Friday, February 1, 2008

My Eat Local Directory to San Diego

If you haven't checked in lately, I've made a bunch of additions to my directory of San Diego local food sources. Follow this link! If you have the time, take a glance at some of the new links I've posted on the sidebar.

9 comments:

Marian said...

Thanks for this! It is handy to be able to consult it as I continue to try to eta more locally.

Anonymous said...

I know at the start you mentioned excluding certain items, but how about adding local coffee roasters to your list. While obviously locally grown coffee beans are impossible to source, the same impact of (double) transport (beans to roaster, roaster to store) and supporting the local economy (local roasters) would seem to have strong localtarian roots. There are a number of good roasters scattereed throughout San Diego.

ali said...

Melanie, I responded on my blog to your comment, but I'm repeating myself here. Yes, I do want to join forces and try to start a meat CSA. What can we do? How do we start such a project? I'm totally game.

Heidi E. said...

Hiya, I just discovered your blog and I am loving your lists and reviews. You've asked many of the questions I thought I would have to! I also love the Hillcrest Market, also for the added bonus for me that it's just over a mile away from home.

I would also like to second the comment about coffee roasters. I love having a roaster in my neighborhood (Caffe Calabria in North Park--also a good source for all of your burlap needs) but there must be others in the county?

Also, I'm wondering if you have any ideas on sourcing local grain? I know we grow wheat in the county, but does it all get sent out of California?

Heidi E.

Melanie Lytle said...

Anonymous - I agree with you on the coffee roasters, and think it a logical extension of the localtarian philosophy. When I haven't been able to find something local, I've looked to local artisans that have done most of the assembly here in the area. I'm not a coffee drinker myself, but I know a lot of my readers are. Would you be willing to provide your list? Feel free to email me at mdlytle@gmail.com.

Melanie Lytle said...

Heidi E. - I know that San Diego used to be one of the shipping off points for wheat to Asia in the mid-nineteeth century, but I didn't realize we still grew some out here. Where did you hear (or see) of it?

Heidi E. said...

Hi,

I could have sworn that 2 years ago, when I first heard of the Eat Local Challenge and started searching, I found that we were growing and exporting Durham Wheat. I guess not! At least not enough to qualify as a commercial export? I cannot find any links to commercially grown wheat in San Diego County in a quick search.

I did find this report that has a statistical summary of what we DO grow: http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/awm/docs/crop_reports/cropreport2006.pdf
(sorry for the long link)

And then this which only specifies Southern California and is dated 2002: http://www.californiawheat.org/Variety%20Surveys/VarSurvey2002.pdf

So, there's wheat growing somewhere close enough to be called local, I just don't know how to get my hands on it. It's the same with Rice (I'll try to find that link as well).

Heh, I wonder if wheat would grow well on my easement?

Heidi E.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I see those links got cut off...if they don't work, I'll e-mail them. Or um...learn some HTML...

Heidi E.

Melanie Lytle said...

Wow, those are fabulous links! I'm going to try to dig around a bit and see if I can find out anything more from the County. I'll buy your wheat if you grow it on your easement! =)

Melanie