Head on over to Orcutt Ranch for their annual community grapefruit picking this weekend. Orcutt Ranch is located in West Hills, in LA county. If you’ve never been to one of their picks, it’s a super fun community event, perfect for kids, and the price can’t be beat.
It doesn’t get more locavore then Chef Jesse Griffiths restaurant Dai Due in Austin, Texas. Jesse, and his wife Tamara, had a clear vision when they opened their butcher shop/restaurant in 2006: use only ingredients available in their region, thereby supporting local farmers, ranchers, and local culinary traditions.
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.
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!
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.
My daughter and I recently took a road trip to Fresno, California to visit some of the farms on the Fruit Trail. Although the drought has taken a toll on the farms here, there is still an extraordinary variety of produce for the taking.
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.
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.
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.