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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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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,

we borrow it from our children.

– Native American Proverb

    Inspired by the free-spirited activism of the 1970′s, Gaylord Nelson and a few dedicated individuals, set out to remind us how precious and fragile are the resources we’ve been given.

    The first Earth Day was the culmination of growing environmental concerns, and the efforts of those determined to make a difference. Principles still relevant today. We have been given the wonderful gift of the earth, and with that, comes the responsibility of stewardship. How often have we forgotten the meaning of that word!

Merriam Webster’s defines Stewardship as: “The conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care”.

Wikipedia explains: “An ethic that embodies responsible planning and management of resources.  The concept of stewardship has been applied in diverse realms, including with respect to environment, economics, health, property, information, and religion, and is linked to the concept of sustainability.”

    In short, the earth and all it’s bounty, was given to each of us. To care for, love, and celebrate.  It’s easy to feel like you can’t make a difference, but the tiniest effort matters!  There are so many things we can all do to help….

    Composting, recycling, shopping locally, having your own garden (even if it’s a pot on your porch or balcony), choosing to walk or ride a bike rather than drive, cutting back on the water or electricity you use, switching to natural cleaners; it all adds up to a smaller carbon footprint and taking better care of our home.

As you celebrate April 22nd, we’d like to hear from you….

How do you show Mother Earth some love?

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught

will we realize we cannot eat money.”

-Cree Indian Proverb

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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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If you have never been tomato tasting here’s your opportunity,
another don’t miss!

Sunday ~ August 16th, 2009
4 ~ 7 pm
Tyson Hill Farm in Waterford

Go join the potluck with your favorite dish, table service, blanket and chairs. There will be sampling of over forty varieties of tomatoes, including heirlooms, old & new favorites and trail varieties!

Tyson Hill Farm is just west of Waterford city limits. From Hwy. 132 (Yosemite Blvd.) take Blossom Rd. south. The farm is about a mile down on the right, look for the signs!

For more information, contact:

The Tyson/Clark Family
874-2498

The Kline Family
874-5113

The Seifkin/Kerr Family
664-9944

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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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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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"Hey Honey Lemonade"

Come join Local Choices at this unique farm event & taste our fresh squeezed sweet organic

“Hey Honey Lemonade!”

at the

Heartland festival

A celebration of Food, Farming & Healthy Living

Saturday ~ June 27, 2009

10:00 am ~ 4:00 pm

Double T Acres

22368 West 2nd Ave ~ Stevinson, Ca 95374

$5.00 per person ~ 12 & under free!

~ Garden Demos ~ Farming Demos ~ Renewable Energy ~ Healthy Foods ~ Farmers Market ~ Farm Tours ~ Petting Zoo ~ Children’s Activities ~ Square Dancing ~ Live Music ~

~ All Day Entertainment ~

Visit www.thedoublet.com for all the details!

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May 21 ~ 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

At the San Joaquin River Parkway in Fresno

William Emery, author of  “Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley”, will read from and sign copies of his book at Respite by The River, readings and performances related to life in California’s Central Valley.

This event is PERFECT for everyone involved in 4-H, the book is a glorious, probing series of stories about people in the Central Valley who make things themselves- who milk their own goats, make their own cheese, who keep bees or harvest organic fruit and work the farmer’s market every weekend- these are the people you know and love in the Valley.

This is a book about local food and what beauty is to be found in the valley; stories garnered from a year’s journey visiting farmers, goat herders, cheese and mead makers, livestock auctioneers, painters and orchard dwellers, fishermen and strawberry stand builders.

Join photographer Scott Squire and writer William Emery as they meander—bewildered, impressionable, and wry—through the roads, back roads, and backwaters of America’s greatest agricultural valley. Leaving behind the packaged comforts of supermarkets and restaurants, the pair roamed California’s Central Valley in search of “edibilists,” or those engaged in the production of their own food.

Free and open to the public; for more information call (559) 248-8480, ext. 154

or visit  www.riverparkway.org.

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April 29th ~ May 3rd, 2009

“The Magic of Ag” is the theme, bringing awareness and appreciation of our large agricultural valley loaded with big and small farms & ranches. Kat and her hard working crew have been preparing for the Henry Miller Farm here at the fair for some time, to educate the community just how much impact animals have in the agriculture cycle.

The hands on petting zoo is filled with a variety of critters from baby calfs and goats to a very large Belgium Blue. A steady flow has passed through this huge venue in awe, most visitors for the first time experiencing new born chickens, goat & cow milking and the importance of feed and care, lot’s of learning going on here!100_4941

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As popular buzz words have hit main stream media here in the central valley such as eating local, recycle, sustainability, green, grow your own foods…we thought it was a good time to actually put our own twist on this movement. So Kat and I have put together a simple back yard garden display in the middle of this farm, showing just how easy it is to do. We used all recycled materials from fence posts to old tires and planted a vegetable & herb garden that looks eco-friendly, relaxing and like you want to hang out for awhile!

Come check us out, see our “Organic Oasis” and we’ll show you how you can create this in your backyard!

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If you don’t make it to this fair not to worry

you can catch up with us and our “Organic Oasis” at the Merced County Fair in july!

Merced County Fair 2009 logo: Catch The Buzz

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