CSAs Aren't Just For Summer! Meet Your Farm-Fresh Winter Haul
Sure, stone fruits and strawberries have all but vanished from our farmers markets, but that’s no reason to abandon our local growers for the fluorescent glow of supermarket aisles. Oregon’s mild temperate climate allows farmers to produce a diverse array of fresh fruits and vegetables all year round. Take advantage of winter’s under-appreciated crops by signing up for a share in one of these CSAs, and enjoy the best of the season’s bounty delivered to your doorstep.
Hood River Organic
THE FARM: Hood River Organic partners with other certified organic and biodynamic farmers in the Hood River Valley, Portland Metro area, and parts of Washington to offer a diverse range of fresh produce, bread, and animal products. CSA partners can easily customize each box to suit personal preferences and assuage picky eaters.
PICK-UP AREA: N, NE, SE, NW, SW, home delivery
THE DEAL: Start or stop a subscription at any time throughout the year. Choose between two box sizes, and between weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly delivery.
SAMPLE BOX: A typical winter box is sourced primarily from Glory B Farms in Grays River, Washington, and may include apples, pears, beets, carrots, garlic, potatoes, chard, root vegetables, onions, and sweet potatoes.
Full Plate Farm
THE FARM: Nestled among oaks and firs in Ridgefield, Washington, Full Plate Farm is the only regional CSA to specialize exclusively in winter vegetables. The farm has been owned and operated by a pair of Portland natives since 2010, and uses organic practices.
PICK-UP AREA: NE, SE, NW, SW
THE DEAL: Bi-weekly subscription from November 3 to March 30.
SAMPLE BOX: A typical January box may include radicchio, Brussels sprouts, collards, kale, potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, winter squash, garlic, shallots, and herbs.
Minto Island Growers
THE FARM: Minto Island Growers produces organic vegetables on land converted from a historic Salem mint farm. The farm, which is certified organic by Oregon Tilth, also includes a nursery, small batch tea company, and even a food cart!
PICK-UP AREA: SW, SE, NE
THE DEAL: Fourteen-week subscription from November to early February. Choose between regular and partial (2/3) share. Bi-weekly deliveries. (Summer subscription available separately.)
SAMPLE BOX: A typical winter box includes carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, winter squash, onions, shallots, garlic, Brussels sprouts, and a wide variety of greens.
SAUVIE ISLAND ORGANICS
THE FARM: Sauvie Island Organics is nestled between sandy beaches and wildlife refuges in the rural oasis of Portland's favorite island. The community-minded farm started in 1993 with one small acre and two hard working women, and has since expanded to supply 400 CSA members and more than two dozen local restaurants.
PICK-UP AREA: N, NE, SE, NW, SW
THE DEAL: Fourteen-week subscription from December to March. Biweekly delivery. (Summer subscription available separately)
SAMPLE BOX: A typical winter haul includes beets, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celeriac, chicories, garlic, herbs, kohlrabi, leeks, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pie pumpkins, daikon radishes, shallots & numerous varieties of winter squash over the course of the season.
Pumpkin Ridge Gardens
THE FARM: Pumpkin Ridge sits on twenty rolling acres near North Plains. While not third-party certified, the farm grows according to organic standards, and reserves 100% of production for CSA customers.
PICK-UP AREA: Home delivery throughout Portland
THE DEAL: Yearlong subscription from June to May. Choose between full and half share. Weekly deliveries.
SAMPLE BOX: A typical January or February delivery might include cabbage, celery root, leeks, mustard greens, potatoes, salad mix and winter squash.
47TH Avenue Farm
THE FARM: 47th Avenue Farm got its start—and its name—in an oversized double lot on 47th Avenue in Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood. The farm has participated in community supported agriculture and sustainable growing practices since 1996.
PICK-UP AREA: SE, Lake Oswego
THE DEAL: Biweekly delivery from November to mid-May. Choose between whole and half share. (Summer subscription available separately)
SAMPLE BOX: A typical February box might include Brussels sprouts, collards, carrots, onions, dried peppers, red potatoes, popcorn, purple broccoli, and spaghetti squash.
THE FARM: Mudjoy Farm prides itself on showasing unique and rare varieties of vegetables to its CSA and farmers market customers. The small family farm uses sustainable, organic practices on 25 acres of loam in south Dayton.
PICK-UP AREA: N. Portland
THE DEAL: Weekly pick-up from January 8 to May 28. (Summer subscription available separately)
SAMPLE BOX: A typical February box may include arugula, beets, leeks, garlic, squash, celery, parsley, purple sprouting broccoli, brussels sprouts and sunchokes.
Neighborhoods Community Garden
THE FARM: Grow Portland has created a community garden where members learn new skills and grow food collaboratively. Members work on the farm under the tutelage of an experienced farmer-educator, and take home produce through work trade or u-pick.
PICK-UP AREA: SE
THE DEAL: Rather than running across town for new boxes of produce each week, Grow Portland offers a one-time pick-up of 100 pounds of storage crops. Customers receive in-depth information on proper storage and cooking. Pick-up is available during the latter half of October.
SAMPLE BOX: One share of storage crops may include potatoes, onions, cabbage, beets, turnips, and multiple varieties of winter squash.