Sunday, June 19, 2011
I love visiting the farmers' market and being able to know where my food comes from when I cook dinner. It's good to chat with the friendly folks at Happy Boy Farms when I'm picking up squash or tomatoes, and even better when I'm enjoying lettuce from Fat Cabbage Farm or eggs from Surfside Chickens because I've visited those farms. What I have not expected as much (but I'm starting to get used to) is buying processed or prepared food and knowing where my food comes from. Kudos to producers like Scream Sorbet, who are taking the extra step to source locally and seasonally and provide transparency in where their ingredients come from - like this delicious Strawberry Lemon sorbet with Seascape strawberries from Rodriguez Ranch and lemon juice from Sun Rise Farm.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Just an hour outside of San Francisco lies an abundance of small family farms in Brentwood that produce some of the most delicious summer fruits and vegetables available in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, many of these farms open up their orchards to families every summer for u-pick cherries, peaches and more. A non-profit called Harvest Time maintains an impressive website for agri-tourism in Brentwood, including a great farm trail map of over 40 growers in the area.
We took our 3 year old daughter, Kaiya, on her first ever trip cherry picking at Seko Farms and peach picking at Wolfe Ranch and she had a blast! I had never been to a cherry or peach tree orchard before and it was a refreshing and inspiring experience to see the orchards and share this experience as a family - I hope to make this a new, annual family tradition.