Food from Nearby
We are extremely fortunate that California is one of the most fertile regions in the world, with a long growing season and a climate that allows farmers to cultivate a great variety of high-quality produce. Year-round, we have access to fresh, delicious fruits and vegetables, often within hours of being harvested. At farmers’ markets, you can buy produce directly from farmers and even ask about their farming practices and growing methods. Do they avoid using fertilizers and pesticides that may not be safe for your family and the earth? Do they irrigate responsibly and try to conserve water? How many miles does food travel before reaching your plate? Buying from local farms supports the local economy, and allows you to “vote with your dollar” on favored farming practices.
Visit the Old Alvarado Farmers’ Market (Watkins at Smith), which runs year-round on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm with entertainment from 10 to noon. You can also try the farmers’ market at Kaiser (3553 Whipple Rd) on Tuesdays from 10 am to 2 pm.
Community Supported Agriculture
You can also subscribe to a Community Supported Agriculture program where you pay a farm monthly, quarterly, or yearly, and receive a share of its produce every week. Local farms that offer CSA shares include:
- Blue House Farm in Pescadero
- Capay Valley Farm in Guinda
- Cidre Loche in Montgomery Creek
- Eatwell Farm in Dixon
- Fifth Crow Farm in Pescadero
- Fresh Edibles Community Farm in French Camp
- Frog Hollow Farm in Brentwood
- Full Belly Farm in Guinda
- Live Earth Farm in Watsonville
- Mariquita Farm in Watsonville
- Rainbow Ranch Farms in San Bernardino County
- Riverdog Farm in Guinda
- Tara Firma Farm in Petaluma
- Terra Bella Family Farm in Pleasanton
Food from Your Neighborhood
Grow your own food! Plant fruits, vegetables, and herbs in your own backyard. Don’t have a backyard? Rent a space in the Union City Community Garden, located on Veneto Avenue in the Seven Hills neighborhood off Mission Boulevard. Some easy-to-grow fruits and vegetables are carrots, beans, squash, beets, kale, spinach, tomatillos, radishes, strawberries, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, and tomatoes. Check out this great planting guide.
What Can You Do?
- Be informed! Know where your food comes from and how it is produced.
- Shop seasonally, locally, and sustainably, and buy from farmers markets as often as you can. Search Local Harvest for information on local food vendors near you.
- Grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs yourself.