Grocery chains haven't gone away, but your weekly Trader Joe's or QFC runs are undoubtedly more fraught than they were in pre-quarantine times. (See: dodging people at every turn, cursing the lack of cannellini beans, guiltily scooping the last roll of single-ply toilet paper, etc.) Luckily, several farms in Washington are helping you get your hands on fresh supplies of produce—and meat and dairy, in some cases—through community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, which are subscription-based parcels that allow farmers to sell shares of their produce. We've rounded up some noteworthy programs that are currently operating—plus ones currently accepting applications for the summer—for your meal-planning and sensible-snacking needs. We've also included markets and eateries selling local provisions that you can order ahead of time (like Eden Hill Provisions' new subscription boxes and butchery items from Rain Shadow Meats). Another way to support your favorite market purveyors? Donate to the Good Farmer Fund, which helps mitigate financial losses for small farms in Washington.
RESTAURANT-BACKED CSA & PRODUCE BOXES
The Brewmaster's Taproom
Brewmaster's wins the prize for providing the only CSA box (that we know of) that comes with a cold beer. Choose from a four-week full share for households of two to four, a one-time full share, a four-week half share, or a "mellow pup" share for your dog. Place your order by Sunday at 5 p.m. for Tuesday pickup.
In addition to rolling out family meals and bottles of booze for delivery, the fine-dining institution is also bringing a solid supply of local bounties to meat and dairy eaters. Each box, available to order weekly, includes a Sea Breeze Farm chicken, two Olson Farms pork chops, a dozen fresh eggs, one jar of Samish Bay yogurt, and a smattering of produce from the restaurant's favorite farms.
Downtown Spirits now offers three locally sourced produce and dairy boxes for delivery and in-store pickup, which might appeal to those who don't want to commit to a subscription. The options are: a classic box (russet potatoes, carrots, yellow onions, broccoli, romaine hearts, grape tomatoes, apples, and lemons), the fruit box (bananas, apples, oranges, a pineapple, a cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, and limes), and a snack box (apple cheese pretzel Snackerz, caramel apple Dipperz, tangerines, baby carrots, red grapes, and sugar snaps).
Eden Hill Provisions
One of Eden Hill Provisions' new eight-week subscription boxes is a parcel of pantry staples that includes fresh bread, desserts, pickled things, condiments, eggs, and fresh produce from some of their suppliers. No-contact delivery is available for a few extra bucks.
David Nichols's "Pan American" restaurant has a $45 CSA box carrying a variety of produce and other products from local farms and producers, gathered by Farm Stand Local Foods—plus some specialty items from the restaurant. Pickup days are Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Brendan McGill's local/sustainable/organic/etc. Bainbridge Island restaurant is offering a cornucopia of goods in a $100 eight-week (or biweekly) subscription. You can pick up your Kitsap/Olympic Peninsula-sourced produce, dry-aged beef, pickled condiments, and the like at Bar Hitchcock on Bainbridge or Panino Taglio in Georgetown.
The London Plane
The lovely, airy London Plane has a weekly program called the Larder Share, which usually starts in mid-June but is now being offered on a four-week or one-week basis starting April 17. Each box contains produce from Local Roots Farm, along with a curated selection of wine and a pastry.
FARM-SPECIFIC CSA BOXESAVAILABLE NOW
The Crows Farm
Located on Viva Farms, this eight-acre Skagit County operation boasts garlic, herbs, Italian crops like fennel, radicchio, and heirloom tomatoes, and various types of squash. You can sign up for their weekly CSA through the Puget Sound Food Hub and pick up your box at Seattle drop-off sites (which are disclosed when you create an account).
Promising a "regional bounty of veggies made sweeter with a little fruit," this North Bend farm offers three weekly or biweekly boxes: a mixed fruit and veggie number (their most popular option), a traditional CSA (their original box), and an organic snack pack (an assortment of "easy-to-eat" things).
Each of Klesick’s produce boxes includes fruit, cooking vegetables and salad items that you can customize with add-ons. If you like a theme, opt for their "assortment" boxes for all the fixings needed for pizza, sweet or savory breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, grilling, and so on.
