Meagen Baldy, Eating Healthy in Indian Country

Grady Walker, from Green Fire Farms, emailed me a couple of months ago, and said there was someone I really should interview, Meagen Baldy.  Well, of course Grady was right!

Meagen is the Community Garden Coordinator in Hoopa, hosts a You Tube show called Eating Healthy in Indian Country, is a UC Master Food Preserver…and oh yes…she has 4 children!  And they are amazing!  Recently I was helping to cook for the Master Food Preserver graduation program and Meagen comes in with a heaping bag of fry bread and starts whipping up some salmon spread from salmon she has smoked and canned herself — and in come her 4 children — “can I help?!” they plead…I wish I had such help in the kitchen at home.  They launched into making pizzas for the party — enthusiastic as I taught them how to stretch the dough and put the toppings on.  And this — in a nutshell — is Meagen…teaching children to know about their food and to cook is part of her mission, where the rubber hits the road, walking the talk — and you can tell Meagen does it all with grace and style — you can check out her YouTube videos and see for yourself!

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Lauren Sarabia, Comfort of Home Catering

Well, I finally met Lauren Sarabia — you probably know her, a Locally Delicious Heirloom Tomato, educating us all about local food and how wonderful it is!  You probably also know she has a catering company — aptly named Comfort of Home Catering.  Sharing food and comfort is important for Lauren — and as a caterer she also understands many of the challenges of incorporating local food.  Hosting an event soon?  Keep in mind the story behind the food, always best when eating something locally produced by caring hands!  Find out more about her catering business by going to the website of Comfort of Home Catering.

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Lauren Sarabia, Jewish food traditions and kosher food law

My first confusions (and there are many) about kosher food law came from my Jewish aunt — overhearing talk about volunteering at the Jewish Community Center and keeping the dairy and meat flat wear separate.  Huh?!  That part of my family lives far away, and her family doesn’t keep kosher (they refer to ham as “rare roast beef”) but I have often wished they lived closer so I could ask my many food questions — luckily Lauren Sarabia from Temple Beth El stepped in for an interview — we talked about some of my favorite Jewish foods, many of which originated in Eastern Europe — but also about how Jews have traveled throughout the world changing our idea of what “traditional” Jewish food is.

Find out more about Temple Beth El in Eureka.

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Daryl Coldren, Fine Feather Ranch

I’m sure any farmer or rancher would say that they prefer flat land — heaven knows I’ve discovered that gardening at home on the side of the hill is threatening to make one leg longer than the other, and I curse the sloped property on which we built our home on a daily basis.  This is why I was surprised to discover that Daryl Coldren of Fine Feather Ranch is my neighbor.

High atop Humboldt Hill, in fact I think it is the very last address on Humboldt Hill Road, lies Fine Feather Ranch and a flock of chickens that are busy laying eggs that travel to the farmers market and end up on many breakfast plates throughout the county.  Daryl is raising his chickens organically and expects to have a batch of meat chickens winding their way through the mobile poultry processing system soon, so keep an eye out.  Whether these chickens have one leg longer than the other will be something we can find out as we prep the chicken for roasting 😉  To reach Daryl you can call (707) 407-0793 or email at FineFeatherRanch@gmail.com

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