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A visit to Berkeley’s Edible Schoolyard inspires a love of garden-fresh food

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Could it be that our children prefer cupcakes to cantaloupes because they’ve never seen how food grows? It sounds deceptively simple, and granted — there are other reasons kids reach for salty, crunchy snacks. But there is good reason to believe that when children, or anyone for that matter, have a stronger connection to their food source they’re more likely to give fresh fruits and vegetables a try. That’s the intent…

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Farm-to-Fork Festival fuels Sacramento’s agricultural revelry

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Sacramento’s second annual Farm-to-Fork Festival Sept. 27 brought thousands downtown, hungry for the best of the region’s agricultural and culinary offerings. Cooking demonstrations by award-winning chefs, food and beverage tastings, live music and plenty of activities for kids — graced with sunny skies — filled the corridor between the state Capitol and Tower Bridge, the site of the next evening’s gala dinner. Sacramento claimed the title of “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” in 2012, showcasing…

Chef’s choice: Zucchini salad demo adds zest to Sacramento Farm-to-Fork event

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The coming of autumn calls for harvest celebrations, so as part of Sacramento’s Farm-to-Fork events Sept. 13-28 local chef Scott Ostrander from Esquire Grill invited shoppers to accompany him through the Capitol Mall Farmers Market, which sets up on the median at Capitol Mall and 6th Streets each Thursday morning from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Chef Ostrander had a zucchini salad in mind, in honor of the cooking demonstration’s sponsorship…

Berkeley cook proves gluten-free makes for Yummy Suppers

Berkeley cook proves gluten-free makes for Yummy Suppers

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Serious cooking — and eating — can be deliciously gluten-free. As it can be vegetarian, or vegan, or any other dietary construct you choose to adopt. At the heart of it all is fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables. On a recent sunny Sunday in Berkeley, I had the pleasure of attending the launch of Erin Scott’s new cookbook, “Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious, & Honest Recipes from a {Gluten-Free} Omnivore,” which celebrates gluten-free foods…

Sacramento nonprofit excels at managing farmers markets

Sacramento nonprofit excels at managing farmers markets

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Management and organization of Certified Farmers Markets can be a challenge, but one Sacramento nonprofit has developed a successful model that’s being replicated all over town. BeMoneySmartUSA — an organization started in 2009 to provide free financial literacy education to youth — stumbled upon a happy partnership that is driving customers to local businesses, preparing young people for jobs, bringing farm-fresh foods to consumers, all while supporting the nonprofit financially. About the…