Black Friday Alternatives: Sleep-In, Buy Nothing, Wear Plaid

Today is "Black Friday," the day after Thanksgiving when everyone is supposed to hit the stores to do their holiday shopping. "To buy, or not to buy?" seems to be the question on do-gooders' minds. Below are four ideas for how to spend, or not spend, today....more

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Do you Know Your Farmer?

A new USDA initiative was recently launched, designed to reconnect consumers with their food and to stimulate local food economies.  The $65 million dollar "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" program aims to break down some of the barriers that keep local food systems from thriving. ...more

Small Business Tip: Best ‘Business-Friendly’ Tax States

Tax rates matter to a small business owner or aspiring entrepreneur.  A new report examines the most ‘business friendly’ tax systems across the nation.  South Dakota comes out on top in the new analysis from the Tax Foundation. ...more

Can you say Kombuchi?

Can you say Kombuchi? Couscous, hummus, fermentation, natural probiotics and words like gut flora are swirling around my head. I imagine how I am going to explain tossing a seaweed leaf or two into my next pot of stew. ...more

The Lifecycle of California Heirloom Garlic - A 9-Month Adventure

They say all good things must come to an end. That is definitely true when it comes to wrapping up harvest of Christopher Ranch’s California heirloom garlic. Sad face. Our harvest throughout California’s Central Valley is nearing a close, expected to wind down in late August or early September, after commencing in early June. Time sure does fly when you’re growing garlic. ...more

Community Funded Reporting: Interview with David Cohn of

"You cannot run a community if you're not informed. Journalism is really the act of informing communities so that they can make better decisions, that is part of the public service, informing communities so that together we can know where else we need to help." --David Cohn, Founder, ...more

California Garlic Doesn't Bite

I'm typically not a fan of things that bite - whether it's a dog, a cat, a teething child, horse, etc. One bite I don't mind, however, is that of fresh, California-grown garlic.Many share my love for the robust taste afforded by fresh garlic, but for those who don't, the complaint I often hear is - "The taste of garlic is too potent - it bites." This might be true, but like any great calamity, it can be remedied. ...more

Travel Like a Local

Travelers love to throw around the term "authenticity" when they talk about visiting places. There's also a huge movement around slow travel - I'm a fan of the concept. We've been so lucky to do most of our travels in Europe at the guidance of friends all over the continent. But how do you get that local insight if you're not a local? How do you connect with a place on a local level when you're just passing through? Going Local Travel is a blog devoted to just that concept: ...more

here i was thinking that i was the only one who enjoys going to the local grocery store, ...more

Have a local Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday that focuses on food. Whether you're hanging with the family or with friends, or even by yourself, chances are there will some sort of special meal on your table. ...more

13 Fall Fruits and Vegetables for your Menu

The fall is a cornucopia of available fresh fruits and vegetables that you should add to your diet. Many can be used during the holiday season, but you don’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy them. Apples, carrots, and especially clementines are great for lunches. Sweet potatoes can be used from making pancakes to pies to a side dish for dinner. And broccoli is versatile for breakfast omelets, lunch salads, or dinner vegetables. ...more

Thanks for the idea.  I almost put persimmons on the list, but because this was a Thursday ...more