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Top 5 of our Favorite Farmers’ Markets in the USA

There are so many reasons why one should visit a farmers’ market. What we love most is all the freshly picked produce of course, and the rare opportunity to chat to the farmer directly – you might learn about new ways to store and prepare your favourite foods! Every trip to a farmers’ market ignites a new story. All these markets are charming, in beautiful settings and have their own unique personality.

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1. Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, New Mexico

Located at the historic Santa Fe Railyard in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this market is one of the best around that features local agriculture of Northern New Mexico as well as a variety of chilies, foods and an abundance of sauces made from recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation.

More than just a farmers’ market, you’re in for a truly unique experience. Added bonuses include health screenings, food demonstrations, samples of healthy, affordable meals and even the occasional exercise class.

Location: 1607 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Visit their website

 

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Picture by Steven Depolo via Flickr

2. Upcountry Farmers’ Market, Maui, Hawaii

Operating for more than 40 years, this is a magical market has an abundance of organic vegetables (you almost have to go out of your way to find a conventional vegetable on Maui). There are many community chefs that make a variety of vegetarian, vegan and raw foods sold at this market. Apart from fresh, locally grown organic produce you’ll find coconuts, macadamia nuts, fresh fish, tropical flowers, plants and trees, Maui-grown coffee, Lilikoi butter, plus a bunch of new offerings weekly. Check out HawaiiOnTv’s coverage of the Farmers’ Market.

Location: 55 Kiopaa St, Makawao, Maui
Hours: Saturdays 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Visit their website

 

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3. Palm Springs Farmers’ Market, California

Our very own Palm Springs Farmers’ Market is part of a seasonal trio of markets called the Coachella Valley Certified Farmers’ Markets. It is open year-round the other two in the valley close for the hot summer season. Although Zebra Organics and Palm Springs are situated in the Sonoran Desert, we are surrounded by a profound variety of very nearby climates that provide the perfect growing conditions for a diverse range of produce. Although this market is smaller than those in larger cities, the quality of produce is outstanding – it will make you want to get out your blender and food processor and whip up your favourite dish.

Location: Palm Springs Pavilion, California
Hours: Saturdays, 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Plus a new Summer Market at Westfield Palm Desert, California
Hours: Sundays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Visit their website

 

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  4. The Union Square Greenmarket, New York City

Featuring more than 140 regional farmers, fishers and bakers in peak season, this world famous market is open a few days a week and is always a special treat. It is an oasis in the city that provides an escape from the hustle bustle of urban life. It’s known for its fresh fruits and vegetables, heritage meats, award-winning farmstead cheeses, artisan breads, jams, pickles, fresh-cut flowers and plants, wine, ciders, maple syrup and more.

You can’t beat the electric atmosphere in one of New York’s greatest public spaces. As many as sixty thousand people a day flock to the market, from shoppers that come to chat with farmers, to students of all ages that come to learn about seasonality. Since its debut in 1976 with just a few farmers, this market has grown exponentially. Keep your eyes peeled for cooking demonstrations by some of New York’s most popular local chefs.

Location: Union Square, E 17th St & Broadway, New York City, NY
Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Check out their website

 

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5. Santa Monica Wednesday Market

Welcome to the largest grower-only certified organic market in Southern California. Spread out over four city blocks, Santa Monica’s Wednesday market showcases 75 farmers and a vast selection of goods. Three growers have set up shop here since 1981 when the market first opened; Flying Disc Ranch in Thermal, Mike and Sons Egg Ranch in Ontario and Scotts Farms in Dinuba. Chefs from across Los Angeles gather at the market for the first fresh pick of goods. The quantity and quality of produce is astounding!

Location: Arizona Avenue, between 4th & Ocean, Santa Monica
Time: Wednesdays 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Herb infused chocolate

Why you Need to try Herb-Infused Chocolate

Are you a chocolate lover looking to take your passion to the next level? Herb-infused chocolate will take you there. Prepare your palate for flavourful bliss with the combination of herbs and chocolate. For the first-timers out there that haven’t tried this type of chocolate before, here’s why you should:

  • It’s delicious: herbs in chocolate have a mild and balanced flavor and enhance the chocolate.
  • It has a unique flavor: Compared to milk, white and dark chocolate varieties, herb-infused chocolate will leave a unique lingering flavor on your palate. Mint may be one of the most pronounced flavours you will find, but there are many different types available.
  • It contains more nutrients: adding herbs, means adding nutrients. Learn more. Don’t forget that the right kind of chocolate is good for you. Read our blog post to learn more: 7 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Chocolate.

Herbivore, a farm run by Gabrielle Gaul on the outskirts of Palm Springs, supplies us with fresh-cut organic aloe leaves that are harvested on a weekly basis, as well as herb-infused chocolate.

Located on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, the farm grows an array of herbs, including rosemary, mint and basil, as well as aloe. Once harvested, the herbs are slow-dried for 5-7 days (depending on their moisture content) to preserve and enhance their flavors. In this day and age, slow drying herbs is a lost art. Most big companies abandoned this process a long time ago and replaced it with rapid heat drying, to cut costs. This has negative side-effects, as it results in dried herbs that are almost devoid of taste and nutrients – not the case with Gabrielle’s herbs. Once they are fully dried, they are blended into the chocolate mix.

