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CSA recommendations for 2012?

The coffee, honey, chocolate etc that they offer as add ons to the boxes all seems to be properly identified (the company they are sourcing it from is always listed). As I said I've never gotten anything that I suspected to be non-local before, so no, on the things that were delivered there were no labels. Do other CSAs label their local poduce? I've tried two other CSAs and one other delivery service before and there were never any labels on anything - you just trust that they are good folks and are not consciously trying to con you, I guess. Why do you have such strong suspicions against Albert and Eve? If you have information, I feel you should share it. I will definitely cancel my subscription with them if anything fishy is going on. But if not, I feel it is unfair to just cast suspicion on a company that you have no other experience with than just a cursory glance on their website by posting an offhand remark casting doubt on their business practices - you must know any such suspicion will turn people away.

Oct 05, 2012
maatje in San Francisco Bay Area

CSA recommendations for 2012?

Not to be pesky, but I haven't had anything non-local delivered by them yet and I can't see anything non-local mentioned on their website. Unless you are perhaps referring to the picture of the bananas in the fruit box? (the delivery "boxes" are not actually boxes, that's just a picture). They also work together with a local non-profit (ALBA) based in Monterey County which runs two sustainable agriculture training farms, so it's not as if they are without local roots.

Oct 03, 2012
maatje in San Francisco Bay Area

CSA recommendations for 2012?

Albert & Eve is great: superfresh veggies and fruit, delivery to your door, option to get a subscription or just order week by week. The quality has been consistently awesome and so far all of the produce seems local. This is not a farm-run CSA but a delivery service that sources from organic farmers - still, a great alternative, for the winter season especially, or simply if pick-up is not an option for you.

http://www.alberteve.com/

Sep 26, 2012
maatje in San Francisco Bay Area

What's missing in SF?

A real Belgian restaurant. I dream of tomatte crevette with real grey (North Sea) shrimp. Mussels Belgian style ("nature" - stewed in their own juice, no wine or cream or any of that fancy stuff). Or stoemp. Or meatballs in sour cherry sauce. White asparagus done right. Or witloof in de oven (endive). Rabbit with prunes. Stoofvlees (beef stew with beer and mustard). Even something as simple as a great steak bearnaise with frites and homemade mayo. Actual Belgian waffles. Or karakollen... There are a lot of restaurants that serve knockoff versions of Belgian food but there are no Belgian restaurants proper in the whole of the Bay Area as far as I know, such a shame, this must be one of the most undervalued Euro cuisines around. In fact, I can only think of one Belgian restaurant in the whole of California (Laguna Beach).

Talking about undervalued: Breton farz ... so good. Anyone know where you could find it here?

Also sorely missing: a decent bakery that knows how to make non-sourdough bread (I love acme, don't get me wrong, but there's so much more to bread than sourdough and french baguettes).

Oct 10, 2011
maatje in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I find Matjes/Maatjesharing (soused herring) in the Bay Area?

you can find the type of herring you're looking for (young brined herring, not pickled) at nordic house in berkeley. and they even take online orders! http://www.nordichouse.com/detail.asp...

Oct 10, 2011
maatje in San Francisco Bay Area