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Wanna visit the best Los Angeles wines and food’s festival? Our very own Patricia Grubman has the hottest pointer to that. Visit us today and learn more.
Wanna visit the best Los Angeles wines and food’s festival? Our very own Patricia Grubman has the hottest pointer to that. Visit us today and learn more.
The holiday season has a special place in our hearts and home. Whether you are hosting a houseful of family & friends or enjoying some time for yourself, our Holiday Lookbook has something for everyone on your list. From serving trays to salt & pepper sets to unbelievable brownie mixes, flip through the pages to shop our favorite products of the season!
Thanksgiving is almost here, despite the strains of canned Christmas music in stores across the country, rushing us toward December. Don’t let big box stores steal a day of thankfulness and gratitude! It’s the best time of the year for time-honored traditions that often don’t cost a thing.
A recent request for off-beat Thanksgiving traditions revealed some unexpected traditions: an American married to a Scotsman now celebrates St. Andrew’s Day as well, with a bit of haggis added to her Thanksgiving Day menu. One friend’s family chooses a “theme” for Turkey day, and the clan comes in costume, whether it be Greek gods, football players, or garden flowers (and a gnome). And then there’s the friend whose grandmother “dresses” the turkey in a bikini, a la Amelia Bedelia, that delightfully literal children’s book heroine:
“Amelia Bedelia is Mr. and Mrs. Roger’s new maid, and she has a big list of things to do while they are away. But they sure do ask her to do strange things! The list says to dust the furniture, draw the drapes, and dress the turkey. And Amelia Bedelia does just that: she carefully sprinkles dust all over the furniture; she takes out a pad of paper and draws a beautiful picture of the drapes; and she wastes no time taking out a needle and thread and making a nice little suit to dress the turkey with.” (Exodus Books)
Grandma’s turkey-bikini (turkini?) must add a touch of scandal when one requests the breast meat. Does your family have any unlikely traditions to celebrate Thanksgiving? Have you incorporated any other countries’ customs into your day?
With southern California’s sunny Novembers, it’s often an outdoor meal. It’s always fun to burn the booze and butter with a morning walk or a game of flag football (or does your family go for the full tackle?). If you live where it’s already rainy or even snowing, what indoor games are your favorites? Is the TV tuned in to the Macy’s Parade? Do you, grown adult, actually prefer sitting at the kid’s table, where you can really dig in to your pumpkin pie?
If you’re growing a winter garden, have you harvested anything to add fresh farm-to-table bites to your menu? According to Bon Appétit, one thing you don’t want fresh your garden is a puree of your own pumpkin for that classic pie. The magazine’s site highlights common mistakes to avoid for each course of your meal.
The Thanksgiving dinner is the most important part of my day, so I don’t want electronics distracting from what is important, tasting and sharing the delicious meal! There’s a strict no TV, iPads, games or phones rule. And no kids’ table, I enjoy eating and talking with everyone!
Take a look at a few authors’ Thanksgiving traditions over at Real Simple, from Garrison Keillor’s prayers to the music accompanying Allegra Goodman’s memories.
What stories shape your Thanksgiving celebrations? I’d love to know some of your traditions! Do you make / grow your own decorations? Is there a family recipe that must be on the table? Do you donate to the food bank? Or take a moment at the table to share what you’re thankful for? Leave a note in the comment section, or tell us on Twitter @TheCityFarm.
This year, I’m especially thankful for the new City Farm community that we’re growing here, together. Have a lovely, warm Thanksgiving.
(Photos: Exodus Books and Delight for the Eyes)
A chilly fall night marks the last day in October. The neighborhood streets glow with the soft, orange light of flickering jack-o-lanterns, grinning or glaring at passersby. Kids carry bags or buckets or trashcans if they’re extra-hopeful, dressed as bugs or batman or LED-lit skeletons (SO cute, watch here). Garbed in costumes made by DIY dads, moms, or aunts, kids struggle to walk in garbage bags and milk jugs magically transformed into Darth Vader’s imposing wardrobe. Masked, they stumble up your porch steps to beg for candy.
