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Specialty Produce: A San Diego Gem

Specialty Produce: A San Diego GemLiving in California is a blessing when it comes to the year-round availability of produce. But living in San Diego is especially special – because of Specialty Produce.

Specialty Produce is a San Diego-based distributor of fresh, local produce. They source from farms in Southern California, with an emphasis on organic, seasonal produce.

This week, I had the opportunity to host Dana Chaldekas of Specialty Produce as a speaker in my “Foods for Healthy Lifestyles” class at San Diego Mesa College. Dana came to talk to the class about the benefits of eating fresh, local produce – and she certainly expanded our students’ knowledge of locally available fruit and vegetable offerings!

For those of you who may not live in San Diego, you can still reap the benefits of Specialty Produce via the web. One of the company’s most advantageous offerings is its robust website that houses a wealth of knowledge about all sorts of fresh food offerings.

Culinary students, nutrition students, and those who are just plain interested in fruits and vegetables can certainly learn a thing or two from the Specialty Produce website and app for smartphones, available at:

Click on one of the hundreds of fruits and vegetables listed on the site to learn about its seasonality, nutrition profile and recipe ideas that feature the produce.

Our class was grateful for the bounty that Dana brought: fresh garbanzo beans, purple hericot verts and pea shoots to name a few. I used the Specialty Produce website to learn more about Fresh Garbanzo Beans – and to find and prepare a delicious Fresh Garbanzo Bean Salad recipe.


Thank you Specialty Produce for the important role you play in the Southern California food environment!

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