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If you’ve been following the daily White House press briefings, you may have caught Dr. Deborah Birx’s earnest call to non-action. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe,” she said over the weekend. And while grocery stores and pharmacies remain open as essential businesses, the point experts at all levels of governments have emphasized these last several weeks is to limit contact with people who aren’t our family members, or members of the same household to slow the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

With this in mind, if you’re looking for a way to get fresh, local produce and products, a number of established companies and newly formed offerings are selling farm boxes for delivery or pick-up across San Diego County. I signed up for Imperfect Produce a few weeks ago myself. They are––understandably––running a few weeks behind schedule, so I appreciate that I am still in a position (at the moment) to support local farms while minimizing exposure to others.

Elsewhere, check out these other food boxes available for delivery or pick-up around San Diego:

Behneman Farm

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that this Valley Center-based farm recently began offering farm boxes for delivery. While it appears they don’t have a website, their Instagram page shows that they’ve been delivering everything from avocados, oranges, to salad mix.  

Craft Box SD

Also through Instagram, I learned about Craft Box SD via fellow food writer Michelle Stansbury. For $50, you can get a box of local products delivered to your door. Products include: Maestoso Roman pinsa crust, cassava flour tortillas from Coyotas, Surf’s Up salsa, coffee from Seven Seas Roasting, tempeh from San Diego Tempeh, and more.

Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest farm boxes are packed with fruits and vegetables from a number of small local farms, like Sundial and Stehly farms. Delivery within San Diego County is free with a $25 order. Choose a one-time delivery, or sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly subscription, which also includes options to add eggs and cheeses, pasture-fed beef, bread and tortillas, and snacks.

Imperfect Foods

Misshapen produce need love too. Sign up for a conventional or organic delivery box from Imperfect Foods, which works with local farms. You can shop for your box several days before scheduled delivery, and add or remove items each time.

Market Box

In addition to selling produce online a la carte, Market Box’s weekly harvest box includes 11 items of the week for $40. Organic produce from JR Organics range from kale to apples, cilantro to broccolini. Local photographer and friend Alina Mendoza captured a gorgeous look at one of the boxes below:

Schaner Farms 

Pre-packaged weekly produce boxes from Schaner Farms are sold on a first come, first served basis at Prager Bros. in Carlsbad, or by pre-order via Instagram DM or emailing annemarie@thefishery at The Fishery in Pacific Beach. 

Specialty Produce

Pre-order a $20 Farmers Market box from Specialty Produce for pick-up Thursday–Saturday at their front desk. Add ons include eggs, honey, jams, and cheese.

Yasukochi Farms

Weekly CSA farm box deliveries from Yasukochi Family Farm are available throughout San Diego County (except Temecula, Jamul, Alpine, and Valley Center, according to its website) in two sizes. Boxes begin at $25 and $35, and delivery dates are grouped by zipcode. For example, Oceanside and Carlsbad receive boxes on Mondays; San Marcos, Vista, Escondido and Fallbrook receive boxes on Tuesdays, while Wednesday and Thursday are reserved for San Diego and coastal cities deliveries.

If you know of or represent other farm boxes for delivery or pick-up and would like to be included in this list, please email me at: thecuriouspassport (at) gmail (dot) com.


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For my fellow North County, San Diego residents based in San Marcos, I’ve compiled a list of restaurants and specialty food/beverage shops in the area that are offering some type of take-out, delivery, or curbside pickup as of 4/3/2020.

This is by no means a complete list, and if you are a San Marcos-based restaurant and would like to be added to this list, or if you have an update you’d like me to share, please reach out to me directly at thecuriouspassport (at) gmail (dot) com; or send me a DM/tag me on Instagram: thecuriouspassport.

By way of quick introduction, my name is Ligaya Malones and I am a San Marcos-based travel and food writer who typically covers destinations and food for magazines and websites. During this rapidly evolving time when coronavirus has halted travel and shuttered restaurants and bars, as well as the media that writes about them, I hope this post will contribute as a gesture of support for an industry that makes my job as a food writer possible. 

San Marcos, California

SAN MARCOS, CALIFORNIA RESTAURANTS OPEN DURING CORONAVIRUS

Update 3/20/2020, Friday: Yesterday, California governor Gavin Newsom ordered the state’s 40 million residents to stay home except for essential needs. That means we can still leave our homes for medical care, exercise, and food. The full executive order is available here: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf

An excerpt: “The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain
or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized
necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing.”

