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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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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

The Kline Family

The Seifkin/Kerr Family

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The Pick and Gather at Riverdance Farms

and Merced River Fair

A Farm Festival that is really On-a-Farm

May 30 – 31, 2009

12230 Livingston Cressey Road

Livingston, CA 95334

Saturday: May 30th 9 am till 5 pm
Adults: $ 10.00: Children (3 to 12): $ 5.00

Come Pick Organic Blueberries and Cherries. Listen to live music and vivid storytelling. Experience the Merced River, its fish, wildlife, plants and the stars and planets overhead. Workshops highlight home gardening, farming with nature, alternative energy, local food and how to prepare and preserve it. Take a hay ride or climb a hay mountain. Enjoy fun and educational kids’ activities and local artists’ demos and exhibitions. Food is available; mostly local, organic and healthy. Saturday night camping. Evening astronomy program, great for families or adults!

Saturday night campsites $ 10.00

Taste of the River Valley: Food and Wine Event: Sat 4 pm to 7 pm
Author Mark Arax is the featured speaker, plus live music
$ 20.00 for Day Participants: $ 25.00 at the Gate.

Laid Back Sunday: 8 am till 2 pm
Adults: $ 5.00, Children (3 to 12): $ 2.50.
More U-pick fruit, farm tours, live music. Enjoy the river.


For more info contact Cindy  Lashbrook at (209) 761-0081 ~ riverdancefarms@clearwire.net~

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The Merced County Hunger Task Force is a committee that is creating hope, help and alternatives to alleviate hunger. The MCHTF works with many different local organizations pulling together resources to better serve those in need by addressing an increasing food security issue within the Merced county.

This years Merced County Hunger Task Force Food Summit ’08 on November 6th, at Gateway Community Church in Merced, was a call to action throughout Merced County utilizing a grass roots approach in efforts to build a healthy sustainable food system for all.

The Summit Agenda went as follows: 100_3423

  • Networking Information Fair
  • The Merced County Community Nutrition Assessment Project Report
  • Key Note Speaker Andy Fisher , executive director of Community Food Security Coalition
  • Guest speaker DeeDee D’Adamo with The Farm Bill Report from Congressmen Dennis Cardoza’s office
  • Lunch
  • A Local Documentary
  • Breakout Sessions
  • Food Security Strategy Groups Formed

At the end of the successful day, action committees were in place by citizens who will dedicate their time and talents for one year!

These volunteers will educate those communities with little or no access to healthy foods and transportation challenges, actively implementing the benefits and importance of eating healthy through these steps:

  • Community Gardens
  • Farmers Markets
  • Corner Stores
  • Farm to School Programs
  • Policy Committees
  • Food Banks and Pantries

We (Kat and Anna) are excited to be a part of this project and look forward to making a difference for a better future in Merced County with people who truly care!

Check back with our progress throughout the year and if you are interested in joining us contact Bill Ruth at (209)-383-4859 or by e-mail at bruth@mercedccaa.org.

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If there are no farm workers there are no farms,

if there are no farms there is no food!

The Merced County Binational Health Week Task force would like to count on your support for this year’s events from October 6-15 2008. This is an annual week long series of health promotion and health education activities. We are a collaborative group of health community agencies and organizations focused on providing health care for the well-being of the medically underserved and underinsured. Our activities are one of many similar events occurring concurrently throughout Canada, the US, Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador; an initiative created the University of California Berkeley and supported by the host country’s governments. This year’s focus is: Diabetes, HIV, Autism, and Emergency Preparedness.

This event will be the 7th Annual Binational Health Week Celebration in Merced County. Activities include free health screenings, workshops, community resources, and cultural festivities. This year’s event will be kicked off with our BHW Inauguration Ceremony which will be held Thursday, October 2, 2008. Subsequently, the Merced County Free Health Screenings Grand Event will be held Saturday, October 11, 2008. Our goal is to continue educating and outreaching to our community for the health and well-being of our farm workers and their families.

For more information or to RSVP for Bi-national Day and Inauguration Day, contact Noemi Flores at: (209) 394-7913 ext. 155 or Henrietta Barrera at (209) 394-7913 ext. 138 .

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Emily Lindsey grew up on a farm in Merced California with dedicated parents Stewart and Susanne Sorensen raising grass fed sheep. She participated in 4-H and FFA for many years showing and breeding, improving the quality of their flock over the years. After graduating from the University of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Emily and her husband Robert returned to Merced, to continue the family tradition of breeding sheep. They are the next generation along with their children Steven and Morgan and have focused their efforts on raising pure bred Romney Sheep.

