It’s no secret that the restaurant industry is struggling. But the industries and people that rely on restaurants are also struggling - and farms are the perfect example. Local farms around LA count on restaurants to buy their produce, and with restaurants partially (and, in some cases, completely) shut down, these farms are looking for new ways to stay afloat. So support local California farmers - and, in the process, take advantage of the tremendous fresh produce we have in our region - by ordering one of these 12 boxes loaded with fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, and more.
Huarache is a collective of local farmers and backyard growers across Pasadena, Sun Valley, and Sierra Madre. They pool their produce together for weekly sales, which include all kinds of in-season fruit and vegetable options, along with homemade soaps, sauces, and nut butters. They send out an email every Tuesday with an order form for Sunday pick-up at the Atwater Farmers Market, and offer free delivery (over $30) to Atwater Village, Los Feliz, Pasadena, Monrovia, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, and Altadena.
How to order: Sign up here for their weekly email and pay via Venmo.
What to expect (July): Zucchini, strawberries, mulberries, oranges, passionfruit, almond butter (full list here).
A fourth-generation family-run farm in Oxnard, Tamai has been supplying produce to restaurants like Kismet, Jon & Vinny’s, and The Little Door for years. They’ve got a variety of affordable boxes, ranging from $15-30 for a mix of fruits and vegetables. There’s even a “Juice Up” box, with all the ingredients you need for making your own juices, like celery, beets, tomatoes, and chard. Pick-up at many Westside farmers markets (full list here), and delivery available in Brentwood and parts of Santa Monica.
How to order: Order here for farmers market pick-up or delivery.
What to expect (July): Strawberries, corn, cauliflower, tomatoes, blueberries.
Sow A Heart is a farm run by the people behind Sage Bistro, the vegan restaurant and brewery with a couple locations around LA. The regular seasonal produce from this Fillmore-based farm includes fruits from their citrus, stone fruit, and avocado orchards, along with more unique stuff, like hops for brewing. The farm doubles as an animal and bird rescue, so you can feel good knowing that you’re also helping out some animals in need. Their $50 boxes are available weekly for delivery throughout LA, along with Friday pick-up in Silver Lake.
How to order: Order here for delivery and pick-up.
What to expect (July): Avocado, watermelon, citruses, strawberries, herbs.
Flamingo Estate is not a farm - it’s a botanical garden, mansion, and candle producer in Eagle Rock. But when COVID-19 hit, they began to use their online following to connect people with local growers and artisans. Now, they offer a variety of goods, like produce boxes from County Line Harvest, tomato and basil boxes from Golden State Papayas, and baked goods by Loria Stern, a local baker. Friday delivery throughout Los Angeles.
How to order: Order here for Friday delivery.
What to expect (July): Focaccia, baked goods, stone fruits, tomatoes, root vegetables, greens.
Edible Gardens LA is a website and online shop that has put together a weekly CSA box sourced from a bunch of local farms, like Flora Bella Farm in Three Rivers, T&D Farms in Redlands, Finley Farms in Santa Ynez, and their own farm in LA. Price varies based on weekly products and number of people you’re feeding.
How to order: Sign up for their weekly email blast here.
What to expect (July): Zucchini, avocados, lemons, carrots, tomatoes, shishito peppers.
Schaner Farms is a family-run spot in San Diego County’s Valley Center. This farm has a variety of citrus orchards, root vegetables, garlic, onions, and avocado trees. And in addition to varying selections of homegrown produce, their $30 boxes all include a dozen brown, white, and blue eggs. If you’ve never made an omelet with farm fresh eggs, you truly have no idea what you’re missing.
How to order: Order through Lady And Larder for weekly pick-up on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
What to expect (July): Turnips, carrots, beets, avocados, onions, eggs.
South Central Farm started in South LA as a way to provide fresh, nutritious food to the local community. Their original farm was bulldozed in 2006, but the farm lives on with some of the original farmers in Buttonwillow (near Bakersfield). They’ve got weekly boxes, or monthly (and even half-year) subscriptions available at a discount. Pick-up is on Sundays in Mount Washington and Culver City, along with Sunday delivery - map here.
How to order: Order here.
What to expect (July): Tomatoes, beets, zucchini, garlic.
This family-run farm in Fresno has been supplying vegetables to some of your favorite restaurants for years (like Rustic Canyon, Night + Market, Republique, and Bar Amá). Now, Thao Farms has their $40 grocery boxes available weekly at the farmers markets in Santa Monica, Torrance, and Hollywood, along with weekend pick-up at Orsa & Winston. They grow many of the same Southeast Asian vegetables the family grew and ate before emigrating from Laos.
How to order: Email firstname.lastname@example.org and pay via Venmo for weekend pick-up.
What to expect (July): Shallots, bitter melons, bell peppers, eggplants, sungold tomatoes.
County Line Harvest is a produce farm in Thermal (Riverside County) and Petaluma (Sonoma County), offering a variety of California-grown produce. Each week, their original ($25) and family-sized ($40) boxes have 12 different fruits, vegetables, and herbs, along with occasional recipe cards and bottles of kombucha. Pick-up at various LA locations, like Neighborhood Coffee on La Brea, Eightfold Coffee in Echo Park, Highly Likely in West Adams, and Felix in Venice.
How to order: Order here for restaurant pick-up.
What to expect (July): Bok choy, mustard greens, arugula, beets, carrots, radishes.
Underwood Family Farms has two Ventura County locations in Moorpark and Somis - both are offering weekly pick-up for their farm boxes. The boxes are $45, and feature a wide range of produce that includes bell peppers, yellow Roma tomatoes, jalapeños, potatoes, and oranges.
How to order: Order here for limited contact pick-up.
What to expect (July): Lettuces, Valencia oranges, avocados, red onion, corn.
Süprmarkt is a low-cost organic grocery store pop-up that provides fresh, organic produce to South Central LA. Their weekly boxes are $30, and monthly subscriptions are $112. Pick-ups are Sundays (usually in Leimert Park), and there’s also delivery to the LA area, Inglewood, and parts of Long Beach, South Bay, Watts, Compton, and Northeast LA.
How to order: Order here.
What to expect (July): Variety of fruits and vegetables (you can opt for a box that includes more of either).
An organic farm in Malibu’s Santa Monica Mountains, Plumcot Farms is offering farm boxes filled with fruits, vegetables, and herbs ($50), and herbs-only boxes ($25) for pick-up. The full boxes include selections like passionfruit, artichokes, kale, and rutabaga, and you can add on a variety of options like raw honey, house-made hot sauces and jams, and nuts and beans from other local farms. Pick-ups are Wednesdays and Fridays.
How to order: Order here.
What to expect (July): Avocado, grapefruit, passionfruit, kale, broccolini, little gem lettuce.