Local and Sustainable Food, Services, and Products

 

If you're helping to plan a GCFA event, please note that

GCFA is on a sustainable track.

 

SNACKS AND PAPER PRODUCTS

 

People and Planet

Morgan Hill's Fair Trade advocate offers a variety of coffees, teas, and fair-trade produced other comestibles and products such as biodegradable paper plates, baskets, and gifts. Best fair trade chocolate selection for miles. 15750 Vineyard Boulevard, Suite 170, Morgan Hill, CA 95037, Office: 408-782-2700, Cell: 408-234-6377.

peopleandplanetstore.com

Eat Wild

Lots of interesting options for food.

eatwild.com/products/california.html    

Friends of Panoche Valley

San Benito County meat and dairy providers.

friendsofpanoche.org/local_business

 

CATERING

 

Reggie-licious Italian BBQ

Has done a wonderful job with chicken, mushrooms, and garlic for GCFA BBQs.

www.reggieliciouscatering.com

San Martin Meats

Local and has a good reputation.

Jeff Raby

Local caterer with a great BBQ rig.

Catering with a Cause

Offers catering by people who are turning their lives around through culinary arts.

cateringwithacause.org

Gaeta's Taqueria

Caters and has made Gavilan faculty very happy with great Mexican food.

 

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

 

Herbert Farms CSA

Local family-owned farm's organic "Eat with the Seasons" Community Supported Agriculture program, 831-245-8125.

www.herbertfamilyorganicfarm.com

Two Small Farms CSA

Fresh organic produce from Watsonville delivers to Gilroy-Morgan Hill and beyond. Fruits and vegetables, and many events on the farm to help you connect to your food. 831-786-0625.

www.twosmallfarms.com

Live Earth Farm CSA

Fresh organic produce, 831-763-2448.

www.liveearthfarm.net

Apricots

June, van Dyke Ranch, 7665 Crews Road.

Cherries

2950 Leavesley, late May and June, 842-4697.

Buckley u-Pick Cherry Farms

Apples and Berries

Seasonal, Watsonville, Gizdich Ranch, 831-722-1056.

Walnuts

Hains Ranch, south of Holister, 831-628-3390.

www.hainranchorganics.com

Apples and Pears

Prevedelli Ranch, Mello-dy Ranch, 831-724-9266, 460 Travers Lane, Watsonville.


Morgan Hill Farmers Market

The best farmers market in the area is now year-round on Saturdays from 9-1 at the Depot on Depot St. in downtown Morgan Hill.

Hollister Farmers Market

Weds. afternoons, spring to fall, Fourth and Main.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Food from your pantry or garden welcome all year round. The largest provider of food to those who need it in our area. Orchard harvesting: call 408-694-0017. Backyard produce with 10 or fewer trees: call 650-740-7725, joni@villageharvest.org. To drop off food, call 1-866 234-3663 for locations.

UCSC Organic Farm and Alan Chadwick Gardens

Examples of organic gardening and farming. Explore yourself, take tours, produce and flower sales. Open everyday year-round. 831-459-4140, tours: 831-459-3240.

Gilroy Beekeepers Association

Meets 2nd Tuesday (Oct. to May), 7:00 PM at Gilroy Grange Hall, 8191 Swanston Lane, Gilroy, Wayne Pitts: 408-644-2382.

The Java Stop

Second and Monterey in Morgan Hill. Serves fair trade coffee.

Hecker Pass Winery

The Fortino family has been making excellent organic wines all along, and are now seeking organic certification for their vineyards. A great choice for locavores.

www.heckerpasswinery.com/index.cfm

 

NON-EDIBLE GOODS AND SERVICES

 

Booksmart

Locally owned, selling small press as well as major trade books. Stocks fair trade gifts and locally made art work. At Depot and Second Streets in Morgan Hill, 778-6467.

mybooksmart.com/joomla/

 

The Granary

A converted grain storage facility that is environmentally designed and houses a number of eco-sensitive businesses as well as a gallery for local art. 17500 Depot Street, Morgan Hill, 779-6686.

Ecocare Women's Housecleaning Coop

This Morgan-Hill based cooperative helps single immigrant women by providing them with fairly compensated work, non-toxic materials, and flexible hours. EcoCare has won nationwide recognition for its work helping immigrant women gain independence and for "greening" the housecleaning business. 778-8445, ecocare@garlic.com.

Casner Exterminating

Offers some non-toxic options. Hollister: 831-637-8300, Gilroy and Morgan Hill: 408-988-6060.

 

MEAT AND CHICKEN

 

T.O. Cattle Company

The T.O. Cattle Company sells Morris Grassfed Beef, 100% grass-finished beef. Our cattle are born and raised in the coastal ranges of California. They enjoy a diet of fresh grass, forbs, and legumes, clean water, and better views than most of us do! No synthetic hormones or fed antibiotics: our animals grow only as fast as their genetics and the range will allow. Joe and Julie Morris, 500 Mission Vineyard Road, San Juan Batista 95045, 831-623-2933, jmorris900@earthlink.net.
www.morrisgrassfed.com

 

Paicines Ranch

The Paicines Ranch (Rancho Cienega de los Paicines) has been a working ranch since the mid-1800's. Paicines is located in San Benito County (just south of Santa Clara County), approximately 10 miles south of Hollister. Their mission is to keep the Paicines Ranch as a working ranch and open space for future generations to enjoy and also to restore many of the historic buildings on the property. They offer a variety of cuts available by the piece once a month.

www.paicinesranch.com

 

Hain Ranch Organics

Chickens, eggs, certified organic walnuts
Hain Ranch Organics is a small family farm /ranch bordering the Tres Pinos Creek five miles south of Hollister in the central coast region of California. This CCOF certified organic operation blends the production of organic walnuts with a Salatin style pastured poultry system. A section of orchard is planted with permanent pasture to provide green forage to the poultry. Blending organic walnuts and truly free range poultry production is a work in progress, and we welcome the public to visit the ranch. Paul Hain, 608 Bolado Road, Tres Pinos 95075, 831-628-3390, paulhain@hotmail.com

www.hainranchorganics.com