(Pictured at left, our appetizer tonight at Gabriella Café: heirloom tomato salad with cucumbers and mozarella.)
A request from Sam over at Becks & Posh got me to thinking. She asked food bloggers which local restaurants support local farms. So I have started asking the farmers who buys from them.
Joe would also like you to know that you can get a 20-pound box of his dry-farmed Early Girl tomatoes for only $40 (so you can make those slow-roasted tomatoes I wrote about). E-mail him if you want details, or so you can find him at a farmers market.
See the list with links, below.
Also, check out Amy Sherman's most excellent blog, specifically this entry, which names the top ten list of vegetables and fruits most likely to contain poisonous residue from pesticides. Amy writes: "Research suggests that by substituting organic versions of these items, you can reduce up to 90% pesticide residue from your diet."
* Bell Peppers
* Grapes (imported)
* Red Raspberries
This is going to turn into an ongoing project for me, but let's get this thing going.
UPDATE: October, 2005
This is a list of restaurants that buy directly from some farmers I know.
FARMS & GROWERS
Dirty Girl Produce
Two Small Farms
Everett Family Farm
Sunshine Organic (aka VB Farms)
Americano (in the newly-opened Hotel Vitale at the Embarcadero) Aziza
**Boulette's Larder (Ferry Plaza building)
Frog Hollow Bakery (Ferry Plaza building)
Globe (no website) Greens
Hayes Street Grill
Le Petit Robert
Liberty Cafe (no website)
Rose Pistola (no website)
Town's End (no website)
**Zuni (no website)
Engfer Pizza Works
Gabriella Cafe (Santa Cruz)
Oswald (downtown Santa Cruz: no website)
Pearl Alley Bistro (Santa Cruz)
Ristorante Avanti (Mission Street, west side of Santa Cruz: no official website)
River Cafe (River Street, just off Highway One)
Sestri (Santa Cruz)
Soif Wine Bar (Santa Cruz)
Theo's Restaurant (Soquel)
SILICON VALLEY/LOS GATOS
Manresa (Los Gatos)
Piatti Santa Clara