One of the special things about living in the Santa Cruz area is the local seafood. Just past the town of Davenport, there is an abalone farm, American Abalone, that is open to the public on Saturday. It doesn’t get any fresher than picking out your own live abalone.
Not too many people know it, but Driscoll’s Berry has a store just outside Watsonville where they sell direct to the public, year round. The berries are just picked and much lower priced than in the stores, and they have a unique selection of top quality blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. So if you are having an event and doing some of the food yourself, you could order just what you want directly from the growers.