Feeling Enriched, Body, Soul and Mind – Benefits of sharing homegrown and crafted bounty

You know how when kids get so excited about something that they can hardly contain it? They need to bounce and smile ear to ear? That was me this morning…before, during and after the garden share we attended. Our backyard chickens have been very productive the last few weeks with some nice weather and we’ve … Continue reading

Surfside Chicken Update

As you may have read, we had signed up for a provisional chicken CSA, meaning we’d get a chicken if they happened to have extras beyond filling their full CSA commitments. Well, a few more full CSA slots opened up and we snagged one as soon as we had the chance. We now receive a … Continue reading

Are you getting the most out of your honey?

Summary: To get the full benefits from honey, it needs to be raw (specifically, unheated) and local (i.e. made by local bees collecting pollen from local plants). A great local brand is Gipsons Golden Inc (Santa Rosa area) I love honey. From before I can remember, honey has always been a household staple, used most often to … Continue reading

Palo Alto Event: Garden Share – Neighbors swapping food, flowers and herbs from their gardens

I am in love with this concept! Neighbors getting together to swap items they have grown in their gardens! I have seen so many orange, lemon, line and fig trees throughout the year in our neigborhood just dripping with more fruit than the owner could possibly consume. How wonderful to have a place to bring … Continue reading

Palo Alto Farmers’ Markets: Recent Discoveries and Old Favorites

Each time I go to a farmers’ market I feel like I discover something new and wonderful, whether it be a new kind of vegetable or fruit, or taking the plunge to try something I’ve been meaning to for a long time (this last weekend it was squash blossoms!) or a completely new vendor. This … Continue reading

Blah, blah, blah, ah…Point Reyes Blue Cheese. Yum!

I have a cold right now and nothing, absolutely nothing, except tea has tasted good to me the last couple days. For lunch today I heated up some vegetable minestrone (from Whole Foods yesterday) to have with a fresh demi baguette from Mayfield Bakery. Blah. The soup, like everything else the last 2 days, was not … Continue reading

A Great Blue Cheese

Cheese shopping is always fun, so many varieties to choose from! Yes, it can be overwhelming sometimes as well. When selecting an ensemble for a cheese platter, we tend to get one or two types we have had before and throw in two we’ve never had. It you don’t try anything new, you’ll never make wonderful … Continue reading

Just signed up for the Surfside Chickens CSA

Yay! I just sent in our deposit for a share with Surfside Chickens. They are located about an hour away in Watsonville, CA and humanely raise pastured chickens for eggs and the table. Since we’ll have our own little backyard flock of chickens for eggs, we’re only interested in Surfside’s meat chickens. Over the last … Continue reading