Banh Mi San Marcos

Call for pick-up: (760) 599-0177

Better Buzz

Drive-thru coffee orders only.

Churchill’s Pub and Grille

Limited menu for to-go and delivery orders. Check their Instagram for updates.

Cocina del Charro

Please call for potential take-out/delivery options. Call: (760) 471-6644

Decoy

Curbside pick-up available. Call: 760-653-3230.

D’liteful Chocolat

Call for special orders, or order online.

Dos Desperados Brewing

Crowlers to-go, and delivery options. Call Steve: 760-566-6209.

Fish House Vera Cruz

Open for to-go, curbside service when you call ahead. Fish market remains open 11:00am – 7:00pm. Call: (760) 744-8000

Fresh Cafe

Available for take out or delivery. Call: 760-4106111

King and I

Take-out: (760) 744-1008 or food delivery apps like DoorDash and GrubHub

Landon’s East Meets West

Free delivery. Order before 11:00am for Lunch; order before 5pm for Dinner. Call: 760-798-0877

Lebanese Grill Mediterranean

Call for pick-up: (760) 566-3969.

Macchiato

Available via UberEats, Postmates, GrubHub.

Mama Kat’s

To-go orders from 7:00am – 2:00pm. Check their Instagram for to-go dinner announcements, like fried chicken, and turkey and stuffing with side options.

Meadiocrity Mead

Available for to-go sales only, including growlers, bottles, and honey. FREE growler glass while supplies last.

Hours Tuesday – Sunday, 5:00 – 8:00pm.

My Yard Live

Drive through, drive in; open 4:00pm – 7:00pm. FREE meals for displaced hospitality workers.

North County Wine Company

Retail shop is still open; bar is closed. 

Hours will be 11-7, Tues-Sat; 12-7 Sunday.

In addition to walk-ins, order by phone or online for curbside pick up.

Delivery to most of North County.

*The last time I visited, they were also carrying Spanish vermut (vermouth).

Old Cal Coffee

Take-out: (760) 744-2112; or food delivery apps like DoorDash.

Panda Garden

Call for pick-up: (760) 727-2322

*May I recommend the orange chicken with orange peel for extra zest!

Phil’s BBQ

Available for take-out and delivery.

Pita Guys

Order online for pick-up.

Pizza Nova

Open for pick-up and delivery during regular hours. Pizza Nova recommends pre-ordering by phone, online, or with their app. Call: (760) 736-8300

Primos Mexican Food & Cantina

Call for take-out: (760) 471-8226; or order via food delivery apps.

Rip Current Brewing

Open for to-go sales.

San Elijo Vine & Tap

Online pick up and curbside orders only. To-go wine bottles 40% off.

Sayulita’s Mexican Food

Call: (760) 480-8361

Sorrento’s Pizza

Available on GrubHub, DoorDash, Postmates.

Taco Bar

Take-out available.

*Adobada tacos on fresh corn tortillas… yes please.

The Bellows

Take-out only. Email hello@belowswoodfire.com.

Tina’s Deli

Call: (760) 471-4808

TOM’S Famous Family Restaurant 22

Call: (760) 752-7774

Umami Japanese

Open for to-go and DoorDash delivery. Call: 760-566-3671.

Up In Smoke BBQ

Delivery available on GrubHub and DoorDash.

Urban Tadka

Call for take-out: (760) 891-8338

Wild Barrel Brewing

To-go sales only.

Hours: 11:00am – 7:00pm. Check Instagram for daily deals, including 20% off crowlers, and 10% of merch.


A more comprehensive list is available on the San Marcos city website, which includes a list of open grocery stores and their modified hours to accommodate seniors, a population that is especially vulnerable to coronavirus.

Across San Diego County, Edible San Diego offers a roundup of more ways to support local food providers and establishments; Eater San Diego‘s got a map of more restaurants offering take-out or delivery; and San Diego magazine offers an explainer on why restaurant workers get hit hardest during times like these.

The state of California launched a dedicated website to COVID-19 updates, which includes information on the latest ‘safer at home’ orders, as well as information on testing, how to file for unemployment, disability benefits, and paid family leave.



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