Location: Pacifica, CAwww.ecologycenter.com/farmersmarkets
Jim Nofziger’s owns and farms a quarter-acre plot in Pacifica, CA. He began a wine making hobby ten years ago by terracing an unused side yard. This led to him planting apple and plum trees, then expanded into vegetables, and the rest is history. Jim is proud to have transformed a rocky hillside into a productive, CCOF certified organic farm. He says, “Many years ago this area was a Spanish Land Grant and numerous crops were grown here. Then it was turned into urban sprawl. Now, once again, a small part of Pacifica is a productive area.” In his nearly frost-free, coastal location, he is able to grow tropical plants such as white ginger, which is an exciting and unusual crop to grow in this area. The ginger leaves make an excellent cooking medium, and the cut flowers have a beautiful aroma. Sustainable practices are used such as composting, hand weeding, and being free of synthetic pesticide.
After last week’s gazpacho recipe, I thought I’d share another one of my favorite dishes I came across when I lived in Barcelona. Tortilla de patatas is a staple in Spanish households and perhaps one of the best-known Spanish dishes. Locals eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner and every self-respecting tapas bar has it in its repertoire. It’s incredibly easy to prepare with only 3 main ingredients: potatoes, eggs, and onion. You can eat it warm or cold, serve alongside some … →
Surprise! I have another tomato-based recipe for you! Gotta take advantage of the season while you can; am I right? Gazpacho is a cold soup made of raw fruits and vegetables originating from Spain. This recipe is very close to my heart because I got it from my wonderful Catalan host family when I traveled to Barcelona a few years ago. It’s a staple in Spain, so much so that I’ve spotted people drinking canned gazpacho on the subway many … →
With this heatwave going through the city, we wanted to share the recipe of one of our summer favorites: elote asado or Mexican style grilled corn. You could use store bought mayonnaise for this recipe, but I find that the homemade version tastes better and is really quick to make. However, when using raw eggs, it’s important to buy high quality eggs that you trust have been handled well. You can get organic, pasture raised eggs from Great Valley Poultry … →
This super easy and quick recipe can be summed up in one word: summer. As you have probably already guessed from the title, the main cast in this colorful salad are tomatoes, corn, and avocado. Tomatoes are at their peak season which means each bite is packed with a wonderfully delicious harmony of flavors from sweet to tangy. You could use frozen corn in this recipe, but why not take advantage of the fresh corn available at markets right now. … →