Chef Daniella Malfitano defines local food: Simply put, local foods are foods that are produced within the surrounding cities and counties where they are sold. There are many benefits to buying food locally and supporting locally produced goods and business. The most important benefits include strengthening one’s relationship to their own community, increasing local business and thus the local economies, preserving the quality of the planet by decreasing food transit, and increasing the pattern of eating seasonally allowing children and people within the local community to live healthier, richer, fuller, longer lives. And these are just a few benefits of eating and supporting locally produced foods. Daniella has traveled throughout the ten-county region of superior California for the first season of Delicious Discoveries with Daniella Malfitano. Chef Daniella Malfitano explains why local food is so important in this quick video link! 

Here are some of the places and foods she has discovered along the way!

 Lavender and Herbs at Bayliss Ranch – Biggs, CA

 Cheese at Pedrozo Dairy and Cheese Co. – Orland, CA

 Blueberries at Sierra Cascade Blueberry FarmForest Ranch, CA

 Coffee at Cal Java Coffee RoastersChico, CA

 Sundried Tomatoes at Mooney FarmsChico, CA

 Olive Oil at Lodestar FarmsOroville, CA

 Honey at Olivarez Honey Bees, Inc.Orland, CA

 Tomatoes at Comanche Creek FarmsChico, CA

 Eggs and Dry aged Beef at Chaffin Family OrchardsOroville, CA

 Figs at Maywood FarmsCorning, CA

 Apples at Noble OrchardsParadise, CA

Daniella recommends these great reads for more information on the importance of farming and agricultural development as well as the benefits of eating and supporting local food and why it is essential for a healthy planet and for a healthy body:

Slow Food Nation by Carlo Petrini
The San Francisco Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market Cookbook by Christopher Hirsheimer and Peggy Knickerbocker
Stolen Harvest by Vandana Shiva
Food for the Future by José Bové and François Dufour