SHOPPING LOCAL

SHOPPING LOCAL


GROWING HERBS
Growing herbs is a way to grow plants with many uses. With …
EDIBLE FLOWERS
EDIBLE FLOWERS – Many of the plants in our garden produce edible …
Berries for the Fourth of July
It's berry season and they are the colors of the holiday. What …
BUYING DIRECT FROM GROWERS
BUYING DIRECT FROM GROWERS – buying directly from local growers has become …
FAR WEST FUNGI IN SANTA CRUZ
FAR WEST FUNGI IN SANTA CRUZ – We shop locally as often …
Sparkling Cider for New Year’s Eve
SPARKLING CIDER FOR NEW YEARS EVE – We always include a non …
Shopping at Mutari Craft Chocolate Shop
SHOPPING FOR CRAFT CHOCOLATE our local craft chocolatier is careful to source …
Stan’s Donuts – Game day tradition
Stan's donuts – A Game Day Tradition
True farm to table – artichokes with aioli
This was definately "farm to table", since we actually went to the …
Everett Family Farm – Farmstand and Event Venue
Photos we took at Everett Family Farm – a little known event …
Santa Cruz Abalone Farm
One of the special things about living in the Santa Cruz area …
Ashby Confections
Ashby Confections creates custom chocolates for special occasions. They can tailor colors, designs and …
Rooster Ridge Organic Farm
Rooster Ridge Organic Farm is a local organic grower in the Santa …
Goose’s Goodies
Best toffee ever!!  No lie! I know that's just my opinion, but …
Gizdich Ranch
A trip to the farm can be a fun and educational outing, …
Cupcakes at Buttercup cakes in Santa Cruz
Tony and I had the pleasure of photographing at Buttercup Cakes and …
Richard Donnelly Chocolates
Richard Donnelly Chocolates is perhaps the most well known Chocolatier in Santa Cruz. …
My Cupcake Corner
Beautiful Cupcakes …all dressed up for the tea party.  My Cupcake Corner …
Chocolate Visions
Tucked away in Scotts Valley is Chocolate Visions, a Chocolatier with a …
Mika’s cupcakes for shelter
I recently discovered Mika's Cupcakes for Shelter, located in Hayward www.mikascupcakes.com. The cupcakes …

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Cooking starts with choosing ingredients. The fastest way to improve a recipe is to start with the very best ingredients. Shopping local can help you do that.

When you shop at the farmer’s market, a local grower’s stand, a small specialty producer, or even your own garden, you get produce that is fresh and unique. But more importantly, it is chosen and grown for taste and not for how well it keeps on the shelf or survives a long trip to the store. That’s where you will find produce with the most flavor.

As an added bonus, when you shop local you are helping employ people in your neighborhood. We routinely shop at the farmer’s market and know some of the growers in our area. And if that isn’t enough, you are leaving a smaller carbon footprint when you buy produce that has not been shipped for hundreds of miles.