October 24th might be the official day o’ food, but really how can we restrict such a flurry of events to just one day? Check out FoodDay.org to find out about all the fun and informative food happenings occurring this week all around San Diego County (& the rest of the country).
Some of the highlights include tours, cooking demos, and a kids scavenger hunt at the SD Public Market; tasty fundraisers at local restaurants to support Food Day activities at elementary schools; and tours and special events at local farms such as Olivewood Gardens and Seeds@City Urban Farm.
Check out the website for more details about this exciting week of food awareness!
The Lazy Hummingbird Coffee and Teahouse in Ocean Beach was aflutter Thursday night with music, elixir-making demonstrations, music, and raw chocolate fueled dancing for a fundraiser benefiting Jeans4Justice, a nonprofit organization striving to end sexual violence.
Herbalist Michael Paul concocted herbal raw chocolate macaroons and a seed-milk based elixir full of vitamins, minerals, and herbs. About 10 ingredients into the Vita-mixed creation I started to wonder how the combination of such good-for-me-additions like powdered spirulina and ground manzanita could meld into a luscious dessert like drink. Minutes later I was sipping a delicious chocolate-infused shake.
Music by Vicious Phishes, Dillon and Jen, and harpist Amanda Odish rounded out the evening and inspired folks young and old to shake a leg for the cause.
To learn more about Michael Paul’s herbal chocolates and his mobile tonic bar visit his website.
Stinging nettle at Wild Willow Farm
Is another person’s treasure! You’ve heard that one before as you browsed through a particularly fruitful garage sale. A perfectly good bread machine? A ceramic bust of Mozart? A slightly rusty but still totally usable push lawn-mower? What were these sellers thinking? Of course you’ll take it all off their hands…
The same thing happens in the garden. Some of us see weeds, others culinary delights. Where I work at Seeds@City Urban Farm we have our fair share of delicious volunteer plants like dandelions, amaranth, lambs quarters, stinging nettle, and purslane. Some was sown on purpose long ago, some just shows up. Instead of pulling it all and throwing it in the compost pile, we share the nutritional value and delicious uses with our community through the CSA program and farm stand. If you don’t have your own garden to weed (and eat from), ask at the local farmers’ markets for some of those tasty greens.
Here’s a great article from the New York Times about a few of our favorites.
purslane vs snail