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2016 Unbroken Ground Film Preview from Patagonia Provisions

Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Food will play a critical role in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. Join us to celebrate the release of Unbroken Ground, a compelling new film by Chris Malloy that explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Following the 25 minute film, hear from a panel of speakers [...]

Farmers market’s temporary move

If you’ve been to the Thursday Marin Farmers Market in the last six weeks, you know that the market has been relocated to the Northgate mall during construction of the round-about on Civic Center Drive. Since the move, some customers have expressed dissatisfaction with the change (vendors aren’t where they usually are, I don’t know where to park, etc.) while others have just stopped shopping entirely. I have been farming [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Cool, crisp cucumbers perfect for summer salads

On a hot summer day, nothing cools like a crisp, fresh cucumber from the farmers market. Cucumbers are extremely low in calories yet surprisingly filling. They are a great source of vitamin K, potassium and lignans, compounds known to help prevent certain types of cancers. Cucumbers are believed to help detoxify the body, improve skin texture and fight inflammation. Though they are snack superstars, cucumbers do have one drawback. Because [...]

The Public on Your Porch: On-Farm Education at Windrush Farm

It is hard for me to trace back to the first time I yielded to the impulse to throw open the gates of the farm and invite strangers in. Now, some twenty years later, I have had a great deal of experience with on-farm education through school field trips, retreats, family days, weddings, and even social events with my own family and friends, mostly city folk. First of all, on-farm [...]

Farm Field Studies program shows kids where healthy food comes from

These days, terms like ‘organic,’ ‘sustainable,’ ‘locally sourced’ and ‘farm to table’ are commonly tossed around in the media as well as at cocktail parties, in regard to what we are eating—whether it be at home, at the grocery store or in restaurants. We know it’s chic to eat organic vegetables, cage-free eggs and grass-fed beef, but do we fully understand how important it is for our bodies, and for [...]

Sage Bakehouse makes Bay Area’s Best savory Pies: Found at the Clement St Farmers Market

It took nine months for Nicholas Lee to be happy with his pastry recipe. The proprietor of Sage Bakehouse, a savory hand pie stand at the Clement Street Farmers’ Market, knew that the crust, more than filling, makes or breaks a pie. So he spent months testing options, using friends and family as guinea pigs, before settling on a two-pastry combo: On the bottom, he used a short crust, like [...]

Farmers Market Beet: A dish even beet haters will love

Ask 100 people their opinion on beets and you are likely to find yourself among two divided camps: beet lovers and beet haters. Beet lovers can’t get enough of them, and generally, the earthier tasting the better. If you’re of the “beets taste like dirt” persuasion (aka a beet hater), you’ve likely tried them once, maybe twice, and have little desire to give them another shot. You may, however, want [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Nothing sweeter for strawberries than roasting

If you’ve visited the farmers market in the last few weeks you’ve likely smelled the strawberries before you’ve actually seen them. Their sweet smell is so prominent that it lingers in the isles long after the last few baskets have been protectively nestled into shoppers’ totes and carried home. Hands down, strawberries are the comfort food of the fruit world. But unlike typical comfort foods, strawberries can be enjoyed with [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Pasture-raised eggs elevate brunch

Nothing symbolizes spring better than eggs, especially at the Marin Farmers Market where glorious pasture-raised eggs abound. Anyone who has eaten a pasture-raised egg will tell you that there is just no comparison. Pasture-raised eggs are more flavorful and the yolks brighter. This is likely because of the insects and grasses the hens forage on while roaming free. Pasture-raised eggs have also been proven to be higher in key nutrients [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Leeks are mightier than they appear

Alliums — think onions, garlic, chives and leeks — are plentiful at the farmers market this time of year. Leeks, arguably the most versatile of the allium family, are not only packed with cancer-fighting properties, but they also add a ton of flavor for only a few calories. If leeks came with a label, you might think you were reading the back of multi-vitamin bottle. High in vitamins A, B6, [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Baby artichokes don’t require tender handling