Spoon Full Farm
Spoon Full's CSA programs are delivered on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis, but they're pay-as-you-go, with each box coming out to about $45. Their winter box includes grass-fed beef cut how you want, plus pasture eggs as add-ons. If you want veggies, you'll have to sign up for their summer program. If your zip code is 98122, 98112, or 98102, you qualify for free home delivery. Otherwise, you can pick up your order at glassybaby in Madrona.
Tight 5 Farm
The Ballard farm is running a pop-up featuring products from various local farms, with orders available for curbside pickup. Their weekly subscription starts at $50, with the option of adding on as many extras as you like.
This Poulsbo operation's 2020 CSA runs from May 7 to October 1 and ranges from small ($25 per week) to medium ($30 per week) to large ($40 per week). They also offer year-round one-off orders, available for delivery (or pickup, you happen to live in Poulsbo) through their online store.
Helsing Junction Farms
Along with your standard peas and carrots, Rochester's 35-acre Helsing Junction Farms tout some more unusual offerings like bulbing fennel, escarole, French filet beans, radicchio, Italian zucchini, and 10 types of gourmet lettuce. Their 20-week CSA program (which starts in June) yields tons of variety, ranging from a "mini share" yielding six to seven items per week to a "paleo share" for picky households of two or three. They also have a farm stand now with sweet beets, leeks and kale raab that's open daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Frisky Girl Farm
If you savor the crunch of a fresh radish but have commitment issues, Frisky Girl might be for you. After a $300 buy-in, your 25-week subscription (which starts in late May) allows you to choose how much you want every week, kind of like a debit account. The five-acre flower and vegetable farm has plenty to choose from, including squash, tomatoes, and snap peas, and they've expanded their pickup sites to include Mt. Baker, Wallingford, Central District, and Seattle Bouldering Project.
Little Big Farm
Starting in late May, this "salad-centric" Olympia farm builds its five-to-seven-item boxes (available in 10- or 20-week subscriptions that you can pick up from the West Seattle and Queen Anne farmers markets) around staples like baby arugula, spinach, microgreens, and head lettuce. Look forward to other summer treats like sugar snap peas, carrots, radishes, beets, and snacking cucumbers.
Local Roots Farm
If you've eaten vegetables at L'oursin, Homer, Spinasse Vif, Salare, Juicebox, or the London Plane (to name just a few), they likely came from this family-run Snoqualmie Valley farm. Lucky for you, they've extended their summer CSA subscription deadline—which starts in June and clocks in just under your standard CSA box with seven to ten items per week—to April 15. They also have a farm stand open year-round, for those who live in Duvall.
Skinny Kitty Farms
Starting in June, members can choose from a full 18-week share, a 10-week build-your-own share, or a fruit share from the Mt. Vernon farm.
Tonnemaker Valley Farm
This Royal City farm has been offering CSA boxes for more than 10 years, and now currently features fruit, veggie, and flower bundles. Their 2020 season starts on July 7 and runs through October.
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Tilth Alliance's Edible Plant Sale (May 1–5 event)
Tilth Alliance is moving its annual edible plant sale online to serve your quarantined spring gardening needs. You'll be able to browse selections and order them for pickup at Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands.
OTHER PLACES TO GET LOCAL PROVISIONS
Ballard and University District Farmers Markets
The University District market have returned, but there is no live music, prepared food, seating areas, cooking demos, or any other non-essential activities. You're encouraged to plan ahead and preorder where possible, as well as to take a voluntary "oath" detailing sanitation and social distancing procedures they expect shoppers to take, including designating one shopper per household and leaving pets at home. The Ballard Farmers Market will turn into a "drive-through market" on Sunday, with limited walk-up access, and preordering and prepaying encouraged.
Renee Erickson's Bateau specializes in grass-fed beef, so it makes sense that the restaurant is offering a Boeuf Box for your home-dining needs. The $200 package comes with one pint of beef tallow (rendered beef fat), one pint of bone brother, bone marrow butter, five pounds of aged beef bones, one pound of grass-fed and finished dry-aged ground beef, and steaks for four people (including extended dry-aged cuts).
