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Hunter’s Moon of October, 2014

Hunter’s Moon of October, 2014

The full moon of October 8, 2014 is to be a very spectacular site! The full moon will be at 3:51am pacific time, but not only will it be a full moon but also a blood moon. The last eclipse was visible back in April, which was a beautiful arrangement in the sky. Tomorrows early timeline for those of you who want to stay up tonight or get up early to watch this even is the following: 7:08pm: Moon rises along eastern horizon. 1:15am: Prenumbral eclipse begins 2:14am: Umbral first contact — the first portion of the moon is visibly eclipsed. 3:25am: Totality begins, when the moon is completely eclipsed. 4:24am: Totality ends, when the moon emerges from the shadow of the Earth. 5:34am: Umbral eclipse ends Come check our photos tomorrow from what we hope to see here (crosses fingers the clouds don’t come... read more
October Farmers Guild at Collins Farm

October Farmers Guild at Collins Farm

A few weekends ago at the sundays farmers market I had a nice invite from Kristy (The Chicken Lady) to attend the Farmers Guild dinner at The Collins Farm of Davis, CA. Had a really nice time meeting a great group of farmers from around the Yolo county area. I was invited to come back next month as well, which I certainly plan to do! Below are a few pictures that I took while out there. This slideshow requires... read more
Farm-to-Fork Tractor Parade Kick Off

Farm-to-Fork Tractor Parade Kick Off

The Farm-to-Fork weeks have begun for 2014 in Sacramento. Started with a quick little tractor parade around capitol mall in downtown Friday afternoon. Of course, finding a place to park is always a bit of fun so we made it there just in time to catch the end. Still a good time followed up with a tasty pizza at Pizza Rock on K Street.    ... read more
Shopping hungry is such a blur

Shopping hungry is such a blur

It is not a good idea to shop when you’re hungry, everything looks like a complete and total blur. You go star into the fridge with the a never ending wonder of what to get. Once you get to the farmers market or wherever it is you end you wander around with a growling stomach stomach staring at food that looks like a total blur. I can’t be the only one, can I? I mean, come on! It makes no sense. You’d think that if you went hungry the first thing you would do would be grab your food and start eating or at least get home and cook it as fast as you can to get your annoying stomach to shut up. I always seem to end up buying too much of what I really don’t need and nothing of a quick selection that just leads me off to a restaurant.... read more
September Harvest Moon!

September Harvest Moon!

The Northern Hemisphere shined bright on the night of September 8-9, 2014 with a beautiful harvest supermoon. What is a harvest moon? It’s the full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the autumnal equinox. And what is a supermoon? Well, as good old Wikipedia says… A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth. The technical name is the perigee-syzygy of the Earth-Moon-Sun system.... read more
Time for Coq Au Vin again!

Time for Coq Au Vin again!

It was a great day at the farmers market. While there was the usual heard of people trying to wake up and remember how to drive – I swear getting into that place is awfully challenging at times. They need to get some cowboy, or even better, cowgirl, out there on a horse leading the drivers in like cattle. Well, almost time, the rooster, yes, a rooster, will be in the freezer for awhile before its time to make the dish. I made it one other time a few years ago to end the year. Great dish! Will be sure to write a new post when I get a chance to make the dish in the near future, but if you’d like to go ahead and see the great video where I learned how to make Coq Au Vin, watch the following step by step video by Kristy Lyn Levings:   Share   Note: Header art work by Perry Taylor, his work can be scene... read more
Ooofff… what to get!

Ooofff… what to get!

One of the most difficult things about the farmers market for me is remembering to make a list. I think once I have and probably forgot it. I always talk during the week about what is in season, what I saw last week while at the market but never look into what to I want to eat this coming week. Why not? Well, only thing I can come up with is when I’m at the market is that I’m tired and can’t remember what I have at home. Sort of why I decided to start this blog. I know I’d like a good chicken dinner of some kind this week, know exactly who I’d buy the chicken from and of course something that includes avocados. Probably some good corn, maybe some potatoes. How about some fruit of some kind? Eek, the thought of having to eat all that! Yeah, not much. I know. This week will be a bit different in how I buy the food since my roommate will be gone for a good deal of the week. Which leads me to think I’ll probably be lazy and go out to eat more than normal. I’m not a big fan of doing the dishes and with her gone that means I could quickly get a large pile of them if I cook everyday. What does that mean for cooking? Well, I need to make something at the start of the week that makes good leftover variations. Probably why I have chicken in mind. I guess I’ll just have to go there, wander about and figure out how to budget... read more
Bison Tacos and Corn on the Cob

Bison Tacos and Corn on the Cob

Tacos made with ground bison meat and topped off with a fresh guacomle  – all ingredients purchased at our local farmers’ market. With a nice side of fresh corn on the cob.   Ingredients (based on what was in the fridge): 1 pound ground bison butter 2 cloves garlic 1/2 red onion 1 tomato 1/4 cup diced aged cheddar 1 avocado 1 lime salt pepper olive oil cumin 2 tbsp old bay seasoning 4 corn tortillas 4 cobs of corn Preparation: Mix bison with 2 tbsp of old bay seasoning and cumin, set cover and refrigerate for at least one hour for seasoning. Cut up avocado and mix with one diced garlic clove, half small tomato, 1/4 diced red onion,  pinch of salt and dash of pepper. Season further to taste with olive oil and lime. After seasoning bison, heat skillet to medium high heat and add butter and a small amount of olive oil. Add meat and begin to mix while adding cumin along with salt and pepper. Be sure to stir – about five to ten minutes depending on heat. While meat cooks, an easy way to cook the corn is in by first cutting off any bad ends and then wrapping in damp paper towel. Put two cobs in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes and 25 seconds, then turn over and cook for an additional 2 minutes and 25 seconds. Once cooked, remove husks and season to taste with butter and old bay seasoning. Heat corn tortillas on hot pan, remove and add meat, guacamole, cheese and any additional toppings you might enjoy  – when I have it I... read more
What does “Farm to Fork” mean to you?

What does “Farm to Fork” mean to you?

When first thinking about this topic, I never though anything towards this being a confusing question. Then I tried to answer it, and wow! After stumbling around looking for an answer to many different questions that can fit to this question, I came up to this conclusion – at least for tonight: I save money because I shop primarily at a farmers market. I shop for the freshest ingredients – extremely local. Less than 2 miles from my doorstep; on a nice day its a 15 minute walk. Shopping where my favorite restaurants shop, allowing me to know I buy what they buy. Turning my 15 minutes worth of “shopping” into three hours of social time with the farmers who grow my guacamole, raise my chicken dinner, gather my eggs, retire those chickens who lay my eggs into what I end up making my broth from, invite me over to their farm (home) to mingle with the sheep, give me olive oil for Christmas and best of all ask me how I’ve been since I saw them last week.... read more
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