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What’s Fresh Blog 2017-03-22T09:13:23-05:00

Nickels For Non-Profits: San Rafael Whole Foods

Nickels For Non Profits at San Rafael Whole Foods Whole Foods Market is proud to support the Agricultural Institute Of Marin and our Farm Field Studies Program. The San Rafael store is hosting their Nickels For Non Profit in our honor! This means that when any customer brings in a reusable bag for groceries, they have the option of receiving a ten-cent credit (per bag) or donating ten-cents to the [...]

The Voice | The Little Gem of Marin

As a senior about to leave to go to college on the East Coast, I have been taking time to appreciate the beauty of the Bay Area. One of the things I will miss most about Marin is the Sunday Farmers Market at the Civic Center, a treasure that I have been frequenting with my mom and sister since I was little. The Sunday Marin Farmers Market was first opened [...]

Farm to Table Talk: For Richer Or Poorer — Peter Healy

Farm to Table Talk explores issues and the growing interest in the story of how and where the food on our tables is produced, processed and marketed. The host, Rodger Wasson is a food and agriculture veteran. Although he was the first of his family to leave the grain and livestock farm after five generations farming in America, he’s continually worked for and with farmers though-out America and around the [...]

Marin IJ Beet: Tomatoes are peaking, make gazpacho

It is widely accepted that tomatoes, despite their veggie-like characteristics, are technically a fruit, but did you know that in 1886 the “fruit or vegetable” debate went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court? Though the botanical classification may be up for debate, the nutritional benefits of tomatoes are not. One large tomato has only 33 calories, is full of vitamins A and C, folic acid and antioxidants, including [...]

Lawsuit Challenges the Future of Small-Scale Livestock Production at Point Reyes National Seashore

If you follow Sir Francis Drake Boulevard down the Point Reyes Peninsula toward the lighthouse, beyond the now-vacated Drakes Estero, you might find yourself at Historic Ranch B, also known as Double M Dairy. Here, Jarrod Mendoza raises dairy cows on land his family has ranched for generations. Despite its sweeping views and windswept vistas, the 1,200-acre ranch isn’t large by today’s standards. The certified organic milk from the 250 [...]

2016 Unbroken Ground Film Preview from Patagonia Provisions

Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Food will play a critical role in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis. Join us to celebrate the release of Unbroken Ground, a compelling new film by Chris Malloy that explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Following the 25 minute film, hear from a panel of speakers [...]

Farmers market’s temporary move

If you’ve been to the Thursday Marin Farmers Market in the last six weeks, you know that the market has been relocated to the Northgate mall during construction of the round-about on Civic Center Drive. Since the move, some customers have expressed dissatisfaction with the change (vendors aren’t where they usually are, I don’t know where to park, etc.) while others have just stopped shopping entirely. I have been farming [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Cool, crisp cucumbers perfect for summer salads

On a hot summer day, nothing cools like a crisp, fresh cucumber from the farmers market. Cucumbers are extremely low in calories yet surprisingly filling. They are a great source of vitamin K, potassium and lignans, compounds known to help prevent certain types of cancers. Cucumbers are believed to help detoxify the body, improve skin texture and fight inflammation. Though they are snack superstars, cucumbers do have one drawback. Because [...]

The Public on Your Porch: On-Farm Education at Windrush Farm

It is hard for me to trace back to the first time I yielded to the impulse to throw open the gates of the farm and invite strangers in. Now, some twenty years later, I have had a great deal of experience with on-farm education through school field trips, retreats, family days, weddings, and even social events with my own family and friends, mostly city folk. First of all, on-farm [...]

Farm Field Studies program shows kids where healthy food comes from

These days, terms like ‘organic,’ ‘sustainable,’ ‘locally sourced’ and ‘farm to table’ are commonly tossed around in the media as well as at cocktail parties, in regard to what we are eating—whether it be at home, at the grocery store or in restaurants. We know it’s chic to eat organic vegetables, cage-free eggs and grass-fed beef, but do we fully understand how important it is for our bodies, and for [...]

Sage Bakehouse makes Bay Area’s Best savory Pies: Found at the Clement St Farmers Market

It took nine months for Nicholas Lee to be happy with his pastry recipe. The proprietor of Sage Bakehouse, a savory hand pie stand at the Clement Street Farmers’ Market, knew that the crust, more than filling, makes or breaks a pie. So he spent months testing options, using friends and family as guinea pigs, before settling on a two-pastry combo: On the bottom, he used a short crust, like [...]

Farmers Market Beet: A dish even beet haters will love

Ask 100 people their opinion on beets and you are likely to find yourself among two divided camps: beet lovers and beet haters. Beet lovers can’t get enough of them, and generally, the earthier tasting the better. If you’re of the “beets taste like dirt” persuasion (aka a beet hater), you’ve likely tried them once, maybe twice, and have little desire to give them another shot. You may, however, want [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Nothing sweeter for strawberries than roasting

If you’ve visited the farmers market in the last few weeks you’ve likely smelled the strawberries before you’ve actually seen them. Their sweet smell is so prominent that it lingers in the isles long after the last few baskets have been protectively nestled into shoppers’ totes and carried home. Hands down, strawberries are the comfort food of the fruit world. But unlike typical comfort foods, strawberries can be enjoyed with [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Pasture-raised eggs elevate brunch

Nothing symbolizes spring better than eggs, especially at the Marin Farmers Market where glorious pasture-raised eggs abound. Anyone who has eaten a pasture-raised egg will tell you that there is just no comparison. Pasture-raised eggs are more flavorful and the yolks brighter. This is likely because of the insects and grasses the hens forage on while roaming free. Pasture-raised eggs have also been proven to be higher in key nutrients [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Leeks are mightier than they appear

Alliums — think onions, garlic, chives and leeks — are plentiful at the farmers market this time of year. Leeks, arguably the most versatile of the allium family, are not only packed with cancer-fighting properties, but they also add a ton of flavor for only a few calories. If leeks came with a label, you might think you were reading the back of multi-vitamin bottle. High in vitamins A, B6, [...]

Farmers Market Beet: Baby artichokes don’t require tender handling

If you have ever picked up a baby artichoke at the farmers market and tried to envision yourself scraping the little leaves against your teeth or removing the fuzzy hairs from the button-sized heart with the tiniest of spoons, fear not! Baby artichokes don’t require such tender handling. In fact, they are entirely edible once you remove the outermost leaves. Given how antioxidant-rich artichokes are, the ease of preparation may [...]