Join us for the 14th Annual Enviro Fair, Saturday, June 22 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM in the San Diego County Fair Paddock Area. Su-Mei Yu of Saffron Restaurant and Savor San Diego will offer a live cooking demonstration at 1:00PM.
Sponsored by Albertsons/Sav-on and Think Blue, Enviro Fair will stress the importance of recycling, sustainable living, pollution prevention, conservation, and environmentally friendly products. Non-profit organizations will be on hand to illustrate ways Fairgoers can take better care of our world.
New this year, we will be featuring local farmers and their Community Supported Agriculture Programs, or CSAs. There will be exhibitors with environmentally friendly products, plus exhibitors providing cooking demonstrations, along with displays of beautiful, locally grown organic produce throughout the Paddock.
Enviro Fair Stage Schedule
11:00AM CSA Cooking demonstration
12:00PM Music by Street Drum Corps
1:00PM Su-Mei Yu of Saffron Restaurant and Savor San Diego, cooking demonstration; more below...
2:30PM CSA Cooking demonstration
3:30PM CSA Cooking demonstration
4:30PM Music by Tom Greisgraber
Su-Mei Yu opened one of San Diego's first authentic Thai restaurants, Saffron Thai Grilled Chicken, on India Street in Mission Hills over 25 years ago. Su-Mei later expanded the Saffron brand with Saffron Noodles & Sate, a comfortable eatery with indoor and outdoor seating. Located next to each other, both restaurants have become San Diego favorites featuring traditional Thai dishes made from recipes Su-Mei learned as a child in Thailand. Saffron's menus offer guests delicious and affordable fare prepared with Su-Mei's philosophy of "food for the mind, body and soul". Su-Mei Yu is an accomplished chef both locally and nationally, and has authored several cookbooks including Asian Grilling, Cracking the Coconut and the recently-released The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living. She has been featured on numerous television programs including Martha Stewart, Good Morning America and The Today Show as well as in notable publications such as Food & Wine Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and The New York Times. More information about Saffron and Su-Mei Yu can be found at the Saffron website.
Su-Mei Yu will offer a live cooking demonstration at the Enviro Fair on June 22 at 1:00PM.
Community Supported Agriculture
Located in Lakeside, California, Blue Sky Ranch prides itself in offering full and timely community supported agriculture boxes on a weekly and bi-weekly basis. They also provide weekly recipes specific to the fruits and vegetables and bi-weekly basis. They also provide weekly recipes specific to the fruits and vegetables offering their boxes and host educational classes and more to teach members how to utilize their produce.
Contact: Taj Chaffin, Website: www.farmatblueskyranch.com
Brian's Farmers Markets has a unique community supported agriculture option for San Diego County residents. They have a multi-farm community supported agriculture with up to ten farms contributing to the community supported agriculture share. This allows for a well-balanced share as well as a wonderful variety. All of the produce is grown organically without any pesticides or chemicals. There are three markets that provide pick up locations for CSA boxes: La Jolla, Mission Valley and Point Loma.
Contact: Brian Beevers, Website: www.sdmarketmanager.com/wb
California Avocados Direct of San Diego offers mail order avocado gift boxes to all avocado enthusiasts in the U.S. They pick, pack, and ship fresh California avocado gifts all across the United States as well as offer fresh mail order avocado subscriptions for those who wish to have consistent quality avocados. Fresh California avocado gifts range from $12 to $70 with a flat rate shipping.
Contact: Ben Holtz, Website: www.californiaavocadosdirect.com
Cooking with CSA in San Diego was established by the founders of The Healthetarians, a nonprofit dedicated to educating kids, inspiring teens and empowering young adults to take responsibility for their health. They design a recipe subscription service to teach adults how to live healthier lifestyles and help strengthen their relationship with food and the environment.
Contact: Sarah O'Toole,Website: www.cookingwithcsa.com
Lake Elsinore, California's Da-Le Ranch's Basic Mixed Meat community supported agriculture is a 10-lb. package of farm-fresh chicken, beef, lamb, and pork. There are other CSA options available. Shares are available for pickup at half a dozen San Diego County locations, and as many in both Orange and Riverside Counties. A share may be picked up weekly, every other week, or monthly, depending on the family's needs. Meat cuts are farm choice, and pricing reflects the most economical method of buying from a small, sustainable, family farm. Animals are raised under healthy, clean, natural, and stress-free conditions, with sustainability at the forefront; they practice organic principles but are not certified.
