Know Your Food Sources: Some Ways to Connect with Your Food's Roots


Fiddler’s Green Farm at the San Rafael Farmers’ Market. Photo by Greg Yost via Agricultural Institute of Marin.

Here are some ways to get to know where your food comes from, and how it makes its way onto your plate. First up is an INFORUM event at the Commonwealth Club on Tuesday May 21st from 6:30pm-8pm called Eating Nose-to-Tail: The Whole Animal Movement. The event features a panel of some of San Francisco’s most well-known butchers and nose-to-tail advocates, including Ryan Farr of 4505 Meats, Tia Harrison of Avedano’s, John Fink of The Whole Beast, and Chris Cosentino of Incanto. Premium ticket holders also get to attend an after-party, complete with a butchery demonstration and samples. Tickets are $20 general admission ($12 for Commonwealth Club members), $55 premium ($40 for members), and $7 for students. Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St. at 2nd St.

There’s news in the local food movement too. ~18 REASONS~, the nonprofit and education arm of Bi-Rite Market, is merging with local food education nonprofit Three Squares. 18 Reasons will continue to offer classes, workshops, and all sorts of interesting events out of their 18th Street space, and will partner with Three Squares to offer cooking and nutrition education in low-income neighborhoods. They’ll be holding a special 18th Hour Happy Hour on Thursday May 16th to discuss the changes.

There’s a new farmers’ market in town, too, this time in the Inner Richmond. The new market is being put on by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, which runs the Stonestown market and the San Rafael Civic Center Markets. The market kicks off Sunday June 9th and will continue year-round every Sunday from 9am-2pm, and will be on Clement St. between 2nd Ave and 4th Ave.