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Dear Phat Beets CSA Family,
Our CSA is IS UP and RUNNING, but on a modified schedule. Due to staffing/ volunteer shifts, as well as the current pandemic conditions facing us all, we have changed our protocols until further notice.
1) All deliveries are now pickups from the Omni Commons at 4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, CA 94609. If you or your “germ families” are especially vulnerable, please email us to request home delivery.  All delivery fees will be refunded.
2) Please check your subscription status on Farmigo. Even if you receive an email, please check if your membership status on the Farmigo site, to see if you are scheduled for pickup on that day. Please double check for biweekly subscriptions!  Email us at beetboxcsa@gmail.com with any questions.
3) Pickup windows are:
– Tuesday 2-6pm (for Tuesday/Wednesday subscribers)
-Saturday 1-5pm (for Saturday subscribers)
Please note after hours shares are on the side entrance of the building, but we are no longer responsible for them after pick up window above.
All CSAs that are not picked up in the pickup windows will be held until the next day at the Omni Commons. After 24 hours, these CSAs will be donated to houseless and other vulnerable communities in our neighborhood. Please communicate with us to make arrangements to pickup your CSA via text at ‪(415) 212-9036‬. We will work to coordinate with you the next day to provide a 2-3 hour window that missed CSAs can be picked up at the OMNI.
We apologize for any inconveniences these changes have caused and will cause.  We are currently an all volunteer run operation – and are trying to minimize how many people touch your produce before it gets to you! We are also striving to support the small farmers we work with, some of whom are struggling – and to use our CSA program to supplement our produce donations to food insecure populations in the East Bay.  We are working to expand our capacity for deliveries as soon as possible.  Thank you for your continued support of Food Justice, and your patience with our volunteers!
– In Love and Justice,
The Phat Beets BeetBox Crew

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Supporting small, organic, and spray free farmers of color

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What is a Beet Box?

The Beet Box is an equitable CSA (community supported agriculture) box. It not only supports a diverse group of under-supported small organic and pesticide-free farmers growing a diverse array of vegetables on land ranging from 3-40 acres, it also supports free community farm stands and a community based farmers’ markets in North Oakland. Each box also provides a $2 voucher for a family suffering from diet related diseases (at Children’s Hospital Oakland, where the market is located) to try eating fresh produce from the farmers’ market. The box is available for pickup on Saturday afternoon through Sunday and Tuesdays for home delivery in a variety of Oakland and Berkeley locations.

What comes in the box?

The box offers a wide range of seasonal produce with an average of 11-14 items per Full Share box and 7-9 items per Half Share, and 4-6 items going into the Fruit Share.

Who are our Farmers?

Phat Beets Produce works to support small farmers and farmerS of color that grow the freshest pesticide free and organic produce. Meet some of our farmers that contribute to our Beet Box:

Avalos Organic Farm

Efren Avalos started life as a farmer in Los Cruces, Michoacan, Mexico, before moving to California at age 17. He worked for over 10 years as a strawberry farm worker before starting his own business, a mixed vegetable organic farm in Hollister.  Efren was participate of the RDC program to help farmer workers start their own farm now known as ALBA.  Efren runs the farm himself, with occasional help from his brother and nephew, often tending his fields from 6:30AM til 9PM. With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Efren is still open to learning new lessons, and says there’s no better education that what he learns on the farm.

Vang Family Farm

Vang Family Farm is located on 15 acres in Merced, California. Seng Vang and his family are from Thailand and are of the Hmong ethnic group. Seng’s parents set up the farm after moving from Thailand. Vang Family Farm is one of the first farms we worked with on the Beet Box, and for great reason — they grow a wide range of  fruits and vegetables using organic methods but are not certified organic, including some unique Asian produce like Chinese broccoli and lemongrass. They have 4 unheated hoop houses which allow them to have all sorts of early and late vegetables, as well as subtropical fruits and flowers.

J n J Farms

Jorge Ramos provides a wide variety of fruits and nuts.  Their fruit are grown in the Central Valley are spray free, but are not certified organic  Meaning no pesticides are used in production. Jorge is hoping to begin the transition to organic production in the next year.

Twin Girls Farm

We source organic fruit from Nacho and Family, everything from JuJuBe’s to Mandarins, they got it all!

Castlemont High School Farm (East Oakland)

The SUDA Academy at Castlemont High School in East Oakland has a 1 acre mixed vegetable farm.  Phat Beets Produce helps get the produce harvest here into OUSD after school produce stands, into community centers, and the Beet Box CSA . Along with the Beet Box, farm produce from the Castlemont Farm is used by  the Phat Beetz Youth Pickle Co. in our krauts and pickles. We buy greens and beets from this sweet 3/4 acre farm in East Oakland!

Options for EBT, Seniors, or Low-Income

We proudly accept EBT/Food Stamps and participate in the Market Match program which allows to offer Beet Boxes for 50% off for all members paying with EBT.
We proudly accept EBT/Food Stamps and participate in the Market Match program which allows us to offer Beet Boxes for 50% off for all members paying with EBT.

If you would like to pay by WIC, or you are a senior that qualifies for FMNP senior checks, or in a low-income situation, please email us for reduced price options. We will work with you to figure out payment and pricing that meets your needs! Email csa@phatbeetsproduce.org.

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