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February 10, 2006

Bees and Blooms

The scents of spring entice bees into their annual ritual: pollination.

January 13, 2006

Lettuce Lunch

Right now, the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is full of tasty salad ingredients. Chicories, cheeses, cresses, citrus fruits, oils, eggs, vinegars, nuts and roots all lend themselves to delicious winter salads. But by far the most favored salad ingredient, and one that can easily stand alone with a simple dressing, is Lactuca sativa - lettuce.

December 16, 2005

CUESA Welcomes a New Director of Education

This week, CUESA welcomed a new member to our staff with the hiring of Julie Cummins as Director of Education.

December 09, 2005

California Farming Regions: North Coast and Mountains

Click here to read Part I about the Central Coast and Southern California and here to read Part II about the Great Central Valley. This week we feature the North Coast and Mountains.

November 18, 2005

California Farming Regions: The Great Central Valley

Click here to read Part I about the Central Coast and Southern California. This week’s article covers the Great Central Valley.

November 11, 2005

Farmers' Varieties

As we move into the cool season, some of the most eye-catching and tasty vegetables at the market - sweet red carrots, black turnips, bright green Romanesco, gigantic radishes and red greens - all have something in common. They’re heirlooms!

November 04, 2005

Pears ~ Tasting and Pairing

October 28, 2005

California Farming Regions: The Central Coast and Southern California

October 07, 2005

A Date with Autumn

Of all the sweets that autumn brings – pomegranates, guavas, the first citrus, sweet hard squash, pears, and apples – none are as sugary as the fruits of Phoenix dactylifera, the date palm. Spanish missionaries introduced dates to California in the 1700s, followed by other introductions in the 1800s.

September 09, 2005

Picking Potatoes

August 26, 2005

Symbols of Summer

Summer has peaked, and all of our favorite warm-weather, long-day fruits and vegetables can be found at the farmers market. Tomatoes, eggplants, corn, stone fruits, early apples, and grapes are ripe and plentiful. But nothing symbolizes the height of the summer season as well as watermelons.

August 12, 2005

Farmers Online

For some farms, websites have become an important part of business, enabling online sales or CSA sign-ups, the opportunity to grow a more educated and dedicated customer base, and a way to communicate growing practices, farm history, and market schedules. Some simple and others extensive, we hope you’ll enjoy this list of farmers’ websites. You can navigate your way to these links (and profiles of ALL our farmers) anytime here.

June 16, 2005

Farming with Fathers

As fewer and fewer children of farming families continue the farming tradition, the average age of farmers in the United States climbs. The 2002 Census showed that only 5.8 percent of operators were younger than 35. But many children of the farmers in the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market have made crop cultivation (or other aspects of the farming business) their profession and are still working with their parents, oftentimes on the land where they were raised. In honor of Father’s Day, we are sharing brief profiles of farmers who work with their farmer-fathers.

May 26, 2005

Springtime in Siskiyou County

A letter from Farmer Kirsten Olson This week’s feature is a personal letter from farmer Kirsten Olson of Hunter Orchards to our Market Manager, Dexter Carmichael. Kirsten’s response to Dexter’s casual question of how things were on the farm is such a beautiful and eloquent account of springtime in the northern-most county of California, we felt compelled to share it with you. Hello Dexter,

April 28, 2005

The Unique Lifecycle of Salmon

Salmon have a  unique lifecycle. After mature salmon have lived a full long life (up to five years old, depending on the subspecies), they return to the stream or river where they were born in order to spawn. Spawning is how salmon reproduce. Male and female mates swim up their native streambed in search of a good nesting sight. The female creates a nest in the gravel on the bottom of the stream by swishing her tail back and forth to create a safe little area up to 18 inches deep.

March 31, 2005

Viva Cesar Chavez!

On March 31st, many individuals, several counties, and seven states across the U.S. honor the life and work of Cesar Chavez. Chavez contributed to enormous improvements in the working conditions of agricultural laborers in this country – today, he would have turned 78.

March 10, 2005

Terms, Labels, and Certifications - What Do They All Mean?

February 24, 2005

For the Love of Land

February 10, 2005

Foods for the Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! Enjoy these foods to direct one’s fortune in the coming year.

January 20, 2005

Reviving Local Food Systems


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