It’s Halloween! How will you decorate and celebrate? Do you have the tools of the trade for more intricate jack-o-lanterns? Meet the “Maniac Pumpkin Carvers,” Chris Soria and Marc Evan, here, and get a little how-to and inspiration from their gorgeous work. Have you heard the history of the jack-o-lantern? Check out our GROW blog to revisit the story, and learn about planting your own pumpkin patch for next year’s revelries.
How do you light your walkway? Luminaries in bags or created in mason jars help those little feet find their way to your door. Check out Martha Stewart’s guide on making them. How do you add your own touch of creativity?
And most importantly, what are you wearing? Do you go traditional, or are you inspired by the latest headlines? (Oh, NO. Will there be multiple Mileys twerking in your town?) Have you already made or bought a costume for you or your wee ones? Pinterest, that wonderful world of inspiration, has many-a-board to get your creative pumpkin juices flowing if you’re still stuck.
Are you an expert Halloween DIY-er? Are you that house on the block that has the best candy? OR, are you that neighbor, who dresses up, sits stock-still on the rocking chair, and scares the kids with a quick “Boo!” when they dare to come close enough to decide if you’re real?
Share your favorite memory, photos, and tips and tricks of how to have the best pumpkin on the block! Leave a comment or talk to us on Twitter @TheCityFarm. Happy Halloween!
Confession: I have looked at my smartphone, at a Facebook message, while in the midst of a conversation with another human being. A live, in-person human interaction, and because they weren’t clicking “like” every time I made a statement, I felt the need to see that others WERE.
Psychology Today is so reassuring: I am an addict. Yep. Recent research tells us “instead of dopamine causing you to experience pleasure … dopamine causes seeking behavior. Dopamine causes you to want, desire, seek out, and search. It increases your general level of arousal and your goal-directed behavior. From an evolutionary stand-point this is critical. The dopamine seeking system keeps you motivated to move through your world, learn, and survive. It’s not just about physical needs such as food, or sex, but also about abstract concepts. Dopamine makes you curious about ideas and fuels your searching for information. Research shows that it is the opioid system (separate from dopamine) that makes us feel pleasure.
“According to researcher Kent Berridge, these two systems, the “wanting” (dopamine) and the “liking” (opioid) are complementary. The wanting system propels you to action and the liking system makes you feel satisfied and therefore pause your seeking. If your seeking isn’t turned off at least for a little while, then you start to run in an endless loop. The dopamine system is stronger than the opioid system. You tend to seek more than you are satisfied. Evolution again — seeking is more likely to keep you alive than sitting around in a satisfied stupor.” (Psychology Today)
Seeking online things to keep us motivated can be a good thing, unless it interrupts real-life human interaction, which I see too often. Have you ever Instagrammed a hike in nature so thoroughly, you can’t actually remember looking at the trail, listening to the birds, freezing in your tracks to marvel at a butterfly’s color?
Like any addiction, the first step is admitting you have a problem, right? So put down your phone. (Seriously. Put it DOWN. Turn it OFF.) It doesn’t have to be for a long time, especially as you start to wean yourself. What can you do without a panic attack today? An hour? Two? Fifteen minutes?
Remember when we didn’t have mobile phones, or when they were so unwieldy, we didn’t pop them in our pockets? Reading the HuffPo’s “Habits of Supremely Happy People,” one may notice, obsessively refreshing social media is NOT listed. However, appreciating the simple pleasures in life IS listed.
So let’s do this together. Even if you’re reading this ON your phone, finish this paragraph, and then turn it off. Plan phone-free time with friends, or with your dog, or with nature. Pay attention to what you’re thankful for, the little things in life, like a cloud formation that looks like your second-grade school teacher’s beehive. Or the sound of silence, or the sound of your own breath, or the sound of a friend’s laugh.
