Even if your yard is asphalt, there’s an easy way to grow vegetables.
Slow Food San Benito Bounty is a Proud member of the San Benito Chamber of Commerce
Please join us for an afternoon celebrating one of our local jems- Blenheim Apricots!
Click on the link below to view the invitation and rsvp soon!
On Monday, January 24, 2011, the culinary arts classroom at Anzar High School in San Juan Bautista was buzzing with sights, sounds and smells. More than 20 people attended the first Healthy Cooking Class as part of the San Benito Food Revolution put on by San Benito Bounty in partnership with the San Benito County Medical Society and the Community Foundation for San Benito County.
Chef Ray Sanchez crafted a feast of flavors from savory roasted chicken to baked potatoes with zesty fresh salsa to lemon-chive carrots and a cabbage/apple slaw. Easy to prepare, based with local seasonal vegetables, it was met with great enthusiasm from the class participants.
Nutritionist Jamie Flores and local physician Dr. Ralph Armstrong were on hand to add additional insights into healthy eating and lifestyle. Nants Foley brought information from the Y on its wellness classes offered in San Benito County. She also brought tips on buying fresh, local produce.
The next class is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, February 28 at San Andreas School’s Kitchen. San Andreas is located on Alvarado Street in Hollister.
For a few more weeks, you can join Slow Foods USA for only $25. San Benito Bounty has recently finished the paperwork to form a local convivia (as the chapters are called…since the Slow Food movement started in Italy). Join today and make a difference in the way food is raised, moved and used in our world.
The apple crop is abundant in San Benito County this year. Though delayed by the cold spring, it is now waiting for you at local farms and fruitstands. What could be better than a cool, crisp apple? Local farmers have estimated the harvest is up about 25 percent over recent years. Of course, apples are not the only fruit with great nutritional value. If you would like more information on the nutritional make up of apples, or many of your other favorite fruits, click on the Safe Fruits and Veggies link. Or better yet, have your children or grandchildren look at it with you. There is nothing like eating your five fruits and/or vegetables each day to enjoy a healthy life.
The 24th California Small Farm Conference is being held March 6 – 8, 2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Jose. In case you don’t know, the California Small Farm Conference is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the long-term viability of California’s family farms and the markets that sell their products. Details will be on their website after October 15.
It’s that time of the year…time to save your seeds for next year’s bounty! Save seeds only from heirloom or open-pollinated varieties. Hybrids will produce plenty of seeds, but the plants growing from them won’t be the same as the ones you had last year. You might get just about anything. For information on how to save specific crop seeds, check out the International Seed Saving Institute. Saving seeds is inexpensive and fun, and ensures you get your favorite produce year after year.