The original Bay Area Meat CSA, founded by Bonnie Powell and Tamar Adler, operated very much like a vegetable CSA: community members signed up for monthly shares of meat that was purchased, coordinated and divided into shares by the organizers. By paying for shares up front, CSA members guaranteed ranchers the capital they need to bring animals to market. In return, members received a share of mixed cuts (steaks, roasts, grounds, sausage, etc.) at a better price than through traditional retail sales.

Membership grew rapidly and Tamar valiantly tried to manage the CSA in her free time, but it does not make sense to run a CSA without controlling inventory; that's why we've decentralized it and re-launched it online. We did succeed in our original goal: helping ranchers to create their own CSAs using our model. These Bay Area-based CSAs and Meat Buying Clubs were or still are affiliated with the original Bay Area Meat CSA:

The Clark Summit Farm Meat Buying Club
Managed by: Bonnie Powell, volunteering for Clark Summit Farm
Offers: Beef (grass-finished), Pork, Chicken, Eggs
Meat is from: Clark Summit Farm, Tomales, Marin County, CA
Membership: 3 months
Delivers: Monthly
Delivers to pick-up points in: Emeryville, San Francisco and Tiburon

* Membership for this club is full, but you can add your name to their waiting list.

The Marin Sun Farms Meat Buying Club
Managed by: Marin Sun Farms
Offers: Beef (grass-finished), Veal, Pork, Lamb, Goat, Poultry
Email: lea [at]
Telephone: (415) 663-8997, ext. 203
Meat is from: Marin Sun Farms, Marin County, CA
Membership: 6 months or 1 year
Delivers: Monthly
Delivers to pick-up points in: Marin, San Francisco, Alameda and San Mateo Counties

The UC Davis/Sonoma Direct Meat Buying Club
Managed by: Jacqueline Rotlisberger, Meat Buying Club Coordinator; Stephanie Larson, University of California Cooperative Extension; and Marissa Guggiana, Sonoma Direct
Offers: Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken
Email: mdgoats [at]
Meat is from: Family farms in Sonoma County
Membership: 3 months
Delivers: Monthly
Delivers to pick-up points in: San Francisco, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Healdsburg

Or, if you're looking for something a little wilder,

The Bull Moose Hunting Society
Managed by: Nick Chaset and Nick Zigelbaum
Offers: Wild game
Email: nick [at]
Meat is from: Northern California forests
Membership and delivery is whenever meat is available
Delivers to a pickup point in San Francisco

Last updated by Gordon Jenkins Feb 6, 2009.

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