We thought it was about time we created a comprehensive list of all the CSA programs in San Diego!
(We will try to update this as more CSA Programs are created)
What is CSA?
CSA stands for community supported agriculture. For the purpose of this list we’re talking about actual farms/company’s that have a CSA program. This is when you pay a farm/company for a box of produce every week or every other week. The produce in the box changes weekly and is based on the season.
Each program is a little different, but the average box size for a small is 7-8 items and large is 10-13 items.
It varies from farm to farm but the average small box price is $23-$26 and large box price is $28-$30. In most cases if you pay for multiple boxes up-front, you’ll get a lower price.
*CSA programs are available all over the place, not just San Diego! Check out Local Harvest to find CSA’s near you :)
San Diego CSA Programs:
What we like about them: Their love. Take a close look at this farm and you can see it. This is a family farm and a family that really cares about each other. They also care about their members – they post recipes, respond to emails and move boxes to different locations, I could go on and on but this farm is filled with love.
What we like about them: They’re fun. From the things they put in their boxes (chilies & sprouts) to the events they hold (Farm School & Yoga on the Farm). If there is one farm that knows how to have fun this is the one.
What we like about them: They’re cozy. This farm is a hidden gem in Encinitas. Tucked away, but simply beautiful none the less. The CSA program is small, but in a nice cozy way.
What we like about them: They have community. Jenn and Mackenzie (the owners) really get to know their customers and because of it they have a really strong and successful CSA. *This company will deliver to your door and they source from local farmers.
What we like about them: Awesome products. Not only do they have really great produce, but they also have really fun local products such as rain water, coffee and trail mix. *This company will deliver to your door and they source from local farmers.
What we like about them: Ryan (aka Farmer Leo :) Farmer Leo’s passion for farming and fresh food really shines. Make sure you check out his magical farm to table dinners as well.
What we like about them: Clean produce. Sometimes we’re in a hurry and can really appreciate produce that is cleaned and ready to be chopped.
What we like about them: They post fun recipes. Today we saw a recipe for persimmon cookies, what a great idea! *They are a co-op of 23 small farms.
What we like about them: Custom delivery schedule. They allow you to decide how often you get your box. Once a week …twice a week… even once a month! *They source from multiple farms.
What we like about them: Information. They share information about every fruit and vegetable, things like growing season to storage and even recipes. *They are a produce distribution so they source from a lot of different farms.
What we like about them: Easy preparation. This CSA program focuses on easy to eat produce. Think apples, berries and oranges.
What we like about them: Educational programs. They specialize in educating local citizens about sustainable farming, permaculture and how to live sustainably in our region.
What we like about them: Variety of fruits and vegetables. We like this farm because they grow things that other farmers aren’t, like pineapple guavas.
What we like about them: Fun add-ons. They have an online store where you can add extra produce into your box.
What we like about them: Good balance. They have a nice mixture of fruits and vegetables that seem to compliment each other well. *This CSA is sourced from 2 farms.
What we like about them: They support the mission. Eli’s really supports people eating fresh and avoiding GMO’s, they want the best for everyone not just their customers.
What we like about them: Education. They post great articles about eating local and organic.
What we like about them: Flexible pickups. They offer lots of different options for picking up your box: from delivery to pick up, plus a few in between. *This CSA sources from 5 different farms.
We hope this list is helpful, there are a lot of different CSA programs in San Diego and they all have something a little different to offer. But we know after a little research you can find one that fits your schedule and family’s needs!
What we like about them: Brian. We love that this CSA was created by a farmers market manager and we think its a great way to encourage shoppers to support farmers long term! *This CSA sources from different farms.
Do you belong to a CSA, if so which one?
If not, have you ever thought about joining one?