This coffee delivery service is donating $5 of every subscription and gift box, plus $2 of every bag of coffee, to the Feeding America COVID-19 Response Fund. They're also offering 15% off all our coffee with a code on their website. If you choose a subscription, you can filter by frequency and quantity.
Ben's Bread Pop-Up
Ben Campbell, head baker for Lark, will link up his bread pop-up with the Willmott's Ghost curbside takeout program. One dollar from each loaf will go to the Seattle Hospitality Emergency Fund.
Bob's Quality Meats
The family-owned and operated Columbia City market is still providing sustainably sourced goat, elk, and venison meat, along with house-made beef jerky and hot dogs.
East Anchor Seafood
This Madrona seafood market and specialty grocery store is still here for all your fresh fish and pasta needs. Give them a call to find out the catch of the day and swing by to pick up your order.
Elysian Brewing Company
You can vegefy your beer order with Elysian's produce box, which includes one head of living lettuce, one pint of grape tomatoes, two red onions, one bunch of broccolini, five pounds of yellow potatoes, one pound of mini sweet peppers, an english cucumber, and one pound of asparagus.
Logan Cox's Mediterranean- and Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant is offering, in addition to takeout lunches and dinners, pantry staples such as hummus, granola, cookie dough, olives, pita, and sourdough.
Good In Seattle
This food box delivery service has formed in response to the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses in Seattle. Whether you're after fresh pasta from Ballard's Lagana, records from SpinCycle (don't eat 'em), or cheese from Kurtwood Farms, they have you covered with curated weekly boxes of locally produced goods.
The Central District French restaurant and natural wine bar has temporarily turned into a food and wine market. Stop in from 11 am–4 pm, Monday–Saturday, for items like duck confit, raclette mac and cheese, à la carte vegetables and meat, and plenty of wine.
As its name suggests, this Ballard cafe and specialty market has you covered with both ready-to-eat stuff (like corned beef sandwiches and frittatas) and other items like fresh produce, bread, baking products, cheese, pasta, and beer and wine.
Mutual Fish Co.
Those who rely on this Beacon Hill mainstay for fresh seafood can still place orders for curbside pickup over the phone.
NW Bakery Box
Build your own box of baked goods and coffee beans from local makers—like Blazing Bagels, Caffe Vita, Mighty-O Donuts, and Nuflours—for delivery from this new pilot program. They're offering free delivery for the month of April to make your quarantine a little nicer. For same-week delivery, be sure to place your order by 12 p.m. two days before your selected date.
Pike Place Market
Pike Place has a handy map and list indicating which of its butcher shops, bakeries and produce stands are open for pickup. DeLaurenti Specialty Food & Wine, the Pike Place Fish Market, and Sosio's Fruit & Produce all make the cut. For an amalgamation of goods from the market, check out Savor Seattle's weekly boxes.
The Ruby Brink
If you're quarantined on Vashon, this combination butcher shop, restaurant, and cocktail bar has your meat and noodle soup, produce, polenta, pickles, and raw meat ready for pickup.
Salumi's salami and cured meats are available online while their doors are closed. If you want some variety, you might go for their $50 sample pack, which includes four five-ounce salami sticks in flavors like molé with cocoa and cinnamon and Agrumi with orange and cardamom.
West Seattle's deli/butcher continues to provide a sustainable alternative to mass-produced factory meats in pandemic times. They have pork products like kielbasa, andouille, boudin noir, and merguez sausages, plus lots of meat cuts, available for pickup.
The Ballard Italian restaurant has fashioned a daily pop-up market in its 19th-century digs, where you can pick up cooking provisions, bottled wine, and antipasti when you call ahead. They're open Monday-Saturday from 12-6 pm and Sunday from 10 am-3 pm.
Seattle Fish Guys
The Central District fishmongers are packing up seasonal catches by the pound for pickup and delivery. They also have poke, smoked salmon, and other tasty offerings that are ready to eat.
Taylor Shellfish Farms
The Capitol Hill outpost of this local seafood chain will address the lack of bivalves in your home by packing up oysters straight from the tank, available for curbside pickup and delivery.