Bankers by day and distillers by night — Fred Moore and Dave Tierney from Humboldt Craft Spirits are working with Master Distiller Michael McCoy to produce Blue Lake Vodka — their flagship product. Of course it makes you wonder if you are tasting your product at night, how do you count the money in the morning? They assured me that they ask their customers to do the tasting and give them feedback…probably the safest route!
Farmers Markets are lovely events, lots of happy people shopping for fresh local produce. In Arcata, there are booth surrounding the entire plaza and in the center, food vendors dishing up some fabulous grub. While it seems like pure entertainment — it is actually the place where farmers can bring their goods to market and receive the proceeds for the products. While Farmstands are becoming more popular with the larger operations, staffing on a regular basis can be tricky when farmers need to be out in the field doing farmer things.
One of the issues that comes up when people talk about Farmers Markets is the concern that not everyone can afford this lovely bounty. The North Coast Growers Association’s Ivy Matheny is working hard to remedy this. People can use their Cal Fresh funds at the market — and there are incentives for people to do that. Want to learn more? Listen here and check out the happenings at the North Coast Growers Association website!
I met Caterina Lewis-Perry and Michael Kein when I strolled into the screening of a film about urban farms at the Jefferson Community Center in Eureka. The community center was bustling with activity — small children were coming out of child care, and women and men of all ages were streaming into the room for the screening. I arrived early (“as usual” I can hear my friends saying) and tucked myself in exactly in the center of the room near the projector for best viewing.
We watched the film and ate the nice healthful snacks that were prepared — and after a lively discussion ensued. All of us were wondering — how do we make this work? how do we feed people who live in the heart of the most urban areas of our cities, including Eureka. Areas that are known as being “food deserts” devoid of real shopping areas that offer fresh produce.
Caterina and Michael talked about their small CSA located on the small plot that their home is on. There, in the heart of the food desert, was an oasis! Imagine the possibilities! If lawns were turned into gardens, and if city ordinances were food friendly (water issues, farmstand issues, bee issues, chicken issues….you know…), we could have these lifelines running throughout cities — like arteries or veins…ok, enough with the metaphor.
I introduced myself to the group explaining who I was and why I was there — and Caterina graciously said “oh! we love your show!” Whew — sometimes I do wonder if people listen.
Dawn Walker and Natalie Ferris are concocting edible medicinal treats from our friend, the cannabis plant. Like they say — a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down — so many of these edibles are on the sweet side — and most people aim to cover the skunk-like flavor of cannabis with other flavors and textures. Of course right now Forage Apothecary is walking the fine line and that was clear as I asked questions and they tactfully dodged many of them. We did talk about the high CBD cannabis vs. the less fun high THC cannabis — and finding the correct dose so people can find their happy place, and be able to return to the here and now when ready. As California moves closer to legalizing cannabis for recreational use Humboldt will be on the forefront of the edible industry, and I’m sure Forage Apothecary is gearing up to be ready.