Itâ€™s time to get nutty! Most folks know that fresh almonds and walnuts abound in Northern California. But pecans? I found them for the first time at our Sunday farmersâ€™ market (8th and W Streets) this fall. Exclusively sold by Calvin Acres Pecans, youâ€™ll pay $6 for a 1-lb bag.
These naturally sweet nuts wonâ€™t be around long! This Sunday is your last chance of the season. After that, youâ€™ll have to wait until next fallâ€™s crop. But donâ€™t worryâ€”if you want to eat pecans in the summer, stock up now. You can freeze and enjoy them until the next harvest.
When farmers start decorating their wares for the holidays, you know Christmas has arrived! At the downtown Sacramento Sunday farmersâ€™ market, Tadlock Landscapes wins the prize for most festive. Donned merrily in bright bulbs and shiny beads, theyâ€™re selling this fully-decorated living tree for $60. Thatâ€™s a bargain price for a tree you can keep around year after year.
Looking for something cheaper? Theyâ€™ve got lots of sizes and prices from which to choose. If you love the scent of pine, but canâ€™t bear to cut down a real tree, a living tree is a delightful way to celebrate the holiday. And buying it from a local farmer?â€”Double brownie points for you. Your name is sure to land on Santaâ€™s â€œniceâ€ list this year!
Inspired by best-selling No Impact Man, on Sunday I joined other world citizens to commit to a week of no-impact living. Over the course of eight days, my husband and I will attempt to follow the projectâ€™s guided steps and 1) consume less, 2) create less trash, 3) use less transportation, 4) eat locally, 5) reduce energy use, 6) use less water, 7) get involved with an environmental group, and 8) reflect on it all.
You can get involved, too! I signed up online. After that, the project provided me with an online guide containing detailed instructions for the weekâ€”with strict orders that it not be printed, of course. According to the helpful tips, as we progress through the week, weâ€™re supposed to gradually decrease our environmental footprint, eliminating as we go.
Combing the farmers’ market is unlike any grocery store experience. You can’t simply head to aisle five in search of tomatoes. Instead, you’ll be looking behind the croissant baker, next to the kiwi preserves vendor, and beside the rhubarb bucket. If you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to miss that single farmer selling something uniquely special.
Thankfully, GreenBeet is here to do the browsing for you! I’ll leave no turnip unturned to bring you the most delectable gems from the downtown Sacramento Sunday market.
This week’s pick? Cactus paddles from Satiety Vineyards of Woodland.