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Happy Earth Day!

In celebration of Earth Day, Slow Food USA is hosting their annual, “Give What You Can Day” to become a member!  That means, instead of the usual $60, you can join Slow Food USA for any amount!

I love being a member of my local Slow Food chapter.  I’ve met so many like minded people.  I’m actually heading out today to volunteer with some of our local food preservers to teach a free class on canning. Slow Food USA works at preserving biodiversity, teaching kids to grow their own food, and so much more.  To learn more and find a local chapter where you live, head over to Slow Food USA today.

And Happy Earth Day everyone!

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Farmers Market Finds

The Santa Monica Farmers Market on Arizona is one of the bigger LA Farmers Markets and has a great selection of produce!  Here are a few things I picked up this week:

apples: Ha’s Apple Farm, Kern County, CA

blueberries and strawberries: Pudwill Berry Farms, San Luis Obispo, CA

spinach: Maggie’s Farm, Ventura, CA

lettuce: Smith Farms, Orange County, CA and The Garden Of…, Los Olivos, CA

celery: Fresno Evergreen, Fresno, CA

Santa Monica has quite a few markets going throughout the week.  The one downtown is on Arizona, every Saturday from 8am – 1pm. (There is also a market here on Wednesdays from 8:30am – 1:30pm) The Saturday market, however, is also known as the organic market, and has the largest percentage of organic growers of all the other SM markets.

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Farmers Market Finds

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My goodies from a few great vendors at the Calabasas Farmers Market

Grapes: G Farms
Tangerines: Verni’s Farms, Fresno, CA
Potatoes: JR Farms, Fresno, CA
Artichokes, potatoes, lettuce and kale: Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark, CA
Blueberry bagels: Les Délices du Four French Bakery
Sheep milk yogurt: Bonjour! Yogurt
Tzatziki and pita chips: Brothers Products
Peach Cobbler: Sharon’s Heavenly Cobblers

The Calabasas Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8-1.  Located on Calabasas Road in Old Town Calabasas.

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Farmers Market Finds

farmers market

My goodies from a few great vendors at the Calabasas Farmers Market

Broccoli, kale, lettuce, celery, strawberries: Frecker Farms, Carpenteria
Pita Chips: Brothers Products
California Mellow Yellow Crazy Cheese Curds: Achadinha Cheese Company
Duck eggs: La Bahn Ranch
Corn, cantaloupe: Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark
Buddhas Hand lemon: Rick’s Seasonal Produce, Fallbrook
Grapes, apples: G Farms
Blackberries: Cortez Farms, Santa Maria
Pastry: France Bakery
Seasoning: Cappy’s Dry Rub
Carrots, cucumbers: Givens Farms, Santa Barbara
Spinach: Kenter Canyon Farms, Sun Valley

The Calabasas Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8-1.  Located on Calabasas Road in Old Town Calabasas.

Lifestyle

October Unprocessed Guest Post

What would happen if you decided to go without any processed food for just one month? Do you think you could? It seems almost strange to think that would be a hard thing to do, but you might be relying on more canned and prepackaged foods then you realize.

Andrew at the Eating Rules food blog, has been running his October Unprocessed challenge since 2010 and it’s participates grow year after year. I think people are hungry for change.  (Pardon the pun.) The site is full of information and recipes to get you started and I’m happy to announce that one of my recipes is being featured in the challenge today: my Savory Cranberry Jam.  Perfect for the upcoming holidays.

savory cranberry jam

The October Unprocessed challenge can be started any time. If you haven’t started but want to give it ago, there’s nothing wrong with November Unprocessed , December Unprocessed … or even 2017 Unprocessed!

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The adorable Kiwi Berry

kiwi berries

You may have walked right past these in your local market, because, well, what the heck?  Usually packaged in plastic clam shells and placed next to the other berries, these green globes (about the size of a strawberry) are fairly new in commercial markets and totally worth going back to the produce section and picking up.

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