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Dec 29, 2006 11:54 PM

CSA Farm weekly home delivery in LA?

When I lived in San Francisco, I always subscribed to the Terra Firma Farm ( delivery service. Here in LA, I love my local farmer's markets, but I can rarely get to them due to my work schedule, and end up buying my produce at the supermarket too often for my taste.

Does anyone know of a Community Supported Agriculture service similar to the Terra Firma/Eatwell Farms model in Los Angeles?

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  1. Not exactly a CSA, but I've ordered both from and and have been very pleased. Matter of fact, not more than five minutes before I read your post I set up weekly delivery service through Paradise O. I liked Organic Express and their groceries too but Paradise O seems to have more variety and slightly better quality. (I prefer weekly delivery and organic express has had the same delivery items for over a month) Both say they buy mostly produce grown in CA, except in winter when there isn't much too choose from. I'll probably buy from organic express again to change it up every once in awhile- actually my plan was to do every other week from both companies but one delivers to me at the beginning of the week and one at the end of the week which doesn't work as far as spreading the produce out. The bananas and chard from organic express were defiitely the best I'd ever tasted and paradise O had a humongous beautiful head of broccoli and beautiful butter lettuce. I'm so glad I've started organic produce delivery, that supermarket crap is seriously a waste of my money after I've tasted the difference in organic. Definitely better tasting and fresher.

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    1. re: wendy8869

      I realize that this is an old post but some of the info is still relevant. I'm wondering about
      how this produce compares to that at the farmer's markets and Whole Foods. I find that the farmer's markets are significantly better than at any store. Even so, sometimes it is difficult to buy real farm products that aren't from an organic industrial farm at a farmer's market. They often pick things early and sell things that are more on the level of quality of Whole Foods.

      Any specific info people's experiences with these delivery services is appreciated.

      1. re: epop

        I also noticed what you say re. farmers markets.
        More & more I see stands basically reselling other people's goods.
        And/or goods that show up cold, as in "cold storage".
        But it's still the best ( or should I say: only ) alternative to WF / Albert's organics / UNFI &etc, that is: the "industrialized organic" food chain, where produce is picked up early, stored at 32F for as long as necessary, reactivated in ethylene chambers, with maximized shelf life and minimized or obliterated taste & texture.
        CSA experience: not too god, random selection, prices so so.
        Best FM around: Sundays in Hollywood. Large selection, lots of producers, free parking in adjacent streets.

      2. re: wendy8869

        I have never heard of organicexpress, I have heard of I have ordered great coffee and tea from Organo Express.

      3. Tierra Miguel Foundation has CSA delivery/drop off service at many locations in LA and OC.

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          1. re: jfisidore

            Glad to help! I just signed up recently myself.

            1. re: jfisidore

              Beware: Tierra Miguel will provide you with a list of addresses where they deliver, you choose the one closest to you to go and pick up, but you must still drive to these places to pick up. No home delivery.

            2. re: Hailyn

              I did Tierra Miguel myself for several years -- with mixed success. Decent quality, but *very* limited selection. In the past I used to use CSAs to force myself to eat a greater variety of veggies I wouldn't normally buy for myself at the market -- but with Tierra Miguel I wound up LESS likely to eat a great variety because I had so much of one or two things like squash or swiss chard. I had to give a lot to neighbors. There was just so many days in a row I could eat chard. AGAIN. And then I really did have to supplement for some basics, like potatoes and carrots and onions and celery. How are you going to cook most things without a mirepoix?

            3. we did l.o.v.e. organic out of Venice, CA. loved it!

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