CSA stands for community-supported agriculture, which is essentially a membership or a share in a local farm. Each CSA or produce delivery service is different. Our list is designed to help you find the one that will be most convenient and appealing to you. We have tried to make this the most comprehensive list of all the CSAs in Santa Barbara County. If you know of other CSAs or farm produce delivery services or if you have updated information for any the ones listed, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Schedules and prices may change, so check with each organization for up-to-date information.
CSAs and Produce Delivery Options:
Blosser Urban Garden
Blosser Urabn Garden is a sustainable small-scale organic farm in Santa Maria, delivering weekly or bi-weekly produce. Cost: $25 per bag. The season runs from April through September. Bags are delivered Mon 3pm-6pm.
Phone: 805 878-1744
Carp Organics is a family run, organic produce delivery business. They deliver every Tuesday in the Carpinteria and Summerland areas. All produce is from Carpinteria farmers and this makes it so most of their produce can be picked and delivered in the same day. Small boxes are $25 per week and Family & Juicing boxes are $35 per week.
Phone: 805 452-4823
The Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens
Fairview Gardens is the oldest CSA in our area, since 1988. The 100+ year-old farm is open to the public, and members and others are welcome to take self-guided tours, and attend a variety of classes and workshops. A full share for the entire year is $1,760 or $1,150 for a half share, with discounts for paying in advance. They also have shares for each season. Winter Season (February 6th-March 27th) is $320 for a full share and $200 for a half share. Spring Season (April 4th-June 27th) is $529 for a full share and $325 for a half share. Summer Season (July 3rd-September 25th) is $520 for a full share and $325 for a half share. Fall Season (October 2nd-December 4th) is $400 for a full share and $250 for a half share. Pickup is on Thursday, 2-6:30pm, at the farm in Goleta or 4-7pm at Whole Foods. CSA members also receive 10 percent discounts on other purchases from the farm’s stand or at their booth at the farmers market. At the farm, they also have a “trade box” so each week if there is something you don’t like, you can put in the item and take out something else.
Phone: 805 967-7369
Ellwood Canyon Farms
Jack Motter and his partner Jeff Kramer are farming in the fertile Goleta Valley and in Santa Barbara at the former Avalon Farms site, implementing sustainable and organic methods. You can read more about Jack in the Young Farmers article from our Summer 2010 issue. Weekly and bi-weekly shares are $25/box with pick up on the farm Wed 3pm-6pm, delivered to your home on Wed evenings for an extra $5/week or school delivery for an extra $3/week. With payment upfront for weekly delivery it is $150 for 6 deliveries, $650 for 26 deliveries or $1,300 for 52 deliveries. Bi-weekly deliveries are $75 for 3 deliveries, $325 for 13 deliveries or $650 for 26 deliveries. They offer a students, seniors and singles box for $15/box as well as a greens box for $20/box.
Phone: 805 448-7619
Farmer’s Garden in association with other local farmers in the Santa Maria Valley offers a diverse CSA box of organic produce. Cost: $20/box. You get a 10% discount if you prepay $936 for the whole year. Weekly pickup on Wed at Babé Shipping from 3pm-7pm, at Casa Bella from 1pm-5pm, at Discovery Museum from 1:30-5pm or Rabo Bank from 1pm-5pm. Delivery is available to your doorstep every Wed for an additional fee of $4.
Phone: 805 925-4144
Finley Farms in Santa Ynez offers a large variety of seasonal row crops such as lettuce, beets, tomatoes, turnips, rutabagas, fennel, and peas, as well as melons, strawberries and raspberries, to name a few. You can read more about the Finleys in the Young Farmers article from our Summer 2010 issue.
