Leaf-green-36Eat Local

Local events, recipes and other goodies


I am a huge advocate of supporting local farmers
and local businesses.

There is something about going to the Farmer’s Market and talking with the people who live within a 30 mile radius of my house. It deepens my appreciation of my food and the people who work to grow it for me. Santa Cruz and the surrounding Bay Area is rich with options for local sustainable food. The meal you put on your table at night is interconnected, part of a greater web.

 

That’s what living a “holistic” life is all about..

Why eat locally grown foods?

  1. Eliminates your exposure to chemicals from pesticides, herbicides, growth hormones and antibiotics. These toxins diminish personal health and contribute to weight gain.
  2. Reduces environmental impact from shipping food thousands of miles
  3. Your dollar goes straight to the farmer!
  4. Eating foods at the peak of their season provides optimal nutritional value.
  5. Build community and educate yourself. Ask farmers questions and learn more about how your food was grown and raised.
  6. SOUL foods, Seasonal, Organic, Unadulterated and Local (SOUL) are the highest quality whole foods.
  7. Fresh food really does taste better!
“One of the greatest opportunities to live our values or betray them—
lies in the foods we put on our plates.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

Local Farmer’s Markets

Santa Cruz, California

Scotts Valley Farmer's Market
Scotts Valley
Time: 9a–1p
Day: Saturday
Months: April 4 to November 21
Location: King’s Village Dr, Scotts Valley Community Cntr
Features: EBT/SNAP, Kids Zone, Music series
Westside Farmer's Market
Westside
Time: 9a–1p
Day: Saturday
Months: Year-round
Location: Western Dr & Mission St
Features: EBT/SNAP, Music series
Aptos Farmer's Market
Aptos
Time: 8a-12p
Day: Saturday
Months: Year-round
Location: Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Dr
Live Oak Farmer's Market
Live Oak
Time: 9a–1p
Day: Sunday
Months: Year-round
Location: 15th & Eastcliff Dr
Features: EBT/SNAP, Music series
Felton Farmer's Market
Felton
Time: 2.30–6.30p, Opens May 5
Day: Tuesday
Months: First Tuesday May to last Tuesday Oct
Location: 120 Russell Ave, Felton
Features: EBT/SNAP, Kids Zone, Music series
Downtown Farmer's Market
Time: 1:30–6:30p (spring/summer seasonal hours)
Day: Wednesday
Months: Year-round
Location: Cedar St & Lincoln St, Downtown Santa Cruz
Features: EBT/SNAP, Veggie Valet

Check the official Santa Cruz Farmer’s Website for regular, up-to-date information. Click here >>

Links

Community Supported Agriculture

CSA or Community Supported Agriculture is a popular way to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. In addition to the guarantee of local organic produce the advantages include exposure to new seasonal foods and new ways to prepare them, eating super fresh foods packed with flavor and high in nutrients, developing a relationship with your farmers and getting to take a trip to your farm every year.

CSA’s also benefit the farmers; your dollar goes straight to them and they get to meet the people they are growing food for-you!


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Live Earth Farm Offers on farm community days and educational programs

High Ground Organics Offers fun farm events and opportunities to pick your own berries and pumpkins.

Fog Line Farm Includes some of the best eggs in the count as well as sustainably raised meats.

Santa Cruz Local Foods Customize your delivery from a variety of local Santa Cruz farms and businesses. Add fermented food and drinks, artesian bread, local honey and more.

Route 1 Farms Offers add ons of dried fruit, apple butter or “anything else you might fancy”. Local coffee, butter jams…

Homeless Garden Project Also offers a U-pick share where you and your family can harvest your our crops.

Lindencroft Farm Also offers fire roasted peppers from their hand operated chili roast during select times of the year.

Real Good Fish Sustainable seafood caught by local fishermen.

El Salchichero Sustainable meat from California farms.

Everett Family Farm No longer has a CSA but has a lovely farm stand that is easy to stop in and buy fresh harvested produce.

Delivers to Your Home

Farm Fresh to You Collects organic produce from a variety of farmers and delivers it to your front door.

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Recipes

Red Lentil and Squash Curry Stew

Something personal from Ellice about this yummy dish! Ingredients: 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil 1 sweet onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, minced 1 Tbsp. curry powder (or more to taste) 1 carton or 4 cups homemade vegetable broth 1 cup red lentils 3 cups cooked...
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