Local Food Resources

Local Farmer’s Markets:

Lafayette Farmers Market – our local farmer’s market is on Sundays, 9am-1pm, during the summer.
Moraga Farmer’s Market – open every Sunday from 9-1pm all year.
Walnut Creek Farmer’s Market – open every Sunday from 8-1pm all year.
Orinda Farmer’s Market – open every Saturday from 9-1pm from May through November.

Local CSAs:
With a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) you buy a share in a local farm and then receive boxes of just-picked, organic, seasonal produce to your door or a central location. Try it and you’ll get hooked!

DoorstepFarmers.com (Pleasant Hill, CA)
DoorstepFarmers delivers boxes of locally grown, affordable, organic fruits/vegetables from farms in and around Contra Costa County to your door.  Choose your box size and frequency.

Soul Food Farm (Vacaville, CA)
Soul Food Farm raises pastured chickens for both eggs and meat. Starting Aug. 2011, monthly CSA pick-ups will be on the 1st Wednesday of every month in Lafayette, near Acalanes High School.

Terra Firma Farms (Winters – 55 miles away): Weekly pick ups are on Wednesdays, near the Orinda Theater. They provide year round fruits and vegetables.

Eat Outside the Box (Brentwood – 35 miles away) – Members pick up their shares in Lafayette near Celia’s. The shares are not individually packed. Farmers deliver in wholesale boxes and members weigh and pack their own shares at pick up. This CSA is unique because the shares are supplied by Brentwood organic growers, right in Contra Costa County!

Shooting Star CSA (Fairfield – 35 miles away) – Provides its members with a box of diverse array of vegetables, berries and melons for 28 weeks at a cost of $616 for the season ($22/week), which can be paid in 2 installments.  Half season (14 weeks) and 4 week packages are also available. Pickup is every Tuesday from 3-7pm at Temple Isaiah. More info…

Terra Bella Farms (Pleasanton – 25 miles away) and Free Wheelin Farms (Santa Cruz – 80 miles away) have joined together to provide a 22 week package featuring a broad array of vegetables, fruits including berries, stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums, cherries, etc.), tree fruits (apples, pears, etc.) and 2 loaves of artisan breads at a cost of $660/season ($30 per week) which can be paid in two installments. Pickup is every Tuesday from 3-7pm at Temple Isaiah.More info…

Eatwell Farms (Dixon – 53 miles away) – They offer a great variety of fruits and vegetables year-round. Organic pasture-raised egg shares are also offered. You can choose to receive a box every week or every-other week and can postpone boxes when you go on vacation. Box contains 9-12 items, each with a portion for 2-5 people. Pickup location is at the Lafayette Health Club.

Frog Hollow Farm CSA (Brentwood – 35 miles away) – This is a CSA that just delivers organic fruit and has a new drop-off in Walnut Creek. Not sure if they still have a drop-off in Lafayette. You can also order many of their products through their web site.

Farm Fresh To You (Capay – 70 miles away) – This is a very large CSA (800 customers) with delivery to your doorstep, all over the Bay Area, and many options. You can quit at any time. They integrate produce from other farms and states – so the box you receive is mostly, but not completely from their farm.

Planet Organics – This is a large weekly organic produce and grocery delivery service that is very popular around the Bay Area. They have a sophisticated web site and relationships with organic producers all over California vs. a CSA representing a specific family farm.

Holding Ranch (Montague – 294 miles away): There is a 1x a month CSA. Pick-ups at Acalanes High School, on the 2nd Friday of the month.  Arrangements can also be made to pick up at the various local farmers markets.

Local Harvest  and the Ecology Center have longer lists of CSAs that serve the East Bay, but many do not deliver to the Lafayette area.


Fresh ProduceLocal Farm Stands:

Hurst Farms at 716 St. Mary’s Road (across from Little League Fields) – has great organic produce from mid summer through fall. Stop in when the signs are out showing what food is available.

Grocery Stores with Local/Organic Produce:
Diablo Foods – has a great selection of organic and local produce, including a mini-farmers market in front of the store! Read an article about all the local foods offered by Diablo.

Chows – they have a small, but high quality organic produce section. They steer strongly towards what’s in season and sometimes you’ll find unique items that are in season. The produce is mostly from California, sometimes more local.

Open Sesame – a very overlooked produce section with a wide selection of organic items from California at affordable prices.

Lafayette Whole Foods  – great selection of organic produce, along with cruelty-free meat, local wines and many other great products.

Eggs in a bowlRaising Chickens & Rabbits:

Learn about raising chickens (UPDATED) from Papa John who’s been doing it for 40 years

The Benefits of Raising Rabbits, also from Papa John, who is now offering classes.

Growing Your Own Food / Local Gardens:

Lafayette Community Garden – opened in 2012! Please join one of the talks or be a part of the fundraising efforts.

Planning Your Vegetable Garden by Master Gardener’s of Santa Clara County

Moraga Community Garden – provides organic produce to some local restaurants, including Il Postinos. Contact Bill Durkin (sustainablemoraga@yahoo.com) for more information.

Produce That’s in Season:

Vegetable Calendar by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture

Books:

The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet: One of our board members, Linda Riebel, recently published a new book called the “The Green Foodprint” that covers everything you need to know to become an earth-friendly eater.

Videos:
The True Cost of Food – The Sierra Club has put together a great educational video about the True Cost of Food – when you include environmental costs

Other Resources:
Edible East Bay – Celebrating the abundance of local food in the East Bay
Contra Costa Local Food Guide hosted by the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust
Locavores – We are a group of concerned culinary adventurers who are making an effort to eat only foods grown or harvested within a 100 mile radius of San Francisco for an entire month
Local Harvest - find farmers’ markets, family farms, CSAs, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area
Eat Local page by National Resources Defense Council, including what’s in season. Read their study about the environmental costs of importing food into California.

This web page was prepared by the Sustainable Lafayette Local Food Committee, which shares ideas using a Google group.