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Feeding your locavore cravings

February 27, 2009 |  2:14 pm

FarmerHave a hankering to pick your own strawberries? Curious to see how olive oil is made? Want to replace some of that lawn with edible plants?

The "Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide" lists -- not exhaustively -- farms, farmers markets, restaurants, food shops and other ways to taste the bounty of northern Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. At right, Bill Coleman at his farm's stand at a Santa Monica market.(The online version is searchable by ZIP Code.)

The guide is a project of several farm and environmental organizations, and cheerleads throughout for farmers with such statements as, "By supporting local farmers today, you can help ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow, and that future generations will have access to nourishing, flavorful and abundant food."

It also provides short descriptions of the farms it lists, along with contact information. And there are explanations for terms such as organic, fair trade and sustainable.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo by Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times