The Romney traces it beginnings to the marshy area of Kent in England. Known for their delicate taste, this high quality lean meat is fine, tender, low in fat, high in beta carotene and antioxidants. For century’s it has been the the main meat in the Mediterranean Diet along with fish. Romneys produce a strong-wooled heavey fleece ideal for hand-spinners and weavers. Lanolin is also derived from sheeps wool and can be used as a topical ointment.

Our tour of the Sorensen Farm began with an introduction to Melek, the family Anatolian Shepherd Dog. This intelligent breed originates from Anatolia (central Turkey), bred for guarding flocks of sheep. Melek takes her responsibility very seriously, spending all her time with her sheep protecting them from wild dogs, coyotes and other predators.

As we walked out to the pasture with the sheep, Melek and the family, the pride and commitment they have in natural farming is evident. The grass is green and rich in nutrients. The sheep are healthy animals that are occasionally supplemented with organic feed when needed and never forced to lamb out of season. Their belief is all natural all the time… because they wanted good clean lamb for themselves, their friends and to supply their local community and restaurants such as Cafe Sol in Merced.

We had a great time learning about Romney sheep, Melek and the entire family. They are gracious and willing to share their knowledge and passion with anyone who is interested in learning, so visit Merced County Fair, the theme this year is “Rock the Flock” and Emily will be providing shearing demonstrations at the Old MacDonalds Farm.

Sorensen Farm is another example of what true farming is all about. Loving what they do, doing it for the right reasons and sharing good clean healthy food with their community….

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Chef Marshall Bishop
Owner of the ONLY Certified Organic Restaurant in the Central Valley

Merced is privileged to have someone with this knowledge and dream, Bishops Cafe Sol is cutting edge, contemporary, and modern with a sophisticated cuisine.

Marshall Bishop born and raised in Merced, prepared for his career by attending the famous California Culinary Academy’s Le Cordon Bleu in San Francisco.

Upon graduation he continued to gain experience and the love of excellent food by working in the well known four star kitchens of Aqua, Farallon, Rubicon, Masa’s and Gary Danko, just voted the “Best Restaurant in America” by the prestigious Zagat Survey Group, and winner of the Mobil Five Star award for six consecutive years.

Ivy, the Front House Manager is constantly creating beverages that can be combined with a meal or be enjoyed by themselves. They offer organic coffee, mixed coffee drinks, espressos and smoothies. They also have delicious creamy Italian Gelato and many home made desserts. There is a large selection of microbrews and wines, including organic sulfur free options. When you discover your favorites you can purchase them by the bottle to be enjoyed at home as well.

At Cafe Sol, Chef Marshall Bishop offers a variety of gourmet sandwiches for lunch and a seasonal menu for dinner in small plate’s fashion. He believes in the health benefits of organics and takes pride in serving his customers with fresh produce, by supporting these local Organic Farmers:

Natural range fed Lamb from Sorenson Farm in Merced

Lettuce and leafy greens by Old’s Family Farms in Le Grand

Organic fruit and vegetables in season from T & D Willey Farms

Organic eggs from Ron Dinsmors

Organic turkey form Diestel Family Turkey Ranch

Bread from Word of Mouth Bakery in Modesto

Organic coffee from Clayton Coffee in Modesto

Organic beef from Painted Hills Natural Beef

For a unique dining experience you are invited to

Bishop’s Cafe Sol Valentine’s Day Dinner



Oysters & Creamed Spinach Veloute

Glazed Oysters, Bloomfield Farms Spinach, Wasabi Creme Friache

Organic Red Oak Lettuce

House Dried Cranberries, Candied Walnuts, Seasonal Fixens & a Fruity Balsamic Vinaigrette

Beef Tenderloin
Painted Hills all Natural Beef, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Yukon Gold Potato Gratin, Cassis Glazed Shallots, Stilton Butter
Selection of Farm House & Artisan Cheeses
Fresh Fruit Preserves, Truffle Butter, House Baked Bread
Chocolate Strawberries

Long Stem Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Champagne Foam

Petite Fours

Call for your reservation
(209) 726 – 6262

This wonderful community restaurant also offers banquet & catering services.

A perfect place to dine and relax in an atmosphere that you will find no where else!


Bishops Cafe Sole
3361 North G Street
Inside El Portal Plaza
Merced, Ca 95340


Here is a review on Bishops Cafe Sol on Chowhound.com,
a site that lists the best places to eat in your city!

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