If you have ever picked up a baby artichoke at the farmers market and tried to envision yourself scraping the little leaves against your teeth or removing the fuzzy hairs from the button-sized heart with the tiniest of spoons, fear not! Baby artichokes don’t require such tender handling. In fact, they are entirely edible once you remove the outermost leaves. Given how antioxidant-rich artichokes are, the ease of preparation may [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Fava beans are worth the effort

OK, so maybe Andrew Carnegie wasn’t talking about fava beans when he said, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for,” but it’s certainly a fitting quote. With two layers of shell, fava beans, also known as broad beans, can feel like a labor of love for even the biggest fava fan. Perhaps that’s why, despite their sweet, nutty flavor and versatility, fava beans are often passed over for [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Collards can do just about anything you need

If there was a popularity contest in the veggie world, collard greens just might be crowned king. Extremely nutrient dense, collards are high in vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron, calcium, selenium and zinc. Besides being healthy, collards are incredibly versatile. You can sauté them, steam them, add them to salads, even blend them into smoothies — and since they’re available year-round, you can always find them [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Asparagus, the surest sign of spring

Asparagus, it’s finally here! After a winter full of hardy vegetables, the light and tender asparagus is a welcome sight at the Marin Farmers Market. With only 4 calories a spear, asparagus packs a nutritional punch. This versatile vegetable is rich in folate, vitamin K, and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Given the abundance of evidence that vitamin B2 can reduce the frequency and length of migraine headaches, it’s not too far-fetched [...]

Farmers Market Beet: For a surprising pop, try fennel

Florence fennel, the bulb variety you can find at the Marin Farmers Market this week, is considered a mid-fall to early-spring vegetable. One cup of fennel contains less than 30 calories but almost 20 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C. Throughout history, fennel has been used to treat a number of maladies including anemia, indigestion, constipation, high blood pressure and even colic in children. It even stars [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Don’t let stinging nettles scare you

Springtime in Northern California brings lots of beautiful greens to our gardens, farmers markets, our fields and forests. Stinging nettles are one wild favorite, despite their off-putting name. Although they can produce a stinging sensation if they touch your bare skin (hence the name), there’s no need to be scared off. However, you should take a few precautions with them — using gloves or tongs to handle them while they [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Miner’s lettuce, a worthy weed

Sometimes called winter purslane, Indian lettuce or spring beauty, miner’s lettuce is a crisp, tender and succulent green. The name miner’s lettuce harkens back to the California Gold Rush days when miners ate it to get their vitamin C to prevent scurvy. It’s also high in omega-3s and iron. Miner’s lettuce is a common native wild plant that thrives in moderate climates like ours during the late winter and early [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Watermelon radish as colorful as it is peppery

There are more varieties of radishes at the farmers market than you could ever imagine, all with different shapes, colors and flavors. Breakfast, Easter egg, daikon, black Spanish, watermelon and more brighten up farmers’ tables this time of year. All you have to do to know how the watermelon radish got its name is to slice into one. The white and light green exterior yields to a showy center that [...]

10 Top Farmers Markets

Juicy heirloom tomatoes and just-picked strawberries. Super-sweet peaches shaped like mini UFOs. Artisanal cheeses, emerald-green olive oils, local wildflower honey—California’s farmers’ markets are culinary adventures, a chance to see, taste, and learn about the incredible variety of California’s farm-fresh produce and food products. They are also a chance to hang out with the farmers who grow the produce, and get their tips on how to use these ultra-fresh foods. And [...]

Report urges Marin and region to be vigilant in protecting farms from development

Marin and the Bay Area should do more to protect local ranches and farms that produce local food that ends up on breakfast, lunch and dinner plates across the region, according to a new report. The Greenbelt Alliance, a San Francisco-based open space advocacy group, issued “Homegrown,” a report highlighting some of the issues ranches and farms face in the urbanized Bay Area as they produce food. Greenbelt is a [...]