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to get or gift | produce candles | $24

next on my list of items to get or gift are these beautiful produce candles. joining scent and soil by crafting a line of candles inspired by the harvest, beau burdette is one talented candle farmer! with scents like carrot, honey and kale, each seasonally represented candle brings the farmer’s market fragrances right into your home. coming in at just $24, they are the perfect item to get or gift!

well that’s it for me this week-we’re headed to our hometown today to enjoy the long weekend. i’ve got 3 new babies to meet, family to see and some serious sketching to do! i’ll be back on tuesday with a blog schedule jam packed full of goodness. (so sorry things have been a little light here lately, things were incredibly hectic surrounding quilt market, but i think i’ve finally recuperated!) :) i’ll see you each on tuesday! xox, bonnie

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a year of food life

September 22, 2011

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animal vegetable miracle

speaking of my odd liken to corn lately, have you all read animal, vegetable, miracle by barbara kindsolver? i couldn’t help but think of it yesterday as i wrote about my seasonal cravings. this book has been one of my favorites for a long time, and it is one of the reasons why i fell in love with eating locally and seasonally.

it is the (true) story of a year in which the kingsolver family deliberately fed themselves on food grown within their community, and what they learned from the experience. it’s inspiring, entertaining and encouraging- and it is even jam packed full of seasonal recipes and weekly dinner planning ideas! if you haven’t read it, i (obviously) recommend it. if you’re not much of a reader, maybe you would enjoy visiting their website where you can still find recipes, resources and tips on finding local food.

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a guide to buying organic

September 7, 2011

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buying organic (and local!) produce is extremely important to me. sometimes though, my wallet just won’t allow for it. knowing which items are most and least important to purchase organic has been a tremendous help to me (and our bank account!), so i thought you might be able to use the info as well. here’s a simple guide to what you should always buy organic, and what other items are naturally low in pesticides (usually due to their thick skins).

a guide to buying organic

THE WORST for pesticides (buy these organic):

spinach, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, kale/collard greens, potatoes, bell peppers, celery and grapes.

always try to buy these organic, as their thinner skins allow for the most amount of pesticides to reside within.

 a guide to buying organic

THE BEST (lowest in pesticides):

onions, sweet corn, sweet peas, asparagus, cabbage, eggplant, pineapple, sweet potato, melons and avocado.

when you’re in a money pinch, you can always rest assure that these veggies and fruits have the lowest amount of pesticides.

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june csa

June 14, 2011

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june csa

yesterday, we picked up an extra csa box from our local honor stand, and i think i’m addicted. freshly picked organic produce from a farm i can see out our living room window. now that’s a farm to fork mileage i can be proud of!

june csa

for a california june, we got carrots, strawberries, raspberries, fennel, kale, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, onions, garlic, cucumbers, parsley, dill and some beets. now it’s time to plan our meals for the week! do you have any favorite ways to use beets?

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what do you eat in february?

February 11, 2010

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it’s important to eat as local as you can, but what are you supposed to eat in february? when the only thing blooming is your desire for spring, it can be difficult to eat seasonally.  but, there are a few things that make deep winter delicious, and with this new column i’m naming ‘in season’, i hope give you lots of new ideas to eat locally- one season at a time!

brussel sprouts and omelet

with today’s recipes, i’m going to share with you my favorite way to eat brussel sprouts, and then what to do with the leftovers the next morning!  i made these sprouts earlier this week as a side with my dinner, and then yesterday morning made a delicious omelet from them!

brussel sprouts

i made the omelet with leftover sprouts, fresh local sliced apple and cheddar cheese. i’ve even made it before adding avocado and goat cheese- and it was so delicious!  since i didn’t have either of these yesterday, i left them out- but i encourage you to try it- yum yum yum!

here’s the recipe for fresh brussel sprouts & a delicious omelet!

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last outdoor farmer’s market

i recently read a great article on farmer’s market etiquette, so i thought that i would share a little bit of it with you today, for those tough questions you want to ask your farmers.  if you’re like me,  and head to the farmer’s market with great anticipation for the “buy here, i’m organic!” signs, you’re most likely disappointed by well, none.

local food magnets

it’s important to talk to your local farmers, it allows them to talk about what their passionate about, lets you learn more about the food, and opens up conversation on what the consumer (that’s you!) would like… mabye more organic, less pesticides etc. sometimes, however, it can be a little intimidating to approach a farmer with tough questions.  most likely, if everything was organic, they would proudly display it.  however, many small farmers can’t afford the organic certification, even though they may be practicing sustainable farming.  in any event, many local farmer’s practices are going to be healthier than the mass producers.  so, it’s best to start asking some questions, but how?

in efforts to avoid causing any guilt trips, the way you ask these pressing questions is the most important thing to remember.  be mindful about your tone of voice and the way you approach your farmer.  a non-judgemental, interested approach will get you much further than the yes or no question, “is this stuff organic?”.  there is a lot more that goes into growing sustainable produce than a yes or no question will answer.  if you would rather ask the direct question and get it over with, just remember that you may be the fifteenth person to ask that very same question today, so be warm and courteous in your tone.

what if  the farmer doesn’t have the answer you were looking for? bummer.  but you can politely say, “thanks, i’m going to look around a bit” or “ok, i try to buy only organic, but please let me know if you change”.  you certainly have a right to know how your food is grown, and it’s important that the farmer hears what you’re looking for!

bee green grocery tote

as for what to ask, here is a small list of questions to keep in mind.  for dairy and any kind of meat product, make sure you ask, was/is the animal grass fed or grain?  did it live in a pasture or was it confined?  if confined, how many hours a day did it get to be outside?  was it ever given any hormones or antibiotics?

for produce: what do you grow?  how do you grow it?  what do you do for pest control? do you use pesticides? what are you doing to promote sustainability? and finally, does anything you grow happen to be organic?

hope this helps!  do you have any more questions? how do you approach your farmers and what has your experience been?

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