Interest in local food has skyrocketed as our community bands together to help support the small, independent businesses in our region that are being affected by the COVID-19 closures. With farmers markets closed and restaurant sales low, Snoqualmie Valley farms need our support now more than ever. In this two-part blog series, we’ll help you discover the many ways you can find locally grown food and enjoy its unbeatable flavor and freshness.
A CSA (which stands for Community Supported Agriculture) is an easy way to enjoy local produce for many months this summer. How it typically works: you purchase a “subscription” at the beginning of the season and in exchange receive a box of farm-fresh produce each week, once harvesting begins. By purchasing the CSA at the beginning, you help farms pay for seeds, equipment, and labor to prepare the soil.
We’ve compiled a quick guide to CSAs from the Snoqualmie Valley, listed below. Located just minutes from Seattle, the Snoqualmie Valley is home to many small family farms producing meat, dairy, eggs, vegetables, fruit, flowers, and honey for the Puget Sound region. Each CSA has a different combination of box sizes and add-ons (like butter or milk), so there is sure to be one that’s right for you!
(And we’re working to compile a second list of ways to support farms each day–like farmstands, online orders, and contactless delivery–that we will post soon. Stay tuned.)
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Carnation Farms is now offering a CSA from their farmstand. The structure is a little different than typical preselected box CSAs: you visit their farmstand and pick your own mix of organic, fresh-picked vegetables and herbs, and there is an option to add on a fruit CSA share. This market-style pickup occurs on Thursdays from 3-6:15pm only.
Pickup Locations: at the farmstand (in Carnation)
CSA Season: 18 weeks from June to October
Fall City Farms offers a CSA box with a focus on flavor and variety. Their growing practices are Salmon-Safe Certified, and they are committed to sustainable practices that support the efforts to protect water quality and wildlife habitat on and around the farm. All shares will be available for on-farm pick up on Fridays between 12pm-6pm (home deliveries are being considered at this time).
Pickup Locations: on Farm (in Fall City), might expand to home deliveries
CSA Season: 18 weeks from mid-June to early-October
Falling River Meats offers a year-round CSA sign-up with meat delivered right to your doorstep every three months. They supply beef, pork, lamb, goat, rabbit, chicken, and turkey, all from local farms where the animals happily roam in fresh air on pastures and forests. When signing up, customers choose the type of meat and size, with the option to add on other types of meat as well.
Pickup Location: delivered to your home
CSA Season: offered year-round
First Light Farm’s CSA program has two options: 1) Join as members of the farm for $35.00 for the year and get to select items for delivery each week from what is in-season, as well as have the option to add on to your order: mushrooms, eggs, herbal teas, and pasture-raised meats; and 2) a regular CSA program with different sized options for individuals, small, and large families. First Light also offers a mini farm and U-pick program (currently closed to the public for the season with hopes to reopen in early summer).
Pickup Locations: Greenwood and Ballard (or $5/week for home delivery), Fall City/Duvall/Carnation residents pick up at the farm
CSA Season: June – October
2020 CSA is FULL for the season
Frisky Girl Farm’s CSA model offers members the opportunity to pre-pay for their share at the beginning of the season, then pick and choose from the available harvest each week. Their season runs for about 25 weeks, from late May through October. There is no requirement to order every week and no max on how much you want to order in a single week.
Pickup Locations: Wallingford, Central District, Seattle Bouldering Project, Mt. Baker, or on the farm in North Bend
CSA Season: 25 weeks from late-May through October
CSA is full.
This Carnation farm has a 22-week CSA of farm-fresh produce with delivery to neighborhoods around Seattle. Boxes available include the standard share and large share. Eggs, poultry, flowers, and honey add-ons available for all or some of the season.
Pickup Locations: Beacon Hill, Capitol Hill, Central District, Columbia City, Fremont, Issaquah, Madison Valley, Magnolia, Ravenna / Sand Point Wallingford, West Seattle, and on the farm in Carnation
CSA Season: 22 weeks, June – November
Summer CSA sold out. Fall CSA coming soon.
