Aug

30

2010

The 411

The SR market has a new information booth and a new assistant manager to staff it.
Welcome Gloria Vigil. Check it out and see if you can stump Gloria (just kidding.)
She’s got shopping bags, vendor coupons and is the person to see if you use EBT.
EBT (Federal food assistance) is new to the market and opens up a whole new customer base for our vendors.

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There is an apple pie workshop at Olympia’s Orchard on Sunday
September 12 at 11 a.m., and 3 p.m. and Sunday September 19 at 11 a.m.

Visit beautiful, inspiring, amazing Olympia’s Orchard which is part of
the Tresch Dairy Farm, suppliers of organic milk to Strauss Dairy.

Visit TwoRockRanch.com for more information.

Come out to the farm this September 12th or 19th for an intimate tour of Olympia Orchard’s 500 organic and heirloom apple trees at the peak of ripeness, and farmstead apple pie making workshop!

Learn first-hand from Kathy Tresch, farmer, apple expert and owner of Olympia’s Orchard, about growing and caring for heirloom and organic apples. After a tour of the orchard, where you will pick apples that go into your pie, chef and food writer Meloni Courtway, will teach you the secrets of making the perfect pie crust. While your take home pie is baking in the outdoor oven, enjoy a slice as it was meant to be made, perfectly picked from the orchard to the oven, with a paring of local wine or sun-brewed iced tea.

Join us for one of three unique Apple Pie Workshops and on-the-farm cooking experience using the freshest of ingredients at the source.

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Aug

19

2010

The Handmade Pantry



The Handmade Pantry wants to know,…

If you are longing for the fresh taste of
real ingredients in your food?
Do you ever look at the labels of the packaged food you are buying?
How many times do you find fillers, preservatives, stuff you have
no clue what it is or how to pronounce it.
Something as simple as a loaf of bread or a can of broth has stuff in it so
it can be shipped cross country or world wide and still stay “fresh!”
Do you really want to eat or feed your family something that is designed
to “stay fresh” forever?
The Handmade Pantry wants to provide you and your loved ones
with High Quality REAL food made by hand with REAL ingredients
from scratch.

Wednesday and Saturday Market

www.handmadepantry.com

Follow Handmade Pantry on Facebook

707 304 5673

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Aug

19

2010

The Handmade Pantry

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ORDER BANS PLANTING OR SALE OF CONTROVERSIAL CROP. COURT DENIES MONSANTO REQUEST TO ALLOW CONTINUED PLANTING

Today Judge Jeffrey White, federal district judge for the Northern District of California, issued a ruling granting the request of plaintiffs Center for Food Safety, Organic Seed Alliance, High Mowing Organic Seeds, and the Sierra Club to rescind the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) approval of genetically engineered “Roundup Ready” sugar beets (Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. C08-00484 JSW [N.D. Cal. 2010]). In September 2009, the Court had found that the USDA had violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by approving the Monsanto-engineered biotech crop without first preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. The crop was engineered to resist the effects of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which it sells to farmers together with the patented seed. Similar Roundup Ready crops have led to increased use of herbicides, proliferation of herbicide resistant weeds, and contamination of conventional and organic crops.

In today’s ruling the Court officially “vacated” the USDA “deregulation” of Monsanto’s biotech sugar beets and prohibited any future planting and sale pending the agency’s compliance with NEPA and all other relevant laws. USDA has estimated that an EIS may be ready by 2012.

Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director of plaintiff and co-counsel the Center for Food Safety, stated, “This is a major victory for farmers, consumers and the rule of law. USDA has once again acted illegally and had its approval of a biotech crop rescinded. Hopefully the agency will learn that their mandate is to protect farmers, consumers and the environment and not the bottom line of corporations such as Monsanto.”

Paul Achitoff of Earthjustice, lead counsel for the plaintiffs, commented: “Time and again, USDA has ignored the law and abdicated its duty to protect the environment and American agriculture from genetically engineered crops designed to sell toxic chemicals. Time and again, citizens speaking truth to power have taken USDA to court and won.”

