time or in installments, and by cash or credit card. Weekly veggie boxes are generous and will feed a family. Fruit boxes are also available to members for an additional fee.
The shares at these popular local farms are sold out, but you can join the waitlist:
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June 2020 and updated in May 2021. Ella Gonchar contributed to this article.