Joining a local CSA is an easy way to get fresh, organic produce delivered directly to your doorstep, while supporting local farms! Pacific Northwest friends: subscribe to Full Circle Farms and use referral code SARA1238 for $15 off your first box!
This post was first published in October, 2012. It is not sponsored—promise!
CSA Produce Box
Throughout the years Irving and I have had an on again/off again relationship with one of our local farm’s subscription box. We’ve recently resubscribed to Full Circle Farms so that we could have fresh produce delivered to our door during this time when we are limiting our grocery shopping, and are cooking mostly from our pantry. It’s been really helpful to have a steady supply of fresh produce to go with our rice and beans! We’ve really enjoyed the produce we’ve been getting, and are so thankful for this option. The boys have been having fun too—they’re always excited to help unpack the box and find out what’s inside.
What is a CSA?
CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. There are different types of CSAs—some that require a few hours of service on the farm in exchange for your produce, some that have you visit the farm to pick up (we got to visit a farm like this a few years ago), and some that deliver right to your door! Our service delivers right to our door and it feels like Christmas morning every week when we grab our box from the front steps! Find a CSA near you in this comprehensive directory!
Full Circle Farms
The CSA we belong to is Full Circle Farms here in Washington. They specialize in organic and sustainable produce. They are local to the Seattle area, and their service area covers Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Alaska! If you live in the Pacific Northwest I recommend checking them out! (Learn more here)
Is all of the produce local?
Our CSA partners with other small farms to provide produce that doesn’t grow in our area. Last week we got a few kiwis in our box, and those definitely didn’t come from Seattle, but they were thoroughly enjoyed by the boys, who had grown tired of apples! There are different options in our CSA, where you can choose to order only hyper local produce, or expand to include other produce.
CSA Box Add Ons
Our local CSA has an option to purchase add ons to be delivered with your produce box, like crackers, nuts, plant based milks, and more. Ours even carries Field Roast vegan meats and cheese (also local to Seattle)!
Favorite Vegan Recipes Using Local Produce
- Aunt Betty’s Vegan Apple Pie
- Carrot Soup
- Vegan German Potato Salad with Bacon
- Coconut Carrot Rice
- Vegan Green Bean Casserole
- Barley Minestrone Soup (with kale)
- Air Fryer Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary
- Vegan Blueberry Crisp with Almond Topping
Easy to Customize!
Our service is so easy—each week receive an email reminding us that our box is coming, and a list of the contents. If there was something we don’t want, we just swap it out from several other choices. They also include recipes for different dishes that feature some of the ingredients in the box. Our favorite rice recipe was adapted from one of their recipes years ago! And last week I tried their pickled radishes! Yum!
Grow your own produce!
We’ve had a lot of fun over the past few weeks rooting the stems/bases of our produce and turning them into more! Our green onions are growing so quickly, and we were able to transplant them into our garden beds today. We’ve also water rooted celery, romaine lettuce, and green leaf lettuce, all from cuttings from our CSA produce box. It’s so much fun, and it’s doubled as a science lesson for the boys! Win!
Well, what are you waiting for? If you’re in the Pacific Northwest, subscribe to Full Circle Farms and use referral code SARA1238 for $15 off your first box! Or if you’re outside of the Seattle area, find a great CSA in your area to support! You’ll love supporting a local farm, and enjoying farm fresh produce!
Check out baby David from when this post was first published (October 2012)! He loved opening the boxes and finding the treasures inside!