Central Coast businesses featured in new book about local foods movement

A handful of Central Coast businesses are singled out for praise in the new book “Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods.”

Written by Ojai residents Tracey Ryder and Carole Topalian, the book focuses on the local foods movement, highlighting farmers, ranchers, fisherman, chefs and foodies in six regions of the United States.

The San Luis Obispo area receives a mention in the chapter “California and the West.”

The authors begin with a nod to ‘Ncredible Edibles, a San Luis Obispo company that specializes in food-filled landscaping, water harvesting and other sustainable practices.

“These folks are on fire, transforming abandoned backyards or grass front lawns into food forests,” Ryder and Topalian write.

The book also mentions Clark Valley Farm in Los Osos, Central Coast Brewing in San Luis Obispo andNature’s Touch Nursery and Harvest, which has stores in Atascadero and Templeton.

In addition, “Edible” praises three companies in northern Santa Barbara County: American Flatbread Pizza (aka Full of Life Flatbread) in Los Alamos, Fairview Gardens in Goleta and La Nogalera Walnut Oil in Buellton.

“Edible: A Celebration of Local Foods” is published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

-- Sarah Linn