Produce Delivery in San Francisco
I recently moved back to the bay area and I wanted to sign up for one of those newfangled produce delivery services.
Do you chowhounders have any recommendations? What's important to me:
* Seasonal Produce (I don't want my delivery service to be surprising me with gross Tomatoes in February)
* Yummy (I don't really care if it's organic if it tastes like cardboard)
* Local (If I wanted food from half-way across the world, I can just go down to the supermarket)
I have a house consisting of four working adults, and we spread our love amongst all fruits and vegetables so I don't foresee us needing to customize our deliveries much.
I look forward to your thoughts.
Have you looked into CSA's? Search the SF board for 'CSA' or 'Community Supported Agriculture'. A bunch of northern California farms offer them, and there is periodic discussion on this board as to who, what they offer, quantity, quality, and other services.
re: Robert Lauriston
There's another thread out there but I can't find it so I'll post here. I subscribed to Two Small Farms for several years and was very happy until last year, when an excess of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower over the summer months made me decide to look for a CSA from a warmer growing region -- while Mariquita had lovely peppers and such at their market stand, those rarely made it into our box. I wrote to the CSA to see if there would be a change in produce mix with the move away from farmers markets and the answer was No.
So, we tried Eatwell Farms and loved their eggs and the range of produce (tatsoi and other Asian vegetables which I haven't seen from others), but we share our box with another small family and this box didn't lend itself as well to sharing -- lots of variety but little of each -- this would be perfect for one small household that cooks and eats at home frequently.
We wanted to keep our share (splitting pick up duties has been a benefit for us) so we tried Terra Firma. The mix of produce has been great, the addition of more fruit varieties is a nice change from TSF, which is mostly veggies (although their strawberries are amazing). The quality is very high with Terra Firma. We split a large box but you can also order smaller boxes if that makes more sense for you.
I miss some things from TSF, like their Erbette Chard and Orach spinach, but the amount and variety of produce we receive now are working very well for our two households. Check out each website (and Full Belly if you live in the East Bay) to see what they're growing and what works for you. All three were a pleasure to buy from so I don't think you'll go wrong with any of these.
FYI, I tried to link to each of these using the Chowhound beta, but it froze up on me, I'm giving up after several minutes of trying.
Terra Firma Farm
Winters, CA, USA, Winters, CA
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts bernalgirl. My housemates and I looked at all of the options you suggested and decided to go with Terra Firma Farms. We've just signed up for a month of medium boxes. I'm looking forward to having some great summer meals with the soon to be arriving produce. Thanks again.