THE RANKS OF VEGETARIANS and vegans are growing, thanks to increasing health awareness, environmental concerns and more locally sourced fruit and veggies.
As many as 10 percent of adults consider themselves vegetarians, even though they may eat fish or chicken occasionally, according to the Vegetarian Resource Group.
The foothills and Sierra are blessed with an [...]
WHEN IT COMES TO PLANNING DINNER, the answer should be a simple enough: “What’s in season?”
Once a challenge in the “boomer” era of processed food, that’s changing rapidly, thanks to the growth of local farms, farmers markets, food co-ops, CSA “veggies in a box”—and education.
In The Art of Real Food: Seasonal Recipes for Every Week [...]
AN HOUR FROM SACRAMENTO ON “the road less traveled,” Nevada County is blessed with an abundance of ranchland and farmland. There are more than 80 farmers and ranchers selling their products, most of them belonging to Nevada County Grown.
From grass-fed beef to organic vegetables, the county supports a well-rounded local harvest. The produce is sold [...]
ALL ACROSS AMERICA, FARMERS MARKETS are flourishing. The number of markets has grown to more than 5,300 from 1,755 since the USDA began tracking them in 1994. Total annual sales are estimated at more than $1 billion.
Now there’s a weekly farmers market near the White House, with fresh produce, pasture-raised meats, cut flowers and [...]
COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE began in the 1960s in Japan, where families wanting safe food and farmers seeking stable markets for their crops formed partnerships.
Since then, community supported agriculture, also known as CSA, has spread to America. CSA farms now total more than 1,300, stretching from the West Coast to the Midwest to New England, [...]