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Monday, December 28, 2009

Newcomer Della Terra Organics Wants to Bring Farm-Sourced Produce to Bernal

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ICHI's Tim Archuleta at the Monday happy hour at Bender's. - ICHI
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  • ICHI's Tim Archuleta at the Monday happy hour at Bender's.
When the 331 Cortland market opens within the next two months (barring further delays), it'll mark the launch of new produce retailer Della Terra Organics. Owner Susan D'Arcangelo told SFoodie she has a long history of entrepreneurship, but Della Terra will be her first time as a greengrocer. D'Arcangelo has worked as a jewelry designer, a house painter, and a line cook here and in Boston, but she's never hawked produce. Her concept? "It's just a little market," D'Arcangelo said, "like an indoor farmers' market stand, those old roadside stands." D'Arcangelo said she's seeking to buy directly from certified organic farmers affiliated with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers' Buy Fresh, Buy Local program. Future plans call for weekly food demos, and a system to can or otherwise preserve excess produce. D'Arcangelo said she plans to open seven days a week.

Della Terra will join caterer ICHI Lucky Cat Deli the sixth and final vendor at 331 Cortland. Co-owner Erin Archuleta said she and hubby Tim will sell made-to-order sushi (named Best Traveling Sushi by SF Weekly), Japanese-inspired sandwiches, and some traditional Japanese salads for takeout. Expect items for home sushi makers too, including sushi-grade seafood, maki-rolling kits, sauces, even, possibly, cooked and seasoned sushi rice. Bar hounds might know ICHI from its weekly Monday happy hours at Bender's, and Wednesday happy hours at The Knockout.

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