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What’s a CSA?

CSA stands for “Community Supported Agriculture”. Customers invest in the farm by committing to buy a weekly box of produce for season. The benefits for the farm and members are many:

  • Eat healthier
  • Try new things you might not otherwise
  • Build real community with your farmer and neighbors
  • Enjoy learning about your food and where it’s coming from
  • Get fresher and better food than you would at a grocery store!

Committed CSA members provide us with guaranteed income and help us pay for expenses early in the season when cash is tight. It also means we can harvest just what’s needed, which translates into less waste.

In addition, the longer term commitment between farmer and customer leads to a more personal relationship and greater community building, both between producer and eater, as well as between CSA members who share an interest in sustainable agriculture and good food.

Want to preserve the beauty of San Mateo’s Coastside? You can do it one bite at a time by forging a connection between your family and our sustainable, organic farm.

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What’s in Fifth Crow’s regular season (May-Nov.) CSA box ?

As a CSA member you will receive a minimum $26 value box of produce however, the value often exceeds that.  The season runs for 27 weeks starting the last week of May with the first deliveries being on Sat. May 27th, Sun. May 28th, Wed. May 31st & Thursday June 1st (according to which location you choose) and ending the week following Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Thursday delivery will occur on the Tuesday prior to the holiday).

Weight varies, but in general it is enough to fill two grocery bags. 

You can opt to add a weekly dozen, 1 1/2 dozen, or 1/2 dozen eggs, a bouquet of flowers each week and subscribe for honey, meat, and homemade herbal remedies from our three partner farms (read on for details). The season starts the last week of May and runs through the last delivery day before Thanksgiving, that’s 27 weeks.

Each box includes 8 – 10 items, rotating within following categories:CSA Box

  1. Baby head lettuce/bunching greens (varieties vary week to week)
  2. A root crop (carrots, beets, turnips, or radishes, potatoes)
  3. A bag of pre-washed baby greens (baby arugula, baby kale, spring salad mix, mesclun salad mix, or spinach)
  4. A brassica (broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, or cabbage)
  5. An allium (leeks, onions, shallots, or spring onions)
  6. Two baskets of strawberries (albion) or blackberries, rhubarb, and in the fall, apples from our 27-variety heirloom orchard, and hopefully pears from our new pear orchard.
  7. An herb (dill, cilantro, basil, thyme, oregano, sage, etc.)
  8. PLUS another 1 – 3 seasonal items: summer squash, winter squash, tomatoes, baby artichokes, padrone, poblano, or sweet peppers, green beans, tomatillos, and more…
  9. You will also receive a pound of our heirloom dry beans monthly (7 bags total)

What’s in Fifth Crow’s winter season (Jan.-April) CSA box ? **(registration for winter 2018 will open in the fall)

As a winter CSA member you will receive a minimum $18 value box of produce each week for 14 weeks. The season starts the third week of January and runs through the third week of April.

Each box includes 6 – 8 items, rotating though our winter crops in the following categories:

  1. Baby head lettuce
  2. A root crop (carrots, beets, turnips, parsnips, or radishes)
  3. A bunching green (dino, red, or white russian kale, collards, or rainbow swiss chard)
  4. A bag of pre-washed baby greens (baby arugula, baby kale, mesclun salad mix, or spinach)
  5. A brassica (broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, or cabbage)
  6. A seasonal winter crop (winter squash, potatoes, storage onions, baby artichokes, or leeks)
  7. An herb (thyme, oregano, sage, etc.)
  8. You will also receive 1-pound bags of our heirloom dry beans each month (4 bags total)

How much does it cost?

A produce share is $702 for 27 weeks of our regular season delivery or $252 for the 14 winter weeks of delivery. Sorry, we do not do partial shares, but you can split a share with as many people as you want.  Every year we have members who either divvy up weekly boxes, or alternate weeks picking up a share with a friend or neighbor.

A dozen eggs is $270 ($10/week). A share of 1 1/2 dozen is $405 ($15/week). A half dozen is $135 ($5/week). Eggs not available in the winter.