And then, after it’s done, use social media for what it’s good for – share your moment with us, and encourage us all to unplug a bit, and find more happiness in the present. @TheCityFarm
The third annual Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival August 22-25th is the quintessential food & drink experience. Culinary talent is complemented by mixologists, sommeliers, beverage directors, music artists, and foodies galore. You are bound to have a good time when celebrity chefs appear, receptions are held, hors d’oeuvres are passed and bubbly is abundant. Below is your go-to guide to get the most out of the ravishing, and can I say scrumptious, occasion.
If you are looking for an intimate dining event, these gatherings may suite you:
1.Lunch at One Pico with Peter Armellino, Matthew Accarrino & Sven Mede
TIME: Friday 8/23/13, 12:00p – 2:30p
PLACE: Dining Room – Shutters
CHEFS: Matthew Accarrino from SPQR in San Francisco, Peter Armellino from The Plumed Horse in Saratoga, Sven Mede from One Pico-By the Blue Sea in Santa Monica.
SOMMELIERS: Maison l’Orée in France, Ramos Pinto in Portugal, Roederer Estate in Napa Valley, Terlato Family Vineyards, & Amapola Creek Winery.
1.Patrón presents Tacos & Tequila at The Bungalow
TIME: Friday 8/23/13, 3:00p – 5:00p
PLACE: The Bungalow
CHEFS: Rick Bayless from Frontera Grill/Red O Chicago / Los Angeles, Josef Centeno from Baco Mercat / Bar Ama in Los Angeles, Ray Garcia from FIG in Santa Monica.
SOMMELIERS: Goose Island in Chicago
1.Hinoki & the Bird Mixology Lunch with Charles Phan & David Meyers
TIME: 8/23/13, 12:00p – 2:30p
PLACE: Dining Room – Hinoki & The Bird
CHEFS: David Myers from Hinoki & The Bird in Los Angeles, Charles Phan from Slanted Door Group in San Francisco, Kuniko Yagi from Hinoki & The Bird in Los Angeles.
FEATURED GUEST: Chris Hopkins the mixologist for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
For a more interactive experience with cooking demonstrations, Giada de Laurentiis will be demonstrating:
1.Giada De Laurentiis & Friends Cooking Demonstration
TIME: 8/22/13, 5:30p – 6:30p
PLACE: Lobby Level – Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Exclusively Available with VIP Ticket for Giada’s Festa Italiana
1.Giada’s Festa Italiana
TIME: 8/22/13, 7:00p – 10:00p
PLACE: Between 1st and 2nd Street – Grand Avenue
PRICE: $195.00 VIP: $250.00
For more information, please visit the Los Angeles Wine & Food Festival 2013 official website here: http://www.lafw.com/. Let us know how your experience is, and enjoy!
While the origins of Labor Day are a bit dark and depressing, what with American workers in the late 19th century putting in 12-hour, 7-day weeks for little pay, their children out of school and at the mill, earning terribly low wages, today’s celebrations of our labor victories are light and heartening. What are your favorite memories of Labor Days of yore? I always dreamed of a family camp, like in “Dirty Dancing,” with summer romances ending with bittersweet goodbyes and awkward talent shows to send everyone off, back to the cities and desk jobs.
In honor of taking a day off to celebrate a 40-hour work week with benefits, let’s look at what’s happening all around the U.S. this August 30th – September 2nd: Labor Day weekend. Will you be lugging a watermelon to eat by the lake? Or are you staying in the city? Take a peek at city events along the west coast, starting up in the Northwest. (Yummm… coffee.)
Seattle, which was recently identified as the hardest working city in the U.S., clearly needs to take a break. If you’ll be in the area, take a look at this events calendar, which includes Bumbershoot, a weekend festival at the 74-acre Seattle Center., for your music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts fix.
Portland, OR – PDX Pipeline will give you the info on all the goings-on, including movies in the park, bar trivia nights, and a beer garden on Alberta.
