Remember Webvan? I do. Actually, I feel wistful. For those who don’t remember, Webvan was one of those overly ambitious dot com start-ups, it’s financial picture was a mess. Analysts said it was years ahead of its time.

My experience was of a grocery delivery service that really delivered. Short delivery windows made it easy to schedule. The quality of products, especially produce was amazing, the friendliness and courtesy of the drivers was unparalleled. They actually unpacked the groceries for you!

In my dreams I am still being delivered those huge baking potatoes and that wasabi tobiko and not schlepping heavy sacks of flour and sugar up the stairs to my apartment. Ah, those were the days! Truth is, as much as I love shopping for groceries and I do, sometimes home delivery just makes more sense.

Since the demise of Webvan in 2001 I have been a loyal customer of Capay Farm’s home delivery program called “Farm Fresh to You”. Once a month I get a carton of 9-10 seasonal organic fruits and vegetables delivered to my doorstep. The produce comes from small, sustainable family farms and helps me feel like I am doing something to support the good guys. It also ensures that I will get a variety of produce I might or might not try if I was the one doing the shopping.

There are several companies that deliver fresh produce directly to homes and offices in the Bay Area, prices and delivery areas vary–here are a few to consider:

Capay Farms/Farm Fresh To You

Eatwell Farms

Planet Organics

Organic Express (the Box)

WestSide Organics

Produce Delivered 7 August,2008Amy Sherman

  • wendygee

    Do you know how the various companies you listed compare in terms of quality? Why did you choose Capay Farms over the others?

  • Amy Sherman

    This question comes up all the time on some of the food forums and bulletin boards. I don’t think there is really a definitive answer. I had heard good things about Capay but I’ve heard good things about the others as well.

    I think the area they deliver, the variety of produce and price vary slightly and some require you to purchase more frequently than others.


Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman began blogging in 2003, because all her
friends and family were constantly asking her where
and what to eat. Three months after it launched,
Forbes chose her blog, Cooking with Amy, as one of the
top five best food blogs, praising her writing as
“smart, cozy and witty”. Since then her blog has been
featured and recipes reprinted in many newspapers and
magazines in the U.S. and the world.

In addition to regularly updating her blog, Amy is a
guest contributor to the blog, and
Contributing Editor of Glam Dish. She also writes
restaurant reviews for SF Station.

Her focus on Bay Area Bites is primarily cookbook
reviews along with some interviews and current events.

Amy is a recipe developer and freelance food writer.
She is author of WinePassport: Portugal and wrote the new introduction to the classic cookbook, Jane Grigson’s Vegetable Book, published by the University of Nebraska Press. She recently completed 45 recipes for a Williams-Sonoma cookbook and wrote her first piece for VIA magazine.

She is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco Professional Food Society and is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Amy lives in San Francisco with her husband, tech journalist Lee Sherman.

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