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Hey Locavores!  It’s that time of year again, when the wonderful folks at Riverdance Farms, host their annual “Pick and Gather”, it’s always a wonderful time rain or shine!

We’ll see you there with our bee~luscious lemonade!  Find the up to date info on facebook @ Hey Honey! Artisanals & Riverdance Farms Pick & Gather!

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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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Saturday August 7, 2010

9:00 am ~ 1:00 pm

California State University Fresno

Ag ~ East Lawn

Fig Fest 2010 arrives on the California State University, Fresno campus, offering tastes of figs and a variety of other foods, plus entertainment while raising money for Fresno State’s Ag One Foundation, Slow Foods Madera and the Bulldog Pantry.

The annual event, sponsored by the California Fig Advisory Board, is on the west lawn of the Satellite Student Union (Maple and San Ramon avenues, south of Barstow Avenue).

More than 1,000 foodies from throughout the state are expected to attend the festival, which features 16 Fresno, Visalia, Clovis and Madera restaurants and 11 food purveyors of everything from artisanal cheese and bread to biscotti and olives!

Among the vendors will be the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market at Fresno State.

Fig Fest 2010 is an opportunity to sample fig dishes prepared by restaurants, sample fig products and learn what other foods go with figs. The ancient fruit is enjoying something of a renaissance as a trendy food.

Tickets:

$6.00 in advance   (available at www.californiafigs.com.)

$8.00 at the gate

Children younger than 12 are admitted at no charge.

The beneficiaries of Fig Fest are:

  • Ag One Foundation, which provides scholarships and other support for students and programs in Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
  • Bulldog Pantry, a student-organized and run off-campus food bank serving Fresno State-area neighbors in need.
  • Slow Foods Madera is part of a worldwide movement promoting thoughtful, sustainable food practices.

There will also be a Fig Feast at the Vineyard Restaurant in Madera, that evening at 6:00 pm, 605 S.T st.  The cost is $90-per-person to benefit Slow Foods Madera.

For more information, contact Rebecca Hall at 559.243.8600 or rhall@californiafigs.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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