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Farmers Market Finds

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

farmers market finds

Almond Milk Latte: L.A. Juice, Los Angeles
Pasta and Porcini mushroom sauce: Pietros Kitchen
Kale: Givens Farms
Pita Chips: (yikes, I forgot to write it down… update coming soon)
Spinach: Kenter Canyon Farms, Sun Valley
Dates: Oasis Dates
Plums, plucots and peaches: Arnett Farms, Fresno
Mulberries: Gerwig Ranch, Fallbrook
Ginger: Young Produce
Celery: Underwood Family Farms, Moorpark
Blueberries: Gambia Farms

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

Lifestyle

Converting our Shed into a Chicken Coop, Part 1

converting a shed to a coop

When we bought our home last year, the previous owners left us this shed in the backyard. For a while, I was trying to figure out if we’d have enough room to have this shed (used as a gardening/potting shed perhaps) and a chicken coop. And the more I stared at it, and the space we had, the more I realized the shed should be the coop! Of course it helps to have a super handy husband who I knew could take on this project. I wanted to share with you how we converted our shed into a chicken coop so you could perhaps take this project on yourselves. It certainly helps to have someone handy around and the right tools, but it’s definitely DIY-able.

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We Got Chickens!!!

baby chicks

I am so super excited to announce the arrival of eight baby chicks to our homestead! I’ve been wanting chickens for quite some time and after we moved to a property with a larger yard, it was starting to become a reality. With spring here, it was finally time.  My daughter and I took a rode trip to Dare 2 Dream Farms, a little chicken ranch and farm north of Los Angeles, and we picked up our girls.

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Farmers Market Feature: Ayala Farms

ayala farms

I’m always finding myself at the Ayala Farms market stand on any given market day. Their produce is fresh, consistent, and well priced. This is where I often stop for my staples: carrots, celery, peppers, etc… And their strawberries are so sweet and juicy, what they grow the most of and are known for.

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October Unprocessed

For the last six years, Andrew, over at Eating Rules, has held the October Unprocessed Challenge. It’s based on the simple idea of going just one month without eating any processed foods.  And, hopefully, that one month may spill over to two… or three.  Or at least open our eyes to changes we can make in our daily eating choices.

October Unprocessed 2015

And to make it easier, for the entire month of October, he posts tips, recipes, and guidelines to help you on your way. I love October Unprocessed because it gives me a bit of a kick-in-the-butt reminder of what I’m putting in my mouth.

Head on over and check it out.  Today he has posted my Homemade Sriracha recipe, which is super fun and rewarding to make.  My hubby loves when I make this hot sauce from scratch!

I’d say 99% of the recipes on this site use unprocessed ingredients.  Look through them and bookmark your favorites for the challenge. And here are a few DIY recipes of items you might buy prepackaged that you can definitely make yourselves to help you get through October Unprocessed… or any month, really.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Apple Jam

Grape Jam

Pico de Gallo

Guacamole

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Strawberry Popsicles

Candied Jalapenos

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Orange Marmelade

 

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