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   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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It’s a bee~luscious lemonade you’ll be reaching for year-round!

For the past year, our family here at Local Choices has been working hard at starting a new beverage business and getting our honey lemonade in a bottle.  It has been a dream of ours for a year, and it so exciting that we are days away from being ready to sell!
To help convince buyers to put us in stores we are leaning on our social media presence to create
demand.  If you would be so kind…please like our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter or Pinterest.  We’ll be posting important information on the state of our precious bees, healthy local food companies, and the continuing story of Hey Honey!
Hey Honey!  Artisanal Lemonade is the only lemonade that is sweetened 100% with California wildcrafted
honey.  We will strive to support our local California and USA economy with organic lemon juice, honey, organic purees and organic extracts, we never use additives, preservatives, anything artificial or from concentrate.
We will be in a bottle soon and have secured distribution in health food stores in Santa Cruz, San Francisco and
San Rafael California.  If you live in the area keep an eye out for our lemonades this summer!
In addition to the original lemonade we’ll also have a decadent Strawberry Basil and a refreshing Lemon Lime Mint.
Thank you for supporting our family start-up!  We are looking forward to bringing you delicious
alternatives to sugary drinks and soda that you can feel good about giving to your family!
 Have a bee~utiful day….The Hey Honey! Team!

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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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Take this opportunity to hear what’s going on in your Central Valley every first Friday of the month with Tom Willey and guest speakers on KFCF radio….

Down on the Farm ~ KFCF 88.1  fm

Friday Feb. 5th

5:00-6:00 pm

The topic: “A recent immigrant to these parts from No.Carolina has discovered Fresno’s ethnically diverse neighborhoods to be a veritable food wonderland. Host, Tom Willey will interview James Collier whose fascination with our food culture led him to co-found the online community, “Taste Fresno”, fast gaining members and notice. It’s possible newcomers recognize treasures underfoot to which we locals have become complacent. We’ll discuss a citizen food activist’s vision of the celebrated edible culture we could become on KFCF’s Down on the Farm. “

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Merced Food Faire ’09

The Merced Hunger Task Force team came together with Merced County Food Bank, a few local Farmers and a great line up of non-profit organizations, offering Merced County a chance to learn about their local community resources.  The attendance was good, the weather was perfect and vibe was warm!

The Hunger Task Force is a dedicated group of volunteers, community programs and non-profits that believe in helping improve the quality of life by offering better choices for those in need.  I would definitely say they accomplished their mission last week combining educational information and entertainment that put smiles on a lot of faces!

The team is already looking forward to making “Merced Food Faire” an annual that will be the fall event not to miss!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Just wanted to share this wonderful comment here on LC, I am very excited to be invited to the grand opening of Riverbanks Community Garden!

“Dear Anna,

We wish to invite you to the unveiling of Riverbanks’ first-ever Community Garden, Friday, October 23 from 3:30-4:30 at California School in Riverbank. We have partnered with the Riverbank Unified School District and the City of Riverbank Park and Recreation Department. This has been an awesome adventure and am so excited for the children to learn, experience and benefit from growing fresh fruits and vegetables. we hope you can attend.

May we grow together,

Dotty Nygard/Riverbank Community Gardens”

Come back for pictures!!

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Happy October my Locavores,  how will you eat this month and beyond?

As a true believer in eating local and trying to do my part I am spreading the word…..
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The task really is not that difficult and can actually be fun finding what fabulous family farms are in your back yard, especially if you live here in the Central Valley surrounded by loads of farms big & small.

The challenge is about eating within a hundred miles and making conscious food choices. I have already done the leg work for you, just browse through my blog and find farms, farmers & farmers markets close to you and connect with them….trust me, you will wish you had done this sooner!

Your First tip:

If not LOCALLY PRODUCED, then Organic.
If not ORGANIC, then Family farm.
If not FAMILY FARM, then Local business.
If not a LOCAL BUSINESS, then Fair Trade.

More reasons why & how @
www.eatlocalchallenge.com & www.familyfarmfresh.com

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Well, life has been busy here at Local Choices and consequently it has put me behind on my local favorite finds, so I’m catching up by putting together a not so short blip of all I wanted to share with you!

Make sure to right click on the photos to see more and remember…be a locavore & support local!

  • Local Choices on Facebook… for quick updates on what’s going on here in the Central Valley don’t be left in the dark, get yourself a facebook page, become our fan and connect with others!
  • Pure Valley Honey Bees… Frankie and Evelyn by far have the yummiest honey products I have ever tasted! This bee team comes from Le Grande and can be found at Merced, Mariposa and Los Banos Farmers Markets. Visit their website to see what they have & what they are up to!
    Pure Valley honey Bees
  • Xiong & Silva Farms…. a while back I discovered this small corner produce stand in Turlock on Tully & Canal, it is family farmed and diversified with fruits and vegetables, the selection was abundant and super fresh!
Xiong ~ Silva Farms
  • Green Leaf BBQ Shop & Catering…. is a new BBQ Shop located in Village Market Corner on Canal St. in Turlock. Owners Tim & Carrie take pride in offering unique bbq’n supplies that are earth friendly, from Treager bbq’s to wine infused wood chunks for a sweet smoked flavor. Need good quick advice on your techniques check out Tims blog & facebook for fun facts!
Green Leaf BBQ Shop
  • Pageo Farms…. from the road you can see the rows of sweet beautiful lavender but when you drive in there is a whole lot more going on. This charming Turlock farm has a stand with organic fruits & veggies, a large variety of peppers & tomatoes grown by Josh, bath salts, lavender lemonade, lavender cookies and what ever treats they feel like baking up for the day. In the back a courtyard surrounded by lush greenery, renovated barns and silo make for a perfect wedding or party setting. Look for them on 11573 Golf Link Rd. Become their friend on facebook for updates!
Pageo Farms
  • Merced Shares…. all I can say is genious, a group of urban women who love to grow their own foods found they had so much extra they decided to create a “food exchange”, they get together and bring what ever they have left over from their harvest, divide it up and everyone is happy! Learn more about these progressive backyard farmers on their blog!
Merced Share’s
  • Heifer International & UC Cooperative Extension… these two organizations have collaborated to help promote and support community and school gardens teaching organic sustainable agriculture here in the Central Valley. A valuable quest that needs community involvement, want to volunteer? Check out the learning farm in Ceres.
Heifer International & U C Cooperative Extension School Communituy Garden Seminar
  • Cynthia Flesher’s Pink Papaya Spa Parties….Inner Balance and Outer Beauty is her mantra, she is a Certified Massage Therapist in Turlock offering home spa parties with her luscious Pink Papaya skin & body line loaded with 100% pure essential oils. Treat yourself and friends to an “all about me time” and book a party!
Theraputic Body Works by Cynthia Flesher

Check back again for my next Central Valley updates!

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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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This my locavores is a must see…..a good step in supporting local!

This is my second post about this documentary and after seeing it my emotional reaction confirmed the importance of  my blog…to share what I feel is important with my community….good whole food & how to find it, I am one small effort to support local and this film is the reason why.

Mark your calendars & take a friend to the beautiful restored  State Theater in Modesto. Food, Inc. is a powerful documentary that will affect the way you eat no doubt, or at least plant a seed in that direction.

The film runs August 14 – August 22…..if you see it, we want some feed back here!

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