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{Borrowed post from USA TODAY}

So we know dark chocolate is good for us because it has antioxidants and lamb is the new pork which was the new chicken.  Or was it beef?

But a walk through the 206,000 square feet of exhibits at this year’s Winter Fancy Food Show is a glimpse into the possible future of your grocery cart or dinner table. At this year’s show, which ended Tuesday, 17,000 attendees visited 1,300 booths to see the future of specialty food. From the aisles, here are 12 food trends for 2012:

1. Salt

Forget Morton. If it’s not Himalayan or Northwest Indian Salish-inspired, alder-smoked, it’s so 20th century. Salt’s in chocolate, on caramels, and sailing off store shelves. It’s the finishing touch to multiple dishes. At the SaltWorks in Woodinville, Wash., they sell Black Hawaiian sea salt, Bolivian Rose salt, Merlot-infused crystals and Yakima apple wood smoked sea salt. “We’ve started refining our own salt from Pacific Oceanwater at our plant near Seattle,” says the company’s Megan O’Keefe.

Salt has really gotten big in the past two years, says Ron Tanner, with the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade, which puts on the show. “We just did a salt and pepper tasting for our members,” he says. These specialty salts can run up to $8 per ounce, or $128 per pound. “Though it seems expensive, in the long run it’s not that much. You might get ten uses out of that package, so the cost per use isn’t high. And it’s a great finish to a dish.”

2. Artisan chocolate

Small producers who carefully source their cocoa beans are turning out chocolate bars that can cost as much as a mega-bag of M&M’s, but taste a lot better. These bars are often all-natural and cater to grown-up tastes. Think lemongrass, lavender-blueberry or French toast.

Standing at Poco Dolce Confections, Italian for “a little sweet,” Adam Smith points to owner Kathy Wiley’s olive oil with sea salt chocolate. “It hits just the right notes.” His Fog City News, a small San Francisco shop that sells hundreds of specialty chocolate bars, does a booming business in flavors such as Mayan chili.

The trend isn’t just in San Francisco. There are local chocolates made “in pretty much every city in the United States,” says Tanner. “People love chocolate and it’s not that hard to start producing them.”

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Lavender Hollow Farms Boutique in Escalon

will be open & offering new items for your enjoyment!

December 3rd ~ 12th

10am – 4pm

find more details @ Lavenderhollowfarm.com

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Visit LHF website to see their beautiful farm at….

www.lavenderhollowfam.com

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Saturday, August 14th     5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Sunday, August 15th        6:00 am to 11:00 am

If you haven’t been to this farm event here in our neck if the woods, I highly recommend checking it out!  The Double T in Stevison, CA, is an organic working dairy farm loaded with history and agricultural artifacts that are amazing.  The Double T has been hosting this wonderful farm event for many years with the support of The Ecological Farming Association, through the EFA Heartland Project and their mission is this:

The Heartland Project seeks to strengthen the future of sustainable and family farming in the San Joaquin Valley by bringing together farmers and families and encouraging a closer understanding of food production. Join EFA and other local groups for education events and fun including local music, delicious food, berry picking, and more.

So take your family and enjoy this 2 day festival that will give you the opportunity to experience blue grass music, local foods, children activities, organic dinner,  draft horse driving class and much more you will find no where else in the Central Valley!

Below are a few photos from last year…

Heartland Festival ~ Double T Acres 2009

More info here…

www.eco-farm.org & www.thedoublet.com



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It’s that time of year again when Cindy Lashbrook and Bill Thompson open the gates to their biodiverse Organic Blueberry and Cherry farm. In celebration of the peak season of these fruits at their finest the “Pick & Gather” farm festival will be held on June 5th and 6th this year.  Bring your family and friends because this by far is the BEST spring event going on here in California’s Central Valley!

The Pick & Gather weekend on the farm venue seems to improve every year thanks to a group of hardworking locavores that have brought together all things local, with the best of the valley from foods to musicians.  The list is long of activities, entertainment, educational workshops, river fair and of course our tastey Hey Honey! Organic Lemonade will be there.  Visit the P & G website & facebook page where you can get details, tickets and all the daily farm buzz!

Now I want to share a little about the farm….

Riverdance Farms is a simple, eco-friendly working organic farm hidden along the Merced River in Livingston, CA.  It has been nurtured by some of our favorite local farmers who work with mother nature not against her, practicing permaculture principals.  If you are unfamiliar with this farming technique here it is in short from Wikipedia…

“Permaculture aims to create stable, productive systems that provide for human needs, harmoniously integrating the land with its inhabitants. The ecological processes of plants, animals, their nutrient cycles, climatic factors and weather cycles are all part of the picture.”

Every visit I make to this farm takes my breath away with it’s unpretentious preservation of nature, if only all farmers could harness such beauty for us to appreciate or cared about the wellness of our farmlands with this much respect.

See you at the “Pick & Gather!”

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On Saturday, Local Choices had the pleasure of participating in Riverbank’s fourth annual “Beyond Earth Day” event for the first time! This wonderful family community event was sponsored by the City of Riverbank and the Riverbank Beyond Earth Day committee.

Jacob Myers Park that runs along the Stanislaus River was the perfect setting for the awesome line up of earth friendly vendors and entertainment.

The day was busy with an Earth Day poster contest presentation entered by local school children, a family fun walk, interactive exhibits , free hazardous waste product disposals and a tire recycling drop off.

Despite the cool weather our Hey Honey! Organic Honey Lemonade was the drink of the day, hard to pass up a good cup of lemonade no matter what the temperature!

Thank you to all who came out for this local celebration and for all who made it happen….see you next year!      Visit our photo page to see more.

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