Apr

29

2010

Hooray Hooray the First Of May


It’s Market Day and Kentucky Derby Day.

* Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate will have fine chocolate horseshoes for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby

* Mother’s Day is May 9th. Gandolf’s Fine Chocolate is accepting Mother’s Day Orders for delivery anywhere in the United States.

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Apr

29

2010

Bhut Jolokia The Ghost Chile

At the Peppahead booth, it’s all about flavor and sensation. It is also the perfect stop for occasional gifts and stocking stuffers, to please chile lovers.

I am here to delight cooks and chile pepper lovers with a very unique selection of regional chile powders, plus my original blends, and sauces. Stop by, say howdy, have a taste and expand your gastronomic horizons.

For the gourmet cooks, I offer a Sonoma Smoked – New Mexican Chile powder that is exquisite to cook with. The Spanish Smoked Paprika (which is great) can’t touch this one. It is a whole other level of subtle flavor with a moderate heat level representing the best of Sonoma Co. and Santa Fe

This year I have also kicked up the heat level for those Chileheads who want it hot and tasty. My “HELL TO PAY” hot sauce and the Bhut Jolokia or “Ghost Chile” (from Assam, India) is on the table to please and sizzle the taste buds. The results have been very successful.

Don’t miss the annual “Chile Peppers” Recipe Calendar with photos of chiles from my garden, and 12 months of favorite recipes.
The 2011 Issue is due out this September.

“I’m not fooling around here, but having some fun as well.”

See you at the market.

Larry Noggle
www.peppahead.com

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Apr

29

2010

IGROW Sonoma County


IGROW is all about growing, eating, and sharing healthy food.

On a single weekend, May 15-16, 350 Sonoma County landscapes will be transformed into bountiful, water-wise food gardens.

Join IGROW

Why Grow?

Food gardens are sprouting up on balconies, patios, front yards, backyards, rooftops, and school and community gardens around Sonoma County. Growing your own fruits and vegetables is easy and rewarding once you know the basics.
Why Grow a Food Garden?

* Fun and fresh air for your family
* Easy access to healthy, great tasting food
* Save money on your food budget
* Learn skills and be more self-reliant
* Create beauty – for you and your neighbors
* Share with neighbors and friends

So, what are you waiting for? Put that shovel in the soil and start growing!

Together we’ll grow a healthier Sonoma County.

Even if you are a short attention span gardener you can participate. The Fulton Creek Farms has strawberry plants ready for harvest. You can plant and pick the same day.

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Apr

29

2010

Escarole the myth the market costs more

The French Garden (Sat Market) has spring greens including escarole.
For organic freshly picked escarole you pay the same price from the French Garden as you would from a big grocer without the quality, freshness or organic designation.

Another example. Loose-leaf, bagged lettuce from Ortiz Brothers Farm (Wed/Sat) is cheaper and a lot younger then bagged lettuce from the big grocer. A recent Consumer Report study showed the big grocer bagged lettuce had high bacteria levels, even the organic packers, the older the product the higher the count.

What to do with escarole? Here’s one recipe white beans and escarole

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Apr

28

2010

Fava Beans and fava greens


Tired of peeling and cooking and peeling
Try fava greens from Singing Frogs Farm or just buy them already prepared from the Hummus Guy.

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Apr

27

2010

My Big Fat Beautiful Asparagus Spears

Fat or skinny. It is asparagus season. Mark Bittman of the New York Times thinks both have their merits.

These beautiful spears come from Triple T Ranch and Farm.(Wed/Sat) market.

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Each child celebrating Earth Day at the market gets a chance to start their own pumpkin patch.

Skyview Nursery (Wed/Sat market) is providing the plants.

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Desantis Farms is a must stop for anyone looking for seasonal,interesting and unusual fruit. This week golden tangelos -less acidity and a beautiful yellow color. And tucked in a box –green almonds so tender you eat the shell and all.

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The Wednesday market welcomes Singing Frogs Farm.
Organic produce and plant starts

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Earth Day at the market is Saturday April 24.

This year is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

The Saturday market will host the Forestville Four H Club. The club members bring the animals they are raising and set up wonderful informative exhibits. Surprises as well!

Each child may take away a pumpkin seedling. Easy to grow. You cannot plan far enough ahead for Halloween.

Many of the vendors will have Earth Day specials. Heron Fox Farm is having a sale of trees native to this area including: redbud, maples, buckeye, cedar, and spruce.

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