In Case You Missed It… Fermentation!

by Erin Batty

May 10th was standing room only at the Triangle building, and emails and calls continue to filter in requesting information about ginger-beer, raw milk cheese, water kefir, and the like.  I think this calls for another fermentation class!

Little did I know that fermenting is a passion shared by so many Urban San Diegans.  But to my pleasant surprise, the lacto-fermentation class sold out and a sizeable donation was generated for Seeds at City Urban Farm.  Thank you to all who attended for your interest, enthusiasm, and participation!

Lacto-fermented foods are uniquely nourishing to the body and open the door to a world of complex flavors.  Enhance your sandwich with Stogsdill’s kraut, suit your salad with fermented dressings, make a snack of pickled vegetables, or pair your potatoes with homemade ketchup.  There are endless possibilities for fermented foods, if only there were more hours in the day to try them all!

Pickled carrots are elementary.  Who is ready to step it up a notch at the next fermentation workshop?

In the meantime, enjoy this surprisingly simple recipe for delicious homemade ketchup…

Joint Green Drinks and SFUSD Mixer at SOL Markets

SOLJOLT

Members and friends of Slow Food Urban San Diego and Green Drinks San Diego met at SOL Markets on Thursday, March 29th to celebrate local food artisans in our community.  Proceeds from the event benefitted Second Chance’s JOLT Program.  In attendance were The People’s Produce ProjectCatalina Offshore ProductsGluten Free by Betsy G.Chuao ChocolatierVesper Vineyards and Triple B. RanchesSouth Coast WineryCafe VirtuosoSadie Rose Baking CompanyJackie’s JamsStogsdill’s PicklesSolar RainHess BrewingFoxy Treats and SuperFood Drive.

Thanks to everyone for coming out and making this event such a success!

Volunteer Day at Seeds at City Urban Farm

Members from the Urban San Diego and USD chapters of Slow Food came together at Seeds@City for a tour, a lecture and some hands-on learning led by Head Farmer Paul Maschka.  Paul’s talk focused on the farming program at Seeds@City, farming methods, composting, soil, worms, bugs and how it all comes together to create the lush farm that exists in the urban setting at City College.  Afterwards, everyone got to get their hands dirty cultivating soil, putting down irrigation tubes, and planting seeds that will produce colorful gourds.  All in all, it was a fun-filled morning of education supporting this fantastic program at City College.  Stay tuned for more events, and in the meantime Seeds@City welcomes volunteers on any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday morning.  For more information, visit:  http://www.sdcity.edu/SeedsAtCity