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Eco-Friendly / Eco-Conscious

You Can Grow Your Own Potatoes Even If You Don't Have a Garden

Potatoes are a food staple in many cultures. They store well and make a versatile base for many dishes. Potatoes can be planted very early in the gardening season, as soon as the frost is out of the...
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How to Crisis-Proof Our Food System

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

" . . . Crucially, we now see more clearly how the food system was already failing many from less privileged backgrounds—including those working low-paying jobs, households without access to a groc...

Devil's Gulch Ranch Webstore (pick up in SF, local delivery in Marin & Sonoma counties)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Some of you may recognize the name of Nicasio-based Devil's Gulch Ranch from the many fine restaurants such as The French Laundry and Kin Khao that feature its rabbits on their menus. While it's ha...

Anna's Seafood online ordering & delivery (<50 miles from Petaluma)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

Last Saturday I was happy to shop again at the Healdsburg farmers market and waited more than 20 minutes for my turn at Anna's Seafood booth. I picked up some pristine ling cod fillets and a hunk o...

Op-Ed: California Budget Boosts Healthy Food for Kids and Markets for Farmers

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

" . . . This vision focuses on upgrading food quality and freshness, serving more climate-friendly, plant-based and organic food, supporting local farmers, developing food and garden education prog...

Save a Seed by Carli Piccirillo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

From Food for Thought Ojai: " . . . Piccirillo’s passion for seeds resulted in a beautiful book she authored for elementary-school students explaining the how and why of seed saving, accompanied b...

If you can feed yourself, you can free yourself

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 months ago

While some of y'all have been obsessing about the hoarding of TP, https://www.chowhound.com/post/panic-buying-begun-area-grocery-stores-area-crazy-empty-1089590, others have been buying out seeds ...

At a growing number of coffee shops, getting a coffee to go means checking out a cup

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 5 months ago

"If you buy a cup of coffee to go at Babette Café in Berkeley, California, later this month, you might not be able to get it in a disposable cup. The owners have one case of compostable cups left, ...

Belcampo Restaurant | Hillsdale - San Mateo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

One year and seven days after Belcampo Meat Company shut down its Palo Alto and San Francisco Russian Hill restaurants/stores, the new restaurant in San Mateo's Hillsdale shopping center is slated ...

Popeyes Signs On to Better Chicken Commitment

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

“We commend Popeyes for taking a significant step toward reducing this suffering with their new policy. It also makes clear that if the king of the chicken sandwich can commit to treating chickens ...

2019/20 California olive oil harvest looking strong compared to dismal 2018/19 crop, says COOC

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

". . . 'We had a short crop in 2018 due to weather problems throughout the state, whereas we're hoping for four million gallons in the 2019 harvest . . . more than double what we had in 2018. . . "

How to reduce food waste this holiday season

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 7 months ago

"This holiday season, avoid tossing food in the trash by taking these steps: • Try not to over prepare food; instead try to prepare “just enough.” • Encourage friends and family to take...

A champion of the unplugged, earth-conscious life, Wendell Berry is still ahead of us

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 months ago

Today, October 12, is National Farmers Day. Unusual for me on a Saturday, I didn't make it to my local farmers market. In truth, I didn't even leave the house. However, the first thing I read this ...

California crab fishermen are testing “ropeless” gear to save whales—and themselves

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

In April, crab fishermen and consumers were taken by surprise when the Dungeness crab season closed two months early due to a lawsuit and settlement over whale entanglements. https://www.chowhound...

Totem Coffee Roasters | Placerville

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

My last mouthful in Hangtown was at Totem Coffee Roasters. Yes, Placerville has its own small batch, artisanal coffee roaster. While my cappuccino ($3.86) was well-made, the Guatemalan-Peru ble...

5 Ways to Host a More Environmentally Friendly BBQ

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 months ago

" . . . The biggest impact of the cookout, and easiest thing to adjust, is the food. Visit the Farmers’ Market ... Less Meat but better Meat ... Food Waste-free Cookout . . . "

"Wasted!" screening & panel discussion, free (July 20 HMB & Aug 4 San Carlos)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

The Master Food Preservers tackle food waste! "Join the San Mateo/San Francisco MFP program for a screening of the exciting documentary Wasted!, followed by a panel discussion with local leaders...

Your Hummus Habit Could Be Good For The Earth

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 12 months ago

" . . . Some American farmers were already well on their way to embracing pulses, seeing the role they could play in improving soil health and setting the stage for better harvests of cash crops li...

RECOOL - Igloo's biodegradable reusable cooler

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

" . . . Recool would work well as a cheap, eco-friendly cooler during a tailgate or a quick day-trip to the beach. I can't imagine squeezing in much more than that six-pack or so once you've filled...