Area farmers’ markets include Palo Alto on Saturday mornings, Mountain View and Menlo Park on Sunday mornings (plenty of time to go before or after church!), and Los Altos on Thursday afternoons.
A web-based service to bring fresh, organic (mostly) produce and other foods from nearby farms is now available at http://www.svlocalmarket.com Orders are filled and dropped at a specific location in Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, 5 locations in San Jose and Los Gatos
Sustainable Connections: http://www.sconnect.org/. For ideas on how to create a similar network in the Bay Area, see http://www.sconnect.org/thinklocal/workshops target="_blank".
http://www.acterra.org/index.html Action for a Sustainable Earth
In Context, a magazine focused on how to create humane, sustainable culture, http://www.context.org/
The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), http://www.amiba.net/
Locavores (http://locavores.com/) and , focused on eating foods grown and harvested in our area. Other local-food resources are at http://www.100milediet.org/, http://www.eatlocalchallenge.com/, and Local Harvest, which helps connect buyers to locally-produced agricultural products: http://www.localharvest.org/
The Sierra Club has lots of information on why eating local is such a great thing to do for the environment: http://www.truecostoffood.org/
And for a great day out, pick your own lunch or dinner! A guide to pick-your-own farms is at http://www.pickyourown.org/. This is a great activity with kids, not only because it teaches them that food doesn’t grow on supermarket shelves, but because it’s so much fun!
Chocolate lovers, Guittard Chocolate is produced on the Peninsula (Burlingame) and is listed on http://www.transfair.org/ as a fair trade company, to boot.