Hatch chile season is super short (Aug-Sept) which makes obtaining them half the fun! The soil and growing conditions in Hatch, New Mexico, create a unique flavor in the chiles grown there. In 2012, a law was passed that only chiles grown in this New Mexican valley can be labeled ‘Hatch’- which protects the local farmers and economy. These Hatch chiles are from Gillis Farms.
On Tuesday, I joyfully (and literally) skipped out of my house and headed to the first of my Can It Academy Food Preservation and Cottage Arts Certificate Program, currently held at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena. Can It Academy is sponsored by Food Forward and 100% of its net proceeds goes toward Food Forward’s anti-hunger work in and around Los Angeles.
Tucked away about 50 miles north of San Francisco is the goat farm and creamery of Redwood Hill Farm – the first goat dairy in the US to be Certified Humane Raised and Handled. This family-run operation has been at it since 1968, when the Bice family moved to Sonoma County and the children were given goats as pets. They started selling raw goat’s milk as 4H’ers. Forty-five years later, there are now 62 employees at Redwood Hill Farm and Creamery (one of whom is their very first employee whose been there for 32 years!)
Yep, it’s that time again… school lunches! What the heck to come up with for the next 9 months? Although my daughter could easily eat peanut butter and jelly everyday, I do prefer to give her a bit more variety then that. And please don’t tell me you still use paper bags and plastic baggies that fill up the trash cans/landfills day in and day out? (Do you feel a lecture coming on?)