A flower share is $240 ($12/week for 20 weeks) or $132 for the winter share ($12/week for 11 weeks). Our bouquets retail for $15 so you save a bundle by signing up for a share!

Add Honey, Beef, Lamb, Pork, & Chicken, or Herbal Remedies from our Partner Farms:

We have a partnership with ranchers, an apiarist, and local herb growers to deliver other local, sustainable, and humanely raised products to your CSA pick up location. Robert MacKimmie of City Bees provides honey, Markegard Family Grass-Fed raises grass-fed beef, pork, and lamb, and Lauren & Finn of Steadfast Herbs grow and make their own herbal medicines. We offer the option for you to subscribe to receive product from these other farms along with your Fifth Crow registration.


City Bees

Take a tasting tour of the Bay by trying a different honey each month. City Bees of San Francisco offers one-of-a-kind micro climate honeys from around the Bay, where hills, valleys and their proximity to summer fog are as varied as the diversity of plants. This bounty of blossoming nectar sources creates rich and distinctive flavors of honey. City Bees’ hives are cared for using only organic methods to maintain colony health and vigor.



Markegard Family Grass-Fed

Make a commitment of $300 for the entire year to be used as credit toward all of our meat offerings. You can use your credit anytime throughout the year. Your orders can be picked up along with your Fifth Crow CSA box. By making the commitment to the meat CSA you will have access to promotions, discounts and specialty items. You will be able to choose from all of the cuts of grass-fed lamb, grass-fed beef and pasture raised pork. To sign up for the meat share please go to www.markegardfamily.com


Steadfast Herbs

Stay balanced and healthier throughout the year, learn about plant medicine, and build a home apothecary!  At Steadfast Herbs, they grow and make their own herbal medicines right down the road from Fifth Crow Farm at Root Down Farm in Pescadero to provide preventative and holistic care.  Your share will include tinctures, teas, salves and more, along with information about the medicinal properties and uses of each remedy.  A share consists of seven different remedies created to align with the needs of the changing seasons, one remedy delivered the last week of each month for $95.

Where do I pick up my weekly box?

The map below has each of our sites listed. Click on a site in the list, or a truck icon on the map for details on that site’s day, time and location. Click on the full screen icon in the top right to easily get directions to any site.


Wednesday pick-up options (not available for the winter season):  Castro (SF) Farmers’ Market 4pm – 8pm

Thursday pick-up options: Hillsborough, Half Moon Bay 3pm-8pm, three sites in San Mateo, two sites in Menlo Park, Mountain View, Cupertino, Santa Cruz Westside, and at the farm in Pescadero (on farm pickups will automatically receive a 10% discount for the May-Nov. season & a 5% discount for the winter season). Pick up hours are 3pm – 8pm for most sites.

Saturday pick-up options:  San Mateo Farmers’ Market

Sunday pick-up options: Inner Sunset (SF) Farmers’ Market 9am – 1pm, Campbell Farmers’ Market 9am – 2pm, and Palo Alto Farmers’ Market 9am – 2pm.

Boxes that are not picked up during pick-up hours will not be available or held till later.

Members pick up their boxes at sites determined at the beginning of each season. You could pick your box up at the farmers’ market, or at the other sites listed on the registration. Other sites are usually members’ homes that have convenient parking and a covered shady area for the boxes. If there isn’t a site in your neighborhood, think about hosting. We need a minimum of 8 – 10 people to add your site as a delivery/pick-up location. Site hosts receive $200 off their regular season share & $80 off to host in the winter. If you can find 25 people or more, you get a free share.


What if I take a vacation?

In order to consistently grow the produce for our customers, we have to plan months in advance.

For this reason (and the complicated logistics), we do not refund boxes while you are on vacation.

