There are many resources for us to eat organically here in the Bay Area. We are lucky to have such an abundance of choices. Here we concentrate on resources for the San Francisco peninsula and South Bay, but we have included a number of listings for those of you in the City and in the East Bay as well. We hope you elect to take advantage of some of them.
Visit the California Federation of Certified Farmers’ Markets for complete listings of Farmers’ Markets in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms provide fruits and vegetables to you. Typically, they deliver a box of fresh, seasonal produce to a drop-off point near you. You contract directly with the farm on a weekly, seasonal, or other basis, providing local, organic farmers with steady income. Also, you know exactly where your food comes from.
To find a CSA near you, visit the Community Alliance of Family Farmers (CAFF). The website lists CSA’s in your area, with contact information, farming practices, and delivery costs and arrangements.
Organic CSAs in Santa Clara County
The farms listed below are certified organic.
172 Litchfield Lane
Weekly deliveries of fresh, delicious. seasonal fruit and vegetables.
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
650/949-8647 Fax: 650/948-4159
Contact: Darrie Danzhorn, Patrick Williams, Chrissy Brewer, Rosie Demmin
P.O. Box 617 (mailing)
Santa Cruz, CA 95061
831/426-3609 Fax: same number
PO Box 2065
Watsonville, CA 95077-2065
These are real time-savers. If shopping time is a barrier to your cooking, consider these handy services. They deliver fresh fruits and vegetables right to your door, once a week or every two weeks. They bring whatever is in-season. You can usually select veggies only, fruit only, or the standard veggie-fruit combo. Most now allow you to special-order extra food, and can be reached via the web. Usually the food is well-tagged with information on what farms the food comes from.
Contact: Kathleen Barsotti
23808 State Hwy 16
Capay, CA 95607
800/796-6009 Fax: 530/796-3344
915 Cole St. #172
San Francisco, CA. 94117
3202 Investment Blvd.
Hayward, CA 94545
More organic food is being sold in grocery stores now than every before. Organic food was a 9+ billion dollar business in 1999, as opposed to being less than a billion in 1990. The advantage of shopping in grocery stores is that you can select what you want, but the disadvantages are that often you don’t know how far away the food has come from, and often you pay more than you would at a Farmer’s Market, CSA farm, or even with a delivery service.
JOJO’s Market and Deli
520 College Avenue. Right across the street from Common Ground! This market has great and great big deli sandwiches, lovely fresh produce, and a real butcher. A great place to go for lunch in-between your Common Ground gardening classes!
2020 Oregon St
440 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94306
21666 Stevens Creek Blvd. (at Imperial Ave.)
Cupertino, CA 95014
1745 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA
The Sigonas are very personable local produce vendors; their two stores are in Palo Alto and Redwood City. They provide a year-round assortment of certified-organic and pesticide-free choices from local farmers, including leafy greens, stone fruit, melons, and more. Look for the Sigona-label organic olive oil!
399 Stanford Shopping Ctr Palo Alto, CA
2345 Middlefield Rd Redwood City, CA
Join together with others who share your quest for healthy
sponsored by the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community
Every Monday, 6:30 PM at First Baptist Church, Palo Alto.
305 North California Avenue at Bryant, 1/4 mile East of Alma
Sit Down or Take-out, $15.
For reservations, call 650 599-3320 by Monday 9:30 AM.
Cooking up great food for a healthy life
The experienced and talented Gary Alinder, the Monday Night Gourment Vegetarian Dinner chef, has a popular blog about vegetarian and non-vegetrarian recipes, nutritional tips and great eating ideas!
Second Saturday of every month.
SF Vegetarian Society, P.O. Box 2510, San Francisco, CA,
1517 Shattuck Ave
Cantor Arts Center,
3607 Alameda de las Pulgas
Menlo Park, CA
Fort Mason in San Francisco, on the Marina
San Francisco, CA 94110
San Francisco, CA 94117
580 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
2154 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Berkeley, CA 94704
80 N Market St
San Jose, CA 95113,
1658 Market St.
San Francisco, CA
America Fresh lists more local restaurants who have “committed to using only the freshest organic produce from local farmers.”
Buying local brands saves the large energy costs involved in the long-distance transport of foods, and also supports your local economy. These organic foods are being made right in our back yard, the greater Bay Area. All are family-run operations. Look for them and support them!