The bay area is known for the tech giants who have made it home. In the sea of big business and redwoods, there are people who’ve ventured to create noteworthy sustainable small businesses.
Campbell and Los Gatos are two enclaves in the south bay worth the trip. At Barefoot Coffee in Campbell, you can warm up and get your coffee fix. One of the pioneers of direct trade, Barefoot travels and works directly with coffee growers around the globe ensuring fair wages and sustainable growing practices.
Take a stroll down Campbell Avenue in the quaint downtown and pop into Redemption, a boutique featuring California made goods as well as clothing that owner Tammy Liu has picked up from antique shops and estate sales.
Another block down, you’ll find the Recycle Bookstore, a treasure trove of new and used books to explore.
Enjoy dinner and artisanal cocktails at Austrian restaurant Naschmarkt. The chef sources locally, and can often be seen shopping the Campbell Farmers Market on Sundays. The menu always features seasonal ingredients and their curious and forward thinking bartenders are always creating delicious, seasonal cocktails.
The Campbell Farmers Market is one of the best in the region. You’ll find a huge selection of seasonal produce from area farms, as well as artisanal treats like sauerkraut, bread, olive oil, hummus, cheese and fresh eggs. Follow the smell of kettle corn to the food vendors for delicious options from a plate of huevos rancheros to just made ravioli that are both satisfying and filling.
If you’re up for a bike ride or walk, 6 miles west is another quaint town nestled near the Santa Cruz mountains, Los Gatos. Stop by Bunches for locally grown and sourced flowers. Round out an afternoon with a trip down Santa Cruz Ave. to The Lexington House where you can enjoy happy hour on weekday afternoons beginning at 3PM. Stay for dinner and indulge in seasonal dishes made with locally sourced organic ingredients.
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