Contact: Dave, Website: www.da-le-ranch.com/about-us.html
Eli's has been growing fresh produce and selling at local farmers markets for almost 20 years. Eli's Farms is a small family farm located in North San Diego County. All produce is grown locally in Fallbrook, California.
Contact: Eli and Daniel Hofshi, Website: www.elisfarms.com
The Rodriguez Ranch in Escondido, California started in the 1950s. It was originally 55 acres of wild scrub brush cleared by hand and mule teams. At one time, the Rodriguez Ranch was a domestic supplier and international exporter of culinary herbs. Following several illnesses caused by exposure to agricultural chemicals, Joe, Jr., decided to try the organic method of farming. Then in 1986, after much success growing crops organically, Joe obtained his California Certified Organic Farmers certification and J R Organics was formed. The growing practices used include the finest fertilizers, compost, beneficial insects, and soil management.
Contact: Joe Rodriguez, Website: www.jrorganicsfarm.com
Primal Pastures Southern California, in Temecula, California, was founded in 2012 out of a deep respect for the land and a belief that nature has provided the optimal template for raising healthy livestock. They only offer one type of chicken: organic, pasture-raised, soy-free, GMO-free, sustainably raised, and humanely processed broilers that spent their entire lives out on pasture soaking up vitamin D, picking and scratching for bugs and worms, and acting like chickens are supposed to. They use portable electric fencing to allow the birds a true free range experience and space to roam and forage. Rotated for pasture management and to ensure chickens are getting as much green material as their genetic potential will allow. Located within one hour of Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
Contact: Paul Grieve, Website: www.primalpastures.com
Sage Mountain green-fed beef community supported agriculture in Hemet, California, is owned and operated by Phil and Juany Noble. They offer a certain number of shares each six or twelve month cycle based on the number of animals raised. These shares are distributed once a month at pre-arranged locations. They also guarantee the weight of meat each month and are USDA Certified Organic growers.
Contact: Phil Noble, Website: www.sagemountainfarm.com
San Diego Organic Farms, in Ramona, California, is a local grower of fresh vegetables, expanding their fields to serve the need in Ramona for quality vegetables at reasonable prices. With new crop fields in production, they will be able to offer subscription community supported agriculture to Ramona and surrounding area.
Contact: Joe Zenovic, Website: www.sdorganicfarms.com
Seabreeze Organic Farm in San Diego is a family farm located in Carmel Valley growing for San Diego for 25 years. Seabreeze grows flowers, seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs and chicken eggs for local delivery direct to home or office year round.
Contact: Stephanie Caughlin, Website: www.stepheniefarm.com
Suzie's Farm is a 140-acre USDA-certified organic family farm located thirteen miles south of downtown San Diego. Founded by Robin Taylor and Lucila De Alejandro in 2009, they grow over 100 varieties of seasonal vegetables, herbs, flowers, and fruits. The Suzie's farm-ily includes 85 employees, a handful of happy farm dogs, and a fleet of 300 egg-laying hens. Their mission is to feed San Diegans the freshest and highest quality produce while cultivating a community of people who are passionate about organic, locally grown produce. The Suzie's community supported agriculture is the only single-farm CSA in the area and subscription can be weekly or bi-weekly in a small or regular size box with recipes included!
Contact: Wyndellen Wilbur, Website: www.suziesfarm.com
Parking and transportation tips
The Fair will operate three FREE off-site parking lots with FREE shuttle service to the O'Brien Gate. Parking on the grounds is $10. For information about these free lots, see our Parking page.
Or, take the COASTER to the Fair, and save money with our Weekend Fair Tripper combo ticket! For just $15, you get a round-trip fare on the COASTER train, a shuttle from the train station to the West Gate, and adult Fair admission. You'll save up to $9, plus you won't have to pay parking fees! For more information on this option, see the Public Transportation page.
For further information on Enviro Fair, please contact the Fairgrounds' Resource Conservation Office at 858-792-4298.