Edible San Diego Spring 2010 : Page 3

NOTABLE EDIBLES The San Diego Growers’Project is a collaboration of local farmers coming together in hopes of strengthening our local food economy. Community advisors, including Jonathan Reinbold, interim executive director of the Tierra Miguel Foundation, and representatives from the Center for Food & Justice are leading a steering committee that has been meeting monthly since September of last year, and counts farmers from Suzie’s Farm and Sage Mountain among its members. As they work to determine the exact infrastructure of the program, the group is currently awaiting grant results that will help them identify the best location for a central distribution center, or “Regional Food Hub,” which would enable wholesalers and retailers to buy directly from a collective of local farms: helping farms to decrease loss, build profit margins and make it more affordable for restaurants, markets and larger institutions to source San Diego- grown food. Jimbo’s Naturally has launched a “Local & Organic” program to help consumers identify which foods in their stores are produced locally. Look for brick-red circles with the words “Local & Organic” on signs marking avocados, citrus and other fruits and vegetables—Jimbo’s sources from over 30 farms in San Diego County. Find locations at jimbos.com. can place orders ahead of time and pick up ready-to- go meals at the company’s Temecula headquarters. Delyte’s Catering is a member of Slow Food, and strives to source organic and regional produce. They can be reached at 951-694-3663 or eat@delytes.com. The Ramona Farmers’Market is now accepting WIC as well as Senior Farmers’ Market Nutritional Program Checks. Nutritional Program Vouchers are available at the Ramona Senior Center and are available to anyone 60 or older. Contact Ray at 760-789-0440 for more information. We’re loving BottleHood, the new recycled glassware company based out of Ray Street in North Park. Proprietor Leslie Tiano collects used wine and beer bottles from local restaurants, repurposing them into polished glass tumblers, juice glasses and vases. Offerings include colored glass as well as etched glasses bearing beer, wine and spirits logos. Find them at the Little Italy farmers’ market, look for their glasses at restaurants around town or check them out at bottlehood.com. The new Cups Organic Bakery in La Jolla is committed to local and organic ingredients. The catering arm of the company offers custom-made cupcakes, while the downtown La Jolla lounge hosts classes, private parties, live music, and events such as “cup-aoke,” Sunday-evening karaoke. The lounge is located at 7857 Girard Avenue, and they are on the web at cupslj.com. Half the purchase price of the Love Cup goes directly to provide care for families at the Ronald McDonald House of San Diego. Catalina Offshore Products has gone solar! Now you can buy sustainable seafood from a company powered by sustainable power. The roof of the company’s Linda Vista warehouse is covered with solar panels that provide about 90 percent of the company’s power. The move was motivated by the company’s desire to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels to become more sustainable. To find out more about Catalina Offshore Products visit their website at catalinaop.com. Delytes Catering & Event Services joins the list of area companies offering thoughtful convenience food. Their “Extraordinary Artisan Takeaway” (E.A.T) program offers organic, family-style take- out cuisine five days a week. Customers This year’s Cultivating Food Justice Conference will feature Raj Patel as the keynote speaker. The annual free event is put on by SD Food Not Lawns, the People’s Produce Project, SD Roots Sustainable Food Project, the International Rescue Committee and Slow Food Urban San Diego. This year’s event will take place on the San Diego State University campus. Mark your calendars for April 24 and 25 and visit sdfoodjustice.org for a complete schedule of sessions. www.ediblesandiego.com Spring 2010 3

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