In his order, Judge White noted that USDA’s “errors are not minor or insignificant, and his “concern that Defendants are not taking this process seriously.” He also pointed out that “despite the fact that the statutes at issue are designed to protect the environment,” USDA and the sugar beet industry focused on the economic consequences to themselves, yet “failed to demonstrate that serious economic harm would be incurred pending a full economic review….”

The Court held in part:

…the Court GRANTS Plaintiffs’ request to vacate APHIS’s decision to deregulate genetically engineered sugar beets and remands this matter to APHIS. Based on this vacatur, genetically engineered sugar beets are once again regulated articles pursuant to the Plant Protection Act. This vacatur applies to all future plantings…

This is the second time a Court has rescinded USDA’s approval of a biotech crop. The first such crop, Roundup Ready alfalfa, is also illegal to plant, based on the vacating of its deregulation in 2007 pending preparation of an EIS. Although Monsanto took that case all the way to the Supreme Court and the High Court set aside part of the relief granted, the full prohibition on its planting – based on the same remedy granted here, the vacatur – remains in place. In the past several years federal courts have also held illegal USDA’s approval of biotech crop field trials, including the testing of biotech grasses in Oregon and the testing of engineered, pharmaceutical-producing crops in Hawai’i.

We could not have won this important case without you! Stay tuned to the website for updates, and thank you for all your support!

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Aug

19

2010

Slide Ranch Internships

Teacher-in-Residence Internship Position (10.5 months)

Organization:
Slide Ranch teaches visitors the impact our choices have on food, health, and the environment, through hands-on activities and independent exploration of our farm and coastal wild lands. Located on the Pacific Coast a thirty-minute drive north of San Francisco, Slide Ranch is situated in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Close to the urban Bay Area yet surrounded by wildlands, Slide Ranch is a beautiful isolated homestead perched on the rugged coastal edge of the continent.

Program participants learn to care for farm animals and gardens, explore miles of wildland trails, discover ocean tide pools, and sometimes camp overnight. Our Teachers-in-Residence customize each program to meet the learning needs of groups of all ages, ethnicities, and cultures, focusing particularly on elementary school-aged children. Approximately one-third of our programs support under-served populations.

Position:
This is a residential “live-on-the-ranch” position – housing and food provided plus monthly stipend. read more

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Aug

11

2010

Thank you Supervisor Shirlee Zane

This Saturday is the first day that we will be accepting food stamps/EBT.

In addition to the activities planned, we invited the County Supervisors to attend.
Supervisor Shirlee Zane is coming and will be at the market around 10 AM.

Supervisor Zane is a great friend to the market and recognizes and respects the work of the vendors who sell here. When we were faced with a market-closing rent increase this year, she really went to bat for us.

It’s a chance to thank her in person.

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Aug

10

2010

EBT starts August 14th


Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that automates the delivery, redemption, and reconciliation of issued public assistance benefits. EBT is the method for distributing the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)[1] benefits, the California Food Assistance Program benefits and, in most California counties, cash aid benefits.

Until this month, food assistance dollars could not be used at area farmers markets. Unfair to both the farmers and the recipients.

EBT comes to the Santa Rosa Farmers Market on Saturday 8/14.
Free lunch for cardholders compliments of Mateo Grandados. Cooking Demonstrations, free recipe books, fun activities for kids, market tours and community gardening assistance.

The Market is also raising money to help EBT recipients extend their benefits. Look for donation buckets on Market Days.

Recipients of food assistance are on the rise in Sonoma County.

Sonoma County food stamp use skyrockets
About 25,900 people received food stamps in Sonoma County in June, a 77 percent increase in two years, county officials said this week. Despite the jump, the county lags in reaching those eligible for the benefit. Published August 4, 2010 http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100804/ARTICLES/100809808


PD Editorial: Going hungry

The latest entry in the misery index is a bleak report saying that hunger is on the rise in Sonoma County. Published July 24, 2010 http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20100724/OPINION/100729718

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Aug

09

2010

Gravenstein Apples





Fresh-pressed apple juice is a great way to get people to appreciate the Gravenstein apple.

Ted Richardson an organic apple grower (and other things)ran the press. It’s a two step process: first make pumice by grinding the apples into a mush and then press the mush.

There were also apple arts and crafts.

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