Local Ingredients and Sources

The Wild Pear Company Jams

For more information on these delicious jams from The Wild Pear Company, click on the image above.

There are a lot of great speciality food products available these days. Every January, the Good Food Awards highlights that fact.  In 2013, there were over 1,350 submissions, an increase of 40% over the prior year with 114 winners. And this year, they received 1,450 entries hailing from all 50 states.

This event honors the best sustainable, artisan products including condiments, chocolate, beer, coffee and charcuterie.

And annually in Oakland is the vibrant Eat Real Festival, a social venture created to inspire eaters to choose tasty, healthy, good food. This year three day festival takes place on September 19-21 in Jack London Square.

Aside from these events, there seems to be something new on display at the farmers market or grocery store with each visit.  I plan to weed through this dizzying array of products and share with you my favorites offering taste, quality and value.

Below is a start. Click on the images for more information and where to buy. And stay tuned as I work my way down the aisles.  In the meantime, please feel free to share your recommendations!



Casa Sanchez Salsas

Made with the Finest and Freshest Hand Picked Ingredient

Casa Chicas Salsas and Chips

Makers of Authentic Chips, Guacamole, Salsa and Hot Sauce


Maybe not local, but the best chips around.  Click on image for more information.

Way Better Snacks from Simply Sprouted

Way Better Snacks from Simply Sprouted


Salt blends from All Star Organics will become a cooking staple. Click on the image to find sources or to order online.

AllStar Organics Seasoning Salts

AllStar Organics Seasoning Salts

Local Spicery products are milled, blended, packaged and sold when they are at their peak of freshness. You can order online by clicking the image below.

Local Spicery

Freshly Milled Herbs, Spices and Blends

Note: Both are available at the San Rafael Farmers Market on Sundays.



Nana Mae

Heirloom Apple Juices and Sauces


You can find these award winning fruit products

This section is in development.  If you have a local ingredient or product you would like to suggest we sample, please use the contact form below.  

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