San Francisco – Need a yoga break before you go back to work? The SF Gate’s events list for the long weekend includes “Manifesting the Wisdom of the Body,” hosted in Sausalito. If that’s too much zen, check out the Millbrae Art & Wine festival.
Los Angeles (and beyond) – TimeOut.com offers guides for almost every big city – will you be in Chicago, Boston, New York, or Paris this Labor Day? Angelenos, check out their calendar here to plan your Labor Day festivities – will you go to The Taste? The (free!) Fiesta Hermosa? Or the L.A. County Fair?
How do you celebrate Labor Day? Leave a comment below or tweet a photo or story to us @TheCityFarm.
Oh, the lazy, hazy days of late summer. I get a little lost this time of year – endless sun confuses me, and all I want to do is dip in a pool and read a good (if slightly salacious) book. I remember the competing emotions of childhood summers: longing for lazy summer days to go on forever, but waking early in August to bike to school, checking the class list posted on the locked door. I’d learn if I was placed in a favorite teacher’s class, if I’d be cruelly separated from my best friend, and I’d start to dream of that first day of school and what jeans I would wear.
Do you have late-summer blues? Do back-to-school sales thrill or depress you? I’m not a mom, but for some out there, those ads are a blessed sign of structured days to come. Kristen, the writer behind Rage Against the Minivan, admits her hilarious top five reasons why her kids need to scurry back to class here, including binge-watching the not-so-kid-friendly Netflix series, “Orange is the New Black.”
What are your ways to beat the summer doldrums? A great way to embrace the sunny days is through travel, even if only to a new, unexplored neighborhood. Pack one of The City Farm’s bags – The Weekender if you’re staying overnight, or one of the Design Africa bags for a day trip, tucking into it all the necessities for exploring a new neck of the woods.
Handmade by artisans in Africa, these bags are great totes for a day exploring new places, or make beautiful back-to-school gifts for students to pack along notebooks, snacks, and a proverbial apple for the teacher.
Artisans carefully create the natural sisal and banana fiber satchels with hand-sewn cowhide leather handles. Which will you choose? The Wide Striped Khaki Satchel? The White Striped Satchel? Or the Camel Striped Satchel? Or one of each?
Where will you go for your last summer getaway? Tell us in the comments, or on Twitter: @TheCityFarm. If you have the itch to plan your days, hunt down some city guides or local bloggers to guide your adventure. But sometimes? After you’ve picked your general place, it’s great to turn off your smart phone, and let the day (or bus) take you where it will. The act of unplugging = an invitation to adventure. Pack accordingly.
The Dream Street Foundation provides nationwide camping programs for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses. Children with cancer, blood disorders, and other serious diseases are given the opportunity to enjoy activities they would normally be restricted from due to their illness.
At present, Dream Street operates programs in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Mississippi and New Jersey. Dream Street is completely volunteer operated, including counselors, medical staff and administration. There are no paid salaries within the Dream Street Foundation. Dream Street is a public non-profit corporation. Camping sessions are free of charge to those attending. Dream Street brings the dream of normal childhood activities to reality for these children. It is an environment in which no child sits on the sidelines or has to worry about feeling different.
City Farm spent the week at Dream Street, our foundation that benefits from 10% of your City Farm purchase. Dream Street truly runs to the City Farm core values and beliefs, our very own Patty Grubman as the co-founder 25 years ago; we started our quarterly charitable support program with one dear to our hearts. Words cannot describe the magic that happens at this camp, some have described it as Willy Wonka come to life, heaven on Earth and a place where you can never have too much candy, ice cream or fun. This years camp these is Dreaming through the USA. We’ve been to Hawaii, Nashville, the glitter of Vegas and the big apple of New York!
To learn more about Dream Street, visit their website at dreamstreetfoundation.org. We are so proud to be supporting this organization, and have truly been blessed to have experienced this week here at camp. Please comment and and write in to me if you have experienced a program like Dream Street or have another charity in mind for our next quarterly support.