Your options are:

1. Find a neighbor or friend who will pick up your box in your stead (makes a great bonus for your house-sitter).

2. Give us a full week’s notice and you can cancel a box and pick up two boxes at a later date (catch is you need to provide us with that date at the time you cancel the box)

3.  With a full week’s notice we will donate your box to a local non-profit. (If you like we can provide you with a tax-deductible donation receipt.)

4. If you know your vacation dates at the time of registration, you can give us the dates and subtract the weeks you will be gone from your payment ($26.00/wk, $9.00/doz. eggs, $12.00/bouquet). But we must know dates by the beginning of the season and cannot change dates later.  At the end of the online registration there will be a place to list those dates.  You must then select the “Invoice” payment option.  We will then have to manually adjust your invoice and will e-mail you back with updated payment instructions.

What is the pick-up etiquette?

Each pick-up site has specific hours for pick up, though times may vary depending on the specific host. Farmer’s Market pick-ups happen during market hours. Most other pick-up hours are 3pm to 8pm. The site hosts are volunteers and are not paid. They are not required to make special accommodations if you can’t pick up your box or forget. If you do not pick up your box within pick-up times your box will not be held for you. If you know you can’t pick up your box please let us know in advance.

What are the advantages of a CSA over shopping at a farmers’ market?

  • You’ll develop a closer connection with where your food is coming from (true traceability), and an opportunity to come see the farm and learn more about how food is grown organically, it’s challenges, seasonality etc. It’s a great learning opportunity, especially for kids.
  • It’s an opportunity (to some a challenge) to try foods beyond what you may be familiar with. It’s also a great way to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and change your diet in a healthy way.
  • You get produce delivered to somewhere close to you without the need to go shop for it.
  • It’s a great community building mechanism: meet other like-minded people in your own neighborhood as well as build personal relationships with us, the people growing your food.
  • By choosing to be a Fifth Crow CSA member, you are making a commitment to help support a small, sustainable, local business that feeds, clothes, and houses three farmers and provides employment for about 14 other people as well.

Is this right for me?

A CSA can be a wonderful learning experience, but is it right for you? Before committing you should consider the following: Am I willing to try new things? Do I mind not being able to choose the items that go into my box every week? Can I use 6 – 10 vegetable items a week? Can I commit to picking up my weekly share during the pre-determined time?

If a CSA share isn’t right for you, there are still ways to support a local farm. Come to the farmers’ market! Choose locally produced over imported items at your grocery store. Support organizations that help out small farms like CAFF, OFRF, and Wild Farm Alliance. And teach your kids about where their food comes from.

Can I visit the farm?

We encourage and welcome your visits to the farm. We hold an annual farm Open House which is a great time to meet us, see the farm, and meet fellow CSA members and Fifth Crow customers. We are also working on a self-guided farm tour so you can drop in anytime.


Please feel free to email [email protected] for more information.


    • Ryan

      Your fruits and veggies are so much more flavorful than what we can get at the grocery store, I prefer to spend most of our food budget with you.  Also, my daughters will eat a basket of strawberries each on the drive home from the CSA pickup, so I need to buy them by the flat to have a shot of making them last through the week.  They have become true produce snobs, and I encourage it.  I’m a home cook that discovered buying high quality produce and eating it with simple preparation is so much easier than spending hours in the kitchen trying to liven up bland food.
    • Ania

      BTW, I wanted to thank you for introducing me to escarole.  I'm now addicted to it and made several recipes including the Italian wedding soup a few times.  I wish I had known about this vegetable before.


    • Loren Robeck

      After less than two months of receiving your CSA I’ve developed a deeper relationship with the food I eat and where it comes from. Exactly what a CSA is supposed to do, so I wanted to let you know that it’s really working for me!

    • Anne

      Just wanted to let you all know how much my family enjoyed being a part of your CSA this year. Yours was our second try at a CSA (our first try was not so good) and we loved it. Your produce was wonderful and I looked forward to receiving my box every week. The strawberries–in particular–were fabulous. My family ate healthier and I spent much less time at the grocery store. Win, win. We’re looking forward to next summer. Thanks for all your hard work to bring us fabulous produce!