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CSA Recap - My First Summer with a CSA

So, now that we’re well into the doldrums of fall, my Community Supported Agriculture program has finally wrapped up. So how did it go? Well, overall, it went very well. However there are definitely aspects for improvement, both from the CSA and from me.
 (Editor’s Note: Each CSA runs differently. So, some of the items mentioned […]

My First CSA Report

Well, this weekend I will pick up my third CSA box of the summer. You may remember that I was a little hesitant about signing up for a CSA because I wasn’t sure I could find enough fruits and vegetables that I wanted to eat. Well, that fear was definitely unfounded. During the winter, I […]

Should You Join a CSA?

If you shop at farmers markets, you’ve probably seen the signs for CSAs. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it’s a good way to help support your local farms while making your weekly fruit and vegetable shopping a lot easier.
With a CSA, you (typically) prepay for a weekly delivery, either to your home or […]

Green Up Your Grocery Shopping

While the saying it’s not easy being “green” still holds true in some areas, it is becoming easier to be green than ever before. That’s because of an increasing education of the general public regarding the environment and the growing willingness of local governments to take on greater ecological responsibility.
Whether you live in one of […]

7 Reasons to Buy Locally Grown Food

Ecocuisine is a movement meant to promote locally grown, sustainable foods.What exactly are “sustainable foods?” Those foods produced locally by people who value fresh, nutritious, seasonal food and who are concerned with social, economic, and environmental issues of food production and distribution.
Though many people have been turned on to eating locally grown produce, many areas […]

Saturday At The Davis Farmer’s Market

The city of Davis, where I live, is a small community of over 60,000 in Northern California. It’s not an overstatement to say that the Farmer’s Market is the most important community gathering spot in our town. Although we are a small town, the market is known as one of the most successful and well […]

Watermelon Feta Salad

In California, we’re fortunate enough to occasionally find out of season fruits during the otherwise dreary (fruit wise) winter months, and thanks to the popular Trader Joe’s and Safeway grocery store chains, selections often includes watermelon, pre-sliced and packed in a tub and ready to eat.
Most melons, but particularly watermelon, are a dieter’s friend, and […]

Seasonal Produce in the Winter?

Everyone knows that it is best to eat seasonally. Seasonal food is fresher and so tends to be nutritious. Not to mention that strawberries in the summer just taste better, right? Now with better food shipping options it is possible to get strawberries in the winter from a far off climate that taste pretty close to […]

A Mom’s Guide to Decoding Food Labels

It can be very scary going to the grocery store when you have young children. Danger seems to lurk in every aisle - sugary cartoon breakfast cereals and “juice” drinks with no real juice in them are just mild offenders compared to the killer hydrogenated oils lurking in the pastry case and pesticide-laden everything. Fortunately, […]

Profile: Frieda’s Makes Exotic Produce Commonplace

Back in 1962, the kiwifruit (then known as the Chinese gooseberry) was a virtual unknown to American consumers, but thanks to the grit, creativity and resourcefulness of produce distributor Frieda Caplan, the brown, furry fruit was renamed, promoted directly to consumers and eventually became a staple of fruit salads and bowls across the land.
Frieda’s, Inc., […]