A visit to the farmer’s market on Larchmont, just south of Paramount Studios, where movies are filmed and visitors take tours, you’ll find folks pushing babies and being dragged by the family dog at the Larchmont Village Farmer’s Market. Every Sunday, shop is set up, and you can wander through to taste fruits, spreads, & breads, while your toddler discovers her musical genius in the drum circle set up for kids to bang, shake, shimmy, and in general, get their groove on.
Make sure to pack enough totes with you (perhaps one from the City Farm, like this gorgeous Enfants Strap Tote?) to pack home all your finds. Will you leave room for a new, adopted, furry member of the family? There’s often a kitty and dog rescue group on site, tempting you to take home more than just organic fruits and fresh flowers.
Have you been to the Silver Lake Farmer’s Market– where there’s a bounce house and loads of vintage clothes? Or the Hollywood Farmer’s Market, a larger space filled with food, clothes, street musicians, and events (has anyone taken notes from a cooking demo there)? What is your go-to farmer’s market? Tell us here in the comments or on Twitter @TheCityFarm.
What better way to celebrate your freedom this 4th of July than painting a book and turning it into a piece of art? I’m normally not one to champion the defacing of books – except for notes in margins and exclamation points at favorite lines and underlining meaningful passages and dog-earing whole pages. Apart from that, respect the written word! Unless you can turn a thrift store find into this gorgeous wreath.
Grab your glue gun, follow this easy, DIY step-by-step tutorial, and welcome your guests through your door. But first, you have to get them to your wreath-worthy door. Consider ordering these personalized invites from Etsy’s WhirliGigsPartyCo:
Or from SilverLineDesignTeam:
I favor Mason jars for all things drinkable, like this idea from Better Homes & Gardens. Throw in some freshly picked strawberries, mint, or cucumber for added refreshing flavor. With the top & straw, these are like adult sippy cups! Perfect for running around a backyard with a sparkler.
Once your party-goers have a drink in hand and are relaxing in your backyard, they won’t be able to miss grazing from a table of yummy, fresh fruits, caramel corn and hot dogs, decorated with vintage touches like these, as beautifully featured on Lia Griffith’s blog:
And remember, simple touches will bring vintage Americana to your 4th – Coca-Cola in glass bottles buried in a big bucket of ice (try the ones imported from Mexico with real sugar – so delicious), blueberries, red delicious apples, cherries, bright flowers. And don’t forget a sparkler or two for dusk!
How are you celebrating your Fourth? Will you be watching fireworks? At the beach? A lake? A farm? Are you in another country and swapping Independence Day traditions with the locals? Share your DIY ideas and favorite 4th memories with us, here in the comments, or on Twitter: @TheCityFarm. Happy 4th! Enjoy~
(Sparkler photo: House to Home)
Happy National Gingersnap Day! In honor of this day, I’m spotlighting gingersnap cookies–a heavenly creation of crunch, spice, and chew. Their origin lies in England and Germany, but how did the name come about? Do gingersnaps snap? I’m convinced there is a faint sounding snap when you break them in half. Perhaps they are named for the “snappy” ginger flavor. Either way, these cookies have some enlightening health benefits due to the ginger content (which of course, gives us more reason to eat them at any given time of day)
Fit For Two’s Five Ginger Health Facts:
Thinly Sliced Cucumber boasts delicious gingersnap-raspberry sandwiches that would make a great dessert to bring to 4th of July BBQs, keeping you patriotic with red raspberry filling.
Gingersnap Raspberry Sandwiches
Makes: 2 dozen sandwiches
1. Preheat oven to 375º. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed. Beat in the maple syrup. Add the egg and beat until well combined. Reduce the mixer to low and add the flour mixture in 3 additions, beating well between each addition.
4. Place the granulated sugar in shallow bowl. Measure out 1 tablespoon of dough and form into a ball. Roll the dough in the sugar and place on one of the prepared baking sheets. Space each ball about 3-inches apart. Repeat until both sheets are full.
