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Where In San Leandro (Can You Find Locally-Grown Produce Today)?

Not a trick question but a plug for a San Leandro event that doesn't get nearly enough love -- maybe because we take for granted that it occurs every Saturday, rain or shine.

 

If you woke up this morning with a craving for fresh fruits and vegetables, or locally produced foods, sold in a venue that recirculates your money in the regional economy, where would you go?

Leave your guess in the comments below.

Or, better yet, visit this outdoor shopping emporium.

If you do, schedule your trip between 9 am and 1 pm.

Without wanting to give away any more than is already obvious, here's a link to a photo gallery posted by Tim Holmes of Zocalo Coffeehouse, an ardent supporter of supporting local and regional producers. He also took the photo above.

Last week's "" featured a one-time outdoor produce stand at OSIsoft. Chris Crow was the first reader to identify that scene.

It almost seems like I have a bias toward locally-produced foods.

You got a problem with that?

(P.S. If you get to the outdoor shopping site hinted at in today's "Where" you will notice some roadwork and wonder what that's about. earlier this week.)

Mike Katz-Lacabe April 21, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Bayfair Farmers Market
Tom Abate (Editor) April 21, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Is this correct guess number 100 or 101? I've lost count. Yes, it is the Bayfair Market to which I haven't paid nearly enough attention. It's quite remarkable to have an outdoor market year 'round.
Jamie April 21, 2012 at 09:30 PM
I am there every Saturday, shine or rain!
Leah Hall April 23, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Re: If you woke up this morning with a craving for fresh fruits and vegetables, or locally produced foods, sold in a venue that recirculates your money in the regional economy, where would you go? I fully support the farmer's market movement in San Leandro and our neighboring cities. I also want to give a shout out to Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). Definition: CSA) is a food production and distribution system that directly connects farmers and consumers. Consumers buy "shares" in a farm's harvest in advance. The term "CSA" is also used to refer to an individual farm's CSA program. Farmers earn important early-season capital and have a guaranteed market for their produce. Barring a disastrous harvest, consumers enjoy overall lower food costs, field-fresh produce, and greater access to high-demand fruits and vegetables like long-stem strawberries and heirloom tomatoes. Most CSAs require an annual or quarterly buy-in and provide weekly deliveries or pick-ups, but some well-established programs offer monthly or even weekly "memberships." Many CSAs also offer farm visits, u-pick days, and other special events for members.
Leah Hall April 23, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Most farms harvest and deliver weekly for their CSA members. Some farms deliver to people's homes or offices, but most make larger deliveries to drop-sites where members then pick up their share. Check drop-sites, delivery days, and pick-up times and see if they're a good fit with your schedule.- About.com Want to Join a CSA? Find One Near You http://localfoods.about.com/od/csas/tp/bayareacsa.htm My Family has subscribed to http://www.farmfreshtoyou.com (Capay Farms in Sonoma) for a little more than 2 years and we are extraordinarily satisfied with the service. They will deliver to your doorstep in San Leandro once a week and have 20 or so Fruit and Vegetable options to choose from for your Home and Office.
Tom Abate (Editor) April 23, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Thanks for the information & testimonial, Leah.

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