Blackberry turnover deliciousness

  When we first moved into our house, my husband’s friend Greg gave me a blackberry cutting. I said, “don’t blackberries run?” He said, “These aren’t the running kind.” Ha! These babies have gone throughout the yard, all over the place. We pull them and try to control them, but keep one patch where we…

Cello at the Ojai farmers market

​​​ ​There’s music everywhere at the Ojai farmers market. This cello dude is amazing. I love the little change-making scene. You see the dude approach and make his request. Cello dude nods-or not. So dude w/lockbox puts down a five and makes a BIG point of counting out five ones. Sure enough some nosy person…

Seed swap

Did you know that many GMO seeds are patented, which means that if a GMO plant produces seeds, you can’t sell them–only Montsanto can? Well, this is the opposite of that. Local farmers and gardeners sell and swap the seeds they’ve nurtured over time. There are some amazing varieties of heirloom veggies, flowers and flowers…

Ode to farmworkers

Just remember when you’re eating chocolate dipped strawberries, or delicious veggies that someone had to do the picking. If it weren’t for the literally backbreaking work farmworkers do year-round no matter what the weather, most produce wouldn’t make it to our tables. No one is asking for a handout–they just want to earn enough money…

Sunday morning at the Ojai farmers market

Here’s a tour of the Sunday morning Ojai farmers market. If you want to learn about food, talk to these guys. They’re the experts. Plus you always run into friends. Enjoy.   via (2) Anne Kallas

Barn Aid for Rio Gozo farm

One of the coolest and most erudite farmers ever, and his lovely and equally accomplished wife Johnny Fonteyn and Elizabeth Del Negro, need help. Get out and show what community is all about: A Fundraiser with live music and food for Rio Gozo to get a new barn. Come together and help a vital part of the…

Restore Ventura fundraiser

This amazing program, founded and run by Gerardo Gallegos, teaches kids how to grow their own healthy food. That, and responsibility and community values. They also sell leftover produce from time to time that they’ve grown themselves. 572 N Ventura Ave Ventura Ca 93001 Please consider joining us  from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan….

Working on purple cauliflower on this rainy day.

Question: which roasting method works best with cruciferous vegetables? Bought a giant purple cauliflower at the Ventura farmers market Saturday. I decided to roast it, but had some questions about what would work best. One recipe said to toss the florets with olive oil and just roast them on a cookie sheet at 400 for…