Local Food

The mission of Sustainable Solano’s Local Food initiative is to create an environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially just local food system in Solano County. You can help us build a local food system. Find out how below!

Seasonal Spotlight: Beets

Why Eat Beets?

Beets come in an assortment of varieties and can be red, golden yellow or striped. They are closely related to Swiss chard, and can be consumed from leaf to root. Beets are in season from September through June in Solano County, and are a good source of fiber, riboflavin, folate, manganese, and, in red beets, the antioxidant betalaine.

How to Prepare Them

Beet roots can be roasted, steamed, boiled or pickled and eaten warm or cold, while the greens can be braised, sauteed or eaten raw while young.

Try salt-roasted beets in this recipe. Find other seasonal recipes here.

Join us for upcoming cooking classes featuring beets!

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News and Updates

Students Take Pride in Connecting with Local Food in Pilot Program

Students Take Pride in Connecting with Local Food in Pilot Program

The goal of Sustainable Solano’s Youth Cooking pilot program is to teach Solano youth the foundational principles of cooking with fresh, local, seasonal food in the context of a local food system. The first group from St. Patrick-St. Vincent Catholic High School has shown a whole new reality of the impact this program can have on our next generation.

A Lesson from the Rain on Healthy Soil

A Lesson from the Rain on Healthy Soil

Soul Food Farm‘s Alexis Koefoed shared these photos and thoughts during the rainstorm Oct. 24 that over the weekend brought more than 10 inches of rain to parts of Vacaville and at least 4 inches or more to other areas of Solano County.

Reflections on Environmental Injustice Research & Shaping New Fellowship Program

Reflections on Environmental Injustice Research & Shaping New Fellowship Program

Allison McCabe is a rising Benicia High School junior and passionate about environmental science. She won this year’s Solano County Science and Engineering Fair with her research on toxins found in soil samples in Benicia and Vallejo — research she undertook to examine environmental justice issues in Solano County. We are excited to be working with her to shape Sustainable Solano’s environmental justice fellowship in Benicia for the coming school year.