AIM in the News, 2011

December, 2011

Marin farmers markets offer help to neediestDecember 14, 2011
By Ryan White, Marinscope Newspapers
Marin Farmers Markets Offer Help to Neediest

November, 2011

Matching program aids low-income customers at Marin farmers marketsNovember 29, 2011
By Rob Rogers, Marin Independent Journal
Matching Programs Aids Low-Income Customers at Marin Farmers Markets

September, 2011

Market Watch: A new tack in farmers market regulationSeptember 16, 2011
By David Karp, Los Angeles Times
What will new farmers’ market regulations look like?

August, 2011

As Farmers’ Markets Go Mainstream, Some Fear a GlutAugust 20, 2011
By Katie Zezima, The New York Times
Are there too many farmers’ markets?

May, 2011

Bread & Butter: You can’t dine any fresher than thisMay 25, 2011
By Anna Haight, Marin Independent Journal
If you love eating outdoors but crave something different than a picnic or barbecue at a nearby the park or backyard, how about dining in the middle of an organic farm field?

Chefs special: Marin Civic Center Farmers’ MarketMay 5, 2011
By Amanda Gold, SF Chronicle
Eight a.m. is considered the middle of the night for most chefs. But stop by the Marin Civic Center Farmers’ Market early on a Thursday morning, and you’ll find much of the area’s top culinary talent wide awake despite their bleary eyes, and sifting through the stalls with vigor…

April, 2011

Outrageous sorbet, delicious sandwiches and more at the farmers marketApril 6, 2011
By Susan Hathaway, Contra Costa Times
Brimming baskets of lush fruits and vegetables are a standard sight at any farmers market. But venture into any neighborhood farmers market these days, and you’re likely to find outrageously good ready-to-eat food, too: handmade chocolates, to-die-for sorbet, vegetarian lasagna and even dried kale snacks that make regular chips a greasy anachronism…

March, 2011

Water Buffalo? In Tomales?March 31, 2011
By UCCE , Grown in Marin Newsletter
In 2009, Craig Ramini walked into the Farm Advisor’s Office with a neat bundle of plans and a big bundle of focused energy. He told us that he wanted to build a water buffalo herd, milk them, and make traditional, Italian style mozzarella cheese – fresh and local. OK. We are accustomed to innovative and alternative agricultural plans and ambitions here at the Farm Advisor’s quarters. Some of this gets cooked up right here in our cloistered conference room – the Barinaga sheep cheese project had its genesis here. So Craig’s project, although exotic, seemed like it might grow legs, and we started hanging out with him and watching the enterprise grow…

Late winter frost could mean slim pickings for popular fruitsMarch 3, 2011
By Will Jason, Marin Independent Journal
While Marin farmers mostly survived the late-winter frost with little damage, buyers of peaches, apricots, plums and other fruits could see slimmer pickings at Marin farmers’ markets this spring and summer…

February, 2011

Cold Weather Damages Northern Calif. Farmers’ CropsFebruary 27, 2011
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SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Local farmer Gerardo Sanchez said Sunday what at the San Rafael farmers’ market that the recent cold weather destroyed a large portion of the lettuce crop on Stare Route Farm, a farm 20-miles north of San Rafael…

Q&A with Bicycle Coffee Co.February 24, 2011
By Alex Hochman, SF Weekly
In June 2009, Bicycle Coffee Co. began delivering freshly roasted organic, fair trade, single-origin Arabica beans to stores and cafes via bicycle. Bicycle Coffee sets up at the Grand Lake farmers’ market on Saturday mornings, and the beans can be found on the shelves of many Bay Area Whole Foods stores, as well as Real Food, Bi-Rite, Rainbow, and others. . .

Composted manure is the gardener’s best friendFebruary 20, 2011
By Novella Carpenter, San Francisco Chronicle
I’m a poo chaser. You see, I have a number of animals in my Oakland backyard – a pair of Nigerian dwarf goats and a herd of rabbits – that spend an inordinate amount of time making poo. Every week, I shovel load after load of goat berries and rabbit pellets into my wheelbarrow, and you know what? I find myself smiling. Don’t get me wrong – it’s backbreaking, dirty, smelly work – but the gardener in me can’t help loving turd duty because the manure I collect makes my vegetable and fruit garden incredibly productive and healthy…

Sonoma artisan foods win awards at San Francisco Good Food AwardsFebruary 9, 2011
By Diane Peterson, Press Democrat
Small, artisan food producers from across the country — including several North Bay purveyors of cheese and charcuterie, preserves and pickles — were recognized during the Good Food Awards ceremony last month at San Francisco’s Ferry Plaza Building…

Farmers market committees working on plan to fight cheatingFebruary 9, 2011
By David Karp, Los Angeles Times
Four bucks. That could be the amount, up from the current 60 cents, that produce vendors would pay the California Department of Food and Agriculture each time they sell at a certified farmers market, in to a proposal being prepared by a group studying ways to enhance market integrity…

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