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Stroll historic downtown Folsom on farmers market Saturday

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Folsom, California is host to a pleasant farmers market at the railroad turntable in historic downtown. One of seven markets managed by BeMoneySmartUSA, the Folsom Farmers Market runs each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., across from 915 Sutter Street. It’s open year-round, rain or shine. The Sierra foothills town of Folsom sprang up during the California gold rush and is perhaps best known for its prison (thanks to…

How to test your soil for a healthy garden

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It’s spring — and we urban gardeners are itching to throw some seedlings into the ground. But wait! Before we proceed, let’s review how we did last year. Did any of your veggies poop out early in the season? Or never thrive in the first place? It’s likely because of the condition of the soil. This season, rather than planting first and dousing with a fast-acting fertilizer (as some of us have…

Vegan coconut flan with raspberry coulis

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Do you love a nice custard flan, but wish to avoid the dairy and eggs? This vegan coconut flan with raspberry coulis makes a refreshing ending to a hearty meal. Since this vegan recipe contains no eggs or gelatin, obtaining a flan with the right delicately firm consistency was a bit of a challenge. My first attempt at a baked custard, replacing the eggs with a common dried egg substitute,…

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4 water-saving tips to help your garden thrive during a drought

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Here in California we’re entering a fourth year of drought, so the thought of conserving water as our vegetable gardens spring to life is a bit unsettling. Fortunately, there’s no need to forgo a bountiful vegetable garden. A few simple reminders can help you keep your garden in tip-top shape while conserving precious resources. Here are four ways to optimize your water use: 1. Avoid overwatering. This tip is probably the…