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California Local Foods

Guide to Eating Local in California


Eating local in California is relatively easy: 80% of the country's fruits and vegetables are grown in the state. Find ideas, inspiration, and information on eating more local foods below. Know about something I've missed? Tell us about it!

California Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables

Fresh Artichokes
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Growing seasons are long and multiple in California, but produce items still have their seasons. Find out what to expect when with this Guide to California Seasonal Fruits & Vegetables.

California Farmers Markets

Dino Kale at the Market
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Californians are surrounded by farmers markets. Find a Certified Farmers Market (one where farmers sell produce from their farms directly to consumers) near you with this Listing of California Farmers Markets.

Whether you're new to farmers markets or an old hand, check these Farmers Market Shopping Tips before you head out.

California Food Festivals

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The Golden State is awash in food festivals from big splashy fairs to smaller community events. Find a festival near you or featuring your favorite California ingredient:

California Local Eating Blogs

Find inspiration and ideas on eating locally in California on these fun and informative California Local Eating Blogs.

California Specialties

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Eat like the locals eat in California with these great recipes for classic California dishes:

Find more California classic at California Recipes.

California CSAs

California has plenty of community supported agriculture programs to choose from:

California Meats

Clark Summit Farm
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There are several sustainable, locally focused ranchers and livestock farms in California. Know of one that isn't listed here? Please email me at localfoods@aboutguide.com.

  • Clark Summit Farms in Tomales Bay raises pastured beef, pork, chickens, eggs, and sometimes geese
  • Marin Sun Farms provides beef, pork, lamb, goat, chicken, and eggs to the San Francisco Bay Area

Dungeness Crab

Dungeness Crab
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Dungeness crabs crawl along the shore from Central California on north to Alaska and are a seasonal favorite, especially in Northern California. The crab season usually opens in mid-November in the San Francisco Bay Area, where Dungeness crab is a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas Eve crab-picking dinners. Learn more About Dungeness Crab here.

Green Almonds

Green Almonds
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You need almond orchards to get green almonds, and California grows a whole hell of a lot of almonds. Look for delectable green almonds at farmers markets and some specialty markets in April and, depending on the year, into early June sometimes.
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