Here’s how to get local produce, jam, meat, fish and more delivered to a spot near you.

Steadfast Herbs’ co-founders Finn Oakes and Lauren Anderson offer a quarterly CSA subscription box of offerings from their Pescadero herb farm. Courtesy Steadfast Herbs.

Looking to connect with local farms? Eat more sustainably? Or just access some really fresh produce, meat and fish? 

One way to do all three is to subscribe to a CSA. A CSA subscription, short for “community supported agriculture,” works like this: People opt to buy a farm’s harvest in advance, committing to pay up front or in installments throughout the season. In return, the subscribers receive a selection of the harvest at an agreed-upon interval. 

Here are five local farms and one fisherman offering community-supported agriculture, meat and fish subscription opportunities. Most start their distribution seasons this time of year and run through the fall, with options to pick up boxes of various sizes weekly or twice a month.   

Greenhearts Family Farm, Half Moon Bay


This farm offers weekly or every other week fruit, vegetable and egg CSA subscriptions. The boxes are $39-$41 per week depending on how many boxes you commit to purchasing; there is a slight discount for buying boxes up front for the 34-week season. Summer boxes typically include produce items like nectarines, plums, pluots, peaches, strawberries, melons, corn, tomatoes, spinach, zucchini and more.  

Greenhearts Family Farm, 40 Frenchmans Creek Road, Half Moon Bay; 415-971-5703, Instagram: @greenheartsfamilyfarm

Brisa Ranch, Pescadero

Beets are planted at Brisa Ranch earlier this year. Courtesy Brisa Ranch via Instagram.

Pickups in Half Moon Bay, San Mateo, Pacifica, La Honda and Pescadero

Brisa Ranch in Pescadero grows about 45 different crops, and its CSA program offers weekly produce boxes on Thursdays in two sizes: medium (feeds one to three people) and large (feeds three to five people). What’s offered depends on what’s in season, but could include produce items like strawberries, cucumber, tomatoes, kale, and more, particularly specialty and heirloom crop varieties that can be hard to find in grocery stores, according to one of the ranch’s three founders, Cole Mazariegos-Anastassiou. The ranch was founded in January 2018 by three friends who started working at Pie Ranch in 2015 and 2016, according to its website

“Many members – and especially their kids – tell us they discover one of their new favorite fruits or veggies through our CSA program,” Mazariegos-Anastassiou said in an email. 

The program runs for 24 weeks, from June 22 through Nov. 30. Pay up front or monthly at a rate of about $34 per week for the medium and $41 for the large program. People with CalFresh/EBT benefits can access the boxes for a discounted rate. 

Brisa Ranch, 3100 Cabrillo Highway, Unit C, Pescadero; 650-899-0025, Instagram: @brisaranch

Steadfast Herbs, Pescadero 

Teas, tiunctures, supplements and more are among the offerings from Steadfast Herbs’s CSA program. Courtesy Steadfast Herbs.

Pickups in Half Moon Bay or Pescadero, mail deliveries.  

This CSA program from Steadfast Herbs, a queer-owned herb farm at Root Down Farm in Pescadero, offers herbal medicines, including tinctures, teas and salves, as well as information about them, on a quarterly basis. Herbs are grown in Pescadero and are available for pickup in Pescadero at Root Down Farm and in Half Moon Bay; orders can also be shipped. Among the summer herbs expected to be harvested are sage, catnip, marshmallow, oats, rue, motherwort and more. The program is $55 per quarter for a year, available before each solstice or equinox for pickup. 

Steadfast Herbs, 2601 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero, 650-538-6035, Instagram: @steadfastherbs

Fifth Crow Farm, Pescadero

Pickups in Belmont, Cupertino, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Loma Mar, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Pescadero, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Mateo and Sunnyvale. 

Sign-ups are now open for the CSA season offered by Fifth Crow Farm, an organic farm in Pescadero. People can also qualify for reduced cost shares. Produce is certified organic, flowers are certified bee-friendly and poultry is animal welfare-approved. Weekly boxes include eight to 10 items based on participants’ preferences and are available for $30 per week, and before the box is delivered, people receive a list of what will be included and have the option to swap items out. 

The farm also offers a range of add-on subscriptions for flowers, beans and preserves. Discounted flower bouquets are offered for a subscription price of $17 per week; otherwise each bouquet retails at $20 or $25 and up at local grocery stores.  The Bean Club subscription, which is $6.50 every other week, offers customers 14 pounds of different varieties of beans over the course of the season. 

There’s also a Farm Preserves program for $9 per week, which offers customers access to jams, canned apple cider, sauerkraut, pickles, salsa and more. 

Fifth Crow Farm, 3800 Cloverdale Road, Pescadero; 831-600-5452, Instagram: @fifthcrowfarm

Sea Forager, Moss Beach 

Sea Forager, led by Kirk Lombard, offers seafood subscriptions for pickup throughout the Peninsula. Courtesy Yvonne Cornell.

Pickups in Menlo Park, Brisbane, Burlingame, Los Altos, Moss Beach, Mountain View, Redwood City, Palo Alto, San Bruno, San Mateo, Stanford, Sunnyvale, and Pacifica. Deliveries are available for San Francisco homes or offices.

Sign up for a seafood subscription from Sea Forager, which offers a community-supported fisheries program for seasonal, fresh, locally and sustainably sourced and packaged seafood. Subscriptions come in two types: “Neptune’s Delight,” which includes fillets, shellfish or small whole fish or “The Slab,” which is fish fillets only. Both are $30 for roughly two dinners and $58 for four. Run by Kirk Lombard, Sea Forager shares with subscribers details of where the fish came from, how long it lived, the gear type used to catch it and what the ocean conditions were like when it was caught, along with recipe suggestions. Some of the seafood on offer includes California halibut, Chinook king salmon, rockfish, anchovies, coho salmon, tuna, mussels, oysters, clams, rainbow trout and sea bass. 

Sea Forager, P.O. Box 3032, Moss Beach; 415-368-6634, Instagram: @seaforager

Markegard Family Grass-Fed, Half Moon Bay

Pickups in Half Moon Bay, La Honda, Woodside, Pacifica and Pescadero. Home deliveries in San Mateo County are offered on orders of $250 or more. 

The meat CSA offered by Markegard Family Grass-Fed includes grass-fed and pasture-raised beef, lamb, chicken and pork. Access to limited cuts and seasonal member-only sales is available for $120 annually for the first year, then $100 per year for subsequent years. Markegard participates in the Fifth Crow Farm CSA program between May and November.

Markegard Family Grass-Fed, 20080 Cabrillo Highway S, Half Moon Bay; 650-670-7984, Instagram: @markegardfamilygrassfed.

Kate Bradshaw

Kate Bradshaw

Kate Bradshaw reports food news and feature stories all over the Peninsula, from south of San Francisco to north of San José. Since she began working with Embarcadero Media in 2015, she's reported on everything from Menlo Park's City Hall politics to Mountain View's education system. She has won awards from the California News Publishers Association for her coverage of local government, elections and land use reporting.

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