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I find some of the best dried fruits and almonds every Saturday at the Verni Farms stand at the Calabasas Farmers Market. Verni Farms is more than dried fruit, though. With 300 acres of olives on their Clovis, CA farm, their cold pressed olive oil gets nothing but rave reviews and is pressed by the family, as well.
I always try to promote eating local and knowing and supporting your local farmers but there are just some amazing foods that don’t grow in my Los Angeles backyard… of even in the United States for that matter. Although many fruits and vegetables that were once considered just tropically grown can now be found on certain US based farms and orchards, there are many super foods that do better in other climates, like Noni, Acai Berry and this new one… Baobab.
The first time I tried Love Bites Raw Chocolate, I was rushing through a Saturday Farmers Market. Merissa’s striking chocolate confections, with a little sign next to one reading ‘Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt’, stopped me right in my tracks.
July is National Ice Cream month so I thought we’d look at something a little different: Goat’s Milk Ice Cream! I have to admit I wasn’t sure what to expect of ice cream made from goat’s milk. Don’t get me wrong, I love goat cheese! So much so, I could eat it every single day (and quite often do), but my knowledge ends beyond a great chèvre. Continue Reading…
When you see a booth at the Farmers Market that says Get Naked, your curiosity is going to get the better of you. I’m glad I moved in for a closer look, because there was Naked Infusions Salsa. Organic. Non-GMO. California sourced. Delicious.
For the last few years, Artisanal LA has been showcasing the best Southern California artisanal vendors around. Although you’ll find mostly small batch food and beverage artisans here, when cruising the isles you’ll also find some amazing candles, soaps, clothing and more. This was my first year there and I really could have spent the entire weekend (instead of just the few hours I had) meeting these incredible, passionate artists and tasting their samples, buying their goods and supporting this community. I am so excited to be highlighting many of those I met on this site over the next few months!
As I mentioned, I only had a short time to power through the (approx) 100 or so vendors and pick up some goodies along the way.
It’s always exciting to see new food products popping up at the mom and pop markets in the neighborhood. Seeing these on the shelves represents creative food artisans to me. Creatives in the food industry with an idea, vision and tenacity to get their product into the food market. I love finding these and sharing them with you and Not Ketchup is next on my list.