Local Food Resources


Here are some books that spark conversation about why supporting a local food system is important.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic? Or perhaps something we hunt, gather, or grow ourselves? The omnivore’s dilemma has returned with a vengeance, as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape. What’s at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children’s health, but the health of the environment that sustains life on earth.


Cookbooks and Recipes

Here are cookbooks and recipes for how to cook with seasonal fresh produce.

Local Flavors: Cooking and Eating From America’s Farmers Markets by Deborah Madison

Cooking is more than assembling ingredients from the store, and farmers markets are more than farmers selling produce. They reflect the reemerging culture of small scale farming and the goodness and sense of community that comes with them. With Local Flavors I began to talk about the relationship between food, farming and cooking in earnest.


Here are some films that highlight the importance of local, sustainably grown food.

The Biggest Little Farm

The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature.
Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters unlock and uncover a biodiverse design for living that exists far beyond their farm, its seasons, and our wildest imagination.


Find Local Food and Events

Visit our Local Food Happenings page for the latest local food events, where to find and buy food from local farmers and how to get involved in your local food system.


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9:30 am Benicia: Demonstration Food Fore... @ A Benicia home
Benicia: Demonstration Food Fore... @ A Benicia home
Jan 25 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
This public, hands-on installation workshop series will create a demonstration food forest garden in Benicia, creating an opportunity to learn about rainwater capture, simple greywater systems that reuse household water and how to plant and[...]
11:00 am Vallejo: Year-Round Garden Plann... @ Grow a Pear Nursery
Vallejo: Year-Round Garden Plann... @ Grow a Pear Nursery
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn what, how and when to start planting for a well-timed and productive year-round garden here in the Bay Area using organic methods. We will talk about propagation, companion planting, cover crops, perennials, and choosing[...]
6:00 pm Slow Food Solano Annual Meeting @ RSVP for location
Slow Food Solano Annual Meeting @ RSVP for location
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm
Public invited to Slow Food Solano Annual Meeting Slow Food Solano will hold its annual meeting on Wednesday, January 29 at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the meeting and learn about the[...]
all-day Solano County Water Awareness Vi...
Solano County Water Awareness Vi...
Feb 1 all-day
Solano County Water Awareness Video Contest
The Solano County Water Agency has launched its 2020 video contest, open to middle and high school students in the county. This year’s challenge is to create “H2O Tunes” videos featuring water efficiency tips put[...]