Working for Good, Clean, Fair Food for All - Slow Food Urban San Diego Convivium of Slow Food International

2015 Good Food Community Fair

By Sarah M. Shoffler, SFUSD board of directors
Photos by Eric Buchanan

We had a great time at the 2015 Good Food Community Fair! This year’s event, at the wonderful Quartyard, featured some of the best of San Diego’s thriving slow food scene: coffee, honey, beer, pigs, sea urchins, yellowtail, sushi, oysters, kombucha, mead…plus farmers, fishermen, chefs, brewers, beekeepers, butchers, food researchers, publishers, educators and conservationists. Check out our photos below!

IMG_1024Over 40 partner organizations, our colleagues in the San Diego Slow Food movement, brought their variety of good, clean & fair food for all to our annual event. We owe our success to these partners, plus to our generous donors of food, supplies, raffle items, time and expertise, and to our awesome volunteers. Not to mention the rockstar staff at Quartyard. See you next year!

Like this year’s artwork? You can buy an artist-signed print, of just the art, for $10. Email us at 

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Our amazing partners and sponsors:

1:1 MovementBaby CydesdaleCafé VirtuosoCalifornia Sea Grant, Scripps Institution of OceanographyCatalina Offshore ProductsCat Chiu PhillipsChef Rob RuizCity Farmers NurseryCity Farming AcademyCulinary Historians Of San DiegoCommunity Health Improvement PartnersCook Pigs RanchDuck Foot BrewingEdible San DiegoEpicurean San DiegoErnest MillerGirl Next Door HoneyGolden Coast MeadGreen Flash BrewingJeanne’s Garden Program for ChildrenKashiLeah’s Pantry and EatFresh.orgMaster Gardeners of San DiegoNOAA Fisheries, Nomad DonutsNopalito Hop FarmOlivewood Gardens and Learning Center, One Bag World, Project New VillageRainThanksResource Conservation District of Greater San Diego CountyRevolution LandscapeSan Diego Weekly MarketsSlow Food San Diego State UniversitySlow Money SoCalSoCal FishStone Brewing Co.Surfrider Foundation San DiegoSuzie’s FarmThe Humane LeagueTuna Harbor Dockside MarketVia International, Viva PopsWild Willow Farm & Education CenterWomen of Coffee Microfinance Fund, Specialty Produce, The Meat Men, Eclipse ChocolateThe Lodge at Torrey Pines, Next Door Wine + Craft Beer Bar, Dr. Bronner’s, Blind Lady Alehouse, Leroy’s Kitchen, Suzie’s Farm, NINE-Ten, Curds and Wine, Epicurean San Diego, San Diego Food Systems Alliance.

A Berry Sweet Season!

Spring is here and in sunshiny Southern California that means the start of strawberry season! These perfectly sweet red berries are popping up everywhere these days, on salads at our favorite restaurants, over flowing their little green baskets at farmers markets and if you are lucky hanging on the strawberry plants in your very own yard.  Delicious with everything from home made shortcake to fresh cream, strawberries are also perfect for making jams and jellies. We have been swooning over Rachel Saunders recipe for “Children’s Strawberry Jam” in her scrumptious Blue Chair Jam Cookbook. Rachel also provides some handy tips and tricks for jam making in general throughout her book, making preserving produce easy peasy!

Blue Chair Jam Cookbook by Rachel Saunders

Whether you keep it simple with strawberries and sugar or add in delectable accompaniments like rhubarb, herbs or balsamic making berry jam is the perfect way to preserve the sweet flavor of spring for months to come! Here are a few delicious iders for you to play with!




3rd Annual Slow Food Urban San Diego Food and Seed Swap!

Rejoice! It’s Spring! Slow Food Urban San Diego and San Diego Seed Company are teaming up with Wild Willow Farm and Education Center for a Food and Seed Swap! Bring your tightly sealed home made-jams, baked goods, seeds and cookbooks for an afternoon of trading and recipe sharing. Stick around after the trade for a Spring Gardening class, tour of the farm and the Wild Willow Potluck. It’s going to be a great day!

Please bring your best batch of jam, your Nonna’s sauerkraut recipe, your uncle Willis’s blue ribbon barbecue sauce and your surplus of backyard meyer lemons for trade and barter. Don’t miss this wonderful day on the farm chalk-full of good food, good vibes and good folk.

Food and Seed Swap Schedule
Saturday April 27th
1pm: Check-in for the Food and Seed Swap
1:30-4pm: Swap goodies with others, learn new recipes, get seeds to plant in your garden, and get inspired to live the Slow Food way of life.
4-5pm: Spring Planting Basics class. Learn how to start your garden. There’s nothing better than your own homegrown produce!
5:30pm: Farm tour of Wild Willow Educational Farm

6:15pm: Wild Willow Potluck- bring a dish to share and/or donation for the world famous wood-fired pizza!

 What can I bring to the Food and Seed Swap?
  • Seeds you are saving
  • Tightly sealed food stuffs (pickles, jam, sauces, etc)
  • Baked goods
  • Your surplus produce from your garden and/or fruit trees
  • Old cookbooks
Please be sure to label all ingredients.

Click here to download and complete the Swap Agreement Form.  They will also be available to fill out the day of the event.

 When: Saturday April 27th

Where: Wild Willow Farm and Education Center

2550 Sunset Avenue, San Diego 92154

Cost: Free!

RSVP on our Facebook event page!

Questions? Please contact Jenna Barnes at