Coming Soon! A New Website
The Locally Delicious Team of Heirloom Tomatoes is busy at work on our new website. It will include food related news and events from our area and beyond. Our directories of local resources are being updated now. You will be able to find: Farmers' Markets, CSA Farms, Farm Stands, Community Gardens, Restaurants, Caterers and Grocery stores that sell local food, Workshops and Classes and Local Organizations that support sustainable agriculture in our area. You'll also find a food blog, agricultural issues blog plus lots of recipes and more. Our new site will allow you to sign up for a quarterly newsletter. So, stay tuned!
Thanks from the Heirloom Tomatoes of Locally Delicious: Ann (Tabletalk) Anderson, Pat (Money Maker) Bitton, Lauren (Peacevine Cherry) Cohn-Sarabia, Martha (Jersey Devil) Haynes, Edie (Cherokee Purple) Jessup, Carol (Pleated Zapotec) Moné, Suzanne (Brandywine Simpson)
Food for People "Locally Delicious Food Fund"
The Locally Delicious Food Fund was started in 2010 to provide more fresh, local food to our community through our Food for People (FFP) food bank. The donated money is used to hire local farmers to grow food that the people at FFP know will be used by the food bank clients. Two goals are accomplished: local fresh food for more in our community and an investment in our local agriculture.
We are celebrating Year Five for the fund. With matching funds from St. Joseph Hospital Community Benefit Department and members of our community, we have given $31,500 which translates into over 20 tons of food to Food for People. We start this year's drive with $3,000 from Locally Delicious, $3,000 from St. Joseph and almost $2,000 from our generous community. Our goal is to raise an additional $2,000 from the community to bring the total to at least $10,000.
The need for food is even greater now as funds for Cal Fresh (SNAP, formerly food stamps) has been reduced. Twenty-two percent of all individuals in Humboldt County are living in poverty and 28% of our children are living in poverty.
In addition to supplying food, the program puts money into our local food economy by hiring local farmers. Food security for all of us is improved and a larger percentage of our community benefits from local, fresh, whole, organic food.
Please consider Donating
A copy of one of our books, Locally Delicious or LunchBox Envy will be given by us for donations of $50 or more.
Locally Delicious, Inc.
"A recipe for change through the re-localization of our food system - one tomato at a time"
Locally Delicious is an incorporated, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports the "re-localization" of the California North Coast food system and advocates for re-localization of food nationwide.
We have produced two editions of Locally Delicious: Recipes and Resources for Eating on the North Coast™, a unique, community-oriented cookbook and resource guide written specifically for the North Coast bio-region. With the profits from the sale of this book, we contribute to and participate in many community projects that support the local food system. Our next book, Lunchbox Envy™, will focus on how to use sustainable foods to plan healthy, affordable lunches for children. All proceeds will be re-invested in the Tri-County region of Northern California (Humboldt, Del Norte & Trinity counties).
- Educate children and adults about how to improve personal health, health of the community and the planet by the food choices we make.
- Help provide healthy, local, organic food to all in the community, not just the wealthy.
- Provide small grants to other community organizations with similar goals.
- Help to build a local sustainable food system.
We, on the North Coast of California, are blessed with a temperate climate and a varied set of environments from oceans and rivers to coastal plains, valleys and forests. Each environment provides us with wonderful foods. We are also blessed with people who care about our food. Our farmers, ranchers, fishers and dairymen/women work hard to make healthy food available. Local grocers and restaurants support the farm community and we have organizations supporting our food system. We have the potential to sustain ourselves with local food.
Food History of the Bio-Region and Our Mission
Humboldt County, California has long been known the world over for its unusual agricultural practices. But, did you know that until about 60 years ago, Humboldt County produced a bounty of edible crops? Over its history the North Coast bio-region produced many types of prize winning grains including wheat and barley. Fruits such as apples, pears and plums were in great abundance. We were a leading supplier of potatoes for potato chips. In 1951 we produced over 10 million eggs and had a healthy poultry industry. In the 1890's we exported over 20 million pounds of food a year to the San Francisco area. We were feeding ourselves and many others. Today we only supply 8-10% of our own food.
The "redwood curtain" was as real then as it is now. Being cut-off and miles away from the nearest metropolitan port is nothing new to residents of the bioregion. For centuries geographic challenges around the world dictated how various regions ate. It wasn't until large scale, industrial agricultural practices took over and big box grocery chains began offering sub-standard food at discount prices that the face of agriculture in this country changed. In modern times, we have watched these practices damage (sometimes irreparably) the health of our environments, local economies, societies and families. We recognize in our verdant lands and close-knit communities of the North Coast bio-region a chance to repair the damage and build something new. Please join us in our work in building healthier lands and people through food.
Please Support the Work of Locally Delicious
Make a Direct Donation
Support our work by making a direct donation to the Locally Delicious organization online, or mail a check. Please write your phone number on the check, include your mailing address if you would like a donations receipt.Online:
Mail donation checks to:
Locally Delicious, Inc.
c/o Suzanne Simpson
P.O. Box 309
Arcata CA 95518
Locally Delicious, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.