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2015 Edible Holiday Gift Guide is out!

The holidays are sneaking up on us. No, we haven't even hit Thanksgiving yet, but Chanukah falls early this year (December 6 is the first night) and we want to give everyone a head start in strategizing to prevent last-minute gifting panic. So, here's the plan—we're doing a round up of some of the best products and shops we've featured in Close to the Source this year so you can round them up yourself and give the best local edibles to food-loving friends and family.
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Farm Fresh to You's
DONATE-A-BOX Program Reaches 10,000 Box Mark 

Farm Fresh To You has partnered with The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank  initially for the Donate-A-Box program. Customers are prompted to donate to a food bank when they schedule a vacation hold for their box. In addition, the general public can also donate produce boxes to a participating food bank.  To donate more details here

Local Bone Broth enthusiast Quinn Farrar Wilson releases Cook Book

Discover the amazing natural healing powers of bone broth, the ancient cure-all that is making waves as today’s newest health food trend. The miracle broth has been said to heal inflammation, improve skin, aid digestion, and strengthen joints, among a long list of other wellness benefits. 20 go-to bone broth recipes to start enjoying today plus Dozens of inspired broth-based recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Bone Broth: Essential Recipes & Age-Old Remedies to Heal Your Body here!

Old Harbor Bar & Barrels Campaign

The wonderful folks down at Old Harbor Distilling Company are trying to bring new life and opportunity to the East Village San Diego neighborhood. In late November, Old Harbor Bar &Barrels was launched to fund their Sunset Bar, which will open at sundown to sling local spirits & cocktails. The campaign will also fund new barrels, bringing San Diegan's more delicious San Miguel gin and the expansion of their line into distilled honey wine and mexican heirloom bourbon. More details here 

Mayan Hot Chocolate : Makes 4 cups


  • 1 cup cooked butternut squash pulp
  • 3 ½ cups milk
  • 3 ounces Ibarra brand Mexican chocolate
  • 3 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg


1. In a blender, puree the squash with 1¾ cups of the milk until perfectly smooth.
2. In a large saucepan, mix the remaining 1¾ cups of milk, chocolate, and spices. With a whisk, stir over low heat until the chocolate is melted, then add the pureed squash. Do not boil. Strain through a coarse sieve to remove any trace of the squash fiber.
3. Reheat gently in a heavy saucepan. Serve in little demitasse cups, with a crisp cookie for dipping.

Upcoming Local Food Events

Collaboration Kitchen 2016-Save the Date!

January 24th,5:00pm
GET READY!!! Collaboration Kitchen is going to GO OFF this year with some really fantastic chefs & themes (HELLO SUSHI) - so mark your calendars and let's do this. Tickets and chefs will be announced soon! More info Here

VinaVanti Wines Grand Opening

December 5th, 11-11:00pm

Now pouring on University Avenue, this local winery recently transplanted its wine-making facility into a newly-remodeled space that's serving its natural wines by the flight, glass or bottle along with perfectly paired, wine-friendly bites. They are donating a portion of proceeds to San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project benefiting Wild Willow Farm . 477 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 More details


Free Wine Making Demonstration at Curds & Wine
December 5th, 1-5pm

Join us to see just how easy it is to make your own wine, at home or on site at Curds and Wine! We will go through all of the basic steps of making wine from kits, from start to bottle. This will be an interactive demonstration, you will have an opportunity to take part in winemaking steps hands-on. This demonstration will take about 2 hours, and then you can start your own wine!

Please RSVP for this demonstration here

Garden of Lights:
San Diego Botanic Garden’s Annual Gift to the San Diego Community

December 5-23rd 26-30th, 5-9pm

After the sun goes down in December, the San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas is transformed into a dazzling winter wonderland! More than 125,000 sparkling lights illuminate the flora of this fantastic 37-acre urban oasis each evening from 5 – 9 pm for a magical holiday experience.

Bring the family and experience the magic as 100,000 sparkling lights illuminate several spectacular Garden areas, including the iconic Lawn Garden, Tropical Rainforest, Waterfall Deck, Undersea Succulent Garden, Eucalyptus Grove, Seeds of Wonder (children’s area) and Bamboo Garden, containing the nation’s largest collection of bamboo.
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Read our latest issue to get the buzz on what's brewing, delicious recipes and local food news
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Asian Pears
Navel Oranges
Winter Squash
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