Local Chef STL brings food grown by small local farmers and producers straight to St. Louis area residents. Nearly 20 years as a chef in St. Louis allows Rob to tap into his network of small farmers and producers to offer the "best of the best" in fresh, local food from the St. Louis area. Rob is a longtime advocate for the local farming community.
The Local Chef CSA, is different from most other weekly food box programs. Rob puts a "chef's spin" on his CSA by offering not only farm fresh local produce, but a varied collection of pastured meats (including heritage pork, grass-fed beef, and free range poultry), hormone-free dairy products, locally produced groceries AND his own unique Local Chef Kitchen creations and recipes. CSA members also receive weekly "Chef's Notes" with each box, which lists the local farms/producers each of the items come from, gives interesting information about those products, and recipes or cooking suggestions for that week's items.
Rob's restaurant, Local Chef Kitchen, is located in Ballwin, and is the pick up point for the CSA. Customers can get great tasting American food--Midwestern classics with an interesting twist--made to order with local ingredients in a quick service, counter style, casual space. All the beef, pork, chicken and turkey are locally produced, and as much locally raised fish as is available is used, as well. All the dairy--milk, cream, yogurt, cheese and eggs are local, too. After a meal at Local Chef Kitchen, you will remember what great food made from scratch tastes like! Eating local allows consumers to eat ultra fresh foods with all the flavor and nutrient benefits still intact, while supporting small family farmers and building a stronger local economy. Local Chef STL makes eating local easy and delicious!
Local Chef Kitchen: Fresh food made from scratch with local ingredients. Come and taste the difference local can make!
Season: June through October
Type: 3rd party CSA service
# of Shares: 40
Full Share: $70 per week/box, payable monthly. You can sign up for a full share, which is getting a box every week during the season, or a half share, which is a box every OTHER week.
1/2 Share: The half share gets you a box every OTHER week at the same $70 per box. The amount of food and the cost of the box is the same, but the frequency of pick up is less. Singles or couples without kids often find this works well for them.
Work Req? No
We loved the variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products that we received last year. Each week, Chef Rob provided a newsletter with information about the farms where the food was grown, and recipes to help us use the products in healthy, delicious dishes.... [more]
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This was my first time joining a CSA and I loved it. I thought Local Chefs did a great job with amount and varying types of food. I did the bimonthly option and the food in the box would feed my husband and myself for two weeks.