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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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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.

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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.

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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.

5 Tips for a Healthy Christmas

We often get swept up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas time and sometimes we put our health on the back burner. During this busy season, it’s important to take time for yourself. Be mindful of the following tips to help you feel your best while you’re shopping for gifts, enjoying good food and perhaps indulging slightly more than usual.

1. Make a list and check it twice

Lists can be a powerful tool that help keep the mind calm, relaxed and focused. Keep track of groceries, gift ideas and errands and you’ll be more organized and less likely to stress out over last-minute Christmas shopping.

2. Don’t forget about your greens

During the holiday feasting month of December, try your hardest to include greens in your diet and eat sensibly. Parties and functions leading up to Christmas can create opportunities for unnecessary weight gain, with carb-loaded dishes and irresistible sweet treats often being served up. Try to maintain reasonable portion sizes while indulging and
don’t forget that your body is still craving nutritious, healthy foods such as fruits, veggies, lean meats and grains.

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3. Choose healthy sweets

Those with a sweet tooth can opt for healthy, lighter alternatives that still taste great.

  • For Christmas baking, choose almond or oat flours instead of refined white flour
  • Coconut sugar or maple syrup is a great alternative to refined white sugar
  • Avocado puree has nearly the same consistency at room temperature as butter. Its subtle flavour and creaminess lends it to be a suitable substitute for butter in brownie recipes
  • Mashed, ripe banana has a creamy, thickening power and can be used instead of butter or oil in some recipes, such as muffins

If you need something sweet after dinner and want to serve up healthy options for your friends and family, consider the chocolate dipped strawberry or chocolate-coated frozen banana. A yogurt parfait with nuts, fruit and chocolate shavings is another great, simple option. Use the healthier dark chocolate instead of milk or white.

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4. Limit alcohol consumption

If you drink, keep it moderate. Be mindful that some drinks are more than one standard drink. You may choose to avoid top-ups so that you can better keep track of your drink count. Alcohol is a diuretic that encourages fluid loss from the body, so remember to alternate alcoholic beverages with glasses of water to maintain hydration. Coconut water is also a great way to rapidly restore electrolytes.

5. Exercise

Whether you hit the gym for a workout or head outdoors for a stroll with family or friends, adding some physical activity to your daily routine during the festive season is a fantastic way to keep your body and mind feeling fresh. Enjoying the outdoors can break up the day and you’ll find that the fresh air will leave you feeling rejuvenated.

6. Spend quality time with family and friends

The most important part of the festive season is spending time with loved ones. Remembering this may help reduce the stresses associated with this time of year and distance you from the commercial side of the holiday. Be sure to remind the special people in your life how much they mean to you.

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Blessings,
The Team at Zebra Organics

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.

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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.