One of the things that sets Gabrielle’s organic herb farm apart from most others, is her clean, chemical-free, loving growing methods in this pristine high desert area where GMO is not even a thought.

Herbivore-Gabby

We asked Gabrielle a few questions:

What’s your favorite chocolate flavor, or would it be more accurate to say one of your favorites?

My favorite is Salted Pecan & Sage. I’ve always had a thing for the sweet / salty combo.

What made you think of making herb-infused chocolate?  How did you come up with the idea?

The idea struck me when I had a chocolate craving at the farmer’s market. I thought, “I wish someone sold chocolate here… Hey! I could do that!” When I pitched the idea to my market managers, we agreed that it would be have to be a healthy artisan chocolate, utilising the herbs from my farm.

What do you love about the farming and chocolate making, and your business in general?

There are so many things I love about my business. It’s difficult to name just one. To plant a seed, care for it, harvest it and then share it is very satisfying. To share a creation of your own is very satisfying. Working with nature on a small scale, rather than mass producing is very satisfying. To educate folks on the difference between real food and processed gunk is satisfying. Not promoting GMOs, waste, animal cruelty or harm to the environment is very satisfying. Working WITH nature, rather than trying to improve upon it, is the most satisfying.

Zebra Organics was the first ever to give Gabrielle and Herbivore a platform to sell her products, outside of the local farmers market, where we met her many years ago. We are proud to support our friend and passionate artisan farmer/chocolatier Gab and her efforts to produce a quality of chocolate that is rarely seen these days. Her chocolates are a real treat, rich with flavor and texture that surpasses gourmet expectations.

We are happy to help support Gabrielle and Herbivore by bringing her chocolates to your door. Order Herbivore Organic Chocolates from zebraorganics.com

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Family Farms Need our Help

The dramatic growth of corporate farming has made it increasingly challenging for family farmers in the United States to remain in business. Put simply, here’s why family farms are important:

  • They produce high quality, healthy food
  • Crucial to the economic vitality of their regions and the nation
  • They work to preserve natural resources, including the soil, air, water and biodiversity
  • The Senior Liaison Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, talks about family farming to eradicate hunger

See this great video about the importance of family farmers:

“Don’t settle for average food and average flavour. Settle only for the absolute best. By devoting yourself to trying to at least to feed your family organically or off small farmer grown foods, you’re going to do that.” – Dave Matthews, Board Director, Farm Aid

The Fight for the Family Farmer

The road has been long and windy for farmers across the United States since the economic crisis of the mid-1980s hit. More severe than any since the Great Depression, it rippled into many other areas including agriculture. Farm product prices declined, land values plummeted, interest rates rose and production costs skyrocketed. Farmers were left in financial ruin, suffering and struggling to fight for their lives. Many didn’t make it. Tens of thousands of family farmers were run off their land.

Here is a fantastic video about how the farm crisis changed rural America:

Farmers that did emerge on the other side faced a new threat: factory farms. Closely linked to sizeable powerful corporations, factory farms were in great need of copious amounts of inexpensive grain to feed livestock. Congress responded and began removing price supports to farmers, which forced commodity prices down and further intensified farmers’ debt. Price supports were replaced with low-priced, subsidized grain, fuelling factory farms to grow in size and numbers and pose a greater threat to family farms.

Hope for Farmers

Family Farmers

Today, Americans have a better understanding of how the industrial system of agriculture is negatively impacting the environment and that manufacturing foods of questionable quality give rise to major threats to public health. An increasing number of Americans are choosing organically farmed, local produce that is humanely raised, encouraging the Good Food Movement  to thrive and continues to give hope to farmers.

Did you know? According to farmland-mapping research published by the University of California in June 2015, up to 90 per cent of Americans could be fed entirely by food sourced within 100 miles of their homes.

Farm Aid

We’d like to draw attention to one organization that recognized the surge in factory farms and its threat to all Americans who respect healthy food and a clean environment. We’re talking about Farm Aid, an organization dedicated to helping family farmers grow and become more successful, and to ultimately preserve the collect quality of life.

To support farms across the country, Farm Aid initiated funding efforts to prevent the expansion of factory farms. It kicked off the Family Farms and the Environment (CFFE) campaign. In 1985 Farm Aid hosted its first concert that united 50 artists and 78,000 fans to raise money for farmers and raise awareness of the struggles of American farmers. It raised more than $5 million.

“Now is the time for our country to recognize and call on family farmers’ ingenuity, strength and value to our past and our future. We can have strong local economies, green energy, a clean environment, healthy citizens and good food – all of these start with family farmers.” – Willie Nelson, Farm Aid President

Support Family Farms

There is a great need for us to support research into better sustainable growing methods to continue to fight for ethical and organic standards of food production. Zebra Organics, like many organic food curators, is a supporter of the Good Food Movement and the vision for a new American agriculture industry. That is, one that supports growing local and regional economies and making healthy, nutritional food from family farms more accessible.

