World Ag Expo 2015 Coming to Tulare February10-12

January 26, 2015 in Agritourism, Farm, Featured Story, Front Page Post, Northern California, Taryn Smith

Next month marks the annual World Ag Expo, which will take place in Tulare, California.  The Expo will feature numerous tours of the region’s dairies, wineries, farms, and citrus groves.  They are also introducing guided educational farm tours for high school students.  The expo features 1,500 exhibitors on 2.6 million square feet of exhibition space – it’s going to be huge!  If you are in the ag business you likely already have your tickets.  For those of you who may just happen to be agriculturally curious, this is the place to see the newest in agricultural products, equipment and technology.

Show attractions include a Fresno wine tour, a Visalia Dairy Tour, a Citrus Tour through three locations in the San Joaquin Valley, a Kingsboro Wine Tour, a Dairy and Feed Mill Tour, and a Historic Exeter Tour.  On Thursday, February 12, a catered Farmer’s Lunch in the VIP Tent will feature keynote speaker and former California Secretary of Agriculture AG Kawamura.

Weekend round up for Farm-to-Fork Sacramento

January 23, 2015 in Agritourism, Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, Northern California, Sacramento Farm to Fork, Taryn Smith

Here in the center of our fine agricultural state we are pretty darn spoiled when it comes to farm fresh foods.  In fact, my husband and I have contemplated moving to other parts of the state and even other parts of the country and the first thing I think of is “where will I grocery shop???”  Here in Sacramento I can visit the farmer’s market year round without having to drive very far, enjoy CSA produce delivered to my doorstep, and I can even get local meat and dairy products at the Coop, Nugget or Whole Foods.  I know there are plenty of other locations that don’t enjoy such luxuries!

But enough bragging.

Celebrating Farm-to-Fork in Sacramento: Support Food Literacy Center – Insurance Lawyer, Brain Injury Lawyer, Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney

September 27, 2014 in Eric Ratinoff, Featured Story, Front Page Post, Northern California

Thanks to contributor/founder Eric Ratinoff for this update on the Sacramento Farm to Fork festivities!

Celebrating Farm-to-Fork in Sacramento: Support Food Literacy Center – Insurance Lawyer, Brain Injury Lawyer, Sacramento Personal Injury Attorney

Enjoy a Farm Dinner in Pescadero, California

July 24, 2014 in Agritourism, Eating, Farm, Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, Northern California, Organization Spotlight, Taryn Smith

Planning a trip to the South Bay, or a drive down Highway 1?  If so, check out Harley Farms for a tour, pick up some gourmet cheese, or even book your very own farm dinner!

Harley Farms is a restored 1910 dairy farm, with 200 alpine goats on nine acres of pasture in Pescadero, California. They feature delicious, critically-acclaimed cheese, including chevre, fromage blanc, ricotta and feta cheeses, which have been consistent winners at the American Cheese Society awards, and hold two international World Cheese Show medals.

Farm-to-fork gala dinner on Tower Bridge sells out in five minutes – from the Sacramento Business Journal

July 23, 2014 in Eating, Featured Story, Front Page Post, News Feed, Northern California, Taryn Smith

That was fast! The 600 tickets to the farm-to-fork celebration dinner on the Tower Bridge sold out in five minutes.

Individual tickets were limited to four per person. Tables of eight cost $5,000 each. Individual tickets were $175.

Seed Saving Workshop in Sacramento

July 21, 2014 in Featured Story, Front Page Post, News Feed, Northern California

If you’re near the Sacramento area and interested in preserving seeds to grow your own crops, attend this FREE workshop taught by the founder of the Yisrael Family Farm!

Tuesday, July 22, from 6:30pm – 7:45pm, the workshop will be held at the Colonial Heights Library at 4799 Stockton Blvd.  Sacramento, CA 95820

Death by Sugar, how the Standard American Diet is killing our nation (plus a sweet no sugar added recipe!)

July 7, 2014 in Eating, Featured Story, Food, Front Page Post, healthy living, Recipes, Taryn Smith

Newsflash!  Sugar isn’t good for you.

OK, so as long as grocery shopping moms have conducted covert operations to get their children past candy and cereal aisles, we’ve known all about the ills that come with consuming too much sugar.  But a new documentary shines a light on hidden added sugars the processed food industry has been stuffing into our nation’s food supply.  A whopping 80% of grocery store food contains added sugar!  Wow.  No wonder we’re so unhealthy!

Holiday Gift Giving from the Farmers Market

December 20, 2013 in Featured Story, Front Page Post, Holidays, Shopping, Taryn Smith

If you’re like me, you’ve waited until the weekend before Christmas to get the bulk of your gift shopping done!  But never fear – I plan to hit the farmers market pretty hard this weekend, in search of unique and special gifts that will surely be treasured by friends and family.  I know I’d much rather receive a beautiful hand made platter, unique leather satchel, artisan olive oil or jar of honey than some piece of electronics made in a foreign country and purchased from a large chain store from Anywhere, U.S.A.!!  Which would you prefer?

Chances are, you have a farmers market in your neighborhood with plenty of delicious, festive and special gifts to choose from.  If you haven’t visited a farmers market in a while, you may be surprised at the variety of high quality products available from an array of vendors. Here’s our list of ideas that might help you find just the right present for that hard to please family member on your Christmas list.

Fresh Roasted Crumb Topped Pumpkin Squares + Enter to win a Kitchen Aid Professional 6-Quart Stand Mixer!

November 7, 2013 in Cooking, Eating, Featured Recipes, Front Page Post, Recipes, Taryn Smith

We’ve been giving lots of coverage to the Village Green Network Fall e-Book, Cooking Class, Podcast and Magazine Bundle Sale – in part because we’re super excited to be on board with VGN, but also because we don’t want you to miss out on this great deal!

And on top of the awesome bundle deal, they’re giving away tons of even more awesome prizes every day.  Today’s giveaway is a Kitchen Aid Professional 6-Quart stand mixer.  Let me tell you, if our house was burning down, I think I would wrestle my husband just so I could go back inside to save my kitchen aid mixer.