5. Bake for about 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown, rotating the sheets once in the middle of the baking time (the sheet on the bottom switches places with the sheet on the top).
6. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool. Repeat the process with the remaining dough.
7. When the cookies are cool, spread half with roughly 2 teaspoons of jam. Place a second cookie on the top and press lightly.
8. Serve and enjoy!
Photo Credit: Thinly Sliced Cucumber
Sometimes there is nothing better than to watch a talented bartender craft the perfect mojito, gently crushing the mint to release the right amount of flavor. If you’re lucky, a mortar & pestle is involved, making you feel you’re handed a beneficial elixir from an apothecary of yore. In Biblical references, an apothecary referred to the holy oils and ointments prepared by priests properly qualified for this office.
There’s also nothing better than serving the perfectly mixed mojito, with no elbow-grease involved. When you’re hosting your next summer soiree, consider anointing your guests with the City Farm’s lovely Island Mojito Mix. Just add your favorite white rum.
According to Wikipedia, Cuba is one of the theorized origins of the mojito. “One story traces the mojito to a similar 19th century drink known as “El Draque,” after Francis Drake. In 1586, after his successful raid at Cartagena de Indias, Drake’s ships sailed towards Havana but there was an epidemic of dysentery and scurvy on board. It was known that the local South American Indians had remedies for various tropical illnesses; so a small boarding party went ashore on Cuba and came back with ingredients for a medicine which was effective. The ingredients were aguardiente de caña (a crude form of rum, translates as fire water from sugar cane) added with local tropical ingredients; lime, sugarcane juice and mint. Drinking lime juice in itself would have been a great help in staving off scurvy and dysentery.”
Probably best to avoid discussion of scurvy at your summer soiree, but “fire water” is sure to create some great post-party stories, and it wouldn’t hurt to add a little Cuban flair to the party. Check out Saveur’s Cuban recipes for your next mojito party.
Bonus: Your City Farm Island Mojito Mix (and any others you order – there’s a delicious Strawberry Blush Margarita Mix, a Melon Mist Daiquiri Mix, and more!) come beautifully packaged, so you can also give them as gifts.
Cheers to backyard summer soirees!
(Mojito photo credit: Martie Knows Parties)
For me, food is fun. Avocados, a new favorite of mine have also become subject to my food experimentation’s. I use them in smoothies (right? Forget the Kale—an avocado still makes your smoothie green, and it tastes a lot better. Don’t get me wrong—Kale absolutely has its place in my cookbook.) baked goods, puddings, soups, salads, sauces, ice cream— it’s safe to say they’re perfect on their own; too.
There are few things better than a ripe avocado; but there’s nothing worse than needing your green goddess to ripen in the next day when it’s as hard as a rock. This of course, usually happens when I have the spare 10 minutes to scramble the ingredients before I jolt out the door.
If you find yourself in this dilemma where you need to speed up the ripening process (via Vivian Tran’s article in XYZ magazine):
1) If you have 24 hours: Place avocados in a brown paper bag with a banana, then leave the bag on a sunny windowsill for 18-24 hours. Together the banana and avocados release a large amount of ethylene gas which can quicken ripening.
2) If you have less than 24 hours: Place two peeled pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup of peas (fresh, frozen, or thawed) and pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency of the unripe avocados but won’t affect the flavor.
Now, it’s your turn to become a ripening wizard with these simple tricks. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: BringJoy.com, Start Baby On Solids.com
Today is the day to indulge! Internal guilt comes to a halt, flies out the window and new purchase bliss overcomes all hesitation. Can we make this moment last forever? Well, we can make it last for at least today, June 18—National Splurge Day!
Whether you splurge on yourself, your family, guests, or home, let the thought of National Splurge Day take any glimmer of apprehension away. It is your time to treat yourself. After all, once in a while balances the frugal moments, right? I call it the equilibrium of expending.
