By Debbie Arrington
Looking for local produce? Here's a new guide made for locavores. Besides being a handy resource, it's the best price: Free.
"Buy Fresh Buy Local: Sacramento Valley Eater's Guide" is now available at Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op, Davis Food Co-op and Davis Farmers Market.
This 40-page guide covers Yolo, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter and Yuba counties with information on farmers' markets, grocers and restaurants, community gardens, farms, farmstands, food artisans, U-Pick farms, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA produce boxes) and agricultural organizations.
Developed by the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF Bay Area), the guide represents an effort to improve access to healthy food and raise awareness about the importance of buying local, say editor Ariane Michas.
Among its useful features:
• Full schedule of farmers' markets including times, dates and locations;
• A seasonality chart, highlighting crops grown in the Sacramento Valley;
• Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs in our area;
• Sacramento Valley organizations and websites dedicated to healthy eating and a sustainable food system.
• Listings by county of growers, farmstands, grocers, restaurants, cafes and caterers that support locally grown produce.
"If there's anything that we've learned in our work for this guide, it is that the Sacramento Valley is hungry for local food," said Michas. "Fortunately, the terrific abundance of the area is well suited to feeding this hunger."
The Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op is located at 1900 Alhambra Blvd. in Sacramento. Phone: (916) 455-2667. The Davis Food Co-op is located at 620 G St. in Davis. Phone: (530) 758-2667. Both are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Davis farmers' market, located at 4th and C streets, is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.