June 3, 2016 at 8:21 pm (Artichokes, Farmers Market, Uncategorized)
Tags: Artichokes, Earthly Edibles, Ed Cohen
Growing up Portuguese…or maybe because I grew up in the Bay Area near Salinas…we ate a lot of artichokes. Some call them a sponge for mayonnaise…and I certainly don’t skimp when I prepare mine. Later on I realized that some people dip the ends into melted butter, a little more upscale than my Best Foods Mayo. I was so happy when I started seeing lots and lots of great looking and great tasting artichokes at Ed’s stand at the Farmers Market. One of the nicest thing is that they are available in very early spring — so when I shop I can get both artichokes and asparagus (and a jar of Mayo!).
Some things I didn’t know about artichokes is…that Marilyn Monroe was the first Artichoke Queen (of course she was…) and that artichokes are our “state vegetable”…I have to admit…I didn’t know we had a state vegetable. In Salinas, they sell T-shirts with pictures of artichokes and they call them Portuguese Pineapples…I definitely see the similarity in the way they look…but that’s where it ends.
Ed Cohen’s artichokes have really taken off — the day before he came in for the interview they planted 10,000 artichokes — so ladies and gentlemen — prepare yourself for having that option from early spring into winter. YUM!
Listen here or check out the Earthly Edibles
May 26, 2016 at 9:16 pm (Farmers Market)
Tags: Certified Farmers Markets, Ivy Matheny, North Coast Growers Association
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!
August 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm (Farmers Market)
Tags: Certified Farmers Markets, Farmers Market Arcata, North Coast Growers Association
The eating local rubber hits the road at a farmers market — and the Saturday Farmers Market in Arcata is the best I’ve ever been to. Whenever I travel I always make it a point to check out the local farmers market scene — whether in or out of the country, that’s the place to see the people who raise the food and share it with the rest of us!
So Jessica Eden and I decided to take a little field recorder to a Saturday Farmers Market in Arcata — and we started out with a bang. Laura from NCGA asked me if I wanted to ring the bell — are you kidding? I was like a kid in a candy store — and if you were at that market you were probably wondering why the bell ringer wouldn’t stop ringing the bell (just doin’ my job…)
We talked with lots of people that day — people waiting in line for peaches, farmers who were also shoppers, children with strawberries tucked into their red lips! Listen Here
August 11, 2014 at 9:57 pm (Farmers Market, local food production)
Tags: Ed Mata, Potowat, Potowat Farm, T Griffin, UIHS, United Indian Health Services
I don’t really like to go to the doctor, I mean, who does?…but I have to say that United Indian Health Services Potowat is my idea of a dream health center. Everything was so well thought out, the shape of the health center with a healing garden in the center, walking trails in a nature area so you can get your exercise in beautiful surroundings, the structure itself is based on local Indian design and the walls are made of concrete that were formed using old growth redwood timber — and you can go up and touch the sides and still not be sure that it isn’t made of the actual redwood. It is perfect — and the things that pushes it over the edge to ultimate perfection for me is that there is a farm onsite. Yes, I love a farm, I love to see things growing — I love to see farming and food production integrated into caring for health, what a brilliant concept!
To listen to the Head Farmers T Griffin and Ed Mata talk about Potowat, listen here.
January 6, 2014 at 4:19 am (Farmers Market)
Tags: Certified Farmers Markets, local food production, locally produced food, Winter Farmers Market
What is better than the Farmers Market at the Arcata Plaza? Oh sure, I shop at the Hendersen Center market — after all I do live south of Eureka…but for an all out celebration of local food, nothing beats my weekly trip to the Arcata Plaza. And now there is a great reason to celebrate, the Arcata Farmers Market is now open year round — sure, there aren’t any tomatoes, but winter is the time to eat up brussel sprouts, kale and chard — and there will definitely be some surprises like Jacques Neukom’s yacon — seriously –ask him about it, it’s like a jicama on steroids looking like a giant yam. I am now growing my own — Jacques even said they do better on the coast than his Willow Creek farm (yay! can’t grow those tomatoes but I am now a mean Yacon grower!) You know how this works, the more we support the Winter Farmers Market the bigger and better it will get — see you there!
Check out the website for the North Coast Growers Association
Listen to the interview
January 31, 2012 at 11:47 pm (Beans, Farmers Market, local food production)
Tags: Paul Giuntoli, Warren Creek Farms
I have to confess…Paul Giuntoli is “my farmer”…he raises the potatoes I eat, the dried beans I eat…and most of the winter squash I eat. So — I was a little intimidated by the prospect of interviewing him. He is well known in the farming community and seems to know everyone’s name at the farmers markets — and come to find out…he was a breeze to interview!
To listen to a 2 part interview with Paul Giuntoli from Warren Creek Farms Part 1 Part 2
December 13, 2011 at 2:50 am (Eat Local Humboldt, Farmers Market, local food production)
Tags: Certified Farmers Markets, Farmers Market Humboldt, North Coast Growers Association, Portia Bramble
Every year we invite Portia Bramble to give an update of the North Coast Growers Association certified Farmers Markets. This year she talked about how the growing season went, and the addition of more providers of locally produced meats. To listen to this interview, click here.
July 9, 2011 at 9:30 pm (Eat Local Humboldt, Farmers Market, Organic Gardening)
Tags: farms, Little River Farm, local food production, local produce, locally produced food
John Severn of Little River Farm out in Freshwater talks about making a living farming in Humboldt County and finding his niche raising greens — to listen to Part 1, click here.
To listen to Part 2, click here.
Little River Farm
140 Ole Hansen Road
Eureka, CA 95503-9422
July 21, 2010 at 11:00 pm (Eat Local Humboldt, Farmers Market, local food production)
Tags: Calhoun's Original Southside Barbeque Sauce, local food production, locally produced food, Slow Food Movement
Calhoun’s Original Southside Bar-B-Que Sauce is owned and operated by Michael Cohen-Ross and his wife Alisa — you may have seen them down at the farmer’s market on Saturday — that’s where I ran into him. He agreed to come up to the KHSU studio for an interview…and he brought BBQ chicken wings with him — between slurping sauce off our fingers we were able to interview Michael about how he got started cooking, how important his family has been, and what his plans are for the future…to listen, click here.
July 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm (Eat Local Humboldt, Farmers Market, Humboldt Poultry Processing Facility, local food production)
Tags: Buck 'n Daisy Rabbitry, Buck and Daisy Rabbitry, local food production, local produce, locally produced food, Rabbits Humboldt County, Slow Food Movement
David MacCuish from Buck ‘N Daisy Rabbitry (co-owned with Ash Wells) provides rabbits for pets or meat as well as builds rabbit hutches for those interested in raising rabbits. To listen to an interview with David click here.
Daisy the Rabbit!
Woody the bunny is keeping an eye on you!
Shaft the Rabbit
Tornado the Rabbit -- pauses for a photo op!