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Bountiful Baskets, CSA or similar?

PHXeater Aug 31, 2012 06:41 AM

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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    doobydub Jan 14, 2014 10:13 PM

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

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      Bax Nov 17, 2012 04:38 PM

      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. pagesinthesun Oct 11, 2012 05:21 PM

        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!

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          IntoTheSea2 Oct 1, 2012 12:18 PM

          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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            desertdweller Nov 17, 2012 09:51 AM

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

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              modthyrth Nov 17, 2012 11:14 AM

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

            2. morninglemon Sep 16, 2012 04:40 PM

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

              1. desertdweller Sep 10, 2012 07:57 PM

                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. Jen76 Sep 8, 2012 08:50 AM

                  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.

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