Splurge on something from our farm, to your home; the Edith the Cow Creamer set ($175). Named fondly after one of City Farm’s very own, this pewter cow and pail creamer set measures 7 inches long, 5 inches wide and 4.5 inches high. Take delight in this kitchen accessory to give your morning coffee a special taste. This set captures our importance to slow down and enjoy. Morning musings over a cup of coffee, with a touch of cream take us back to our simple roots. Giving you what is ours, that is now yours.
Simply click the ‘buy now’ button to give Edith a spot in your kitchen! Enjoy~
As City Farm’s avocado groves give us endless California Hass Avocados, avocado trees also give an equally sweet gift, and I’m not talking about guacamole!
We are proud to announce the debut of our newest City Farm exclusive, 16 ounces of California harvested Avocado Honey.
This honey has a place in my heart and in my pantry. I use it in sickness and in health; perfect for teas with a sore throat, to spread on bread for a light breakfast and used as an alternative sugar in many chocolate filled desserts. Our last recipe with this honey was City Farm’s avocado pudding—so sweet it was almost dangerous! This honey can be mixed into yogurt, sauces, marinades and anything else your culinary minds can dream of.
Enjoy yours today, and comment me with recipe suggestions and honey creations of your own! Shop it here: https://thecityfarm.com/product/avocado-honey-2/
As one of City Farm’s defining features, our 2,000 tree avocado orchards supply us with thousands of pounds of California Hass avocados each year. Avocados can be store bought year-round, however their season and City Farms best avocados are ripest from May through late summer. Our dinner recipes have been filled with avocado infused courses. Creamy avocado soup, gazpacho, and classic guacamole are just the beginning! I will
openly admit that I enjoy them plain—simple foods are my favorite.
Mother’s Day marked the beginning of our picking season. Over this past five days we’ve picked about 40,000 pounds (yes, pounds!) of avocados from our groves. That number may seem hard to believe; but when one tree can give up to 1,000 pounds–we’ve got so much more green goodness ahead. Hoping to pick another 90,000 pounds this season our crop grows bigger and more bountiful each year. I take kind care of my groves, this year they really took care of me; too. I’ll send more updates to you as we keep picking, and please share your avocado recommendations with me! Take care and Enjoy ~
Mornings are my absolute favorite time of day. Full of renewal and fresh starts, it only seems right I begin mine with some caffeine–espresso in these little darlings sounds right! I found these tumblers when visiting the Maison D’ Objet show in January. I remember walking by the booth and did a double take–were these cups meant to be dented? And in fact they were! Designed to look like a hand gripped this cup a little too tightly these cappuccino tumblers are incredibly fun and unique.
We’re sending them to you in sets of two. Colors come in red, orange, yellow, navy or white. These are just the right size for a quick swig before you head out the door to your next destination, or for sitting and enjoying with breakfast. Cup measures 3.25 inches in diameter and 3.25 inches high. Holds 6.25 oz. Water and Utensil Tumblers pictured in collection sold separately. Enjoy! https://thecityfarm.com/product/cappuccino-crumpled-tumbler-set-white/
It might be our April newsletter than just went out, but I’ve got shopping on the mind. My taste both city and farm, I have to highlight one of our newest products in addition to the three April features, the ‘Keep Calm and Carry Chocolate’ sign. Not too long ago I was designing T-shirts with some friends with the same ‘Keep Calm’ slogan. Phrases and literary bits of joy are the little things that can completely change the course of a day from bad to good. I think this sign should be hung on every wall, of every room, in every home. Maybe not every room but it certainly has a place in mine.
In addition, carrying chocolate is also very relevant to me and everyone at The City Farm. In the words of Patty herself, “We love..I mean love chocolate at The City Farm”. She’s right, between making Avocado Chocolate pudding and taking sweet little cupcakes on photo shoots, I may slowly turn into a piece of chocolate.
This sign is certainly an affordable piece at only $14 that is necessary for your home and any chocolate lovers you know. Click the ‘Buy Now’ button and consider it yours, gift wrap included! Enjoy the weekend, happy shopping!