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Bountiful Baskets, CSA or similar?

I know there's great local produce in farmer's markets but I'm looking to get a weekly produce box to force me to vary my cooking and try new things. I've heard negative things about BB recently so i'm not interested in them specifically. Anyone have any suggestions? I'm in south Scottsdale but willing to drive 15-20 minutes for something good.

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  1. Check Maya's Farm. They are often at the Downtown Phx farmer's market on Saturday mornings. There's also Crooked Sky Farms. I don't participate in a CSA, so unfortunately can't offer any sort of review of either.

    1. I recently joined North Scottsdale Organics and have been really happy so far. I don't know how south they offer pickups though. You can check out their website here: www.northscottsdaleorganics.com

      1. I'm also interested in this, though I'm in central Phoenix. Any reviews for a CSA with pickups in the cenPho area?

        1. I just discovered Chow Locally. It seems pretty great; you pay per week (about $21.00 or so) and then pick up your box of local produce at one of their many pick-up locations. Since I just signed up, I can't attest to the quality of the fruits and veggies, but judging from the photographs, the produce seems really wonderful--lots of different organic, locally grown stuff. Plus they allow you to add eggs, free-range meat and other things to your order. You can suspend your order at anytime too-- kinda like Netflix for local produce! Here's their website: http://www.chowlocally.com/

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          1. re: IntoTheSea2

            That one looks great! Too bad they don't have a pickup in North Scottsdale/NE Phx.

            1. re: IntoTheSea2

              Wow, so cool! Thanks for the reference! I'm giving it a try.

              1. re: IntoTheSea2

                I was not a fan of chowlocally.com and their service. The produce you get is so little for the cost and the quality was nothing to write home about.

              2. I have been a CSA member of Desert Roots Farm (Queen Creek) for 9 years. I have grown so much as a home cook and veggie eater. I've always eaten tons of veggies, but always the same veggies! Not only can you pick up veggie boxes at various locations (Saturday only) DRF also does home/office delivery to most Valley areas (I'm in S Scottsdale as well). In the past few years, Kelly (the farmer/owner) has joined with local AZ organic farmers for chicken, cheese, dairy, beef, pork, and coffee producers. You can order weekly from the website to "add on" to your veggie box. If you're looking for new things to try you can't go wrong with Desert Roots Farm!

                1. My boss subscribes to Sunizona Family Farms ( http://www.sunizonafamilyfarms.com/#!... ) and seems very happy with them. You can get the standard box, for which they choose the contents, or you can custom order the contents of your Farm Box. Not sure if any of the pick-up locations are close to you. They are not only organic but "veganic," if that matters to you.

                  1. You guys need to start a Food Co-op, talk to the folks at Food Conspiracy in Tucson.

                    1. I just got a share from Blue Sky Organic Farms. It works for my current purposes. It's strictly organic produce, so, not cheap, but, good, interesting stuff, if you appreciate it.


                      The website has links for the CSA info, and also the blog tends to keep up to date on what the share contains, week to week.

                      Drop-offs are at the Scottsdale Farmers Market and a couple of other locations close to the farm in Litchfield Park.

                      1. Disclosure: I am the sales manager of the business.

                        Blue Sky Organic Farms CSA... Best CSA in Valley, they grow over 150 different items so basket has great variety!

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                        1. re: rjjohnson

                          Welcome to Chowhound. Good to have a representative from Blue Sky Farms here.

                          Might I gently suggest that your farm blog recipes credit the source of their inspiration? Two of the recipes jumped out at me since I have recently seen *very* similar photos and recipes in national publications (The cold canteloupe soup = Cooking Light and One Pan Pasta = Martha Stewart Living). Granted, there are slight differences and the titles have changed. In the Blue Sky Farms blog, basil has been subbed for mint and the peaches have been eliminated in the first recipe. Slight variations occur in the second recipe as well. No, it is not copyright infringement but it would be a courtesy to credit the originators for their work. Thanks for listening.