You can prepare shakshuka in any sturdy oven-proof container, such as a cast iron frying pan, but it is even more delicious when prepared in a bram or other clay pot.
Today, Leuschen cares for a flock of about 800 birds, nearly two dozen of which are roosters. Currently, the hens are producing about 30 dozen fertile eggs a day. By the end of summer, when some of the younger birds come into production, there will be about 40 dozen a day. The eggs are sold direct to customers from the farm.
The Frates Rd. entrance to Green String Farms is lined with olive trees and rose bushes planted in wine barrels. The Adobe Rd. entrance takes you through fields of crops punctuated by trees, marigolds and other flowers, past a large chicken coop filled with happy laying hens and a few [...]
Every January, a few writers make predictions about what the so-called hot food trends will be in the coming year. For 2013, they’ve declared that “heirloom” chicken will be among the new options that capture our attention. Here in Sonoma County, we are, once again, ahead of the curve. Much [...]
One of our tiniest seasonal farmers markets, the one in Bodega Bay, opened for its second season on May 27. The market is a delightful community affair, with a leisurely pace in a beautiful setting. When I arrived last Sunday at 10 a.m., the field where the market [...]
On Sunday afternoon, as shadows grew long and the wind had me reaching for a warm scarf, the parking lot of Green String Farms was bustling with cars, customers coming and going, arms full of spring’s early harvest. The farm store is surrounded by “U-Dig” flower starts, vegetable [...]
Just as the reality of drought settled in, the rains came, welcome, wonderful and disruptive, especially of early spring’s harvest. The effect was all over the Sebastopol farmers market on the last Sunday in March. Farmers don’t skip a market because it is wet outside. In some instances--Sebastopol’s [...]
Except during the year's darkest days and when she is moulting, a hen produces an egg every 24 to 28 hours. She doesn't need a rooster around to do it. She can't not do it. Not long after she lays one egg, she begins producing another. Some hens are happier [...]
The first Sebastopol farmers market of the year opened under a huge bowl of clear blue sky with no promise of rain. The chilly morning warmed quickly; by 11 a.m., shoppers were loosening their scarves and shedding their coats. The market has gone year-round for the first time and [...]
Fall colors and new faces signal the changing of the seasons at the Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market.