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Meet at the market: a rare find

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she caught up with Jay Ruskey, owner of Goodland Organics. This Goleta farm grows rare and exotic fruits you won’t find at neighboring stands. Katie asked how you eat these intriguing yet intimidating fruits, and what unique projects he’s got in the works.

Here …

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A grape to call our own

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Yes, that’s whatit looks like. A UFO is beaming down on this Bonny Doon Le Cigare Volant 2011 wine label. Matt Kettman, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast came in to give the backstory on this eccentric wine, and the creative winemaker who aspires to develop California’s own grape varietals.

The wine was created by Randall Grahm, who recently sold his Big House Winery brand …

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Meet at the market: grown, shaken, served

Posted August 28, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she followed Patrick Reynolds around as he picked up produce to use in Tuesday’s Farm to Bar cocktail program at the Wildcat Lounge.

Patrick picked up snap peas, watermelon, arugula and peaches. He plans to concoct these drinks:

Gin, snap peas, watermelon and …

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The perils and payoffs of island-grown grapes

Posted August 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It doesn’t get much more ideal than sun soaked grapes amidst salty breezes and rich island history. However, growing grapes off the mainland also brings some unusual challenges. Matt Kettman, editor at the Santa Barbara Independent and Wine Enthusiast (where he reviews about 150 wines a week!), sampled a new Chardonnay made with grapes grown on Catalina Island.

Winemakers Geoff Rusack and Alison Wrigley Rusack were put …

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Making LA: Food

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles is a culinary wonderland. New, exciting restaurants seem to be opening faster than one can finish a meal. But not everyone is sharing in this bounty. In this installment of Making L.A., Press Play takes a closer look at what’s happening with the food scene and food policy — and what’s going to happen to the street vendors?
“We’re such a layered population …

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Meet at the market: not your average Newton

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, she met up with Colton Monahan of Avila and Sons Farm to talk figs: grilled, dried, wrapped, stuffed and everything in between.

Avila and Sons grow over a dozen fig varieties. Here’s what they have at the stand this week:

Kadota figs …

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Meet at the market: feeding your Fiesta familia

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, in the spirit of Fiesta and outdoor meat-eating, she stopped by Jimenez Family Farm to speak with Joe Jock about his favorite Fiesta recipe and ways to use lamb fat in your next pie.

Birria
a spicy stew from the Mexican state of …

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Meet at the market: who’s in charge, here?

Posted July 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Certified Farmers’ Market.
This week, we went straight to the source and met up with Sam Edelman, general manager of the SBCFM itself. He’s been working at the market since he was 17 years old and just needed some gas money. Now, almost 20 years later, he’s …

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Meet at the market: drink it raw

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she stopped to talk with Nathan Glazebrook of Organic Pastures, one of two certified Grade A raw milk dairies in California. She learned why the raw movement is really a move back, and which whole fats aren’t as prone to grow your love handles.

“It’s not about quantity …

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Meet at the market: on the fly

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she followed Scarlett Begonia chef Avery Hardin around the market as he let the day’s produce inspire his Tuesday “On the Fly” menu.

Here’s the scoop. The restaurant offers 3 courses (plus a craft cocktail) every Tuesday for $35. Avery might have some inkling in his …

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A $25 ticket to the top of L.A.’s skyline

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s not quite the roof of the world, but it’s as close as you’re going to get in L.A.
The owners of U.S. Bank Tower – the city’s tallest structure – are building an outdoor observation deck and restaurant on the top floors.
The view will be spectacular, but it won’t be cheap: The price is $25 per visitor.
The L.A. Times reports the U.S. Bank Tower …

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Meet at the market: cukes for sale

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, the different colors, shapes and sizes of cucumbers caught her eye, and led her on a cuke-tasting tour.

Persian cucumbers are very similar to English cucumbers. They are typically small, with a mild flavor and thin skins, making them great for salads or to scoop up …

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Meet at the market: picked at peak

Posted July 1, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, the peak produce at Burkdoll Farm piqued our interest. They sell stone fruits, and grow many varieties you’ve probably never heard of. Katie spoke with Daniel Burkdoll about the history of his father’s Visalia farm and how to make that perfect, mouthwatering purchase.

David’s tips for stone …

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Meet at the market: beneath the husk

Posted June 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she met up with Jesse Gruenberg from Lane Farms. The Lane family has been farming the Santa Barbara and Goleta area since 1868. Jesse helped plant the corn that is now hitting their market stand, and shares a special thing to look out for …

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Supreme Court win is sweet sanction for raisin farmer

Posted June 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You can call it sour grapes, and plenty of people have, but the Supreme Court has now endorsed a lawsuit filed by a California farming couple over the confiscation of their raisins.
The high court ruled that a program that allows state officials to take raisins from farmers to help reduce supply and boost prices is unconstitutional.
The ruling is a victory for farmers Marvin and …

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Meet at the market: school’s out, but lunch is not

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she met up with Misha Karbelnig, the development manager at the Santa Barbara County Food Bank. She and her team kicked off their fifth annual Picnic in the Park program this week. Just because school is out, she says, doesn’t mean kids …

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L.A. is taking a harder line on illegal street vending

Posted June 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Have you bought a bacon-wrapped hot dog or a bag of cherries recently from one of the thousands of vendors who ply L.A. streets, parks and beaches?
Vending carts are a staple of L.A.’s underground economy – and a source of income for newly arrived immigrants and others with few other job prospects. But they are also illegal.
This week the L.A. City Council voted to …

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Meet at the market: let it rain!

Posted June 12, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
This week, she couldn’t contain her excitement about the weather. On Tuesday, downtown Santa Barbara embraced over a half inch of rain. It was nowhere near enough to stock Lake Cachuma or end the drought, but it was cause for celebration among water-deprived farmers.

Rain revelry:

Robert “BD” Dautch …

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Meet at the market: a tough job made tougher

Posted June 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
Many are wondering what effects the Refugio oil spill may have on local seafood. It’s already led to a fishing ban, stretching 23 miles along the coast and about 7 miles out. Last week we spoke to a local Santa Barbara chef concerned about …

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Meet at the market: is it safe to eat local seafood?

Posted May 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Each week we meet up with Katie Hershfelt of Cultivate Events as she chats with farmers, chefs and shoppers at the Santa Barbara Farmers’ Market.
Many are wondering what effects the Refugio oil spill may have on local seafood. It’s already led to a fishing ban, stretching 23 miles along the coast and about 7 miles out. That ban has made the hard job of a fisherman even harder, …

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