Archive for the ‘Organic Vegetables’ Category

   On the way to my family’s house the other evening, I passed one of our local strawberry patches.  It came to me as the sweet perfume of sun-ripened berries wafted in the window on the balmy summer air…It’s that time of year again…

Time for shorts and flip flops, farmers markets and county fairs, fresh fruits and veggies, canning and preserving, frolicking in the garden, and chowing down on all the local goodness you can get your hands on!

Here in the valley we’re very lucky to have such a dazzling array of produce to choose from!

You can put a face and warm smile with what fills your plate, by visiting a Fruitstand or Farmer’s Market in your area….

If you prefer stalking your own goodies in their natural habitat, you can find a You-Pick Farm in your county…

A CSA is also a convenient option which supports your local farmers…

And if you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can always grow some fruits and veggies of your own…You don’t have to have 40 acres, just a few pots or old buckets on the porch will do!

Whatever you choose, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing where your food came from and who grew it…not to mention nothing compares to the taste of fresh veggies and fruit!

Or the smell of it on the breeze for that matter…Happy foraging!

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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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Young sustainable farmers in the making…

Thanks to Heifer International and University of California Cooperative Extension, who have partnered to help schools and communities start vegetable gardens, and with the collaboration among local non-profits a garden was grown and nurtured by local teens who have learned to farm organic seasonal produce and sell at the West Modesto Farmers Market!

Your are invited to tour this organic youth farm!

August 11

9 am ~ 2 pm

3906 Don Pedro Rd. Ceres

There will be…

  • free seasonal farm grown lunch
  • free seeds
  • educational workshops & resources for teachers and the community
  • fall & winter planting ideas
  • land preparation education
  • drip irrigation instrucion

Enjoy a day of learning, sharing and how to participate

in your local community and school gardens!

Please RSVP to

Anne Schellman ~ aschellman@ucdavis.edu ~

(209) 525.6800

more info here!

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Kline Organic Produce has cucumbers available for pickling. The Suyo Long cucumber makes really nice chips, while the Tender green variety is good both speared and whole. Price is $2.00/lb. for orders less than 25 lbs.
and $1.75/lb. for orders greater than 25 lbs.

Order soon while they’re available. To place an order go to www.klineorganicproduce.com and Brian Kline will provide you with basic pickling instructions, It’s easy! One 15 lb. box can yield about 15 qts. of pickles….Yum!

And if you are looking for a local CSA farmer in the Modesto area, Brian is your farmer!

Check out his site for the annual “Tomato Tasting” in August, sure to be a fun event!

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Lorina’s Edible Garden

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First Day of Spring Open House News Letter
March 20,2009 12-5pm

Come check out what we are growing in our little greenhouse!
We have a selection of veggies and herbs ready to take home, more will be ready as the weeks go on.

You will find Lorina cleaning up the gardens still getting ready to plant. She would love to visit with you and help you with any garden questions that you might have.

Lorina will do guest speaking for clubs, classes or anyone interested in gardening with herbs.

We also welcome field trips at the farm for all ages. Gardening activities and visiting with the farm animals are a treat at the farm!

Come on out any day after March 20 by appointment.
For more info call (209)838-1457

Lorina’s Edible Garden

17397 Enterprise rd
Escalon ca 95320

Take hwy 120 east of Escalon towards oakdale. Look for enterprise on the north side of road, look for sign at end of driveway!

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Contented Acres is a small quaint organic farm located on hwy 33 between Santa Nella and Gustine, CA. Farmer Bill Nunes is loaded this fall with fresh goodies like, red russian kale, mustard, elephant garlic, walnuts, lettuce, bok choi and so much more!

See for yourself and stop by Bill’s farm stand open:

Sundays & Thursdays / 9:00am ~ 12:00 noon

Call or e-mail for your questions (209) 535-0484 / aenunes@prodigy.net

tell him Kat and Anna sent you!

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The awesomeness of vertical farming just got even less expensive and easier to start and maintain. At Gothenburg’s Gunnebo ‘castle’ Future Gardens exhibit, giant yellow trash bags with holes poked in them poured forth an abundance of edible goodies including lettuce and corn. The construction debris bags were turned into vertical farms by designer Topher Delaney.

From Treehugger:

The orange and yellow Big Bags used in Gunnebo’s gardens are familiar to any large town or city dweller in Sweden – these polypropelene bags (which are recyclable) fill the streets near construction sites yet are less intrusive and more easily picked up for transport of construction debris to recycling facilities than the trash containers used in other countries.

They also seem to make fabulous planter bags – and lots of curious attendees (including this TreeHugger) at the weekend farmers’ market and exhibit at Gunnebo stood snapping pictures of the bags, eager to try this at home – the bags and organic compost were sold on site. Unlike some higher-tech vertical alternatives, this one was just $15 for the bag! But BYOD…

Benefits to this idea abound… like no weeding, total control over soil quality, and great moisture-retaining abilities. They take up barely any space yet are capable of producing so much food. They may not be the prettiest gardens ever, but way to recycle an old bag and use it in a fab new way. Smart. Green and smart!

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Our first stop…. The beautiful Mount Bullion Vineyard to taste the lovely wines made by Harold and Kris Casto. We stocked up on the famous breads by JJ. Her kalamata olive bread and blueberry pastry is my families favorite!

Next stop…. Bison Creek Ranch to see the buffalo, a real log cabin, an old mine, enjoy photos by Charles Phillips and eat our first buffalo meat!

Third stop…. Chappell Vineyard to taste wines in the underground cellar of wine makers Doug and Kathy Chappell. My daughter Alexandria even experienced her first grape stomping!

Our last stop of the day…. The peaceful Mountian Meadow Farms lovingly nurtured by Brenda Ostrom. It was a slow relaxing evening with my family of farm touring, tomato tasting, scrumptious appetizers, happy music, wine, a tasty organic dinner harvested from the farm and a delicious pumpkin dessert to end the perfect day!

Sit back and enjoy the show….. then visit www.mariposaagtour.com for details on how to spend a day in the country next spring and meet this wonderful community!

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West Modesto Farmers Market

Thursdays 3 ~ 7pm

King Kennedy Memorial / Mellis Park

601 N. Martin Luther King Dr.

“West Modesto Farmers Market” is a new market every Thursday at Mellis Park. It is not only becoming a gathering hub for this neighborhood, it is providing fresh foods, lively music, children activities and health education for families.

September 4th, “Shad Harris and the Groovenators” will play the market as it combines Kickoff to Recovery Month in Stanislaus County, featuring local art display and of course organic fruits and vegetables for sale….come join the fun!

This market has come together by Stanislaus Multi Cultural Community Health Coalition and West Modesto / King Kennedy Neighborhood Collaborative and is seeking local organic farmers to participate.

For more information contact Carole at (209) 557-5355.

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