Review and Giveaway: FarmBox SF Farmer’s Market Basket

by Wendy Copley on August 11, 2015

FarmBox SF review: gorgeous produce and artisan food delivered to your door

With school about to start back up, we are heading into days filled with new routines and schedules.  I usually find the first few weeks of school to be pretty rocky at first. Getting into the routine of packing lunches and fitting in dinners around the kids’ activities can be an adjustment. One thing that can help with that is a weekly delivery of fresh groceries and produce.

A few weeks back, I had the opportunity to try a delivery from FarmBox SF. FarmBox is similar to a CSA, but rather than delivering produce from one farm, they work with dozens of farmers to bring you the freshest local fruits and veggies at the best prices.  Currently FarmBox serves the San Francisco and Los Angeles areas so they work with California farmers. The cost of the boxes vary starting at $39.95 and rising in price as you add more produce, local artisan products, or meat and seafood. There are dozens of different options to choose from. My family sampled the Complete FarmBox – Basic which costs $77.95 and adds a few non-produce options into the basket.

Every delivery is different, based on what’s in season. Here’s what we received:

  • cabbage
  • lettuce
  • English peas
  • red potatoes
  • oranges
  • garlic
  • radishes
  • peaches
  • kale
  • pattypan squash
  • strawberries
  • plums
  • a small bundle of herbs
  • a loaf of bread
  • 6 eggs
  • a couple fancy snack bars
  • rosemary walnuts
  • apple cherry cider
  • Bellwether Farms Crescenza cheese

Phwew! That’s a lot!

FarmBox SF review: gorgeous produce and artisan food delivered to your door

The first order of business was to cut fat slices off that loaf of bread and smear them with some of the cheese. Seriously, we did this within 5 minutes of unpacking everything. The kids even got in on it. So tasty! We ate the rest for breakfast the next morning.

OK, so what to do with the rest of it? For some people receiving a box of super fresh produce every week is a great place to start menu planning. Or if the thought of menu planning gives you a headache, you can just prepare the recipes that are included in each week’s newsletter and you don’t have to plan anything.

I am one of the people who enjoy menu planning, so I had fun finding recipes to use all the gorgeous veggies.

FarmBox SF review: gorgeous produce and artisan food delivered to your door

One of the first dishes I made was an improvised potato and pea hash. The peas needed to be shelled which I loooooove doing. Sitting at my kitchen table in my pretty retro apron, I felt like an old-timey lady as I popped each pea into the bowl.

FarmBox SF review: gorgeous produce and artisan food delivered to your door

Once I scrubbed the dirt off the potatoes they were the brightest pink I have ever seen. They were even pink on the inside!

FarmBox SF review: gorgeous produce and artisan food delivered to your door

I chopped them up, sauteed them with the peas and some garlic and then served the hash with a poached egg on top.

FarmBox SF review: gorgeous produce and artisan food delivered to your door

The lettuce, radishes and kale went into salads through out the week. The fruit that didn’t go into lunch boxes was eaten as snacks or with breakfast. The patty pan squash was sauteed with garlic and a little pesto as a side dish at dinner one night. The leftovers were stirred into pasta with some more veggies the next night.

FarmBox SF review: gorgeous produce and artisan food delivered to your door

Finally, I used the cabbage and the walnuts to make a blue cheese cole slaw for a pot luck.

I loved the inspiration the FarmBox basket gave me and I’d love to try it again some time. It’s a bit of a luxury for me to spend that much money on something like this every week because it didn’t quite cover all the produce we needed and the additional products were treats I wouldn’t normally buy.

Now for the giveaway! Woo hoo!

FarmBox is giving one Wendolonia reader a FarmBox to try out. If the winner is inside the FarmBox delivery area in the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas she will win a Complete FarmBox- Standard kit. If the winner is outside the FarmBox delivery area she will win a Taste of California Gift Box.

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Disclosure: I received a FarmBox basket for the purposes of writing this review, but I have not been otherwise compensated for writing this post. All opinions are my own. I really liked that cheese.

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  • Liz

    This is the best time of year for farmer’s markets where we live. We eat fresh Jersey corn several times a week!

  • Oooh, favorite thing to buy from the farmer’s market? There are so many! It’s hard to pick just one. But for this time of the year, I have been appreciating the fresh tomatoes, okra, and peaches.

  • Whitney

    I love buying whatever seasonal fruit looks good at the farmer’s market, it definitely does taste better.

  • Chickie Brewer

    I enjoy tomatoes and all types of fruit .. Everything is so goo and so much fun to shop it!

  • Jen

    I’ve never been to a farmer’s market, but if I had to choose from any of the above, it would be the cheese and bread.

  • Shashanna Hutchison

    Love buying local sweet corn, peaches, tomatoes, and lots of other stuff at our local farmers markets!!

  • Molly G.

    Our family’s favorites are peaches, corn, and berries!

  • Alissa

    I haven’t been to a farmers market in way too long, but last time I went I bought some really good butter and a green smoothie.

  • LudicrousMama

    Organic produce and local raw honey!

  • Kris

    I loved that potato and pea hash! My favorite farmers market buy is peaches.

  • alie

    Tomatoes for sure!

  • Jessica Brenion Moncrief

    We love to buy fresh salsa, a local lady always as the best! We let our son try them and which everyone he likes the best is the one we get for the week.

  • Jennifer Wallin

    Love farmer’s market strawberries!

  • Julie G

    I love our local farmers market. The samples give my kids the opportunity to try new fruits and veggies before we commit to them.

  • cezovski

    I like to buy cherries and other fruits, depending on the season

  • LyndsayMW

    This sounds a lot like Abundant Harvest Organics, which delivers all over California. We love it and look forward to a new box each Saturday. The fruit, in particular, is outstanding.

  • Kristen

    My favorite are fresh peaches.

  • rookiemomwhitney

    You look like a grandma from the 1940s shelling peas in your apron! But, like, a young, pretty one. You must have had your daughter when you were 17.

  • I was going to say “old farm wife” but I was afraid it would sound ageist or farm-ist!

  • Kayley

    I like getting spreads and fruits like strawberries.

  • Melissa C.

    Local, organic produce, honey, and jams.

  • Vunda V

    our market has the best corn you’ve ever tasted!

  • Bonnie Kilby Lyons

    We live in Florida, and I love that we get super fresh strawberries as early as Christmas time!

  • Krystal Watson

    I live in a small area with a very small market. I have unfortunately never been.

  • Julianamaz

    Fresh tomatoes, and homemade fruit pops.

  • Marissa

    My favorite thing from the farmers market is the local grass fed beef.

  • Aimee Londono

    I would just love the opportunity to eat fresh produce from a “Farmers Market”. Our family is on a strict budget and I love the idea of eating organic, yet it is sooo costly. I have tried to find a local farmer’s market in my area so that I can compare prices, but can never seem to find out what day (s) they are in my area. My family and I live in Coral Springs, FL, and I always seem to fail at getting the right date. Good luck everyone. Happy and healthy eating to all. 🙂

  • Mindy

    Oh…how to pick? Corn, apples, homemade chicken pot pie, beans

  • Vera K

    I always buy goat’s milk soaps.

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