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farm delivery boxes?

Original post made by Emily, Crescent Park, on Nov 21, 2006

Hi! We're moving to the area soon and very excited. I have heard about CSA's in California that offer delivery of fresh local produce from cooperative farms. Does anyone have any suggestions as to good ones that deliver/have pickup in the Palo Alto area? We are looking forward to some great California food.

Also, how is the quality of produce from the Whole Foods there? We live in NYC now and our Whole Foods is terrible - things go bad very quickly and we have heard rumors about substandard storage conditions. Does anyone have recommendations as to where to get great produce in the winter months before the farmer's market opens again?



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Posted by S. Thompson
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 21, 2006 at 11:07 am

Hidden Villa, a non-profit farm and environmental education center in Los Altos Hills has a CSA program that you can subscribe to and pick up a weekly basket of organic vegetables at a Palo Alto drop-off location. But it just operates between spring and late fall.

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Posted by trudy
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 21, 2006 at 2:07 pm

Whole Foods is great here. The ones back East may be having problems - in RI the main one in Providence is not so hot.

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Posted by csa fan
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Nov 21, 2006 at 2:13 pm

I'm very fond of Two Small Farms, which operates out of Watsonville and has several drop-off locations in Palo Alto. Again, they deliver from March through November, so I rely on the Milk Pail Market on San Antonio Rd for wintertime veggies and treats.

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Posted by Anne H.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2006 at 11:05 am

DeMartini's Produce on San Antonio in Los Altos, near Foothill Expressway. Great selection - many organic products. Fresher than Whole Foods.

The Menlo Park Farmers Market is open year round - Sundays from 9am-1pm in the parking plaza behind the Santa Cruz Ave Wells Fargo.

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Posted by Matthew Barker
a resident of South of Midtown
on Nov 22, 2006 at 8:48 pm

There's a company called Farm Fresh to You. I found them on the web and they were delivering *great* seasonal produce from their farm. I had broccoli from them that I couldn't use fast enough. After 4 weeks, I thought it would have gone bad. When I checked it, the flowers had *bloomed*! It was still just fine to eat too.
Anyway, I never had a disappointing box from them. I just ran out of time to cook.
I hope that helps.