The growing season is here and farmers' markets are busy. An annual local alternative -- a weekly box of produce from the SMIP Ranch in Woodside -- began Friday, June 19.
This community-supported agriculture (CSA) program from the private five-acre farm in the hills above Woodside provides "hyper-seasonal" organic produce, picked on the day it is delivered and available once a week to subscribers for $28 a box at The Village Pub at 2967 Woodside Road in Woodside.
The contents of the box include fruits and vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, according to a ranch press release.
The ranch's primary mission is to supply three restaurants, all partners in the ranch's management: Spruce (in San Francisco), the Village Pub, and the Mayfield Bakery & Cafe (Palo Alto). The ranch also donates produce to the Djerassi Residents Artist Program, which is located near the ranch.
During the summer, according to the ranch, the box may contain varieties of lettuce, heirloom squash, wild plums, Chantenay carrots, rainbow chard, sugar snap peas, new potatoes, rosemary and eggplant. In the fall, expect kale, heirloom frying peppers, spicy bush basil, sunchokes, pumpkins, melons, and breakfast radishes.
Subscribers can order produce for the entire season (typically June through November) or for a week at a time. A Friday email provides ordering instructions and lists the upcoming box's contents, including specialty items such as eggs and honey.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Orders must be in by 8 a.m. Thursday for pickup between 1 and 6 p.m. on the following day.