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How to make a U-turn from the fast food drive-through to healthy home cooking

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There are a lot of reasons that fast food is popular, since it’s quick, tasty and cheap. At the end of a hard day at work, it can be tempting to run into a fast food chain on the way to the bus stop or make a turn into the drive-through and pick up a burger with fries. Unfortunately, the price of fast food can be too high in the…

Butterflies love the flowers.

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 Ostrander with members of the Health Education Council.

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…

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…