HLS: Tonic Herbs intro w/ Louis D’Angelo of Sun Potion

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The Healthy Living Series – Summer 2015 Event:
“FEELING GREAT WITH TONIC HERBS”

Sun Potion Herbs01Monday, August 3rd 5pm – 7pm
@ Sky Island Natural Foods store
54423 Village Center Drive
Idyllwild, CA 92549
[Map Here]

 

Co-hosted by Zebra Organics & Sky Island Organics; the Healthy Living Series (#HLS) returns this summer with a special introduction on Tonic Herbs led by Louis D’Angelo, ambassador and educator for Sun Potion.

Join us as we learn Sun Potion’s approach to Tonic Herbalism as well as simple ways and recipes to incorporate these transformational foods into daily life.

Sun Potion Tonic Herbs

Tonic Herbs are dual-directional, nutrient, and mineral rich plants which have been used in many traditional cultures as healing foods.

All Healthy Living Series Events are FREE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Sun Potion is a purveyor of high quality raw, organic or wildcrafted superfoods and tonic herbs. Owner and founder Scott Linde developed the company through his own transformational experience with these foods. To read more about Scott Linde and Sun Potion click here.

 

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SCOTT LINDE – (photo via: Rachel Hommel & Jeanine Brandy )

View our selection of hand-picked Sun Potion products available in the Zebra Organics Shop.

Interview: Dr. Friedlander speaks of Collagen for Bone Health

As world-renowned physician, chiropractor, professional trainer and coach, Dr. Friedlander has a long history in the sports medicine field. We were fortunate to interview him for this blog post. Read on our listen to the interview on YouTube: Dr. Bernd Friedlander Interview – Collagen.Dr. Friedlander has been developing his current roster of products since 1990, which offer a wide range of solutions that promote health and longevity.

Q – What is Collagen?

A – Next to water, collagen is one of the most important structural substances in the body and is a major component of skin, hair, nails, muscles and joints. It is the mechanism that holds the calcium together in our bones and accounts for approximately 30% of all the protein content in the human body. I was one of the very first ones to really start using collagen for my patients in the 1980s.

Q – What led you to introduce a new brand of collagen?

A – After extensively researching the collagen on the market, I was unsatisfied with the quality of the products available and found them to be “watered down.” I conducted extensive research in obtaining the finest sources of collagen, which are largely composed of amino acids. I wanted a form of collagen that was of a very low molecular weight, low density and immediately absorbed without requiring further digestive enzymes to break it down. My exhaustive search led what is perhaps the purest form of collagen on the market.I realized that one of the most important things in our bones, ligaments, tendons, skin, cell membrane, the lining of our arteries and spinal cord, is collagen. The principal that created all living systems that have a spinal cord and a central nervous system is called the nodo chord and is made of 100% collagen. This is the basic foundation for life.I wanted to make life simple for everybody and make sure they don’t need to take a million pills to find something that works.

Q – What sort of results have people seen from Collagen?

A – Improvement in the health of hair and nails have been reported by customers, as evidenced from using the product for only a relatively short period of time. Collagen has been proven to assist in cartilage recovery, the regeneration of hips and knees, ligaments, tendons, improve muscle definition, function and bone density and also has an anti-aging function.

Who should take collagen?

According to Dr. Friedlander, he has changed the lives of individuals from all walks of life. From bodybuilders, to professional athletes, to the frail, the elderly, exceptional results have been achieved from Dr. Friedlander’s work. Many people have said that they feel that they have had both short and long-term benefits from regular use of collagen.Dr. Friedlander has shared his products with world-class athletes; from teams that include the Raiders, Rams, Lakers, as well as athletes from across the globe that would travel great distances to seek his professional advice. Patients from a world-class sports facility located in Los Angeles were referred to Dr. Friedlander and he was able to assist in the recovery of some athletes without surgery.

Types of Collagen

Different types of Collagen and musculoskeletal supplements are available in store, depending on the results you are trying to achieve. Here are some options to consider when it comes to musculoskeletal health.

Collagen Peptide (powder) works to nourish your cells with the essential nutrition that may be lacking in the average diet.  It is anti-inflammatory, promotes wound healing, supports bone density, immune function, suppresses inflammation, repair/regeneration of ligaments, bones, tendons, skin.  Promotes gut function.

Collagen with amino acids (powder) The addition of amino acids promotes
anti-oxidant benefit, supports brain function, detoxification, wound healing and gut inflammation.

High performance coconut collagen – a proprietary formulation of collagen + colostrum + coconut milk powder and 22 vitamins and minerals. Promotes increased energy, wound healing, recovery, regeneration, and inflammation. This product was developed for those individuals that want a one stop nutritional product.  Excellent for the active individuals such as moms on the go as well as sports enthusiasts.

Ultra Blend Probiotic – supports immune function, gut inflammation, assimilation/absorption of foods and nutrients and weight loss.Note: The Team at Zebra Organics has experienced a number of products over the years but few standouts like Dr. Friedlander’s Ultra Blend probiotic powder. It sells with consistent satisfaction and enthusiasm from our customers.

MCT Oil – extracted from coconut oil, MCT oil is a fat that burns fat. Supports energy, brain function, fat burning function.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.