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Mar 25, 2008 01:35 PM

Seattle - CSA's and Wine clubs

Hey folks - I'm a recent transplant to the northwest (coming back to fiancee's native grounds), and it looks like after months of travelling and general non-employed vacation time, we decided to finally get our butts in gear and find jobs and a place in the seattle area.

So, I am looking for reccs on two things:

- a good, reasonably priced CSA : in San Diego I was lucky enough to be part of the Be Wise Ranch CSA, although we had to eventually stop due to having far too much food for two people (and far too much mizuna/chard/collards for anybody!). The produce was lovely, and the price was reasonable - came to about 20 dollars for a box every two weeks.

is there anything similar up here? I've looked around and found a lot of organic delivery and such, but that seems a lot more expensive. Preferably a CSA that lets you pick your produce to a degree would be great too.

- a wine club or something similar: a bunch of my family and friends back in california do this kind of thing, and from the events ive gone to with them it seems to be a great way to meet people and put things on the social calendar. I know Washington makes some great wine, but I'm not sure how big the scene is in seattle.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I just picked up a flyer for Seattle Uncorked. Haven't tried anything with them so far, but the membership fee is waived if you sign up before July '08.

    1. I just signed up for Full Circle Farm's CSA after some good recommendations from friends. I can't speak to quality yet as I get my first box on Thursday. I will say that the website is very easy to navigate, specifically identifies Northwest-grown and/or Full Circle Farm-grown items and they allow substitutions. Check it out at and I'll try and post a review when I get the box.

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      1. re: yoyo11

        Awesome! let me know how it goes.

        I did check out the Uncorked thing, I might join up just because it's free =)

        1. re: yoyo11

          I've signed up for full circle farms in the past, they're very nice and the produce is great too. There was this one time I got a few unwelcome visitors on my broccoli but they totally made it right by giving me a little something in the next box I got. The only reason we stopped is that I still find it challenging to eat my fruits and veggies (sorry, I'm more of a junk food girl). So basically I stopped doing CSA period, I didn't swap to someone else. If I ever go back to it, I'll totally join full circle again. I think they even have eggs and some other stuff now.

          1. re: lollybird

            This was our problem too, heh.....but we have made a greater commitment to eating lots of fruits and veggies now. As long as I can substitute stuff like collards and broccoli, I'll be fine with a small box. Any idea if they do bi-weekly?

            1. re: Jeters

              absolutely - that was one of the things we loved about them. They were also really great about us postponing boxes which we would periodically do when the veggies got just too much for me and I had to have a junk food break. I must have postponed at least 3 of my 10-box set. It took months for me to get through the entire lot.

              1. re: Jeters

                ok, see, now you're guilting me into thinking about going back to my healthful ways.

                  1. re: Jeters

                    why are you off bread? I had to get away from white bread for a couple of reasons, so now I'm on ezekiel bread (sesame, and cinnamon raisin) and the crushed wheat sourdough from trader joes. Had to go to all the grocery stores in the area to read every single ingredients list. Now, practically the only time I have white bread is when I hit Wibbleys for my weekly burger.

                    1. re: lollybird

                      I found out gluten was what made my insides go wonky =(

                      thankfully it's not so serious that I can't have *any*, I think I'd stop living. but I've had to scale way back on bread and pasta.

          2. I use Nature's Last Stand for my CSA delivery and am very happy with them. Yes, you get critters sometimes but nothing that you wouldn't see if you grew your own vegetables organically. My husband and I get a small box every two weeks for $35. It's the right amount for us.

            The Pike Place Market also operates something like this and I've done that in the past. The quality and variety of produce was a tad higher but it was more expensive, the boxes were bigger and therefore more than my husband and I could use, and you had to pick them up at the market.

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            1. re: Lauren

              I used to belong to the Pike Place Market CSA. THey are discontinued.

              For a wine club--you mean tastings and the like? lots of wine shops have free and pay tastings--try Pike and Western, Esquin, McCarthy and Schiering. Chateau Ste. Michelle is close by and has wine events. Tons of restaurants do wine dinners. The magazine Northwest Palate always has some listings. Culinary Communion does cooking classes and tasting classes.

            2. Oh, and for wine clubs - I would start checking out some of the wine dinners that most restaurants offer these days. I've met some very interesting people at them and we've gone on to drink much wine together!

              1. CSA: I've been using Full Circle Farm as our winter CSA, we get a small box of organic veggies and fruit every other week ($29/box). I really like their system, you can make up to five substitutions per box, you can suspend your service if you're going to be out of town, you can order additional items from their "green grocer" section, they denote what they grow themselves, what's sourced from other PNW growers, and what's not local.

                Wine Club: Verve Wine Bar in Columbia City does tastings Tues evenings, price is $5-10 and they pour 5-7 wines. Esquin does free tastings on Thur evenings and Sat afternoons. I really like Wine Outlet, they have open bottles to taste every day, I highly recommend checking them out this Sunday (3/30) during their pig roast.