Jubilee provides families of the greater Seattle area with a diverse selection of nutritious fruits, vegetables, and meat, all of which are cultivated using organic farming practices. Jubilee Farm offers 3 CSA sessions throughout the year and has 3 different sizes of boxes you can choose from.
Pickup Locations: Throughout the greater Seattle area, pickup at farm
CSA Season: 3 seasons throughout the year – Winter CSA (Feb 19-April 8), Spring CSA (April 15-June 3), and Summer CSA (June 16-Oct 31)
2020 Veggie Box Program is full.
Kamayan has a 18-week “Veggie Box” with the option to add on a flower share. Kamayan Farm has 4 different sized share options to choose from. As a member, you also receive a weekly newsletter, recipes, and an invitation to a summer Open House at the farm.
Pick up locations: Ravenna and North Beacon Hill
CSA Season: 18 weeks, from June 23 – Oct 20
2020 Main Season CSA is sold out.
Local Roots is in its 14th season of farming and offering their CSA program that provides a variety of vegetables, all grown on the farm. Local Roots’ season is 26 weeks long, with pickups every week from June through mid-November, followed by two double-size boxes at the end of the season.
Pick up locations: Capitol Hill Madison Valley/ Madrona, Rainier Valley, North Beacon Hill, Columbia City, South Seattle/Rainier View, Queen Anne, Wallingford, Maple Leaf, North Beach, Northeast Seattle/Sandpoint Wy, Northgate, Phinney Ridge, Ballard, Phin-lard, West Seattle, Magnolia, Duvall, also available for pickup on the farm in Duvall
CSA Season: 26 weeks from June through mid-November
Mollie Bear Farm offers two bi-weekly spring beef CSA options from April to June, and will introduce lamb and pastured chicken for their July through December CSA membership.
Pickup Locations: On farm in Carnation or delivery for a small fee.
CSA Season: Biweekly from April to June
20-week Main Season CSA is sold out, wait list available.
Oxbow offers a 20-week “market style” CSA program, meaning shareholders have the flexibility to choose the produce they want each week. Rather than receiving a box, shareholders visit Oxbow’s CSA Farm Stand in Carnation (or their booth at the Mercer Island Farmers Market if markets reopen) each week and fill their reusable bags or tote box with a weekly share of their choosing.
Pick up locations: On the farm or Mercer Island Farmers Market (if markets reopen)
CSA Season: 20 weeks from June to November
More than 15 small farms living and working in the Snoqualmie Valley have banded together to form this co-op. This year they will offer a short 5 week spring CSA veggie bag (4 – 5 items). Their Summer/Fall CSA offering is either a 20 week or a 10 week subscription (7-9 items), with optional egg or fruit share add-ons available.
Pickup Locations: They will deliver the box directly to your home or business throughout the Greater Seattle and Eastside areas
CSA Season: Spring CSA May 7 – June 4; Summer – Fall CSA June 11 – October 29 (10 or 20 week options available)
Steel Wheel Farm is a small, first-generation family farm in Fall City. In addition to being part of the Snoqualmie Valley Farmers Cooperative CSA (see above) they also offer their own Sprout Market Program where you pre-pay for 20 weeks of market produce, that you pick up weekly at their farmers market stands, and you will receive a $25 bonus in produce.
Farmers Markets: Capital Hill, University District, and on-farm farmstand
Wild Canary Farm(Flower CSA)
Wild Canary Farm is a small farm in the Snoqualmie Valley that is dedicated to 100% grass-fed beef and seasonal cut flowers. They grow over 40 varieties of flowers that are sold at local farmer’s markets, directly from their Tiny Flower Truck, and through a cut flower CSA weekly subscription.
CSA Season: 6-week summer cut bouquet CSA, 4-week dahlia CSA, or a 12-week grower’s bucket CSA
Pickup Locations: On-farm (near Duvall) or delivery to a local pickup spot in the Valley
We tried our best to find all the 2020 CSAs, but if we missed one please let us know! Email email@example.com