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The new Turlock Certified Farmers Market opens its inaugural 2010 season

Friday, May 7 in downtown Turlock!

The Market will operate Fridays, rain or shine

May 7 through November 26, 8 am ~ 1 pm

located on north Broadway between Main and Olive Streets

The market will offer fresh locally grown produce from family farms, along with artisan products

Come enjoy a place to gather, purchase local healthy foods & support all things local!

Become a “Turlock Farmers Market” facebook fan for updates & share what you would like offered at your market!

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DEADLINE EXTENDED!

There have been a lot of you interested in submitting a logo for the Turlock Farmers Market so we’ve decided to extend it until this FRIDAY, February 5th!

~ Lets be simply delicious & modern with a hometown feeling ~

Logo will be voted on by a very excited Turlock Farmers Market board, winner will receive $200 and much deserved recognition for their design!

Turlock Farmers Market is coming this May, the board and committee are working diligently to bring this town a healthy, locally sourced and supported market venue for our community!

Check out Local Choices on facebook to see more market action, and while your there become a fan & add your ideas!

Please send your questions & submissions to

AnnaRiedinger@gmail.com

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My farmer friend Anne Piccirillo is a delightful person with a witty sense of humor, a passion for her family and a love for her olive trees. Anne, her husband and daughter live on their family olive orchard in Gustine, CA. Their orchard is simple, natural, maintained and harvested by the family, a few employees and friends who volunteer.

Friends have always asked if they could come help with harvest wanting to enjoy some good old fashion farm work, so she took them up on their offer and an annual harvest day with friends and family begun. They start early picking olives, catching up on each others lives, laughing, sharing some wine and eating. This year I was invited to volunteer and gladly accepted, knowing this would be another learning experience for me in the world of farming. I had a wonderful time and look forward to next years harvest!

Enjoy my photos and if you make it to the Merced Farmers Market stop and say “Hi” to Anne, ask her about her olive orchard & treat yourself to best tasting olive oil in the valley….Athena’s Gift!

Athena’s Olive Oil Harvest ’09

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I am very excited to say that I am on a committee that is putting together a new Farmers Market here in Turlock.  Our goal is to offer our community a healthy local food shopping experience!

If you are a farmer interested in space at this market, leave your information in a comment and I will get back when the market is further along in its planing stages.

The survey that was posted has been closed, so check back soon for upcoming market news!

Happy Farming, Just Anna!

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planting, hoeing, shoveling, cover cropping, composting, integrated pest management, cultivators, tractors and many hands of love for the belief of growing certified organic healthy foods.

Brian and Tracy Kline come from a long list of conventional farming families and wanted to continue the tradition but with an alternative twist….organic farming was the row they chose!

Their first small patch started in 1993 as “Dos Manos Farms” and has flourished to “Kline Organic Produce” with more land, specializing in a variety of seasonal heirloom tomatoes and potatoes, various unique vegetables, fruit, herbs, their new pasta sauce and spicy pickled bean products, an annual tomato tasting, selling at 2 farmers markets and a CSA of over 40 members!

This local family farm here in the heart of big Ag has a small farm charm that is tended by committed family, including their two young daughters, and many friends. It oozes with the most comfortable natural energy enticing you to be a part of.

With every farm visit I learn something new, this time I came away with a true understanding of how and why farmers connect with mother earth, and what she can give us providing she is nurtured with respect and appreciation, the bond for those who do is phenomenal!

You can find Brian’s smiling face at Modesto Farmers Market on Saturdays and Thursdays & Tracy’s friendly face at Sonora Farmers Market on Saturdays.  To keep up with what is going on at the farm and learn more about your local choices visit their website at www.klineorganicproduce.com.

Happy Farming,

Just Anna!

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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY TOM VILSACK PROCLAIMS AUGUST 2-8 NATIONAL FARMERS MARKET WEEK!

In honor of this week’s awareness and celebration here are a few farmers & markets in your California Central Valley, be sure to visit our Farmer’s Market page to find one near you!

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This Thanksgiving was the best yet!

