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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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Meet at the market: a strawberry by any other name…

Posted May 22, 2015 by | 2 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’s guest? Tom Shepherd of Shepherd Farms, a fifth-generation Santa Barbara resident who began farming organically in the area in 1973, and moving from plot of land to plot of land since then. He grows a special variety of strawberries that seem to have a cult …

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How will restaurants fare with the higher minimum wage?

Posted May 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Hassan Del Campo owner of Manifesto Cafe

With minutes to go before the first diners arrive, the small kitchen of The Larchmont is busy. Wild leeks are being chopped while pans heat up on the stove. It may seem like business is good, but Tuesday’s decision to raise Los Angeles’ minimum wage has got some in this kitchen worried that increased labor costs will hit them hard.
“It’s an industry with a …

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Meet at the market: meet your meat-maker

Posted May 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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’s guest? Elizabeth Poett, an eighth-generation Santa Barbara cattle rancher who lives and works on one of Santa Barbara County’s oldest family-owned ranches, Rancho San Julian in Lompoc. She’s got some great ideas for how to use unusual cuts to wow friends and family this …

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How Orange County got its name… and lost its oranges

Posted May 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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distinguish their products. They were placed on sealed crates of
oranges, grapefruit, and lemons, which were purchased by wholesale
buyers across the country. (Credit: Tustin Area Historical Society)

A hundred years ago, California citrus was described as a “second gold rush.” It helped shape the state’s prosperity and identity. Millions of orange trees once grew in Orange County — but only a few remain.
When the name Orange County was first proposed, there weren’t very many oranges. Most locals were growing grapes and raising hogs, but in an effort to better promote the area, …

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Meet at the Market: margarita, anyone?

Posted May 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Wildcat Lounge on Ortega St. in Santa Barbara has earned the reputation of “dive club,” but stop by earlier on a Tuesday and you might be surprised. For nearly four years, bartenders at the Wildcat have ventured down the street to stock up on fresh fruits, veggies and herbs at the farmers’ market. Then, they head back behind the bar to get creative, dishing out craft cocktails …

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Meet at the Market: celeri-what?

Posted May 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’s guest? Chef Justin West of restaurant Julienne and honoree at this weekend’s Fork and Cork Classic. He’s got some grand ideas on how to incorporate celeriac, or celery root, into this week’s special.

 
Grilled Little Gems, Roasted Pork Shoulder, Pickled Beets, Celeriac Remoulade
by Justin West

For the …

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Photos: Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Spring Weekend

Posted April 28, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A little bit of rain didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of wine lovers and foodies at the Santa Barbara Vintners Festival Spring Weekend. The cooler weather actually made for comfortable conditions to enjoy sips of delicious reds, whites and rosés from some of the area’s finest wine makers.
The rain went away by early afternoon and it wasn’t too windy to enjoy being outdoors …

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