Phone: 805 686-0209
John Givens Farm
John Givens has been farming in Santa Barbara County for 30 years, and has 12 different farm properties in cultivation throughout the area. This farm adds trace minerals from rock dust to their soil as well as compost, promoting what John believes is better soil nutrition. Because the farm is so large, there is a lot of crop diversity. All produce is fresh picked and USDA Certified Organic. A 6-week subscription is $150 ($25/week) for the regular size, and $210 ($35/week) for the large size. A 12-week subscription is $300 ($25/week) for the regular size, and $420 for the large size ($35 per week). They offer a trial period of 2 weeks for the regular size box at $55. There is also a Juice Feast box for $150 for 6 weeks or $300 for 12 weeks. You can pick up your box Wed after 2pm at the farm or at Whole Foods. They offer home or business delivery with a $5/delivery convenience fee.
Phone: 805 451-8451
Local Harvest Delivery
Local Harvest Delivery hand-selects produce from local and sustainable family farms and delivers to your door. They deliver to Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito Summerland, Carpinteria and Ventura. They post the contents of each week’s box on their website. You can modify your box, make an on-going No-list, add grocery items and skip weeks. Cost is $25 for the Mini Harvest Box, $35 for the Little Harvest Box, $45 for the Big Harvest Box, $35 for the Seasonal Fruit Box, $40 for the Staple Box and $40 for the Juicing Box. Add-ons include bread, honey, coffee, oil, pies, cheese and eggs. Delivery to your home is Sat from noon-8pm. They have a Mon delivery option for offices, schools, and group deliveries.
Phone: 805 626-0253
Pacifica Organic Market Garden
The Pacifica Organic Market Garden is located on the campus of Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpinteria, and it is also a demonstration urban farm. Farmer Marshall Chrostowski offers seasonal produce on a weekly basis. A list of available produce is updated each weekend. Orders are delivered Mon, Wed or Thu and a $10 surcharge is required for delivery (free delivery on campus and Summerland). There is a $10 minimum order.
Phone: 805 687-7109
Plow to Porch
Plow to Porch is an organic/pesticide free/chemical free and all natural produce delivery service in the Santa Barbara area. Subscribers can sign up for one of four sized boxes of mixed seasonal produce, and can add extras such as meat, eggs, honey, jams, pies and quiches, fair-trade coffee, olive oil and seafood. Recipes included with each delivery. Bambino box is $25/week for pickup at the market or $26.50/week for delivery to your door; small box is $35/week for pickup or $36.50/week for delivery; family box is $45/week for pickup or $46.50/week for delivery and value box is the equivalent of 2 small boxes and is $60/week pickup or $61.50/week for delivery. Extras are priced individually. There are also fruity snack boxes, juicing boxes, and just fruit boxes. Fruity snack box is $65/week for pickup or $66.50/week for delivery; juicing box is $45/week for pick up or $46.50/week for delivery; just fruit box is $45/week for pickup or $46.50/week for delivery. Delivery to Santa Barbara, Goleta, Montecito and Carpinteria is included in the cost. Deliveries are on either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or by special arrangement. And they offer an option to have delivery every other week on the 1st and 3rd weeks of each month for all sizes of boxes, except bambino. They also have a full service market at 3204 State St., Santa Barbara, which is open Tue-Fri 10am-5:30pm.
Phone: 805 895-7171
Santa Rita Flower Farm
In addition to their stand at Drum Canyon Road, they offer a CSA program from early March to the end of November with a pickup location in the Old Town section of Lompoc. Shares are $20-$30/week in three 13-week sessions. Held under a 50-year-old walnut tree, customers arrive on bike or foot as well as by the occasional car to pick up their weekly shares of the organic farm offerings.
Phone: 805 705-6783
Tom Shepherd has been farming organically in our area for 40 years. He currently farms at two locations in Gaviota and Santa Ynez. Cost for a full share is $30/box. A half share is $18/box. Pick up locations and times are: Montecito – Village Cheese and Wine: Thu 1pm-5pm; Lower Santa Barbara – Backyard Bowls: Thu 1:30-5pm; Upper Santa Barbara – Pizza Guru: Thu 2pm-9:30pm, Unitarian Church: Wed 2pm-9:30pm. If you can gather 10 new members and would like to host a drop off location at your home, you will receive a free, full, quarterly membership.
Phone: 805 729-4405