Three New CSAs Bring Local Goods to Your Doorstep
’Tis the season of community supported agriculture (CSA) boxes, those parcels of produce that support local farmers, but sometimes leave us wondering what to do with five pounds of kohlrabi. This year, a new brand of luxury CSA has arrived, offering boxes that leave less up to the recipient’s ingenuity by pairing veggies with house-made breads, wines and other goodies. Farm & Larder (farmandlarder.com), a CSA through Bella Luna Farms in Snohomish, is the ultimate indulgence ($125/week for an ongoing 12-week program), delivering as many as seven kinds of organic produce plus about 14 other items—honey, cheeses, preserves, eggs, flowers, fresh herbs—right to your doorstep. The subscription also includes a weekly house-made meal (think roasted cauliflower soup). The London Plane’s Larder Share (thelondonplaneseattle.com/larder-share) is a CSC (community supported community) subscription curated by the newly opened Pioneer Square shop. In addition to paired wines and bread, the box offers organic produce, prepared foods, flower arrangements and retail goods (linens, floral shears, cookbooks). All this can be yours for $2,500 (about $89 per weekly box for 28 weeks), and you can add a weekly meat share from Rain Shadow Meats ($1,400) or coffee fix from Caffè Umbria ($425). You do have to pick this one up at The London Plane, but for your troubles, you earn a complimentary lunch there every month. Go ahead, start rationalizing.