Guide To Fresh Produce In The Bay Area

July 25, 2011 9:22 AM

California is peppered with premiere food growing regions. Much of that fresh bounty is readily available to here in the Bay Area. Perhaps the most fun way to explore fresh produce options is at a local farmers market. To find one near you, check out our list divided by county. But if you don’t want to spend your weekend sifting through the stands at a local fair, or spending big money at chains like Whole Foods and Mollie Stone’s, there are some other ways to make sure you are getting the most fresh fruits and veggies. Eye on the Bay’s Liam Mayclem explored some of the unique farms and shops to find the best fresh local produce.

Marshall’s Farm Natural Honey

159 Lombard Rd.
American Canyon, CA 94503
(707) 556-8088 or (800) 624-4637
Marshall’s Farm Honey

The hard work of millions of tiny employees is what has created a buzz about this Napa County farm. Producers say the varied flavors in their honey come from the different pollens picked up by the bees. The Marshall family placed hives all over the Bay Area to capture the distinctive tastes of a number of towns. You can become a beekeeper for a day and try some samples at their American Canyon tasting room.

Alemany Farm

992 Ellsworth Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 577-7980
Alemany Farm

The popularity of urban farming has skyrocketed amid the economic downturn. Alemany Farm is one example of volunteers striving toward sustainable food production. Farm workers say the process of growing organic local food is good for not only their physical health, but also their mental well being. Even if you don’t live in San Francisco, there is almost certainly a farm near you.

Farm Fresh to You Store

23808 State Highway 16
Capay, California 95607
(800) 796-6009
Farm Fresh to You
This program offers scheduled home delivery of Northern California-grown organic produce across the Bay Area. Customers can tailor their boxes to suit their tastes, so if you don’t like carrots, you won’t get them. The company even throws in some recipe ideas to help make the most of your goodies. They also have a store located in the San Francisco.

Berkeley Bowl

920 Heinz Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94710
(510) 898-9555

1731 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA‎ 94703
Berkeley Bowl

The original Berkeley Bowl developed such a loyal legion of followers that the owners opened up a second store. Both lure in shoppers with an incredible spread of colorful fresh produce. Yelpers say it’s hard to beat the selection anywhere in the Bay Area.

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