Incorporating farm-fresh ingredients into your meals doesn't have to be a hassle. Here are the top options for local produce that will let you indulge in true farm-to-table cuisine while supporting Austin businesses — and skipping the grocery store.
This Austin-based company is a homegrown delivery service on the rise — earlier this year Farmhouse absorbed its local competition, Greenling. At Farmhouse, members pay a flat rate for a bushel of produce delivered to their door each week; bushels come in different sizes to match the size of the household. On top of the fresh fruits and veggies, you can add locally sourced dairy, eggs, meats, and more for an additional price. The best part? All of the products are grown, made, or raised on Texas farms.
Price: $27-$39 per week; $20 initial start-up fee
Johnson's Backyard Garden
Johnson's Backyard Garden, like the rest of the Austin-area farms on this list, offers a Community Supported Agriculture membership. For a base fee, CSA members receive regular deliveries of in-season produce grown close to home. Perks of Johnson's CSA membership include exclusive events and discounts in addition to a recipe-filled weekly newsletter. Johnson's also has the option to add coffee and eggs from other local producers as well as guest produce from other area farms. Johnson's has multiple size, frequency, delivery, and pick-up options to match your needs.
Price: $21-$42 per week
This Manor farm's CSA membership includes a weekly basket of seasonal vegetables with occasional fresh fruit. The quantity is enough for two to three vegetarians or three to five omnivores. If that sounds like too much, Tecolote encourages Austinites to sign up with another household. Tecolote offers its produce subscription in the spring and summer season, which typically runs late March through early August. Members can pick up baskets or opt for home delivery for a slightly larger fee.
Price: $594-$666 for the season; payment plans available
Blessing Falls Family Farm
Northeast of Austin you'll find this beautiful family-owned farm. Blessing Falls' CSA membership includes 10-week seasons in the spring, summer, and fall. Participants can sign up for a half or full share, depending on the size of the household. Fresh beef and eggs can also be added for an additional cost. Blessing Falls offers easy pickup and delivery ($4 extra per week) options.
Price: $24-$40 per week
Bonus: Urban Roots
By signing up for Urban Roots' CSA, you're not only getting healthy veggies, you're also helping out a great cause. This nonprofit organization employs local teens to work on its East Austin farm, learn more about sustainable agriculture, and give back to the community. The membership is available during the spring season, which runs from April 2 through July 16. Urban Roots doesn't deliver, but bushels can be picked up from three accessible Central Austin locations.
Price: $720 for the season; payment plans and other options available