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Setting the standard with last years first organic Thanksgiving, there was high expectation from all who joined our feast, I am proud to say my daughters and I not only prepared a fabulous organic meal but also followed the 100 Mile diet Challenge!!

Our dinner was 95% local for us cooks, thanks to my two CSA box’s from my favorite farm Rancho Piccolo, a Local Mong farm stand and my daughters favorite farmers market in Santa Monica.

We selected most of our recipe’s from Williams-Sonoma ” A Farmstead Thanksgiving”, a right fit for our goal to celebrate our traditional feast with easy-to-find locally grown and produced ingredients.

We started our day with mimosa’s, Christmas tunes and cooking with a passion to bring forth this outstanding menu….

  • Blue Cheese spread on crostini with a pear topping appetizer
  • Natural Free Range Turkey (no additives)
  • Sausage, Apple and chestnut Dressing
  • Butternut Squash Mashed Potatoes
  • Maple Glazed Carrots with Garlic
  • Snap Beans with Caramelized Shallot and Roasted Mushrooms
  • Maple Tarragon Sweet Potatoes
  • Sweet Potato and Persimmon bake
  • Pumpkin-Brulee Pie

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I am thankful for the many blessings in my life, but spending the day in the kitchen with my fun loving girls and my lively family and friends gathered around the table are one’s I am most greatful for!

Stay tuned for Christmas Dinner…

Just Anna!

We would love to hear your Holiday traditions!

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We want to help our Central Vallians take this challenge!


100 Mile Thanksgiving

The goal according to 100milediet.org kicks off on Thanksgiving day and challenges us to eat foods that have been grown within a 100 mile radius for 1 year….

What could be more healthier than starting a new year by being part of a sustainable local movement that is good for the body, soul & environment!

This challenge will be fun and not that difficult considering we live in the food basket of the world, not only surrounded by big ag but our favorites…the small family farms!

Where ever you live, a good place to start is with your local family farmers, most are already looking for new members wanting to supply you with their abundant harvest through their CSA’s. Give them a call, take your family and go visit these farms, you wont be disappointed.

And lets not forget the awesome foods that can be found at your local farmers markets, most markets will have more than just fruits and veggies, you can find breads, butter, raw milk, sweets, nuts, soaps, honey and even flowers.

For staples like flours, beans, rice, granolas and spices visit your local health food store, you can buy these needs in bulk and they are usually less expensive than individual boxes or cans.

And if you are really serious and are blessed with a green thumb…plant your own garden. Our friends from “Botanical Interests” can help you with your seed selections and all the information you will need to get going!

There is no better time than now to bring your family to the table and teach your children how to appreciate real food grown from the earth by local farmers who care about what we eat!

So…let’s support or local economy and join us in celebrating good local foods this year and discover who & what is growing in our communities!

We are here to help make this commitment by keeping current information on your Central Valley Local Farmers & Farmers Markets, also listing other sites with great information that will help you take on this “farm to table pledge”.

Please share with us how you will take the challenge!


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September & October are Local Food Months

so buy locally grown….

it’s thousands of miles fresher!

There Are Many Good Reasons To Buy Locally Grown Food

You’ll get exceptional taste and freshness.
Local food is fresher and tastes better than food shipped long distances from other states or countries. Local farmers can offer produce varieties bred for taste and freshness rather than for shipping and long shelf life.

You’ll strengthen your local economy

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Buying local food keeps your dollars circulating in your community. Getting to know the farmers who grow your food builds relationships based on understanding and trust, the foundation of strong communities.

You’ll support endangered family farms

There’s never been a more critical time to support your farming neighbors. With each local food purchase, you ensure that more of your money spent on food goes to the farmer.

You’ll safeguard your family’s health

Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown or raised enables you to choose safe food from farmers who avoid or reduce their use of chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, or genetically modified seed in their operations. Buy food from local farmers you trust.

You’ll protect the environment

Local food doesn’t have to travel far. This reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials. Buying local food also helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.

When you buy local food, you vote with your food dollar. This ensures that family farms in your community will continue to thrive and that healthy, flavorful, plentiful food will be available for future generations!

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